You’ve had regular sexual intercourse, yet your pregnancy test still reads negative. It’s more than sex. You need to have sex at the right time. Having sex during your ovulation period has a higher chance of aiding conception. However, not every woman knows how to calculate their ovulation days. This is normal. It can get frustrating at times.
This article explains how best to know when you’re ovulating and how to use ovulation test kits.
One way to track ovulation is by using an ovulation kit or fertility monitor. Suppose you have been trying to conceive for a few months without success.
In that case, you may consider using an ovulation kit or fertility monitor to help identify the best time to have intercourse. This will help maximise your chances of getting pregnant.
How do ovulation test kits work?
They work by detecting the luteinising hormone in your urine. It increases 24-48 hours before ovulation. This LH surge triggers ovulation, the release of an egg from one of your ovaries. Ovulation is the most fertile time of your cycle. You need to take advantage of these days.
Most people think this device detects an actual ovulation day. It doesn’t; it only detects the LH hormones preceding ovulation. You may have sexual intercourse when you notice the LH surge.
Sometimes, the eggs fail to leave the ovarian follicle even after an LH surge. This condition is known as luteinised unruptured follicle syndrome (LUFS).
When can I use an ovulation test kit?
It is best to wait until you notice a build-up of fertile-quality cervical mucus. This mucus is usually clear, egg whitish, and sticky. Depending on your cycle length, you can use ovulation test kits one week after your period.
You should know your cycle length before using your kit. This applies if you have a 28 days cycle length.
How accurate are ovulation test kits?
When taken correctly, ovulation tests are approximately 99% accurate in detecting the LH surge that precedes ovulation.
How do I use ovulation test kits?
- Pick a day to test mid cycle
- Urinate directly on the strip or pee in a cup
- Dip the strip in the urine (If in a cup)
- Read the test for a positive or negative result
Some drugs that may disrupt your ovulation are:
- Fertility drugs
- Antibiotics like Tetracyclines
- Hormonal birth control
- Hormone replacement therapy
Does age affect ovulation?
Yes, women in their 40s have more LH surges than other ages, although it might be inconsistent.
How much are ovulation test kits in Nigeria?
Ovulation test kits are more expensive than pregnancy test kits. They range from #5000-#20,000, depending on your place of purchase.