Pregnancy & Ovulation / Fertility Kits refer to different items used by women to help gauge their ovulation period within their menstrual cycle. Fertility kits detect a rise in luteinizing hormone, or LH, which is the hormone that signals the ovary to release the egg, in the urine.
Apart from fertility kits, fertility monitors can also be used for the same objective and more. These monitors are digital handheld devices that not only predict ovulation based on LH levels in urine, but it can also predict ovulation based on electrolyte levels in saliva or basal body temperature. These devices can also store ovulation information for several menstrual cycles.
App and Kit?
As each woman has different needs when it comes to predicting their ovulation, deciding between an app or a kit can be a hassle. All women should track their ovulation cycles and an app can do that efficiently and easily. When period cycles are recorded, the app will let you know at which point in your cycle you are most fertile. If you want to get pregnant in the near future, using an app that tracks your menstrual cycle is an ideal strategy. Intercourse at least every other day is recommended around your most fertile time to maximize the chances of getting pregnant. An ovulation kit in conjunction with an app will be recommended if you have been trying to conceive for at least a year or want to conceive as soon as possible.
When is the best time to use a fertility kit?
Some women may find it difficult to start using fertility kits, especially when their cycles are irregular. Some ovulation kits also only come with about a week’s worth of tests, which can sometimes not be enough to cover the window which you may be ovulating. Because of this, it might be best for you to notice a build-up of fertile-quality cervical mucus before you begin testing.
These fertility kits, or ovulation tests, may be used at any time of the day; some of which suggest that testing as soon as you wake up may be best, but other brands do not require this. To gain better chances of success with it, testing the same time every day and reducing liquid intake for four hours before doing so would provide the most ideal conditions.
On the other hand, fertility monitors can give you an accurate prediction of your ovulation for up to a week in advance. Apps that come with the monitor can also help.
Accuracy of Fertility Kits
If these fertility kits or ovulation tests are taken correctly, these are more or less 99% accurate in being able to detect the LH surge that precedes ovulation. However, ovulation tests are not able to confirm whether ovulation will actually occur a day or two days later. And in some cases, women may have higher levels of LH hormones without releasing an egg, which is known as Luteinized Unruptured Follicle Syndrome or LUFS.
Other conditions, like polycystic ovarian syndrome or PCOS, may also lead women to experience small false peaks in the LH hormone before the actual peak. This could result in timing intercourse a bit too early.
Fertility kits and monitors are an effective tool to help keep track of your cycle to maximize the ovulation period to help conceive. With the right tools and knowledge, working these kits would be a breeze and before you know it, you are able to be more aware of your cycle while increasing the chances of having a baby.