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You’ve been trying to get pregnant for a while, but it just isn’t working. Your doctor says that everything is all right and you just need to make sure your body is in the right stage when trying to conceive. And while you understand what he’s saying, you still can’t get your head around to what that favourable time is. Here is a simple guide to figuring out when that favourable time, known as ovulation, can be.
What is ovulation?
Contrary to what you may know and believe, the actual favourable time for you to get pregnant is just about four days a month. This is when the ovaries release eggs which in turn need to be fertilised in order to be pregnant. This process, wherein the ovaries release one or more eggs, is termed as ovulation. Each month, your ovaries mature between 15-20 eggs inside them. Out of all of these, it is the largest that is pushed out in the pelvic cavity and swept into the fallopian tube. But these eggs have a very short shelf life when they survive. This can range from 12 hours to 24. And it is only during this time that you can actually conceive a baby. Generally, there are only four to six days in a month when a woman can conceive. The sperm generally survives in a woman’s body for up to five days, so it is generally suggested that you should have sex in the days leading up to your ovulation cycle. It is important for women to understand what their ovulation cycle is like and how best to plan their pregnancy around it. This is where an ovulation kit comes in.
What are ovulation kits?
A self-explanatory term, ovulation kits are designed to help a woman determine when her ovulation cycle takes place so she can take measures to conceive (or not conceive) accordingly. But while they can help you gain awareness of your ovulation period, they cannot in any way help you conceive. The only thing that will help your cause is having sex on a regular basis. While there are other methods to predict your ovulation cycle, they demand charting your menstrual cycle or study changes in your cervical mucous, these can be tricky and may require a lot of attention and work. In contrast, it is way easier to obtain an ovulation kit, which will enable you to predict your ovulation period in advance.
Where can I get an ovulation kit?
Ovulation kits are easily available at your chemist’s or supermarket. You can also order your ovulation kit online and get it delivered to your doorstep with HealthKart.
How do ovulation kits work?
In general, there are two kinds of ovulation kits – urine-based and saliva-based. Here we explain the differences between the two.
Urine-based ovulation kits, as the name suggests, predict your ovulation period by testing your urine for an increase in luteinising hormone (LH), which generally happens a day or two before ovulation. In general, there is always some proportion of luteinising hormone present in your urine. However, in the days leading up to ovulation, this quantity increases by two to five times. This 12-36 hours is the most fertile period of your monthly cycle and this is when you’re most likely to conceive. You have to usually pee on the stick, which will then change colour to reflect what stage of the cycle you’re on. This is usually the older and more preferred means of testing. However, there is another, newer method of testing known as saliva-based ovulation kits.
Recently, this new form of testing has become very popular. It is also more convenient as it uses your saliva to determine your ovulation period as opposed to the urine. The device is a portable, pocket-sized microscope on which all you need to do is spit. Wondering how your spit can determine your ovulation cycle? As your oestrogen levels rise, the proportion of salt in your saliva goes up as well. And as it dries, it crystallises into a fern-like pattern. This way it can predict when you’re most likely to ovulate.
While urine-based tests are 99 per cent accurate, saliva-based ones are much less precise. However, since your luteinising hormones sometime surge of their own accordance, and not in relation to your ovulation cycle, you must always take these results with a slight pinch of salt.
Things to keep in mind
- The ideal time to collect your urine is between 2pm to 2.30pm. However, any time between 10am and 8pm can also work.
- Read the results of your test within 10 minutes to get the most accurate results.
- If you’re using a saliva-based test, try and do it early in the morning before you’ve had anything to eat or drink. This will give you the most accurate results.
- Some drugs containing human chorionic gonadotrophin or luteinising hormones can affect your results, so make sure you avoid them when you plan to test yourself.