Being aware of when you are ovulating is an important step, even the most important step when you are trying to become pregnant. Tracking your ovulation with different tests can be key, but which ovulation tests are worth your time and money? Here’s how they – and other ovulation tests – work.
Tracking the LH Surge
When an egg-bearing follicle has fully matured, there is an increase in the production in luteinizing hormone (LH) in response to a decrease in estrogen. The result is a surge of LH that lasts for 24 to 48 hours. This surge actually triggers ovulation, causing the follicle to rupture and release the egg.
LH can be detected in urine, which means that the high levels present during the surge can be measured in a urinary ovulation test. Since the LH surge triggers ovulation, detecting the surge with an ovulation test can indicate when you are most likely to get pregnant.
First Response Test Kits
We recommend the ovulation tests and kits from First Response. Each of these tests proved to be 99% accurate in laboratory tests. And with three different test kits available, there’s a choice that matches anyone’s needs and budget.
The Test & Confirm Ovulation Test Kit includes ten line test kits that indicate an LH surge with a colored line, plus a digital test kit. If a line test shows a solid line, it indicates a possible LH surge. You can then use the digital test to confirms an LH surge with a clear “Yes+” or “No-” result.
The Daily Digital Ovulation Test includes 20 urine test sticks and a digital reader that can track your daily LH levels. The reader remembers these readings to accurately detect the LH surge and tell you “Yes+” – you should try to conceive in the next 24-36 hours.
The Ovulation Plus Pregnancy Test includes seven ovulation line tests as well as an early result pregnancy test. The former can help you pinpoint your most fertile days, while the latter can tell you if you are pregnant up to six days before your missed period.
When to Use Ovulation Tests
On average, ovulation occurs about two weeks after the start of your last period. The precise amount of time can vary from woman to woman, of course. First Response test kits include multiple ovulation tests so you can be sure to detect ovulation as soon as it starts.
First Response tests can be found at many local retailers and online. Coupons are available from First Response, including $3 off any of the testing kits. If you would like more information on how to test and track when ovulation to have the best chance to get pregnant, visit our page on ovulation.