Pregnancy for some women happens as soon as they think about it, whereas others take longer periods and some luck. There are just a couple of days in a month when you can get pregnant, the most fertile days, leading to ovulation.
Ovulation is the release of the single, biggest egg out of the 15-20 eggs produced in the ovary to one of the fallopian tubes. This egg survives for only 12 to 24 hours if it is not fertilized, and so is the best time to get pregnant. To increase chances of conception, it would benefit largely if you knowing when you are ovulating.
But how do you know when you are ovulating and what are the ovulation symptoms? One way to recognize the ovulation symptoms is to keep a calendar on the monthly cycle; ovulation generally happens on the 14th day after your last period for a perfect 28 days cycle; another is recording basal body.
Temperature is based on the fact that during ovulation the body temperature rises to a degree or so; and watching out for changes in the cervical mucus which means judging the white-liquid discharge or the vaginal secretions.
However, all the aforementioned tests for ovulation may hold good only for a handful of women, who have regular cycles, significant body temperature rises, and good judgment of the vaginal secretions.
This is where the ovulation predictor kits come in handy. They hold a good effective rate, if the instructions are followed from the label. They determine the ovulation period by testing the urine or the saliva. Urinal test can be carried either by collecting it in a cup or holding the stick in the urine stream.
Colored bands will appear indicating whether or not ovulation has taken place. It is advised that the test should ideally be carried out between 2 pm to 2:30 pm, and no liquid intake is recommended for atleast 2 to 3 hours. Saliva based test involves checking for ‘salivary ferning’ after it has dried up, by placing a morning sample on a glass tray, and observing it under a microscope. It should be taken care that the saliva doesn’t have any air bubbles.
The urine based OPKs are 99% effective in determining the ovulation period. However, these kits should never be used as a contraceptive measure, since many women hold a chance of getting pregnant even after ovulation.