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Do Ovulation Tests Work?

If you’re trying to work out when you’re ovulating, whether it’s to boost your chances of getting pregnant or simply to identify where you are in menstrual cycle, or judge if medication or lifestyle changes intended to encourage spontaneous ovulation are having the desired effect, then ovulation tests seem to offer a simple solution.

The Advantages

Ovulation Tests, otherwise known as Ovulation Predictor Kits (or OPKs) have a lot of advantages. They’re widely available, and relatively low in cost so you can add a pack to your weekly shop without too much disruption to your routine or your finances.

They’re also relatively convenient to use: similar to pregnancy tests they test your urine to check for hormone levels and give you a simple Yes or No result based on what they find. As long as you don’t mind the process of using them, they provide a quick and definitive answer to the answer.

The Drawbacks

Unfortunately, this isn’t the full story.

For one thing, even if you’re in perfect health, and perfectly fit the average hormonal profile the tests are configured for, there’s some debate about when in the day you should use the test to get the most accurate results. Some experts favour the morning, suggesting this will give time for your hormones to concentrate in your bladder overnight while others say this could give you a false positive and you need to wait until the afternoon.

With debate over when you can effectively use your OPK to get a result you can trust, it’s hard to recommend it, and that’s only the start of the problems.

If you have a naturally high or low level of the Luteinising Hormone (or LH) then it could cause the tests to register false positive or false negatives, either missing when you ovulate altogether or telling you that you’re ovulating far too much to be useful or accurate.

On top of this, if you have a condition like Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, which affects your hormones, the results of OPKs can become so distorted they don’t have any predictive power whatsoever.

Other Solution

You need other, better solutions if you want to get an accurate indication of whether you are ovulating, along with a prediction as to when it will happen next. OvuSense uses your Basal Body Temperature – the low minimum your body temperature drops to when your body is at rest – to find answers that aren’t affected by hormone issues. Combined with an algorithm to turn your temperature readings into predictions, this gives you results you can rely on as a foundation for your plans.