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Strips Work Perfectly, But Instructions are Lacking
on July 25, 2011
How many of you know that when testing for an LH surge, your best bet is to test twice, once in the early afternoon and once in the early evening? I didn't know that. In the morning, your LH is usually lowest, so with almost any ovulation predictor, if you're only using one in the morning, you're likely to miss the surge. Of course, I learned all that from a article written by an OB that was posted on an infertility website; the generic instructions included with these strips don't give you that kind of helpful information.
In fact, by following the included instructions, I spent two cycles *completely* missing my ovulation date - turns out I ovulate earlier in my cycle than the manufacturers of these tests expected any woman to - and it didn't occur to me, until doing further research, that I ought to start checking before their suggested date. Cycle three was my lucky month; I'm due this winter! The pregnancy tests worked just fine for me too. I decided early on that I didn't want to test before the date of my expected period because I didn't want the heartbreak of a "false" positive due to a chemical pregnancy. I wound up testing on the second day of my missed period... which was not completely missed, but not completely there... and got a faint but obvious positive. I never had any trouble using or reading these tests, once I did my research.
Ultimately, I highly recommend these tests. They're a great price, and the average couple (with no infertility issues) has only a 50% chance of conceiving in 6 months, so the expensive predictors and tests can get pricey fast. You do need to do your own research on how to test most accurately - these are not super simple, spell-it-out, call-a-hotline-for-help tests - but they're very accurate if used properly.
Best of luck to anyone out there trying to conceive!