Are you considering undergoing pregnancy but wanting to know the best days to conceive? Or is your demanding schedule forcing you to know those best 2 days of the month?
Using Ovulation Predictor Kits (OPKs) can be your best and safest bet. Ovulation predictor kits, when used properly, can accurately predict those two most fertile days of your monthly cycle.
How do Ovulation Predictor Kits work?
With the beginning of menstrual cycle, your body starts producing Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH). FSH in turn helps to trigger the formation of follicles in the ovaries. These Follicle contains egg.
The follicles grow (egg undergoes development) and after it has become fully matured, a hormone called Luteinizing Hormone (LH) is released by the body in abundance which helps the egg to be released from the follicle, into the fallopian tube. This is the perfect time for conceiving.
The body produces LH throughout the menstrual cycle. However during this time the surge is higher and the Ovulation Predictor Kit can easily detect this surge.
Thus you can get the most accurate result if you use it during your monthly cycle.
However this LH surge occurs for a very brief period of time and in order to get accurate results it is very necessary to perform this test at the correct time of the day.
Ovulation predicting kit instruction – how to use the kit effectively
Using the following instructions you can very easily use Ovulation Predicting Kits.
They usually come in two forms. One is the test strip form and the other one is midstream form. Both have the same mechanism.
Just the mode of usage is different. For the test strip form, collect your urine in a sanitised container and dip the test strip for few seconds before taking it out.
For midstream form, all you have to do is just place the strip in your stream of urine. Both the tests have equally high success rates and both are equally effective.
For both, the form the reaction time is usually five minutes. So after five minutes you can expect to get clear results if you have done the test in the correct way.
For understanding you will notice that your kit has certain colour band markings. These colour bands help you to understand whether your test was successful or not.
If your test is POSITIVE than the colour band’s intensity which is indicated on the ovulation predictor kit will be either equal to or more than what is prescribed in the manual.
If the colour shade is lighter than the prescribed colour band or is absent, it indicates NEGATIVE result.
Negative result means that body is producing normal level of LH and it is not the most fertile time of the monthly cycle.
Positive test indicates that body is producing high level of LH and the highest chances of conceiving lies during this time.
One has to remember that since our body always produces LH is small quantities; the kit might recognise it and produce a light colour band.
This, however, does not imply that the test is positive. Only when the colour is either equal or darker than the shade described will it be considered positive.
Some common information regarding Ovulation Testing Kit
- The egg is released after 12-48 hours of LH surge. So this the best time for conceiving. So accordingly one can perform sexual intercourse based on the kit’s result.
- The best time to do this test is mid-afternoon since the proper level of LH is reflected in your urine at least after 4 hours of LH surge.
- It is advisable that these tests, when performed on a regular basis, should be done during the same time of the day.
- Also one should not consume too much of liquids at least 2 hours before the test because it may dilute the urine which in turn can affect the accuracy of the test.
When to start doing the test on a given month?
This is a very important question. So you need to follow few instructions. First, calculate the normal duration of your menstrual cycle.
The length of menstrual cycle is the first day of menstrual bleeding this month to the day before the bleeding begins next month.
If you have irregular menstrual cycles then consider the shortest cycle in the last few months and then on the basis of that follow the chart below and start doing the tests.
How effective are Ovulation Predictor Kits?
Ovulation predictor kits can only indicate the best 2 days of fertility thus increasing the chances of conceiving. It can never give the guaranty of getting pregnant naturally.
One has to be very clear about these notions. In 99% cases the results have been accurate. The best way to increase the chances of conception is regular sex throughout the fertile window of the menstrual cycle.
There are many other natural ways by which you can keep a tap on your menstrual cycle and calculate the dates manually.
Some of the common ways are charting your Basal Body Temperature (BBT) over a few cycles and checking your cervical mucus.
However irregular menstrual cycle can make this very complicated. The use of ovulation testing kits has made this task very simple and accurate.
This easy-to-do test ensures that your chances of conceiving are increased to a great extent.
Now a days these testing kits are very easily available in the supermarket and medical stores. Not only that, even one can easily order them online.
So go ahead and safely use the Ovulation predicting kit to increase your chances of pregnancy.