Trying to conceive but not working despite your doctor telling you that everything is well? Your doctor also adds that you only need to work it out at the right time in order to conceive and you wonder how? In such situations it is best to understand the crucial period in which you can have a higher probability of getting pregnant, which is your ovulation period.
The ovulation process is the period in which the ovaries release one or more eggs that when fertilised with a sperm can get you pregnant. Women in general have only four to six days in a month to conceive and every month, your ovaries mature with 15 to 20 eggs inside and off these the largest egg is pushed out into the pelvic cavity and swims into the fallopian tube during which they survive for from 12 hours to 24 hours. In addition, sperms can survive in a woman’s body for up to five days, and hence, It is during this period when you can actually conceive which means that you must have intercourse during these days leading up to your ovulation cycle. As a woman, understanding your ovulation cycle is the best way to plan your pregnancy around it and how does one do this is by using an ovulation kit.
An ovulation kit is designed to aid women to decide when their ovulation cycle occurs so that they can plan to conceive or not to conceive, accordingly. However, do note that despite gaining awareness of the ovulation period, it cannot guarantee pregnancy, but it can only improve chances of it. There are other means to forecast your ovulation cycle that include charting out your menstrual cycle and a thorough study of changes in your cervical mucus. These can however be a tricky affair which demands effort and attention. Indeed, the easier way is to purchase an ovulation kit that enables accurate prediction of your ovulation period, well in advance.
Ovulation test kits can be purchased online or from a medical store. These ovulation kits are retailed as urine-based ovulation test kits and saliva-based ovulation test kits. A urine-based ovulation test kit predicts your ovulation period by testing your urine sample for any rise in the luteinising hormone (LH) that increases by two to five times as your ovulation cycle nears. It is the 12 to 36 hours in which the LH is at its highest peak that marks as the most fertile period in which you can most likely conceive.
The newer method is the saliva-based ovulation test kit which is more popular and convenient as it uses your saliva to predict your ovulation cycle. It is portable, pocket-friendly and microscope-sized on which you need to spit. It works by measuring your oestrogen levels which rises as you near the ovulation cycle, and hence can help determine the most likely period in which you ovulate.
Urine-based ovulation tests are 99% accurate while the saliva-based ovulation tests are less precise. Since your LH surges in their own accordance, and not as per your ovulation cycle, you must not get disheartened or disappointed if the results as not as per what you desired. Prior to using the ovulation test kit, you must collect your urine between 2:00 pm and 2:30pm. Even if you miss out on this time range, the time between 10:00 am and 8:00 pm will also work. After application of the urine sample on the ovulation test kit, view the results within 10 minutes to get the most accurate reading. If using the saliva-based ovulation test kit, do so early morning on empty stomach to get the most accurate results. Do note that there are certain drugs that contain luteinising hormones which can affect your results, so avoid ingesting them when you plan using your ovulation test kit.