Ovulation test: how it works and how to use it
What are the tests and how to use?
There are several types of ovulation tests, the most popular of which are disposable options that use saliva and urine. Testing with the help of saliva is not yet as popular as test strips that use bladder contents as a reagent. How to use the test for ovulation? Actually very easy! Usually, gynecologists advise to start testing at 6–7 days after the end of menstruation, that is, at 11–12 day of the cycle, for a 28-day cycle. The test reacts to the content in the urine of luteinizing hormone, the level of which rises sharply 24-48 hours before the release of the egg from the follicle. To use the test for ovulation should be every day at about the same time. Before testing, you should carefully read the instructions to it. Usually, all tests are used in approximately the same way: the test should be dipped into a container with urine or put under a stream (if it is suitable for this type of fence) for a while. You can evaluate the result on average in 5-7 minutes.
Interpretation of test results
It should be remembered that the presence of the second strip on a normal test does not indicate the onset of ovulation, its intensity is important. A positive result is a stripe, brighter or the same in color with the control strip. This means that over the next 12-36 hours ovulation will occur - the time of the most likely pregnancy. Not so long ago, an innovation appeared on the market - an electronic test that shows the result not in the form of strips, but with the help of an icon. Such tests are more convenient, but also more expensive.
How much does an ovulation test cost?
The cost depends on the brand of the specific test, but the cheapest ones cost about 250-300 rubles for 5 pieces. They are rarely sold by the piece, since ovulation control is not a matter of one day. To start testing, especially if the cycle is not regular, you need from 11-12 days of the cycle so that early ovulation does not go unnoticed.
What does the test show, or why does it not show anything?
In light of the appearance of various rumors, it must be said that an ovulation test using urine as a biomaterial cannot determine pregnancy - the luteinizing hormone rises only before ovulation, and its high level during pregnancy is not normal.Sometimes it happens that never for a cycle test for ovulation did not show even two stripes, not that bright second strip. Do not be afraid and worry - it happens, it is called anovulatory cycle. A healthy woman may have 1-2 anovulatory cycles per year. If this situation is often repeated, and there are constant delays in menstruation, you should contact your gynecologist - perhaps it is a question of some kind of health problems. The most common reason why a woman cycle after cycle cannot become pregnant is the lack of ovulation. The doctor will not only find out the possible causes and prescribe the appropriate treatment, but also can resort to folliculometry, a procedure that allows much more accurately determine whether ovulation and its approximate date will be.
Other types of tests and ways to control ovulation
Ovulation tests that use saliva as a catalyst are not so popular yet, but they have an undeniable advantage - they are reusable. The fact is that under the influence of estrogens before ovulation, saliva crystallizes and forms a pattern resembling fern leaves in appearance.This result indicates the release of the egg from the ovary in 24-72 hours. For the most rigorous control of ovulation, it is better to use a combination of several methods: measurement of basal temperature, ovulation tests and control of secretions.