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Some women simply go for it and hope to get pregnant. Others struggle to get pregnant and they use ovulation tests to pinpoint when the ovulation happens, so they can try to time their sexual activity around the time there’s an egg to be fertilized.

If you haven’t taken ovulation tests before, you’ve come to the right place.

How do they work

Ovulation tests are similar to at-home pregnancy tests that you take at home. In fact, they look similar too. You either pee on them or pee in a cup and then stick the test in the cup. Simple.

The tests will tell you when you are ovulating. They track the LH hormone, which indicates that an egg is about to be released. It indicates the best time to have sex.

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The chart above is based on a 28-day cycle, so if you are on a longer cycle, you need to add a few days. On a 28-day cycle, you would ovulate around day 10 to 14, but on a 30-day cycle, it may not be until days 12 to 16. If you’ve been irregular, it’s best to start testing earlier to catch the egg.

When to take them

If you need some guidance on when to take them, here is a great example. Again, this is for a 28-day cycle, but if you’ve never taken before, you can start testing on cycle day 12 and then pinpoint what cycle day you ovulate.

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It’s important to understand that your test may be positive for three or four days. You are usually positive two days before ovulation, on the day of ovulation, and the day after ovulation. Since sperm can survive around five days in the uterus, you can have sex on all these days.

Using them for guidance

At-home ovulation tests are only meant to be used for guidance. A blood test at the doctor’s office will give you a better indication. But based on the image below, you can see how the ovulation will test positive when an egg is released. The sperm then meets the egg in the fallopian tube, and then implants between 6 and 12 days after ovulation.

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