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Steps in Taking an Ovulation Test

Posted Tuesday, August 14, 2012 2:29 PM

Taking an Ovulation TestAn ovulation test is a test that helps to predict when a woman is most fertile. Since ovulation occurs only once a month, people who are trying to get pregnant can benefit from knowing the time of ovulation. They can also be useful for people who are trying to avoid pregnancy because they will know when the times are that they need to abstain from intercourse. It works by testing the amount of lutenizing homone in the urine. While this is always naturally present in the urine, during ovulation the amount of LH increases drastically.

Know When to Start Testing

For people who are using an ovulation test to check the times of their fertility, it is important to know when the best time to start testing is. This is accomplished by knowing the length of the woman’s menstrual cycle. The estimated time of ovulation can be determined when this information is known. To know the exact date to start testing, take the date of the last period and subtract 16 days. This will give you the day of the cycle that testing should begin. In order to do this properly, you must have a relatively regular menstrual cycle.

Tips for Specimen Collection

As previously mentioned, the specimen that is tested is the woman’s urine. In order to get the most accurate result from your ovulation test, it is best to take the test at a time other than first thing in the morning. This is when the most LH is present in the urine and the results of the test could become skewed. No matter what time of day you take the test, it is important to do it the same time each day. Always make sure that the receptacle used to collect the specimen is clean and dry for accurate results.

Using Your Test

When the specimen is collected, it is important to use the ovulation test immediately. The test should be removed from its wrapper after the specimen has been collected to avoid possible contamination. Use the dropper included to place a sample of the urine specimen into the appropriate area of the test. Be sure to use 3 drops to make sure there is enough to test. After about 5 minutes the test can be read. Do not read the test after 10 minutes because then you face the possibility of a false reading.

The Importance of an Ovulation Test

Knowing the day of ovulation is an important part of determining when the best time to get pregnant is. It is also an important part of preventing unwanted pregnancy. People who take medication for any reason should consult their doctor before beginning testing because some medications can interfere with the accuracy of the test. People who use these tests are able to rest easy knowing the time of ovulation so they can ensure or avoid pregnancy, depending on their reasons. An ovulation test can be an important tool in understanding your fertility.

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