Are Ovulation Tests Helpful For Tracking Fertility?
Tracking your fertility is one of the best ways to increase your monthly chance of getting pregnant. A woman is fertile for a short time every month. This is her ovulation window for timing sexual intercourse. Being able to track ovulation is important and over the counter ovulation test are very good tools to help women know when they are ovulating.
Ovulation tests are commonly available in drug stores, grocery stores, and many large retailers. Ovulation tests are ideal for those women wanting to track their basal body temperature and/or monitoring cervical fluid is unappealing or unrealistic.
- These tests work by detecting the level of luteinizing hormone, commonly referred to as LH, in your urine.
- Just before a woman ovulates, her body produces a greater amount of LH than it does during the rest of her cycle.
- The ovulation tests provide a positive result once this surge is present in a woman’s urine. The surge in LH happens up to 48 hours prior to ovulation.
- A positive result lets women know that it is time to coordinate intercourse and their ovulation to increase her chance of becoming pregnant.
Considerations When Using Ovulation Tests
In order to use the tests correctly, urine must be tested for a number of days. For women with regular cycles, targeting the right time frame to start using the tests is easier than for women with irregular cycles. These women may need additional kits as they may need to test for a longer period of time before their LH surge occurs.
Other things to keep in mind include:
- The tests indicate the presence of an increased amount of LH a precursor to ovulation.
- However, the test cannot confirm that an egg was released.
- Women with hormonal issues such as PCOS can have false positive results as their hormones are outside of normal levels
- Ovulation tests are not a replacement for diagnostic testing for fertility problems. If you’ve been trying to conceive for 12 months consider speaking with a fertility expert.
More Helpful Pregnancy Resources
If you’ve been trying to conceive unsuccessfully for 12 months – consider using an ovulation test to increase your chances of pregnancy. A more proactive approach will be to consult a fertility specialist. If you would like to schedule a consultation or have any other questions, either click the icon below or call 855.241.2644.
Posted on: April 16, 2017