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If my Ovulation Test is Negative Can I Still Get Pregnant?

It’s well known that one of the most important things to do when you’re trying to get pregnant is tracking your ovulation. If you know when you ovulate, you can work out when your fertile window is – the stretch of days when sperm could survive to encounter the egg after ovulation in the 24 hours while it’s still fertile.

An ovulation test is a simple way to determine if you’re ovulating – they measure the hormones in your urine, looking for a spike in the Luteinising Hormone that encourages your ovaries to release an egg. If the test comes back negative, you might think it’s impossible for you to become pregnant. That may be a matter for celebration, if you’re using this as a birth control method, or depression, if you’re looking for your next fertile window to help you conceive.

Today, OvuSense is taking a look at the implications of that negative result: does it mean you can’t get pregnant?

False Negatives

One of the main things you need to be aware of is the potential for these tests, known as OPKs or Ovulation Predictor Kits, to give you inaccurate results. There are lots of different reasons you might not get the best results from a hormone- based test: if you have naturally high or low levels of the Luteinizing Hormone then the tests may return a false positive or a false negative result; the time of day you take the test is important – there’s a chance of missing your chance to detect the LH surge if you take the test after it’s dissipated; also, if you have a hormone- based condition like PCOS or Hyperthyroidism then these tests can’t give you an accurate result, as the hormones they look for are lost in the general disruption of the condition.

This all means that a negative result from an OPK doesn’t necessarily mean you’re not ovulating, and that you can’t get pregnant. If you’re trying to get pregnant, you still have the chance to conceive, and if you’re trying not, then relying on OPKs isn’t a complete solution for you.

Other Methods

There are other hormone-based methods to detect ovulation, like kits that test your saliva, but these are subject to a lot of the same drawbacks as other OPKs. A more accurate method is to track your Basal Body Temperature – the low level your core temperature drops to when your metabolism falls to its minimum, such as when you’re asleep. This isn’t linked to your hormone levels so it’s something you can use if you’re trying to get pregnant with PCOS.

If you take your temperature immediately after you wake up, you can access this basal level, and over time you’ll see a small changes that are linked to when you ovulate. OvuSense makes it easy to use this way to predict when you ovulate with a specialised thermometer that’s paired with a specialised app that turns those readings into a prediction, so you have a better chance to conceive!

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