Using Ovulation Kits: Monitor Ovulation for Faster ResultsOvulation Kits can be very helpful if you have been trying to conceive for a while and are getting a little worried about your fertility. Many women have been on birth control for many years and have lost their ability to connect with their female cycle and the normal flow of hormones in their body.
If this is your case, fertility kits can help you pin point your fertile days and give you a sense of power over your fertility. Empowering your fertility it what this is all about. Fertility Kits help you be aware of your fertile days and detect ovulation as closely as possible.
How to Know When You Are Ovulating
There is only a very small window of opportunity each month when you can actually conceive. This time varies from woman to woman and it depends on many factors. Ovulation kits help you detect your fertile days very clearly.
During ovulation the mature egg is released into the fallopian tube where it can be fertilized. Every month your ovary releases one or more eggs, but the process of ovulation takes some time. In fact inside your ovaries there are a number of follicles all in different maturation stages.
Once your egg is released, it will survive for about 12 to 24 hours if it is not fertilized. It is possible for sperm to survive inside you for up to five days, the healthiest sperm with best motility will have the highest chances of fertilizing the egg.
This is why it is important to ensure that you have intercourse before ovulation so that the sperm is ready when your egg is released. In order to keep the sperm healthy you need fertile mucus. You need to ovulate when you have lots of fertile mucus and for a number of days.
Many couples use ovulation kits to know when the luteinizing hormone (LH) is becoming more concentrated and have sex every day during the time the woman is fertile. This is not necessary the best approach because having sex too often depletes the male partner of voluble energy and makes his sperm lower in count and motility. It is advisable to have sex every other day instead.
The best time to make love is on the day of the LH surge and once more two days after. Actually it would be better to have had intercourse the day before the LH surge. This is easier to predict if you have a very regular cycle. The best way to time intercourse is to make sure there is a lot of healthy sperm present in the female fallopian tubes ready to fertilize the egg as soon as it is released by the ovary.
How Ovulation Predictor Kits Can Help
Ovulation predictor kits can help you to identify your fertile days, but there is no evidence that using them will improve your chances of success when it comes to getting pregnant naturally.
Women who use ovulation kits do so for the following reasons:
1. Scheduling sex becomes easier if one or both partners work away from home.
2. Couples who already have small children find it easier to be able to know when they might have better chance of conceiving.
3. Women with irregular cycles who do not usually ovulate on day 14.
4. Women who think they may not be ovulating or suspect infertility may want to know more about their fertility before seeking help.
5. Couples who have low chances of conception as a result of low sperm count, or polycystic ovarian syndrome or having only one ovary or fallopian tube.
I personally believe that ovulation kits alone may give you only part of your fertility picture. The best way is to use them in conjunction with charting other fertility signs like measuring your basal body temperature, studying the changes of your cervical mucus and cervix position. If your cycle is a bit irregular and these methods alone make it tricky to you, using an ovulation kit can definitely help you increase your chances of getting pregnant.
Ovulation kits do make it easier to predict ovulation in advance, so that you can ensure that you have sex during your fertile days. Ovulation kits come in different formats and are available at most drug stores or for your best convenience and privacy you can order ovulation strips online.
Using Ovulation Predictor Kits at Home
Ovulation predictor kits simply test your urine. By testing your urine sample, the ovulation kit detects the presence of luteinizing hormone (LH), which increases 24 to 48 hours prior to ovulation.
This is the signal that your fertile days are here. LH, which is usually always present in you urine and blood, increases just before ovulation. The test helps detect this surge.
Every ovulation kit comes with detailed instructions, so make you to read them carefully.
When to Start Testing
If you have a 28-day cycle, start testing on day 10 and carry on for six days. Use your fertility chart to detect the best time you usually ovulate or use an online ovulation calculator based on the usual length of your cycle and the date of your last menstrual period.
Note: Do not use ovulation kits as a contraceptive method and be aware that certain medication may interfere with your results. In these cases consult with your family physician or pharmacists.
Use Ovulation Kits with Basal Body Temperature (BBT) Charting
If you take your BBT at the same time as your ovulation predictor kit, you can see if your LH surge and your thermal shift occur at the same time. You should clearly notice a increased temperature 24-72 hours after your ovulation predictor kit shows a positive result. In very rare cases it can take longer for an increased temperature to occur because every woman is unique. If you detect a surge but not a BBT shift, you may have missed the "real" surge.
When Ovulation Kits Seem to Fail
You have to be patient. Sometimes even the best timing in conjunction with ovulation kits and BBT charting does not lead to the desired pregnancy. It may take some time. Your odds of getting pregnant each month may depend on a number of factors that may be beyond your control.
Do not be afraid of seeking help both for emotional and physical support. You can choose any therapy that best suits your life and belief. Sometimes vitamins, homeopathy, and herbal remedies can help greatly. If you are concerned about your ability to conceive, talk to your doctor.
Saliva Ovulation MonitorThis type of fertility monitoring involves using a saliva sample instead of a urine sample. There are many types on the market and some are difficult to use, almost impossible to interpret, but there is one that I would recommend to anyone who wants to get pregnant fast.
It is called Ovacue and it is so easy to use, very accurate for timing intercourse to achieve pregnancy, and you do not need to keep buying ovulation sticks, etc. It is worth its value and it has worked for so many women, especially if you are not sure of your ovulation timing.
Your ovulation date can be much earlier in your cycle than what you think and you may be just missing it without even knowing it. On the other hand you might be ovulating later than you think and still be missing your window of opportunity.
I know of cases where infertile couples that were trying to conceive for years where very successful for this simple reason!
OvaCue works by measuring changes to electrolyte levels in your saliva that are impacted by the hormone estrogen.
This method of predicting ovulation is over 98% accurate and is FDA approved.
It is the only fertility monitor that uses this saliva-based technology and it requires no additional purchases (such as sensors or sticks required for other monitors).
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