How can ovulation tests help me get pregnant?
There are only a few days in each menstrual cycle when you can get pregnant, which is why it’s important to know which are your most fertile days. An ovulation test can accurately tell you when you are most likely to conceive if you have intercourse and can help you get pregnant faster. Ovulation tests work by identifying the rise in hormones that surge just before you release an egg, so you know when you should have sex to get pregnant. Measuring basal body temperature will only tell you you’ve ovulated after your ovary has released an egg, and since eggs only live for 12-24 hours, it may be too late to start trying that month. That is why Clearblue offers a wide range of ovulation tests and fertility monitoring products that detect the rise in the luteinising hormone (LH) or both LH and estrogen to help you better understand your body’s ovulation cycle and identify your fertile days to maximize your chances of getting pregnant naturally.
How do ovulation tests work?
In each cycle an egg is released from one of your ovaries: this is called ovulation. Estrogen levels rise in your body in the days before the surge of the luteinising hormone (LH). Estrogen helps your body prepare for ovulation by thickening the womb lining and is also responsible for the appearance of sperm-friendly cervical mucus. The rise in estrogen indicates that you are entering your high fertility window, which can usually be four or more days. Your peak fertile days coincide with the LH surge, which happens around 24-36 hours before you release an egg.
Since sperm can survive for five days, knowing your high fertility and peak fertility days by measuring your hormones can help you plan the best time for intercourse and maximize your chances of getting pregnant. This is where ovulation tests come in to help, as these detect the rise of these hormones in your urine. Since each woman is unique, and menstrual cycles not only vary between women, they can also vary from cycle to cycle in you, ovulation tests take out the guess work for identifying your most fertile time to get pregnant.
Clearblue’s Fertility Monitor with Touch Screen, Connected Ovulation Test System, and Advanced Digital Ovulation Test measure both your estrogen and LH levels to give you a wide fertility window.
The Clearblue Digital Ovulation Test detects this rise LH, so you can identify your 2 best days to get pregnant.
When can I do an ovulation test?
When to start testing will depend on the length of your cycle and which Clearblue test you are using. Please check the instructions before you start testing.
You can also use our when to start ovulation testing tool to find the right day to start testing for you. You just need to input your average cycle length, the day your last period started and which ovulation test you’re using.
Which ovulation test is right for me?
With so many tests to choose from, you may wonder which is the right ovulation test for you. To help you pick the right test for you, see our available ovulation tests and fertility monitor.
- Connected Ovulation Test System is proven to double your chances of getting pregnant in the first cycle of use2. This ovulation test measures both estrogen and LH and typically identifies 4 or more of your fertile days. It also connects to an app on your phone so you can sync your results, check your own fertility calendar, and compare your fertility data to previous months.
- Advanced Digital Ovulation Test detects your 2 key fertility hormones – LH and estrogen – to identify your High and Peak fertility days. It typically identifies 4 or more fertile days in your cycle3, giving you more opportunities to get pregnant
- Digital Ovulation Test identifies your 2 most fertile days by detecting your LH surge. It’s easy to use and provide clear digital results. One of the main features of our Digital Ovulation Test is its easy-to-read results that show your most fertile days with a smiley face.
- Fertility Monitor with Touch Screen. This typically identifies up to 6 fertile days by tracking both estrogen and LH. It also stores and compares your fertility data for up to 6 cycles and has the additional benefit of allowing you to test for pregnancy.