• Ovulation Prediction Kits: Great Tools For Conception

    by  • January 23, 2013 • Natural Fertility Series • 1 Comment

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    Today’s post is going to interest mostly those of you who are looking to conceive. We are going to talk about what ovulation prediction kits {also known as OPKs} are and how to use them properly.  And I also want to introduce you to THE best place to get cheap inexpensive, great quality OPK and home pregnancy tests… Kisses From Above.

    So, What Are OPKs?

    Ovulation Prediction Kits are pretty popular  in the “trying-to-conceive” community and can be quite useful to help you find your fertile peak. OPKs work by measuring the presence of Luteinizing Hormone (LH) in your urine {remember the different phases of your cycle in this post?}. A surge of LH  is sent to your ovaries causing them to produce enzymes that cause the dominant follicle to rupture and release the egg into the fallopian tube. This is when ovulation occurs and it usually happens within 24 hours of the surge of LH. An OPK would “predict” that you will be ovulating… therefore, a test would be expected to be positive the day before you ovulate. And of course, if you are trying to conceive, it gives you a good idea of when to do the baby dance 😉

    How Do You Use OPKs?

    The tests from Kisses From Above come in the strip format to provide you with the most economical version available.  However, there are several different types that you can purchase {we will discuss that in a moment}.  The ovulation test is different from the pregnancy test in that it does not mean it’s positive simply because there are two distinct lines. For it to be positive, the test line must be equal to or darker than the control line.

    The day to begin testing for ovulation all depends on how long your cycles normally run. Most places you will read… if your cycles are usually 26 days long, then you would begin testing on cycle day 10. If your cycles are 28 days, you would begin testing on cycle day 12. But I tend to start testing a day or two before the recommended days. For a while I was ovulating on cycle day 11-13, even though my cycles run about every 28 days. I would have missed testing positive during my LH surge if I hadn’t tested early. It is best to keep testing everyday for 5 days or until you get a positive test.

    So to use the stick version on the OPKs, you would want to :

    1. Collect the urine in a clean container such as a plastic cup.
    2. Dip the ovulation test into the urine up to the max line for 5 seconds. Do not exceed the max line.
    3. Lay the test flat on a non-absorbent surface such as the top of the container or the foil pouch.
    4. Check results after 5 minutes.

    How to read the results?

    No LH surge: Only one color band appears on the control region, or the test band appears but is lighter than the control band. This means there is no LH surge.

    LH surge: If two color bands are visible, and the test band is equal to or darker than the control band, one will probably ovulate in the next 24-48 hours.

    What Kind of OPKs Are There?

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    OPKs come in a few formats. The most economical one is the urine strip test, where you would collect urine in a cup and dip the test strip. Another is a cassette format, also economical. You would collect urine same as the strip test, but you would use a bulb pipette to count out a certain number of drops needed for the test. Some may find these method to be a little, well… gross unsanitary (honestly, it’s not really that bad… I have yet to experience a messy collection, haha). So for those who aren’t interested in peeing in a cup, there are midstream format tests, but these are not the most economical. Basically, you need a full bladder to empty… during the emptying process, you would stick the absorbent tip into the stream for several seconds.

    Where Can You Get OPKs?

    Well, most people would go to your typical department store or pharmacy and pick-up a box of 7 mid-stream tests at about $20 a pop. {YIKES!} Which is fine if you only need them for one cycle and you miraculously conceive on the first try… which can happen, but isn’t probably likely for most of us. And I don’t know about you, but I like to check and recheck my tests – you know, “just to be sure”. My pocket-book would be empty real fast at this rate… My solution?

    Enter Kisses From Above.

    This is THE place for all your ovulation and pregnancy test needs. I love Kisses From Above. I first “met” them we their company name was CPT Worldwide. This great, pro-life company has made trying to conceive an affordable process. They offer ovulation tests at incredibly low prices (like $0.60/ea low). They also offer fantastic Fertility Kits in different sizes… so regardless of whether you are just thinking about trying out the OPK testing method or if you are really serious about increasing your chances of conception, they have the right fertility kit just for you.

    In fact, right now their pregnancy tests are on sale – $0.30 ea! That is a steal, so now would be a great time to stock up on those. Or… you can use their coupon code VALENTINES to get 20% off any order. Ends Feb. 14, 2013.

    More About Kisses From Above

    Kisses from Above is a family business started in April 2011 providing ovulation and pregnancy tests as both personal orders and institutional orders.  They have since then expanded to include other fertility products and books. All of their products are fresh and have a 12-18 month shelf life, so you can trust the results of the tests you are using.

    My experience with them has been nothing but wonderful! They have great customer service and are willing to answer your questions. They ship your orders quickly and discreetly. They have such a passion for children and families, in fact, Kendra and her husband are the parents of 5 beautiful children who keep them both busy and humble. They also are born-again Christians and believe life begins at conception.

    And in keeping with this belief, they don’t provide products for abortion clinics, etc. Part of the dream surrounding this business has been to be able to provide pregnancy tests to crisis pregnancy centers as a way to help those protecting the unborn. God has blessed that aspect of their business and they give Him the glory!

    If you wish to know more about the owners of Kisses From Above, they welcome you to visit their blog at Living In The Shoe.

    About

    Jasmine is a God-fearing, always-learning, stay-at-home-wife to the best husband in the world! In the past couple of years, her new found loves have become herbal fix ‘ems and things “all natural”! She is continually learning to slow down, enjoying the important, simple things in life…like naturally taking care of her home, husband and health. She really enjoys creating things “home-made” and showing others how to do the same! You can also connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.

    http://www.thymeandtimber.com

    One Response to Ovulation Prediction Kits: Great Tools For Conception

    1. Betsy
      January 24, 2013 at 1:23 pm

      I’ve ordered Ovulation tests from this site before! Love the idea of the fertility kits!

      Thanks!

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