Every woman is born with millions of immature eggs. Once every month ovulation occurs where only one egg is released and lives for 12 to 24 hours after it leaves the ovary. If the egg is not fertilised it will disintegrate and be absorbed into the uterine lining. If the egg is fertilised, implantation takes place 6 to 12 days after ovulation. If you are trying to conceive, it would be useful to know when ovulation takes place so that you can time the fertilisation of the egg for the best results.
Here are five ovulation tests that you could use.
- Urine Test Kits or Ovulation Predictor Kits
This test is similar to that of a pregnancy test where you need to urinate on the unit. It is easy to use and to interpret therefore this method is great if you are testing for ovulation often.
- Basal Body Temperature Chart
This method helps you to monitor the different phases of your menstrual cycle. You would take your temperature in the morning as soon as you wake up and repeat this daily at the same time. Your body temperature rises when ovulation occurs which will be the indication you’re looking for.
- Vaginal or Abdominal Ultrasound
The ultrasound will measure the follicle to determine whether it is ready for fertilisation. The follicle changes in size during ovulation which is the indicator that ovulation is taking place.
- Endometrial Biopsy
The Endometrial Biopsy is an in-office procedure that is able to determine if ovulation has occurred. It can determine whether the endometrium has been stimulated with progesterone. The fertility doctor will swab the uterine lining for a sample and check it under a microscope. This method is performed before an expected menstruation, so it’s important to keep track of your menstrual cycle for this procedure to be effective.
- Blood Tests
Blood tests measure the hormone levels which are associated with ovulation such as the LH levels and oestrogen levels. The blood tests will determine whether there are changes in these levels which will allow you to plan the implantation of the sperm.
Remember that conception can take time and does not always happen within the same timeframe for everyone. The key is to remain relaxed and take care of your body during this time. It is always advisable that you seek the advice of a professional fertility doctor who can guide you and help you regarding any type of fertility treatment.