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Ovulation Tests

Why use an ovulation test?

Once you have made the decision to try for a baby, you may feel impatient and want to conceive as soon as possible. The main reason why this can take couples longer than they expected is that they do not have sex on the fertile days of the woman’s cycle. Did you know that there are only  six days in each cycle that a woman can get pregnant.

How do ovulation tests work?

An ovulation test can be used to detect the surge of Luteinizing hormone (LH) in your urine that occurs just before you ovulate helping to predict the 2 most fertile days of your cycle. Luteinizing hormone is the hormone that triggers the release of an egg from your ovary. Once this LH surge has been detected, having sexual intercourse within the next 48 hours will maximise your chances of getting pregnant. Detection of LH surge has been proven to be a more accurate predictor of ovulation than calendar and temperature methods. You can use a convenient home ovulation test to detect your LH surge in the comfort and privacy of your own home.

However, some newer ovulation tests can detect both estrogen and LH and help to identify around 4 fertile days each cycle. However, the estrogen rise is lower and not as specific.

To find more out about ovulation tests, please check out our FAQ section.