When thinking about using an ovulation test, you should know that it is the LH hormone (luteinizing hormone) that makes ovulation possible. Usually the LH level is quite low, but there is a peak when you ovulate, in the middle of your cycle. You are most likely to conceive about 36 hours after the surge.
The main point of the tests of this kind is to recognize this surge. If you get a positive result it means that you are in your fertile window and this is the time when you are the most likely to conceive.
When considering ovulation testing, you should collect your urine on a daily basis between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. It is best not to use the first urine of the day and you make sure that you collect the urine in a clean container. The sample that you get should be stored at room temperature and you can store it for up to 8 hours.
However if you put it in the fridge you can store it for 24 hours. Nonetheless make sure that the sample doesnâ€™t get frozen. Before you start the test, you should allow the sample to reach room temperature. You will get the most accurate results if you perform the test on the day the sample was collected.
The first thing you should know is when to start testing. Determine the menstrual cycleâ€™s length. Do so by determining how many days are there between the start of your period and the last day before your following period begins. Try to determine the length of your cycle during the last few months.
If your menstrual cycle is of 28 days long, you should start testing on the 12th day. If it is 30 days long, start the testing on the 14th day and so on. To start the testing, open the pouch and take the test. The best time to test is in the afternoon, not in the morning. Dip the end of the test strip into the sample for 5 seconds.
After this place the ovulation kit vertically on a clean and nonabsorbent surface. When performing the test it is important for the sample urine not to be higher than the MAX line on the test. Otherwise the results may not be accurate.
After this, all you have to do is to wait for the bands to appear. According to the LH levels of the urine, a positive result can appear in only 40 seconds. Still in order to have an accurate negative result it may take up to 10 minutes.
Interpretation of the results
In about 3-5 minutes after performing the testing for ovulation the colored bands appear. The results are accurate only in the first ten minutes of performing the test. In order to find out the results you have to compare the bands to the control band.
You have a positive ovulation test if the band is as intense as the control band.