Reading Ovulation Predictor Test Results
It is a positive or a negative OPK?
Ovulation monitors – or ovulation predictor kits (OPKs) – are excellent tools for predicting ovulation, a woman’s most fertile time during her menstrual cycle. Unlike charting fertility with a basal thermometer, an ovulation test anticipates ovulation. A basal thermometer confirms that ovulation has occurred after the fact. Both lh tests and bbt thermometers are useful tools, but they do not perform the same function.With most urine-based ovulation testing products, the complete reaction time of the test is going to be about 5 minutes. At 5 minutes, you may read the results by viewing the presence of the color bands and comparing their intensity. All tests have a “control” band that indicates whether the test is working properly. Also, the control band yields an intensity baseline by which to interpret the test band results. The test line or test color band indicates whether the result is positive or negative.
Interpreting your test: A positive (indicating an LH Surge) is indicated by a test band that is of equal or greater intensity (equal or darker) than the control band. A negative for the LH surge is indicated when the test band is of lesser intensity than the control band. Please note that you may not always see a test line if lh levels are low. This would also indicate a negative.
A negative result means the the presence of LH in the urine low and the LH surge is not taking place. Please note that there is always some amount of luteinizing hormone in your body, so a faint test line is not a positive result. Always read your instructions and observe testing tips and procedures. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding your test results.
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