Fertility Monitors & Ovulation Predictor Kits Tips

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How many types of fertility monitors are there?

Saliva Microscope

Saliva microscopes are cost-effective fertility monitors that show ferning patterns in saliva or cervical fluid. When a woman is about to ovulate her saliva produces a fern-like pattern when dried. This is what the saliva microscopes look for.

   
What are ovulation predictor kits?

Ovulation Predictor Kit

An ovulation predictor kit can predict approximately when ovulation will occur. There are many different brands on the market - and very different instructions. Be sure to read all of the instructions before using a kit.

   
Are there any disadvantages to using an ovulation predictor kit?

Disadvantages Of An Ovulation Preditor Kit

An ovulation predictor kit registers the luetenizing homonal surge. Most instructions will say that within 48 hours ovulation will occur. Some women will experience this surge 3 or 4 days ahead of ovulation. You should chart your fertility signs to verify when ovulation occurs.

   
Can I use an OPK as a pregnancy test?

Ovulation Predictor Kits As A Pregnancy Test

An ovulation predictor kit can also be used as a pregnancy test. I have tried this myself and it actually worked. The luetenizing hormone and the hormone hCG are similiar and the test picks this up.

   
What time of the day should I test with an OPK?

When To Test With An OPK

Usually you will test with mid-afternoon urine for an ovulation predictor kit. It is important to read the instructions to be sure. It is also important to test at the same time each day in order to achieve accurate test results.

   
What hormone influences the test result of an OPK?

Luetenizing Hormone and OPK's

Luetenizing hormone is what an ovulation predictor kit uses to predit when ovulation will occur. Many women will have a surge of the hormone about 2 or 3 days before ovulation actually occurs. The kits will register a positive test result when this hormone surges.

   
Should I chart while using an ovulation predictor kit?

Ovulation Predictor Kits and Charting

It is a good idea to chart your fertility signs while using an ovulation predictor kit. The kit will tell you approximately when ovulation will occur. Charting will confirm it.

   
What are fertility monitors?

Fertility Monitors

Fertility monitors are ovulation predictors. The monitor is a one time purchase, though with some brands you do have to purchase monthly test strips. Some fertility monitors are quite a bit more expensive, however if you plan on using them for a long time the investment will be worth it.

   
What do ovulation predictor kits do?

Ovulation Predictor Kits and Ovulation

Ovulation predictor kits (OPK) can predict ovulation some 2 to 3 days before it occurs. Be sure to read all the instructions to accurately test. There are some women who will show a postivie for more days. Use charting in conjunction with OPK's to get a more accurate result.

   
When will an ovulation predictor kit predict ovulation?

Ovulation Preditor Kit's Time Frame

Ovulation predictor kits will predict ovulation within 3 days of ovulation. Some women will see the positive test result 4 days ahead, while others will see it only 2 days ahead. It's important to chart in accordance with using these kits to accurately hit when ovulation actually occurs.

   
How often should I use an ovulation predictor kit?

How Often To Test With An OPK

An ovulation predictor kit should be used every day until you see the positive test result. Some doctors recommend to use them every 12 hours. This will insure that you will fertilize the egg. An egg will only live for 12 to 24 hours.

   
How many types of fertility monitors are there?

Newer Fertility Monitors

Now there are fertility and ovulation monitors that you don't have to purchase test strips for. These monitors test either saliva and/or vaginal fluid. Most have "sensors" that test the areas. Though the initial cost is high, if you plan to use this for more than one baby they are worth the purchase.

   
Are all of the brands of OPK´s the same?

Different Brands of Ovulation Predictor Kits

There are several different brands of ovulation predictor kits. Each brand has diffent ways of achieving the test results. Be sure to read all the instructions for accurate results -especially if you use different brands each time.

   
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