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Q: How do Ovulation Tests work?

The ovulation predictor kit is designed to detect luteinizing hormone, or LH. In elevated quantities, LH causes ovulation. During the menstrual cycle only a small amount of LH is made, but in the middle of the cycle LH briefly and dramatically increases. This increase is called the "LH surge" and precedes ovulation. Conception is most likely to occur within thirty-six hours following the LH surge. Our ovulation tests are specifically designed to detect your LH surge - the time when you are likely to ovulate, the best time to conceive a baby.

Q: What is the best time of day to take the ovulation test?

Unlike pregnancy tests, morning is not the ideal time to take ovulation tests, as LH is synthesized in your body early in the morning. It will not show up in urine until later in the day. The ideal time to test is in the afternoon, around 2pm, though testing may safely take please from 10am to early evening.

Q: Should I take the test the same time every day?

Yes, be sure to test at the same time each day. Also, reduce your liquid intake around 2 hours before testing urine as a diluted liquid sample can prevent LH detection.

Q: When should I beginning testing with the ovulation predictor kit?

To determine when to start testing, you must first determine the length of your menstrual cycle. The length of the menstrual cycle is the number of days from the first day of menstrual bleeding to the day before bleeding begins on the next period. Determine the usual length of the menstrual cycle over the last few months. Then, refer to the Cycle Chart to determine on which day of the menstrual cycle to begin testing.

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Q: How long after my LH surge will ovulation take place?

Generally, ovulation will take place 12-48 hours after the LH surge is first detected (using afternoon urine samples), though 36 hours is considered to be the average length of time following the LH surge.

Q: When I get a positive on an ovulation test, when is the best time to have intercourse?

To increase the chance of conception, it is best to have intercourse the day of the LH surge as well as following three days after.

Q: Does the appearance of faint 'test band' indicate an LH surge?

A faint line (or a faint positive test band) does not indicate a positive result for an LH surge. While the presence of a faint line on a pregnancy test may indicate a positive result, a faint line on an OPK is always negative.

Q: Does taking my basal body temperature tell me the same thing as an OPK?

Basal Body Temperature only tells of your LH surge after it is over. That is why the BBT method cannot predict the LH surge. Ovulation tests will tell you - with pinpoint accuracy - when your chances for conception are greatest.

Q: Can OPKs be used as contraception devices?

Ovulation tests are designed to help facilitate pregnancy. They are not recommended for contraception.

Q: What does a positive & negative result on an ovulation test look like?

Q: How safe is the ovulation test?
A: All our ovulation tests are developed for professional use and are both CE-approved (EU) and FDA-approved (USA). The tests are just as safe (over 99%) as the urine tests carried out at laboratories.

Q: Should I use morning urine?
A: No, it's better not to use morning urine. LH is formed early in the morning and can therefore best be measured in your urine later in the day. The best time to do the test is between 10.00 and 20.00.

Q: May I drink before I do the test?
A: It's better not to drink too much during the last 2 hours before the test, as this will reduce the concentration of LH.

Q: What does it mean if no lines appear on the test?
A: If no lines appear, the test is invalid / hasn't been carried out correctly. Read the user instructions carefully, and try a new test.


Q: How do I find out whether I am pregnant?
A: It is possible to use a pregnancy test as early as 6 days after fertilisation. It is recommended, however, that you wait until you've missed your expected period.

Q: Can medicines affect the result?
A: The only medicines that can affect the result of the ovulation test are those containing the LH hormone. Several of the medicines used for the treatment of childlessness contain LH. It is recommended that you contact your doctor for further information if you use medicines you know or believe contain LH.

 

 
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