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Discovering Your Fertility With Ovulation Testing

Jul 20, 2008
Ovulation tests are chromatographic immunoassay used for the detection of a hormone called LH (Luteinizing Hormone). This hormone is present in small quantity and surges in the middle of menstrual cycle. The pituitary gland releases the LH in large quantities at this point more than any other time in the menstrual cycle. The surge remains for about 3 days and the women are more likely to ovulate at this time. In the initial hours the LH surge is evident in blood, later after 8-12 hours it is detected in urine.

Determining Ovulation

Luteinizing Hormone amounts can be determined by using a test which tries to show fertility levels and when ovulation will occur. The kit used will give you a good idea when is the best time for you to try for pregnancy. It will actually let you determine when the Luteinizing Hormone spike (by using your urine) is happening so you will know the most likely time for ovulation, usually in 24-36 hours.

If the test shows positive, then this means you are ovulating or about to ovulate because the Luteinizing Hormone is high. You then probably have a window of about 2-3 days. However, not all women ovulate exactly during the middle of their cycle. Therefore, even testing for several days mid-cycle, you may not attain a positive test. Things to knows about the tests:

-Food and Drug Administration Certified

-An easy urine dipping test used for testing the Luteinizing Hormone

-Will show the outcome in a short amount of time

-They are 95% to 98% accurate

-based on SAMHSA levels

When should the ovulation test be conducted?

To determine when to conduct the ovulation test, initially you have to make use of fertility awareness and determine the most efficient day to conduct the test according to your monthly cycle. Determine the usual length of the menstrual cycle over the last few months and determine the first day of the menstrual cycle to start testing.

For the most part, you can perform testing at any time during the day. In trying to acquire the best results, it is advisable to try reduce the amount of liquids you drink in the four hours before the test. Taking the test at a consistent time is also so important. Even with these stipulations, the LH test is much less of a hassle than trying to keep up with your body temp. or testing cervical mucus to find out your ovulation. Using the kits will help you be more aware of your monthly cycle.

Hopefully, this article has given you some valuable information about trying this type of hormone testing, which can be done conveniently in your own home.
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