Need to Find out When your Ovulating? Try an Ovulation Test

November 12, 2012

Need to Find out When your Ovulating? Try an Ovulation Test

If you’re trying to get pregnant and haven’t had success, you might consider trying an ovulation test kit.

If you’re trying to get pregnant, it helps to know when you’re ovulating. What better way than by using an ovulation test. There are many products on the market but as an example consider the ClearBlue Easy Fertility Monitor. This will help you determine when you will be able to conceive. Remember, there are only certain days when you can get pregnant.

How Your Cycle Works

During your menstrual cycle, the ovaries go through a series of changes that allow for an egg to further develop and get ready for fertilization. With the release of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) a follicle will develop and allow for secondary development of a single egg. Later luteinizing hormone (LH) is released that prepares the uterine wall for implantation of the fertilized egg (zygote). It turns out that you are born with all the eggs you will have for life however, they are arrested in development and develop one by one each time you go through your cycle. So each month your ovaries go through a series of changes that allow an egg to mature and be released from a follicle in the ovary and pass into the fallopian tube where it may be fertilized. Once fertilized the egg will pass down into the uterus and implant itself and develop into a fetus. There is will remain for nine months and then birthing begins. If the egg is not fertilized within a day or so, the uterine wall is sloughed along with the unfertilized egg and your period begins. Then your cycle will begin all over again until you reach menopause and fertility ends.

How to Increase Your Chances of Getting Pregnant

The problem is, many women have slightly different cycles in terms of how long the cycle is and exactly when ovulation occurs. Some women have a 28 day cycle and others may have a 35 day cycle and yet some may miss periods in between. An ovulation test can help you to determine when you are ovulating and increase your chances of getting pregnant. Otherwise, it can be a hit or miss event. Many things can alter your cycle such as stress, hormonal imbalances, obesity and age.

Where to Buy

Ovulation test kits are available at your local pharmacy and in some food stores and don’t require a prescription. Essentially what an ovulation test does is to detect the surge in luteinizing hormone (LH) in the urine just before you ovulate. This indicates that a follicle is about to rupture and release an egg. You are about to become fertile. An ovulation test should be done in the afternoon for best results.

Determine Your Cycle

To use an ovulation test kit properly, you need to know that your cycle begins on the first day you have your period. The average cycle time runs about 28 days and if your cycle is close to this then begin using the ovulation test kit on day 11 of your cycle. You’ll need to continue using the kit for at least 6 more days. You may need to continue using the ovulation test kit for 9 days if your cycle runs 34 to 35 days instead of 28 days. Prices vary for these kits running somewhere between 20 to 50 dollars. Bear in mind you may have to buy multiple kits because you may need to test for several months in a row to increase your chances of getting pregnant. There are many ovulation test kits available, talk with your pharmacist and see what he/she recommends.

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