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Ovulation Prediction Kits and Fertility Treatment
Confused about ovulation prediction kits (OPKs)? The good news is these tests are pretty fool proof and with a quick read-through of the instruction pamphlet, you should be on your way to predicting fertility and (hopefully) conceiving.
Fertility patients are usually instructed to use OPKs from day 10 to day 15 of their menstrual cycle. There are five tests per box and by using one test per day for five days, you should be able to detect a luteinizing hormone (LH) surge. Each test displays an LH surge differently. Some show a smiley face, while others show two lines.
Be sure to read the instructions, use an OPK that you feel comfortable interpreting, and always call your fertility nurse if you have any doubts. If you are tracking ovulation for a timed intercourse (TI) cycle, an LH surge will tell you when it is the best time to have sex. If you are about to undergo an intrauterine insemination (IUI) cycle or in vitro fertilization (IVF) egg retrieval, an LH surge will indicate when you should report to the clinic for treatment.
If you still feel confused about using OPKs, visit the BBT, OPK, and HPT forum on FertileThoughts.com where you can learn more about tracking ovulation and fertility treatment.