Ovulation predictor kits are a great way for women to determine exactly when, during their cycle, they are ovulating helping to take some of the guess work out of determining when they are most likely to conceive. The kits are also a good way for doctors and patients to determine if a woman is not ovulating resulting in a potential fertility problem.
For women planning a pregnancy and trying to conceive one of the big challenges is timing, knowing exactly when that little egg drops. There are several ways to go about determining when you will ovulate including taking your basal body temperature and determining the consistency of your cervical mucus, however, those often still leave room for error, still leave questions. Ovulation predictor kits take a lot of the guess work out of it and provide women with an easy method to figuring out when they are ovulating. If a couple is having difficulty conceiving their doctor will often recommend the use of an ovulation predictor kit as the first step in determining if there are any fertility issues preventing pregnancy.
Ovulation predictor kits are easy to use and are very similar to the home pregnancy tests available on the market. In fact, many of the same companies that produce home pregnancy tests also produce home ovulation predictor kits as well. The kits use urine to test for LH hormones (luteinizing hormone) in your system. LH hormones are released within 24-48 hours of ovulation. If you get a positive result on an ovulation predictor then it is safe to assume you will be ovulating some time in the next 24 to 48 hours. Those 24-48 hours before ovulation is the most fertile time in your cycle and the time when conception is most likely to occur.
Each ovulation predictor kit will come with its own set of instructions and since each test may vary slightly be sure to read through the directions carefully before taking the test. If you are unsure on how to use an ovulation predictor kit or if one would be useful to you as you are trying to conceive be sure to talk to your doctor.