What Time Of Day Should I Use An Ovulation Test?

on Feb 10, 2013

by Alyssia Granger

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What Time Of Day Should I Use An Ovulation Test?

Is there a specific time that is best to take an ovulation test? Read on to find out more about how to use an ovulation test for the best results.

A home ovulation tests can be a lifesaver for many women who are trying to get pregnant. They are inexpensive, available almost anywhere, and they can really help you to know when you are ovulating. For the most part, they are simple and easy to use, and can really give women who are trying to conceive an upper hand on knowing when is the best time to have sex. But, is there a specific time that is best to take an ovulation test? Read on to find out more about how to use an ovulation test for the best results. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

How ovulation tests work

While most women who have taken a home pregnancy test before will notice that taking an at home ovulation test is similar, it is not the same. While home pregnancy tests detect whether or not there is any hCG (the pregnancy hormone) in a woman’s body, at home ovulation tests work completely differently. At home ovulation tests are testing for specific LH levels in a woman’s body. A woman’s LH levels usually surge around 36 hours before ovulation, so at home ovulation tests are used for detecting that surge, and knowing when to have sex in order to get pregnant.

Best time of day

When taking a home pregnancy test, it is important to make sure to test first thing in the morning, when the hCG levels are highest, and not diluted. However, things are a little bit different when you are using a at home ovulation test. Since ovulation tests are used each day over a period of time, you don’t really need to test first thing in the morning. What you do need to remember is that you should test at the same time each day. The time of the day really doesn’t matter too much, but as long as it is the same time each day, you should be fine. Some women recommend testing between 11am and 3pm, but that is not a rule, just a suggestion. Do what works best for you and you should be fine, unless your doctor suggests a specific time for you to test.

Limit water intake

You will receive the best results if you do not drink anything for a couple of hours prior to testing. This is because liquids can sometimes dilute the results.

Test twice a day

Also, since the LH surge can happen so quickly, some women choose to test twice per day, just to make sure they don’t miss the surge. If you choose to test twice per day, it is a good idea to try to test at least ten hours apart. This way, you can have the best chance of knowing just when ovulation will occur. That is so important when you are trying to conceive, since that is how you can know when to have sex with the best chances of getting pregnant. Testing twice a day can get pricey with store-bought ovulation tests. Try the TTC Kit, and receive 20 bonus ovulation tests with your purchase, enough to test two times daily!

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Alyssia is mom to 2 giggley twin girls, Sophia and Emma, and son Hunter. She's a Southern girl, passionate about photography, travel and her husband Josh.

  • Kira


    Unfortunately I miscarried at 6 weeks but desperate for a baby. Had a d and c and started having intercourse after a few days as was ready. It’s 3 weeks since my surgery and no cycle yet. Taken a pregnancy test which is negative. Using ovulation sticks at present but no luck. Am I timing this wrong so missing my surges?

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  • Carey

    Hi there! My cycles are all over the place and I have not menstruated in a few months so I have no idea when I am supposed to ovulate 🙁

    Should I start using strips right now? When is the best time of day to use them? I wake up around 5:30am and start my water intake around 8:30am. I heard you should not use the strips first thing in the morning but also not to use them after a lot of water intake so I am confused as to what time I should do it. Help! 🙂

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  • M.B.

    Morning (first morning urine) is not the best time to collect samples for ovulation tests, as LH is synthesized in your body in the morning and will not appear in your urine until the afternoon. The ideal time to collect a urine sample is in the afternoon, though testing may safely take place from 10am to early evening. 😉

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  • Ashley Presnell

    If you have not had a cycle in a few months you should see a doctor to make sure everything is okay

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  • samantha tucker

    Hello. Been having unprotected sex for 5 years and I didn’t get pregnant. We wasn’t trying to get pregnant either, but we r trying now starting the 1st of this month. But with in them 5 years wouldn’t u of thought I would of got pregnant in those 5 years? Could something be wrong or was we just lucky.?

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