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What is the Best Ovulation Test?

What is the Best Ovulation Test?

Generally there are two kinds of ovulation tests, regular and extra-sensitive.  The best test for you is the one that will respond to your body’s chemistry.

Why is there a need for Ovulation Tests in regular and extra-sensitive?

Quite simply, not all women are the same, and the same product won’t work as effectively on all women.  Some women have cycles that are a very predictable 26 to 30 days, almost like clockwork.  Women with regular cycles and no reproductive difficulties will have a much easier time predicting their ovulation.

Other women have cycles that may be longer, or shorter, or that vary from one month to the next.  Along with unusual and unpredictable cycles, a number of conditions such as PCOS, previous miscarriage, or endometriosis can make it much more difficult to predict ovulation.  Lactating women are also less predictable.

Some statistics to consider

It’s estimated that for any given cycle, about 80% of women will experience a typical ovulation.  Around 10-12% of women will not ovulate, and a few will ovulate twice.  Average women have a level of Luteinising Hormone (LH), the hormone that triggers ovulation, of between 5 and 20 mIU/ml. Just before ovulation, LH levels will surge to around 50-200 mIU/ml.  For these average women, the 30mlU ovulation tests will work just fine.

How do I choose an the best ovulation test for me?  What might cause me to need a more sensitive test?

Because every woman is different, some women may get different results after an ovulation test.  For instance, women near menopause might discover that the test line on the regular test doesn’t get as dark as the control line, or maybe they don’t get a test line at all.  In those women, the LH level doesn’t reach normal surge levels.  In these cases, extra-sensitive tests will be needed to get an accurate result.

Size matters too!

Sorry to make this sound even more complicated, but the size of the ovulation test strip is also something that should be considered. At Zoom Baby we only offer ovulation test strips that are at least 3.5mm wide, as this width makes them easier to read an interpret. Our deluxe ovulation test are 4mm wide, which is even better.

Some of the cheap Ovulation Tests you find on places like eBay might only be 2.5mm wide, that’s why they are so cheap. However the problem with these tests is that a width of 2.5mm is just not wide enough to be read clearly. Therefore these cheap ovulation tests are a waste of money.

So how does someone who is new ovulation testing figure this out?

If you’re trying to figure out what test is best for you, start with normal sensitivity test. Opt for a regular, 3.5mm ovulation test or a deluxe 4mm wide test.  If you have trouble figuring out when you’re ovulating, then try the higher sensitivity, 3.5mm ovulation test.

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This post has been updated since its original publication in 2014.
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