How to Use Your Ovulation Predictor Kit

If you or your Doctor have decided an ovulation predictor kit would be useful in attempting to conceive, here are a few tips to get accurate results.

First of all, ovulation kits require a urine sample to be tested. For best results, avoid using your first void of the day, as your urine is more concentrated when you first wake up, and can cause misleading results. Because ovulation predictor kits are looking for increasing concentrations of hormones to allow you to detect upcoming ovulation, you do not want to mistakenly use an excessively concentated urine sample.

Many women prefer to test first thing in the morning. If you cannot test later in the day, try getting up and voiding, then drink some fluids while you get ready for your day. You will be able to void a second time before leaving the house, and this will be a more accurate sample for ovulation prediction.

It can sometimes be difficult to interpret the results from an ovulation predictor test. Most kits ask you to compare two lines and expect ovulation when the lines are similar. This can sometimes be a challenge. In order to better understand the results of your kit, stick with one brand of kit and practice using it over time.

If you are still uncertain when the test kit is positive, try this exercise. During one cycle, have intercourse when your think your kit shows you are ovulating, and then continue to test your urine even though ovulation has past. This will help you see the maximum darkness of your test line. Knowing that the ovulation signal (LH surge) only lasts 48-60 hours, your test line will eventually start to fade away if you continue testing after ovulation. Seeing this line fade will help you know the peak darkness of your test line and give you more confidence in pinpinting your most fertile time.

An important note: The best time to attempt to conceive is right before as well as during ovulation. This is because sperm can live 3 days in the female reproductive tract. If you have intercourse right before ovulation, the sperm will be ready and waiting in the reproductive tract when the egg is released. The sperm will be able to fertilize the egg quickly while it is most receptive. Having intercourse before and during ovulation means you do not have to pinpoint the exact time of ovulation. Your true goal is to know when you are about to ovulate, and the predictor kits allows you to do that.

Information is provided by: The National Women's Health Information Center which is Sponsored by the_Office on Women's Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services