Helpful hints on ovulation predictor kits from our Manhattan Beach fertility doctor
At Innovative Fertility Center, Dr. Mark Rispler works with our patients and their partners so that they can achieve their dreams of parenthood. Before trying to get pregnant, our fertility doctor wants men and women to understand how to improve their odds of conception. Over-the-counter ovulation predictor kits can help identify the onset of ovulation and the optimal window for pregnancy.
Our fertility doctor discusses the importance of timing
Generally, women ovulate in the middle of their cycles, between days 12 and 18. A critical component for conceiving is having sex close to ovulation. While sperm can live in the body for up to five days, an egg can only survive for 12 to 24 hours. According to our fertility doctor, ovulation predictor kits may help you determine your most fertile times, especially if you have been trying for several months.
What to expect with ovulation predictor kits
If you decide to buy one of these kits, you can choose from various options such as ovulation test strips, digital test kits and fertility monitoring devices. These tools work by detecting a change in luteinizing hormone (LH) levels, which surge 24 to 48 hours before ovulation. Dr. Rispler offers the following tips for maximum success with ovulation kits.
- Read the instructions. Carefully review the packet inserts before you use the kits.
- Watch the clock. Try to test around the same time each day, and cut back on liquids in the hours beforehand.
- Use precision. Make sure to collect urine in a cup or position the test as instructed so that you don’t skew the results.
- Be patient. It can take 12 months for healthy couples to conceive. If you are over age 35 or have any known medical issues, Dr. Rispler suggests consulting with a fertility expert after six months.
When you begin trying to conceive, having accurate information about your cycle can help facilitate success. The team at Innovative Fertility Center, including our fertility doctor, wants women to understand how to correctly use ovulation predictor kits to assist with this process. Contact us if you have any questions or would like to make an appointment with Dr. Rispler.