Everything You Need To Know About Ovulation Tests

by Khadija MAWHOUB

Once the desire to have children is there, it can often not go fast enough to get pregnant. But, With an ovulation test, you can quickly and reliably find out when the most fertile days are. Ovulation tests are also offered under the names ‘fertility test’.

The chance of getting pregnant is the greatest one to two days before ovulation and on the day of ovulation itself. The calculation with an ovulation calculator helps to track ovulation. However, if the cycle is rather irregular or if you have a lot of stress, the calculation in the ovulation calculator is often too imprecise. With an ovulation test, the fertile days can be determined more precisely and you can get pregnant faster.

How Does an Ovulation Test Work?

The concentration of the luteinizing hormone (LH) in the urine is measured. This hormone triggers the emergence of a mature egg from the ovary. About 24 to 36 hours before ovulation, the LH hormone is greatly increased and this concentration shows on an ovulation test. So it is very clear which are the two most fertile days in the individual cycle: the day before ovulation and the day on which ovulation takes place. The chances of having a baby are greatest on these two days.

Every ovulation test usually contains a precise description of how the test works. One thing is always the same: the application is completely uncomplicated! One should know the average length of the cycle and the first day of the last period. With a test strip, the urine can then be easily examined from around the 11th day of the cycle (when ovulation is approaching). The test strip only shows whether the LH hormone is detectable in a concentrated amount for only five minutes. If not: Simply repeat the test the next day until you have caught the fertile days.

Tip: You shouldn’t have drunk too much and it is best not to go to the toilet four hours before the test.

What Can an Ovulation Test Do?

  • An ovulation test shows you the most fertile days of your cycle reliably (98%).
  • With the help of an ovulation test, it can be clarified whether ovulation takes place at all.
  • It can be read again and again that an ovulation test is also
    suitable as a method of contraception. However, this is not advisable. Because you can also get pregnant before and after the two most fertile days, just less likely. 

Where Can I Get an Ovulation Test?

Ovulation tests are not prescription only. You can simply buy them in the pharmacy or order them online. Depending on the manufacturer and system, the tests cost between $20 and $40 per cycle. However, you can of course use the remaining test strips in the next cycle.

The Different Types of Ovulation Tests

There are different types: test strips, test sticks, and test cassettes. All three methods have the same goal: they indicate when the two most fertile days are due.

Test strips: Similar to a pregnancy test, a strip is immersed in the urine for ten seconds. After a few minutes, you can see how high the LH concentration in the urine is.

Classic and digital ovulation tests: In the digital tests, the result is not displayed as a line, but digitally. For example, a smiley symbolizes that the fertile days are beginning.

ovulation tests using the cassette method: in this case, the urine is collected in a sterile beaker and the LH hormone is only detected from a very high concentration. As a result, the reliability of this method is somewhat higher.

What To Do if the Ovulation test Always Shows a Negative Result?

In this case, it is very likely that you are not ovulating at all. It’s best to talk to your gynecologist about this so she can make an accurate diagnosis.

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