Ovulation Tests – How They Work

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1. What Are Ovulation Tests?

Ovulation tests, also known as Ovulation Predictor Kits or OPKs, are a great tool for women who are wanting to conceive and need to know when their fertile days are. These tests are available for purchase online, or at any local drugstore, and they are very affordable. Ovulation Predictor Kit tests are also very affordable. Read on to find out more about how ovulation tests work.

Ovulation Predictor Kits or OPKs, are a great tool for women who are wanting to conceive and need to know when their fertile days are

2. How Do Ovulation Tests Work?

Ovulation tests work in a similar way to at home pregnancy tests. While pregnancy tests detect hCG in the body, OPKs detect the levels of LH in the body. LH is always present in the body. However, about 12 to 24 hours prior to ovulation, the levels of LH in the body surge. When you take an ovulation test, you will use a urine sample and a test strip. The test strip will give you either a positive or negative result, or will simply give you a color coded result.

Ovulation tests work in a similar way to at home pregnancy tests

If you get a color coded result, you will have to compare the result to the control strip. Once you get a positive result, or a result darker than your control strip, you will know that the LH surge has been detected in your body, and that ovulation is very close. After you get that result, you will be able to plan to have sex in the very near future to better your chances of getting pregnant.

3. What to Know About OPKs

it is important to remember that sometimes the LH surge can happen very quickly

Ovulation Predictor Kit tests are a great way for women to know when they are getting ready to ovulate so they can improve their chances of conceiving. However, it is important to remember that sometimes the LH surge can happen very quickly.

For this reason, some women opt to test twice per day once it gets close to time for ovulation to occur. This way, they do not miss the LH surge. It is very important to remember that following the kit’s instructions is so important.

Otherwise, you could mess up the test or end up getting an inaccurate result. These tests are incredibly accurate as well, as long as the instructions are followed properly.

Ovulation Predictor Kit tests are also very affordable, costing around $25, and you can purchase refills. However, make sure to check the expiration dates of the test kit you are using, as they can sometimes expire. If you have any questions about using an ovulation predictor kit test, ask your doctor.

Dr. Karen Leham is double board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Reproductive Endocronology and Infertility. Dr. Leham completed her residency at Loyola University, followed by a fellowship at UCLA.