Archive for the ‘Ovulation Kits’ Category

What is an ovulation test ?

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Ovulation tests determine if you are ovulating, and also detect the timing of the ovulation.

There are a variety of methods used to test for ovulation, but the commonest and simplest to use are urine tests which look for the hormone LH (Luteinising Hormone) levels in urine, and detect the timing of the sudden rise in the levels of LH, which triggers the release of the egg. Urine LH tests are performed once a day, from a starting point which is calculated from the average length of the menstrual cycle. The first positive test result indicates that ovulation will occur over the next 24-36hrs

Another common ovulation test is the BBT or Basal Body Temperature method. This looks for the rise on basal body temperature that occurs with ovulation. This method is more tricky to use with any accuracy as a regular regime and strict methodology is needed to take the very first morning temperature before any activity and plot the results on charts. If used carefully, it will indicate that ovulation has occured, but by the time it it clear on the chart ovulation has already happened.

Digital Fertility Monitors have also been developed such as the Clearblue Fertility Monitor. These use a combination of programming and urine measurement to determine ovulation and predict the best fertile period for timing intercourse, for the best chance of conception. The big draw back is the cost of buying the monitor and then the monitor test strips, so they are a lot more expensive than normal ovulation tests, especially if lots of strips are used.

Saliva Ovulation Tests (also known as mini microscope or ovulation microscope) are also available which show a classical ferning pattern at ovulation due to the changes in the saliva that occur at ovulation. If used regularly these can be a good ovulation test.

Apps for mobile phones or ipad are also available to prompt the user of the fertile time in each cycle. These are straight calculators working on your cycle length, so a regular cycle is essential for any chance of accuracy. Obviously, as no test is involved, they are not true ovulation tests, but for most couples with no fertility problems, they may be all that is required to prompt the correct times for sex to maximise the chances of conception. A simple calender method can aslo be used if your cycle is very regular.

We recommend trying ovulation urine LH test strips, if you choose to try using an ovulation test. They are inexpensive & easy to use. Keep to one brand and test at the same time each day. Avoid testing in the morning, mid afternoon to early evening is the best time of day to do an urine LH ovulation test. Time sex for the night of the 1st positive result and the next night for the best chances.

To buy Ovulation Test Strips online visit http://www.accessdiagnostics.co.uk/acatalog/Ovulation_Prediction.htmlA

When is ovulation ?

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Knowing when ovulation means that you know when your fertile time of the month is. The fertilisation window each month is actually quite small for women. If you are going to conceive, it is within 24 hours after ovulation.

Ovulation usually occurs approximately 14 days before your period is due ie the 2nd stage of the menstrual cycle (the luteal phase) is usually 14 days long. This is fixed for most women although it can vary between 11-16 days for some. The part of the cycle that more often varies is the first half ie the run up to ovulation or the follicular phase.

If your follicular phase is the same each month this makes knowing when ovulation occurs very easy and predictable using a calender. The problem occurs when the folicular phase of your cycle is erratic or unpredictable. Irregularity of the pre-ovulation phase are more common in young women under 25 years & in older women (over 40 years) often being shorter or longer and less predictable.

For some women the follicular phase can be very prolonged for example in polycystic ovarian syndrome or the cycle may be anovulatory (ie ovulation does not occur)

If the cycle is irregular ovulation predictor kits can be helpful if you are trying to conceive.

FAQ-What exactly is ovulation & how do urine LH ovulation tests work ?

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

 Access Diagnostics fertility

Thought it may be helpful to some readers to run over the basics of ovulation and when the most fertilie time occurs.

Ovulation is the release of an egg from the ovary. The egg then passes into the fallopian tube where it is ready to be fertilised. In order for pregnancy to occur, the egg must be fertilized by sperm within 24 hours after its release.

Immediately prior to ovulation , the body produces a large amount of luteinizing hormone (LH) ,which triggers the release of the ripe egg from the ovary.

This LH surge usuallly takes place in the middle of the menstrual cycle.

Ovulation Prediction Tests help you to predict the time of ovulation & therefore peak fertility.

It is during this fertile time that pregnancy is most likely to occur.

The ovulation prediction test detects the LH surge in urine, signalling that ovulation is likely to occur in the next 24-36 hours

Click here to for more info on home urine ovulation tests (LH tests)

FAQ-Ovulation test kits which are the best & when do I start to test

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

 Access Diagnostics fertility

We received this e-mail below today

”Your site was recommended by a friend. I have never used an ovulation kit and wanted to know which one was the easiest to you.  I was hoping on instructions before I bought the kit to see which I could find the easiest.

How do they work, do you use them every day or just when you thing you’re ovulating? I really want something asap as I’m day 4 of my period.  Thank you”

Here is our answer:

Thank you for your e-mail.
They are all very simple to use.
The strip tests are excellent value for money
The Advanced LH are our best selling ovulation test strip kit as they are
very reliable & accurate
http://www.accessdiagnostics.co.uk/acatalog/Home_Ovulation_Tests.html
 

The Clearblue digital ovulation is also very simple & easy to use and the 20
test pack is excellent value for money
http://www.accessdiagnostics.co.uk/acatalog/Clearblue_Digital_Ovulation_Tests_20_test_pack.html
I will send you some instructions to give you an idea of when to test etc
You do not need to test every day. When you start testing depends on the cycle length.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of further assistence

LH test strips-which sensitivity is best for me ?

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Advanced LH best ovulation test strips best 

Urine LH ovulation prediction tests are now available in a range of sensitivities. This can make buying choices confusing.

The WHO still recommends 40miu/ml as the cut off for professional urine ovulation prediction. For this reason all professional packs of LH tests will universally cut off at 40miu, which makes comparison between brands easy.

When it comes to home tests there is no longer an international agreed cut off level. Different brands have different sensitivies and in some cases brands offer an ultra option. Levels of detection for a positive result vary from 20miu, through 25miu to 30miu.

This makes choosing an LH test a matter of trial and error, as the more sensitive tests are not suitable for every user, and the same is true for the less sensitive urine ovulation tests also. This is because every women’s LH physiology is slightly different, and to a degree varies each cycle. In some women a 40miu test will never give a clear positive result, the test line simply darkening around the peak, but never exceeding the control comparison. These women should try a 25 or 30 miu LH test for a series of 3 cycles to find a test which for their LH urine excretion gives a clear positive result. Only those who still find no clear positives should move to the 20miu membrane, as for most users this would give a positive result far too early in each cycle to be any use at indicating ovulation, indeed for some this test will be positive for over half each cycle,

Expect a 3 cycle trial when you start any test brand, get to know the test and stick with it. Avoid changing brands when you find one that works, changing tests during a cycle will almost inevitable confuse you, comparing 2 brands simultaneously in the same cycle is very likely to give conflicting results and better still use tests from the same batch throughout a complete test cycle. Many testers combine LH testing with BBT monitoring in the trial phase to assist in identifying the peak LH test result for them (helps decide if you should try a more sensitive test)

What’s the sensitivity of Clearblue visual, clearblue digital and First Response ovulation tests ? This has never been revealed by the manufacturers and it is probably tweaked in response to commercial pressures each time a NEW version is released and the previous line goes into generic manufacture for supermarket own brand options.

Click here to see our current range of ovulation tests

Ovulation Tests FAQ-Please help me choose which ovulation test is best for me

Monday, July 4th, 2011

Here is a frequently asked question regarding ovulation test strips that we received last month:

Hi
Can you help me choose the most appropriate product please? I’ve looked at your stock, but have to say I’m confused! I’d like to purchase some Ovulating predictor strips which I wee on. I would like to buy enough stock for 2 months supply please. Can you advise which of your products will suit my need?
Many thanks!
Andrea

Here is the reply from one of our customer services team:

Thank you for your enquiry.I can suggest our Advanced Ovulation Test Strips. We have been selling them for a long time, they are very popular and we do not experience people coming back with any problems with the tests. 

Advanced ovulation test strips best ovulation

If you go onto our fertility website you will see all our ovulation tests.

The link is www.accessdiagnostics.co.uk

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require any more information or call us on

Tel no 01623883830

Wholesale Ovulation Tests |Wholesale Ovulation Test Strips

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

As well as offering an extensive range of home ovulation tests Access Diagnostics Tests UK also offers an extensive range of wholesale & professional ovulation tests to businesses, clinics. GP’s  and NHS.

Our ranges of home ovulation test strips are available in wholesale volumes & prices on request.

We also have our professional ovulation tests that are for use by medical clinic, doctors  & NHS which are also available at wholesale volumes and prices on request

For wholesale ovulation tests enquiries e-mail trade@adtuk.co.uk

Click here to view wholesale ovulation test strips online

Ovulation predictor tests and methods

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Ovulation predictor methods are many, and need not be expensive or complex for anyone with a regular cycle

Considering the last 14 days of a menstrual cycle is fixed in most women , ovulation will occur on day 14 in a 28 day cycle and day 18 in a 32 day cycle. Great if you one of the lucky ones who has  a very regular cycle, that is the same length each month.

For the rest of us with more erratic cycles the reliable prediction of the timing for ovulation gets a little more complex, so here is a breakdown of the common methods of ovulation prediction:

Cervical mucous becomes more stringy and will form ribons when opposed fingers are extended. This method is great until you have had sex in the preceeding 24 hrs and mix sperm into the equation !

BBT or basal body temperature measurment, basically get an accurate thermometer are record your temperature at a set time every morning before doing anything else. Detects a rise of 0.3 degrees centigrade at ovulation. Contrary to popular misconception you do not need a 4 decimel place thermometer and it does not have to be farenheit. What you do need is a regular regime and set waking time, so its out of the question for shift workers or the less well organised of you out there who’s days wont give up the 2 minutes you have to lie in bed with a stick in your mouth.

Urine ovulation predictors. Dip test you dip in wee and tell you when you have a surge in the hormone which makes you ovulate. Expect to use 7-10 per month especially if you are irregular or have a long cycle. Buy dip ovulation test strips as they are just as accurate as digital or mid stream test and a lot cheaperas well as being more eco-friendly (less packaging) . Only go for the very low level, higher sensitivity ovulation tests if you do not get positive results with the standard sensitivity tests. Stick with a brand if it works (there are multiple sensivities on sale and comparing results is not possible) These tests give 24-36 hrs advance notice of ovulation.

Ovulation predictor miscroscopes are simple mini microscopes which show the crystal of salt which form in drying saliva when oestrogen levels are high which occur with ovulation. Can be used time and time again, so are cheap & eco-friendly if you end up testing for a long time. Look for models with replacable batteries. Don’t expect to see anything for the rest of the cycle, it takes 2-3 cycles to get confident in using these, so best to start off using while also using another method. They are 99% accurate when combined with BBT. Can also be used in dogs and cats, so popular with pet breaders, no reason why they could not be used in pigs, horses and cattle for insemination assessment, so come on you farmers !

Ovulation predictor didn’t work ~ Don’t panic  99% is just that, but not every cycle is ovulatory either, so re-try next month. If you get no positive indicators over 3 consecutive cycles change to another method or seek advice from your doctor. Up to 1 in 4 cycles can miss ovulation, and this increases with age and is a normal physiological finding.

Click here for more info on ovulation predictors

Common question about Ovulation Test Strips

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Question

Is a positive result indicated by any test line appearing regardless of how dark it is?  Or does it have to be as dark as the control line?

Answer

For the test line to be positive it must be as dark or darker than the control line

Test for less-discount ovulation tests

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Discount ovulation tests can offer great cost savings when compared to more expensive brands.

The cheapest format home ovulation tests are usually ovulation test strips. Because there is very little packaging they are much cheaper to manufacture and to import than midstream ovulation tests, making them cheaper for you to purchase.

They are also less bulky than midstream ovulation tests and so are cheap and easy to deliver.

Advantages:

  • much cheaper to buy
  • easy to dispose of
  • less waste-more eco friendly
  • easy to use
  • discrete-fit easily in your bag
  • easy to order online

Disadvantages:

  • You have to collect a urine sample first

Click here to buy discount ovulation test strips

Access Diagnostics launch new fertility website

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Have you visited Access Diagnostics new google checkout fertility website yet

It is very quick and easy to navigate with the same low prices on fertility tests and fertility products, and great service we know you expect

Click here to visit Access Diagnostics NEW fertility website for fertility information, pregnancy tests, ovulation tests, fertility tests, fertility supplements, Pre-Seed and lots more fertility products

Ovulation Kits-which are the best for me ?

Friday, March 20th, 2009

I decided to write about ovulation kits today. There is such a huge choice of ovulation kits available now, that it can be quite confusing which one to go for.

What are ovulation test kits ?

They all work by testing urine for the presence of Luteinising Hormone (LH). LH is the hormone that is released just prior to ovulation and the ovulation test kits detect the LH surge.

This is great because it gives you prior warning of when you are going to ovulate. Research has shown that if you have intercourse just prior to ovulation the sperm are waiting for the egg and that this can increase the chances of conception. This also gives you opportunity to have intercourse on the 3-4 most fertile days of your cycle which again increases the chances of conceiving.

Urine LH test kits are not to be confused with other ovulation detectors that tell you that you have ovulated but do not give you prior notice (ie basal temperature monitoring and saliva ovulation microscopes)

What types of ovulation kits are there ?

There are 3 basics types of urine ovulation kit. They are midstream ovulation kits, cassette ovulation test kits, and ovulation test strips.

The midstream ovulation test kit is the most expensive type of kit. In a midstream ovulation test kit the strip is enclosed in a plastic casing and the user urinates directly on to ovulation tester.Advantages of the midstream test kits are that they are discreet. You do not need to collect a urine sample and they can be performed easily (by most women) in any toilet. Only fiddly bit for some can be directing the urine stream onto the tester without getting splashed with urine (I speak from experience-lol)

The urine is then absorbed by the test strip encased in the sampler and the result read after several minutes. Most tests are interpreted using the appearnace of two lines, except the digital ovulation test kits which give a definite yesy you have ovulated rather than two lines for you to interpret.

 Ovulation Test Cassette Kits are a mid price test. They are more complicated to use than the ovulation midstream or ovulation test strips, however there is less likelyhood of user error performing the test as you use a pipette to add exactly the correct quantitiy of urine. They are very popular with research labs or clinics performing multiple tests as they are highly accurate and give consistent results.

Ovulation Test Stips are the cheapest type of ovulation kits and for some the simplest. You simply dip the test strip into a fresh urine sample, and read the result, after the set time, by interpreting the appearance or not of two lines on the test strip.

Advantages to this type of ovulation test kit is that they are much cheaper to manufacture and therefore much cheaper to buy, although usually just as accurate. Disadvantages are that they require you to collect a urine sample into a container. If you are at work or out and about this is going to be trickier unless you have a very big handbag. If you are testing at work it may be simpler to use a midstream ovulation test kit !

My top tips for performing urine ovulation test kits

1) Always make sure you read the instruction for the ovulation test kit that you are using, before performing the test, as they do vary from test to test, and the time at which you read the result is of significance.

2) Use a timer if possible so you read the test at the correct time. This could be trickier if you are doing it in the toilet at work ! Some of those timers are very loud-lol

3) As you will be performing the ovulation tests over several days, try to perform the ovulation test at the same time each day

4) I have found that it is best not to have a drink for 2 hours before I perform a LH test

5) make sure the place you are performing the test is well lit-this helps in two ways-you can see what you are doing so the likelyhood of getting urine all over the floor or all over you is reduced, and it makes interpreting the test much easier if you can see it properly.

6) If you are testing over several months, it may be worth trying different type or brand of ovulation test kits each month until you find the one that suits your needs & your budget the best.