How Do I Read an Ovulation Test?

How Do I Read an Ovulation Test?

What is an OPK?

Many women choose to use over the counter ovulation prediction kits as a way to help them try to conceive sooner and more easily. Ovulation Predicton Kits are a great help for many women- they are available over the counter, they’re affordable, and for the most part, they are easy to use.

Much easier than charting your basal body temperature to track ovulation. If a woman isn’t sure of when exactly her fertile times are, she can buy one of these kits, and use it every day to figure out when her ovulation time is near. Then, she can make sure to have sex on those days, for the best chance of getting pregnant. Claim Your 20 Free Ovulation Tests – Click Here

How do they work?

Many over the counter ovulation prediction kits are easy to understand, but some can be a bit confusing. If you have ever used an over the counter at home pregnancy test before, you already have the general idea of how ovulation prediction kits work. The great thing about them is that you can detect ovulation before it occurs, offering a greater chance of pregnancy.

Ovulation prediction kits, like at home pregnancy tests, use your urine to detect changes in your hormones. However, you only take a home pregnancy test when you think you are pregnant, you take an ovulation prediction kit test every single day until you get a positive result.

What to do

You can either place the test strip in your midstream urine or use a collection cup to dip the test strip into the urine. You will probably need to wait a few (five or so) minutes for the results to appear. You will not be seeing a “plus” or “minus” sign like with a pregnancy test, though. Instead, you will be comparing the color of the strip to a control band.

The control band will tell you what the results of the color of the test strip mean. You will be given a control color to compare your result band to. You are going to be looking for the result band to be DARKER or THE SAME COLOR as the control band. This indicates that your LH levels have surged, and your egg is about to be released. Once you see that darker or comparable color, you know what to do! Get to the bedroom and get busy!

Things to remember

First of all, while OPK’s are pretty affordable, constantly buying test strips can really add up. Some women prefer to use OPK’s in conjunction with a basal body thermometer, to give them a better idea of the general time frame in which they will most likely ovulate.

Also, you might want to test more than once per day. This is because the LH surge happens very quickly, and if you don’t pay close attention, you might miss it! All in all, OPK’s are a great option for helping women conceive. Go ahead and try one today!

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Maureen Stephens, BS, RN
Maureen Stephens, BS, RN | ConceiveEasy
Ms. Stephens has spent over twenty years in the healthcare world, specializing in obstretical and medical/surgical nursing. She joined ConceiveEasy as she has a strong interest in educating and empowering women and promoting fertility awareness.