Help Using Ovulation Tests
Ovulation Predictors >> Help Using Ovulation Tests
customer service representative, Pat, gives you the nitty-gritty details
for getting the most accurate, reliable OPK results (and tells you what to do
the customer service representative at Early-Pregnancy-Tests,
I answer many, many questions about ovulation and fertility, ovulation testing,
and how to get the most accurate results from our fertility prediction products.
I'd like to take this opportunity to review some common inquiries and provide
the tips, tricks, and instructional facts so you can get the most of our ovulation
and fertility products. Our FDA-Approved tests are over 99% accurate in clinical
settings. However, high accuracy is a coefficient of proper testing procedure,
and this means learning how to use and interpret the test as your doctor would!
Before getting into the
Q&A, allow me to provide an overview of how urine ovulation predictor kits (OPKs) function. OPKs work by measuring an increase in luteinizing hormone (LH)
that occurs shortly before ovulation takes place. Ovulation is the biological
operation when the egg is discharged from the ovary and sent on its way down
the fallopian tube where awaiting sperm may (hopefully) be present to fertilize
the egg. LH plays a key role in ovulation and is the hormone that actually facilitates
the release of the egg from the ovary. Around the middle of a woman's menstrual
cycle, LH levels will sharply rise: this is called the LH-Surge, a necessary
precursor to the discharge of the egg. And because the LH-Surge occurs typically
one to two days before ovulation, if you can detect the surge with an OPK, you
can accurately predict your most fertile time of the month to conceive.
let's get to those questions...
"Dear Pat. I've been using your tests for 3 cycles now with good results.
But during my last cycle, I did not receive a positive result - only a faint
test line that was almost a positive. Did I ovulate? Is it possible
to not receive a positive result and still have ovulation take place?"
LH rises quickly - and falls just as fast - there are a number of steps you
can take to ensure accuracy and determine a positive result. Above all, I suggest
reading our instructions closely and making sure you are testing on the right
dates. Start dates will depend on the average length of your menstrual cycle.
If you have irregular cycles, error on the conservative side and begin testing
based on your shorter cycle length. Next, we do suggest that you collect a urine
sample at the same time every day. Samples should be collected between mid-morning
and early evening, ideally. Finally, do not drink a lot of fluids (particularly
caffeinated beverages) before testing. Drinking fluids can dilute the sample,
as can frequent urination. Try not to pee for at least four hours before taking
a test. (NOTE: For pregnancy tests, we recommend a different modus operandi:
collecting a first morning urine sample after a full night of sleep). In sum:
A positive OPK is signaled by a "test line" that is
identical to the "control line" in boldness. It can even be bolder
than the control.
• A faint LH test line does
not indicate the LH-Surge. Why? Because low levels of LH can be in your system
throughout your menstrual cycle.
• The LH-Surge is quick:
A positive result can last just one day. You may see two days of positive results
(LH on the way up - and the way down).
• Do not use first morning
urine for ovulation tests: Collect urine between late morning and early evening.
And test at the same time every day!
• Do not pee for about four
hours before taking a urine sample (to avoid a diluted sample).
• Consider testing twice
a day: With our very affordable test strips, this is certainly an option!
• Try to avoid drinking a lot of liquids directly prior to testing
(again, so as not to dilute the urine).
"Dear Pat. If I receive a positive result, does it mean that I have ovulated
for sure? Can a woman have a "false positive" and not ovulate?"
is no single answer to this question. From a 100% scientific-standpoint, ovulation
can only be verified in a doctors office with an ultrasound machine. Impracticable
for most women! For the vast majority of trying-to-conceive women, a positive
ovulation test result will signal that ovulation is coming 'round the corner.
However, if you are using fertility drugs like clomid, please note that clomid
can cause false positive ovulation tests if you begin testing too early in your
cycle. Talk to your prescribing doctor about ovulation testing and fertility
drugs. As a corollary to ovulation testing, we also suggest bbt charting. Using
a basal thermometer to measure you daily "basal temperature" is an
excellent method for determining if ovulation has taken place,
as your body temps will rise the day following ovulation and remain high during
most of the rest of your cycle. This is the OPK/BBT sandwich - with ovulation
in the middle!
"Dear Pat. I just received my first positive on an LH test. What does this
mean? Am I ovulating? And when and how often should we make love?"
you receive a positive result, you may consider yourself at peak fertility!
Therefore, with a positive OPK, commence the 'baby dance'. In fact, you should
make love the day of the first positive, as well as the following 3 days (to
be on the safe side). A positive OPK typically suggests that you will ovulate
soon. Sperm can survive in a woman's body for a number of days, so lovemaking
should take place so the sperm can be present when the egg descends down the
fallopian tube. In sum:
If you receive a positive result on an OPK, you are at your
highest fertility level.
• A positive ovulation test
tells you that that ovulation will occur within the next 12-36 hours. Time to
• Make love the day your
get your positive result, and over the following 3 days. Yes, this is sex on
demand, but that's why there is Pre-Seed!
• Consider BBT charting
as a way to confirm ovulation through the body temperature increase that takes
place following ovulation (due to the rise in progesterone).
• If your partner has sperm
count issues, talk to your doctor about how to time intercourse and determine
the right frequency for sex.
Hopefully, this short fertility
tutorial will answer some questions and help you optimize use of our products.
To learn more about ovulation, fertility and bbt charting, please visit our
section. To read more about OPK procedure (correct use and interpretation),
please visit our in-depth instructional
BabyDust to you all - Pat