Tag: Understanding Ovulation

getting pregnantIn an effort to continually maintain a care and discipline toward the creation of our bodies and the planning of our families, it is vital to have an understanding of the way that women’s bodies work and the cycles which affect pregnancy. Planning a family can be challenging in a variety of ways, whether we are not able to get pregnant when we want to or if there is an unexpected pregnancy when we are not necessarily planning to. Of course, children are ultimately a blessing from God no matter when they arrive, but giving some time and attention to planning our families naturally can often help us feel a little more at peace and avoid some chaos.

Understanding Ovulation

While most ovulation kits are made to predict fertility in order to allow the woman to conceive, there are also conveniences to predicting ovulation that may be effective in allowing families to avoid getting pregnant if it isn’t the right time. Tracking a woman’s ovulation and being aware of her fertility may be approached in a several ways which, all combined, may help a couple to avoid pregnancy. Using ovulation predictor kits or tests may allow a woman to have a better handle on her cycle of fertility and be able to plan for the future in a more educated manner.

Ovulation Predictor Kits

OPKs (Ovulation Predictor Kits) typically use a urine sample to determine at what point in the month she is most likely to get pregnant. A surge in luteinizing hormone (LH) indicates that egg is ready to be released from the ovary and travel down the fallopian tubes toward the uterus with the potential to be fertilized. Because most women ovulate 14 days prior to the arrival of their periods, a woman needs to track her cycle on a calendar to understand when she is most likely to ovulate and begin testing a few days before that time. Certain fertility kits come with an electronic tracker to tailor the testing days for the individual woman’s cycle in order to provide the best possible information.

Several companies make ovulation predictor kits which are used for family planning, including Clearblue Easy Fertility Starter Kit, First Response, Wondfo, Clinical Guard, Answer, and other options. While most of them use the woman’s hormones in a urine sample to predict fertile times, other tests may use a woman’s saliva or sweat with similar results of predicting ovulation. Knowing when to use an ovulation kit is the key.…

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