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