Ovulation Predictor Kits (OPK)

Last updated on May 27, 2012

by Lucy Eades

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Want to take the guesswork out of pinpointing your most fertile days? Learn how an ovulation predictor kit (OPK) can help you.

OPK’s can be a tremendous amount of help and if you’re like my husband and I, when you’re ready to conceive, you want a baby right now. You don’t want to have to go through an entire cycle; 30 days can seem like forever! And especially if you have to wait more than one cycle like the majority of couples do. And then, once you get your positive, as exciting as it may be, you still have to wait 9 long, long, long months before you finally get to hold your baby. Claim Your 20 Free Ovulation Tests – Click Here

Ovulation, and why it matters

Being able to shorten that trying to conceive process by pinpointing that window of opportunity is an important step toward conceiving. You & your partner can have unprotected sex all you want and still fail to fall pregnant. The reason being, is that you have to time intercourse to exactly when you are ovulating, which only occurs once every month. Sometimes, it makes me wonder how so many unwanted teenage pregnancies are occurring, when the biology of getting pregnant is really quite a complicated process. So again, knowing exactly when you ovulate is a key component to getting pregnant quickly. But how do you know when you ovulate?

How to pinpoint ovulation

There are a number of ways to pinpoint ovulation. You can use an ovulation calculator to help estimate your expected ovulation date, based on a couple variables, like average cycle length and first day of last period. You can also chart your daily basal body temperature and keep the data together on a chart to help discover your exact date of ovulation and be able to predict what your body will do month to month. Or, you can take ovulation predictor kits (OPKs).

What are OPKs?

An ovulation predictor kit (OPK) does the same thing as the above methods (ovulation calculator or charting your temps) by helping you pinpoint the day you ovulate. An OPK looks very similar to a pregnancy test, in which you hold it in your urine stream, and it will detect the presence of luteinizing hormone (LH) which is present when you ovulate. You begin taking an ovulation predictor kit a week before you suspect you will ovulate, and continue taking a new OPK until you get the positive response you’re looking for. Once the test shows positive, you know you will ovulate within 12-48 hours so now is the time for some baby-making.

Why should I use an OPK?

Unlike the ovulation calculator, OPK results are precise, and once you get a positive test result, you know without a doubt your body is about to ovulate. And unlike charting your temperatures, which only indicates once ovulation has already occurred, an OPK result will tell you ahead of time when you will ovulate. So you will have time to plan ahead and get busy baby-making! You can find ovulation predictor kits at any drugstore, but they can be a bit pricey, considering you have to take them for up to a week to 10 days to make sure you don’t miss your ovulation date. But there’s nothing more effective in timing intercourse best than an OPK. Claim Your 20 Free Ovulation Tests – Click Here

Not to mention if you do run into any fertility issues, you will be able to pass along that information from charting and your OPK results to your doctor who can then better assist you as well in getting a family a little bit quicker. Also some families just don’t want to use typical birth control methods, instead they want to go a more natural route by using Natural Family Planning also known as NFP. And by doing so, ovulation predictor kits can help better assist you in determining when you’re going to ovulate.

Ok Ladies, until next time, see you later!
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Lucy is a mother of three, who’s passionate about all things AP parenting. When she’s not busy giving tips on keeping babies healthy & happy, you can find her blogging on her popular YouTube channel

  • I believe OPK’s are extremely beneficial when TTC!  Helped me a TON to know when ovulation was going to happen!  (I got pregnant using these as well as maca for supplementation of my “old” eggs – HA!)

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  • Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

    Congratulations! I do suggest that you start taking fertility pills and folic acid supplements to support your child with a healthy development. It is also important that you regularly see your doctor for prenatal check-ups in order for you to be ensured of a safe and healthy pregnancy.

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  • kim22

    I have iud since September 2013 my last period was June 6th I had all my symptoms 2 weeks ago that I get when getting my period still no period should I be worried and July 4th I was so sick and feeling tired.

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  • Dr. Christine Lee, MD

    Knowing that IUDs can’t completely prevent you from getting pregnant and you have been showing the early signs and symptoms of pregnancy, there is a good chance that you might be pregnant and it is best that you take a home pregnancy test 14 days after the first day that you have missed your period for a consistent result. However; if you want to confirm if you’re pregnant or not as soon as 6 days after ovulation, it is best that you try a blood pregnancy test.

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  • Ellen

    What i need to in-take? we almost 2 years in marriage but sad to say until now i couldn’t pregnant? what should i do?

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  • Steffanie

    I have PCOS and am diabetic. I recently lost close to 30 pounds and since then my periods have become regular ( for the last 4 months) and my blood sugars have regulated without Metformin. We tried fertility a few years ago, but I never ovulated and it got too expensive so we quit trying. I’m wondering since these recent changes if I could be ovulating? Should I take metformin anyways? I’m 38 and would like to have a baby soon. We gave up before but since these changes we have new hope. I ordered the conceive easy kit but I’m not sure if I’m setting myself up for disappointment. Any advice is welcome.

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  • Moni

    Trying to conceive ???? my period came on the 4th of febuary and the calamdRa on google told me my fertite days are 15 to the 19. And my big O comes on the 18 I had sex the 16 and 17 could I be PREGANT ? Help

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  • Jahayla

    Question , If I Had Sex On My Ovulation Day .. And My Period Is Due In 5 Days Then Should I Take A Pregnancy Test ? And Suppose If It Comes Back Negative And I Still Havent Come On My Period What Should I Do ?

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