What Time Of Day Should I Use An Ovulation Test?
Ovulation tests are a wonderful tool for the couple that is trying to conceive. By being able to pinpoint exactly when a woman is ovulating, the couple can better time their attempts to conceive, and maximize the chances that they will be successful in their attempts to conceive. Using the ovulation test as instructed is an important part of this entire process.
Ovulation tests are a little bit different than other sorts of urine tests. Ovulation tests are designed not only to measure the presence of something (in the way that a pregnancy test looks for the hormone hCG) but rather to measure the levels of something. That something, of course, is Luteinizing Hormone, or LH for short, which should experience a surge somewhere around 36 hours before you ovulate.
As women who have taken a pregnancy test may know, it is often recommended that urine tests take place during the first morning urine. This is because the urine is at its most concentrated in the morning, and is most likely to show whatever it is that a given test is looking for. In many cases, health care providers who want to have a urine test for one purpose or another even ask for the first morning urine.
In the case of an ovulation test, however, it is not usually necessary to use the test in the morning, unless the instructions of the specific ovulation test indicate otherwise. This is largely because ovulation tests are used over time, and are not just looking for the presence of a substance, but rather checking how the levels of that substance vary from one day to the next. The most important thing about an ovulation test, in terms of the time of day that it should be used, is that it needs to be used at the same time every day. In addition, an ovulation test will generally work best if you have not had anything to drink for about two hours prior to taking the test, as excessive fluid could dilute the results.
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