Ovulation Predictor Test

Home testing kits are available from your drugstore to help detect ovulation, just before it occurs. The test is based on the amount of luteinizing hormone (LH) found in your urine. The LH reaches a high level in your bloodstream and urine about 24 to 36 hours prior to ovulation, which is often referred to as the LH surge.

If you check your urine with the test dipstick each morning, the test will likely be negative until the day of your LH surge. When your LH surge occurs, the test will be positive. This indicates that you should ovulate within the next 24 to 36 hours. Once you learn to pinpoint the day before ovulation, you can use this knowledge to boost your fertility.

This method seems so much easier than the time-consuming BBT method discussed earlier. Well, it is, and it's probably more accurate also. The downside is that these kits can be expensive, especially when you end up buying many of them in an effort to pinpoint your exact time of ovulation. Here are some tips to keep in mind when using an ovulation predictor kit:

• Gather all of the materials you need prior to beginning the test.

• Follow the directions on the package exactly as they are written.

• Perform the test at the same time each day.

• Don't drink lots of water or fluids before the test (doing so could dilute urine and alter results).

• Talk with your doctor about medications that you are taking (some could alter results).

• Don't do this test if you are taking contraceptives or hormones.

• Try not to stress out—not every woman ovulates every month.

• For questions about your testing kit, ask your pharmacist or call the phone number included with your kit.

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