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Ovulation Predictor Kit

If you’re trying to get pregnant then you’ll soon find you need to learn as much as possible about ovulation. This one event, the release of an egg from your ovaries, is the keystone of your menstrual cycle, and identifying it helps you to make sure you’re trying to conceive at the right time to ensure success. Unless you’re trying in a precise window around when you ovulate, your chances of success take a dramatic plunge. Sperm can survive around five days in a woman’s body, and an egg is fertile for up to a day after being released, which gives you a window of six days around ovulation to try for conception: around five days before hand, and one day after.

It’s clear, then that identifying when you ovulate is one of the most important things you can to help with conception. There are lots of options for tracking and predicting ovulation, but you need to make sure you’re picking some that are really useful to you – if you don’t you’re wasting time and effort on something that won’t help you get pregnant!

Ovulation Predictor Kits are widely available, and work very similarly to home pregnancy tests: they test urine for certain hormones and use the results to give a simply yes/no answer to whether you’re menstruating.

They can offer a great deal of convenience, as they are widely available for pharmacists and even supermarkets, and they require a lot less time and commitment than other tests, but are they right for you?

They’re calibrated to work for the average woman: someone with the average mix of hormones, and no major health issues coming between them and fertility. Unfortunately, almost nobody is average.

If you happen to have a particularly strong surge of LH (the Luteinising Hormone, which cues your ovaries to release an egg, and these kits test for) then you might find you get false positives from the test days before or after you actually ovulate. If your body works on lower traces of the hormone it may not trigger a positive result at all, leading you to miss the ovulation when it happens!

These differences don’t necessarily indicate any health issues – just the natural variety of the human experience! If you do add health conditions into the mix, the results get even less helpful. If you’re taking fertility medication to help you conceive, then false positives could become much more common, as the medication drives a surge in hormones. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is one of the most common challenges to fertility, and renders hormone tests all but useless. The irregular or missed cycles the syndrome brings with it makes it hard to identify when you should even be using a kit, let alone get a helpful result from one.

If hormone-based ovulation prediction kits don’t work for you, you do have options! OvuSense works by monitoring your core temperature and using that as a predictor for ovulation, establishing what is ‘normal’ for you, and basing its predictions on that rather than an ‘off the shelf’ profile of a woman’s body.

Find out more about core temperature technology and fertility here