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University of Colorado Denver



PATIENT INSTRUCTIONS:
THE USE OF OVULATION PREDICTOR KITS TO TIME INSEMINATIONS (HUSBAND OR DONOR), INTERCOURSE, ENDOMETRIAL BIOPSY, OR POSTCOITAL TESTING

Ovulation predictor kits are generally a reliable means of forecasting ovulation. They work by identifying the urine LH surge which occurs approximately 12 to 48 hours prior to ovulation. This "early warning" allows us to time inseminations with greater ease and reliability. Many commercial ovulation predictor kits are available and include Ovu-Quick, Clearplan Easy, First Response, etc. Check clarity of instructions, ease of use, and price before you purchase an ovulation predictor kit.

When to start testing: Ovulation testing should be done daily beginning 3 days before your expected ovulation. (If you are on Clomid or Serophene therapy, begin testing 3 days after taking your last dose of medication.) A review of past basal body temperature charts (BBTÂ’s) can help you determine when to begin testing. If you are unsure of when to start testing, please refer to the chart below or call one of the nurses to help you decide when to start testing. Continue testing until a color change has occurred.

All patients must call with the onset of menses (in the first 4 days) to inform the office that you will be starting LH testing. If you do not call the office to be put on the LH testing list we may not be able to perform your procedure that month.

Your Cycle Length Count ahead this many days
from the first day of your period
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36
37
38
39
40
5
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23

When is the day to test: The instructions in different kits vary as to the time of day that the manufacturer considers to be the best. In order to properly coordinate your procedure, please test in the morning prior to 10 am. Restrict your fluids for at least 4 hours prior to testing to enhance the urine LH concentration. We recommend the following kits:

Kit Name: Ovu-Quick
Time: 4 minutes

This kit is widely available throughout Denver. Simply call 1-800-874-1517 for the locations within your zip code. Ovu-Quick also offers a mail order option. To order direct, call their 800 number listed above and note that a $6.50 delivery charge will be added to the price.

Kit Name: Clearplan Easy
Time: 5 minutes

This kit can be found at the following stores: K-Mart, Wal-Mart, and Walgreen's. It is a very reliable ovulation predictor kit and the easiest ovulation predictor kit to use.

What to do when your test becomes positive:

  1. FOR POSTCOITAL TESTING- Try and test before 10 am so that you may inform the office of the color change and schedule your postcoital test for the following day. Have intercourse sometime after 10 pm the night of the color change. You may bathe prior to the postcoital test but do not douche. All postcoital tests will be performed at the Anschutz Outpatient Pavilion, Advanced Reproductive Medicine office.

  2. FOR INTERCOURSE - Have relations within 24 hours of color change.

  3. FOR INSEMINATIONS (donor or husband) - Please test early enough (prior to 10 am) to notify the office (720-848-1690) of the color change. Once you have a color change the office will schedule the insemination for the following day. Please call prior to 10 am so the andrology laboratory can prepare the media for the insemination procedure. If you do not call by 10 am we may not be able to schedule your insemination with the andrology laboratory. All inseminations are performed at the Anschutz Outpatient Pavilion.

  4. FOR ENDOMETRIAL BIOPSY - Call 720.848.1690 within 4 days after color change during regular business hours to schedule an endometrial biopsy.

MAJOR HOLIDAYS: While we try to be open as many days as possible throughout the year, we close the Andrology Laboratory on major holidays; therefore, we cannot perform inseminations, postcoital testing, or endometrial biopsies on:

Thanksgiving Day
Thanksgiving Friday
Christmas Eve
Christmas Day
New Year's Eve
New Year's Day

If you are also recording your basal body temperature (BBT), bring your BBT chart to each office visit.

University of Colorado Denver
Advanced Reproductive Medicine

Anschutz Medical Campus Office
Location: 1635 Aurora Court, Aurora, CO 80045
Mailing: PO Box 6510, Mail Stop F701, Aurora, CO 80045
Tel: 720.848.1690
Toll-free: 1.888.899.7441
Fax: 720.848.1678
Colorado Springs Office
4125 Briargate Parkway, Suite 350
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
Tel: 719.314.3333
Fax: 719.314.3344

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