Are Over the Counter Fertility Tests Worth the Cost?

Are Over the Counter Fertility Tests Worth the Cost?

Ovulation is a crucial part of becoming pregnant. Without it, you are not able to become pregnant on your own. But not everyone’s body works the same way, which means it can be difficult to guess when a particular woman is ovulating or not. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

What Does a Normal Cycle Look Like?

In general, there really is no such thing as a normal cycle. While it is typically considered that women will have a 28-day cycle, this is not always the case. In fact, many women have cycles that are short or longer than this.

Each month, an egg will be released by the body. It will travel through the fallopian tubes where it will wait to become fertilized. During this time, a woman is ovulating. If the egg does not become fertilized, a woman will begin her period and her cycle will begin again.

Knowing when you Ovulate

Understanding when you ovulate is important if you are looking at conceiving. Your egg is only available for about 24 hours after it is released, so sperm will need to be present at the right time. One of the best ways to determine this is through the use of an ovulation predictor kit.

These kits are available over the counter and you will need to use them daily. Naturally, you may notice they can become rather expensive if you need to use them for a long period of time. However, they are definitely worth the money because they can help you become pregnant faster.

How to Use Them

When you are using an ovulation predictor kit, you will need to use one strip each day. It is always suggested that you use them first thing in the morning, before you eat or drink anything. You may also want to use another one after lunch, but will want to wait until there is very little food or drink in your system.

These tests will look for a specific hormone in your body that is only present before you begin ovulating. Using a strip daily is the only way to ensure you will know the perfect time for ovulation. The test will begin testing positive a couple of days before you begin ovulating.

When you are using these strips, you should start having intercourse as soon as you test positive for ovulation. Having intercourse every other day for a few days after first testing positive ovulation. This help give you the best opportunity of conceiving quickly and reducing the amount of money you must spend on ovulation predictor kits.

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Monica Scott, BS, RN
Monica Scott, BS, RN | ConceiveEasy
Ms. Scott joined ConceiveEasy after working in prenatal obstetrical care for two years in a private practice before being promoted to Director of Nursing. She has a strong interest in women's health with an emphasis on promoting fertility awareness.