Women who have been trying to get pregnant for some time generally have lots of questions about everything from when the best time for conception is to how to tell if she has gotten pregnant. One of the most common questions revolves around ovulation and how often she should take an ovulation test strip. The answer to that question depends on a number of factors, especially the type of ovulation test kit you are using, even though a lot of them are very similar.

Understanding Ovulation

According to the American Pregnancy Association, ovulation is what happens when a mature egg is released from the ovary, sent down the fallopian tube, and is ready for fertilization. Menstruation occurs when there is no sperm available to fertilize the egg. The egg will disintegrate and the woman will have her period. Normally, a woman’s cycle lasts between 28 and 32 days but there are numerous cases of women who have shorter and longer cycles. Most women ovulate somewhere around day 14, but that can vary widely depending on the length of the woman’s cycle. Most people refer to this period as the ‘fertile time’ in a woman’s cycle.

Understanding a Woman’s Cycle

Many women do not have the patience to chart their ovulation cycle over a number of months and tend to go to the default 28 days in order to get them started. While this may be helpful, it will not be as accurate as if they had taken the time to get to know their cycle. One option for women in these situations can take an educated guess about how long their cycle is based on when they think their period started in previous months. While this approach is better than not keeping track at all, women are still advised to begin recording when their period arrives each month and charting their ovulation cycle so that they can take ovulation tests more accurately later on.

For women who are not sure how long their cycle normally is, it is advised to begin taking the ovulation test strips ten days after her menstrual period has begun until the surge begins. This hormonal surge may be as short as ten hours, or as long as thirty hours. Subsequently, testing every ten hours is also recommended so that individuals can make the most of the surge. Furthermore, it is important to test properly – following all of the instructions included with your test of choice and consulting a doctor if there are any questions.

Finally, a few more pieces of advice from the experts:

  • The best times for testing are between 11am and 3pm and 5pm and 10pm
  • One should test at the same time every day
  • Liquid intake should be reduced two hours before testing

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