Ovulation tests are our best sellers this month

Ovulation tests, Ovulation tests strips
Alltest ultra sensitive ovulation test strips

This month the new ultra-sensitive Alltest 25mIU ovulation test strips are in our best sellers list at and with good reason.

The test strips come individually foil wrapped with a long shelf life. The detect just 25 mIU of LH hormone making them one of the most sensitive ovulation tests available. They are 99% accurate and at just £2.69 for 20 test strips are excellent value for money.

Use discount coupon code GUM before the end of June 2016 to save 5% on your order.

LH Ovulation Tests FAQ-what does it mean if I do not detect an LH surge ?

Ovulation test strips LH surge
Detecting LH surge with ovulation test strips

This is a fairly common question and one that causes quite a lot of anxiety, as not ovulating is a fairly common cause of infertility. However although this is one explanation,there are other possible reasons why you may not detect the LH surge with your ovulation tests.

  • The LH surge may have occurred before you started testing and you therefore missed it
  • The LH surge may have occurred after you stopped testing and you may have missed it.
  • The urine that you tested may have been too dilute, meaning that the concentration of LH in the sample was not sufficient, to give a positive LH test. Make sure you restrict your fluid intake for about 2 hours before you take the test.
  • You may have missed the LH surge because you tested at the wrong time of day. This is not uncommon. LH levels are low first thing in the morning and so if you test at this time, you may miss the LH surge. LH levels are usually highest at early to mid afternoon , so this is the best time to collect your urine for LH testing. Knowing the right time to test can be more tricky for shift workers, as their circadian rhythms are disrupted so they may also miss their LH surge.
  • LH surge may not be strong enough to be detected by the LH test. Most LH tests detect 40mIU/ml of Lh in the urine. It may be worth trying an ultra sensitive LH ovulation test that detects a lower level i.e. 20mIU/ml.
  • Insufficient urine may have been absorbed by the LH ovulation test. if this was the case then there would be no control line visible on the test. It is important to check that the control line is visible. if it is not it means the test has not run and so the result is invalid. If this happens it is worth quickly dipping the test into the urine sample again for a few seconds as it may still work. Do not delay doing this or the result will be invalid because too much time has elapsed.
  • The LH test could in fact be faulty, out of date or been incorrectly stored. Although this is quite uncommon, it can happen. To avoid this problem always buy from a reputable supplier.
  • You may be testing at the wrong time of your cycle. For women who have irregular periods, knowing when to test can be very difficult.
  • You may not have used the test correctly. Make sure that you read the instructions carefully before starting the test and use a timer.
  • You may not be going to ovulate this month. This may just be a one off, but if it happens repeatedly you should see your doctor, as it may mean that you are not ovulating and need further investigations.
  • You may already be pregnant. There is always a small possibility that you may already be pregnant. If your last period was different to usual, or very light it may be worth doing a pregnancy test.

To see more answers to FAQ’s regarding ovulation tests visit Access Diagnostics UK Fertility site 

Ovulation tests are available to purchase online from Access Diagnostics

How to use ovulation test strips & how do they work

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If you have not used them before and are used to a midstream ovulation test, then you may be asking yourself this question.

Ovulation test strips are much cheaper than traditional midstream ovulation tests because they are much cheaper to manufacture, and the packaging costs are much less. They are also cheaper to deliver, as they pack into a very small pack, and yet the accuracy if used correctly is just as good.

Ovulation tests detect a hormone in urine called LH or Luteinising hormone, that is the hormone responsible for stimulating the release of the egg from the ovary. High levels of LH usually indicate that ovulation is imminent and likely to occur in the next couple of days. This makes urine LH testing a useful way to predict ovulation.

How do you use an ovulation test strip ?

  • 1st thing to do is obtain a clean container in which to catch your urine sample. It does not need to be a sterile container. A clean plastic cup is ideal or one of those sample bottles your GP sometimes gives you. You can use the same container each time you do the test, just make sure you wash it & rinse it out thoroughly between uses.
  • Like any ovulation test you need to perform the test at the right time in your cycle.
  • Wait at least 2 hours after drinking before you collect your urine sample. It does not matter what time of day you do the test as long as you do it at approximately the same time each day. Best to avoid 1st thing in the morning as the LH levels can be lower overnight. For most people early to mid afternoon is a good time to test.
  • Read the instructions supplied with the ovulation test before you start the test
  • Follow the instructions for the test that you have as they may vary slightly, depending on which brand of ovulation test strip you have bought, although most instructions will be quite similar.
  • Collect the urine sample
  • Hold the test strip by the correct end (there will usually be a picture with the instructions to help you identify this ) and arrows pointing down to show you which way is down as in the picture above. Often the end that you hold has a plastic or shiny covering.
  • Immerse the strip into the urine sample, just up to the max mark for a few seconds (i.e. only the bottom half of the strip goes into the urine) You should be able to see the urine being absorbed up the strip. If you have got the strip upside down, you will not see any urine travelling up the strip.
  • Remove the strip from the urine sample & lie it flat.
  • Read the result after the designated time, as laid out in the instructions (usually a couple of minutes.)  I find it is best to always set a timer as the time that you read the result is very important, and it is so easy to get distracted. Timer keeps you focussed.
  • If the test has run correctly you will have a control line  C visible which means the test has absorbed enough urine. If the control line is not visible, then check that you have put the correct end of the strip into the urine and re-immerse the strip into the urine for a further few seconds, until you see the urine start to be absorbed.
  • If you have a visible control line then now look the for test line usually marked T . For the LH test to be positive, the T line should be as dark or darker than the C line. If you get this result then you can stop testing & it likely that ovulation is imminent and so this & the next couple of days is your most fertile time.
  • If the result is not positive then you should repeat the test the next day, and keep doing so until you detect the LH surge.

This all sounds very complicated when I write it down, but in fact it is incredibly easy to do, once you get the hang of it. The key is to follow the instructions to the letter the first few times you do it, and to use a timer. After you have done it a few times you will find it very easy to remember.

Click here to see full range of ovulation tests including ovulation test strips at Access Diagnostics Fertility website

FAQ-When is the best time to do a urine ovulation LH test ?

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Determining the best time to collect your urine for LH testing 

For best results, collect your urine at about the same time each day, for example, between 10:00AM and 8:00PM. Some women have found that their best specimen is after 12 noon.

Do not collect your first urine after waking up.  Reduce your liquid intake approximately 2 hours prior to urine collection. 

You can store your urine for later testing in the day. Your urine can be stored at room temperature for up to 8 hours or in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. Do not freeze it.

For best results, test your urine on the same day that it is collected. If you refrigerate your urine, let it reach room temperature before testing (about 30 minutes). Do not shake the container. If a sediment forms at the bottom of the collection container, allow the sediment to settle. Use only urine from the top of the container.

Click here for urine collection cups suitable for fertility

More ovulation test FAQ ‘s and answers

 

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

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Ovulation test strips

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

Advanced LH ovulation test strips
Advanced LH ovulation test strips

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

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

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 

 

Ovulation predictor tests and methods

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 using ovulation predictors