Discover when to get pregnant by using an ovulation predictor kit. Predicting the best time to get pregnant isn't always easy. Ovulation testing helps you find your peak fertility.
These kits come with several ovulation tests, usually 7, sometimes more. These tests detect the hormone LH, or luteinizing hormone in your urine.
LH hormone surges within your body just before you ovulate. Luteinizing hormone is what signals the dominant ovarian follicle in your ovaries to release an egg.
Once this hormone is detected by the ovulation predictor kit (a dark line on the ovulation test stick) you should ovulate within 12 to 48 hours.
You should start testing at about cycle day 10 (cycle day 1 being the first day of your period) if you have a typical 27 to 29 day cycle. If yours are shorter start testing sooner, or they are longer, start later.
For example: If you have a 35 day cycle, then start testing about day 17. Or if it more like 21 day long, start testing around day 7.
Ovulation predictor kits used together with observing your other signs of ovulation, will also help you determine when to start using the tests.
One physical sign is changes in cervical mucus. Start the OPK testing when you detect your mucus getting thinner, either watery or like egg whites.
Reading the tests isn't always easy. Some women prefer to use the digital OPK's. They are much easier to read. But they are also more expensive.
Using the test strips are fine once you learn how to read them.
You see, luteinizing hormone is present in you body at all times. And sometimes this will be picked up by the test. You'll see a light test line.
That is why it is important to compare the tests you use day by day. As you get closer to ovulating the test line will get darker and darker.
Once the test line gets as dark or darker than the control line, it is now detecting the LH surge that happens just before you ovulate.
At this time, when the surge is detected by a dark test line, you should ovulate within 12 to 48 hours. This is your most fertile time.
You should time intercourse at least once every 24 to 36 hours during this period for the best chance at getting pregnant.
It is also best to collect the urine for use with the ovulation predictor kits in the afternoon. Usually between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or later is ideal. Since LH usually starts surging early morning, this allows the hormone to build in your system and is easier to detect by the test sticks.
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