Ovulation prediction tests are best suited for women with regular mentrual cycles and those who have a fair knowledge of their menstrual cycle. Considering that these kits are not entirely cheap, it can result in wastage and lead to frustration for women depending on it’s use for the prediction of their ovulation period, if not properly used. Below are some of the drawbacks of ovulation predicition kits:
1. They do not guarantee ovulation even when the test kit reveals a positive result; this is especially true of patients with PCOS and LUF syndrome where despite an oestrogen rise and or a surge in the blood’s LH level, ovulation may not occur.
2. In some women, ovulation may not occur immediately after the peak of the LH surge as expected, but may be delayed beyond the 24 to 36hrs normally anticipated for ovulation. This is another feature commonly seen in patient with PCOS.
3. Occasionally, women with PCOS may experience a false LH surge that is not associated with ovulation at all.
4. In some women, the LH surge may be so short, lasting less than 24 hours thereby resuting in a total miss of the LH surge by the routine daily tests. Such women may never have a positive result until the tests are done at shorter intervals of about 2 to 3 times a day, which you will agree sound liks an expensive proposition. Luckily, this is very rare.
5. The idea of timed intercourse based only on the ovulation prediction tests may miss some of the crucial part of the fertile window resulting in inadequate sexual exposure necessary for adequate fertilty. To know more about this, see UNDERSTANDING YOUR FERTILE AND SAFE PERIOD.
6. Not unusual in women with PCOS, due to the abnormal hormonal levels associated with it, the LH surge may finally occur when the fertile cervical mucus has dried up, leaving a hostile, dry cervical and vaginal environment for the sperm to swim, if timed intercourse were based solely on a positive result from the urine based ovulation prediction test.
7. In women with irregular menstrual cycles, it may be difficult to know the exact day to start the test, leading to a probable unending serial daily test that may eventually become frustrating, not to mention the associated huge cost that may be incurred.
8. Therefore, it is obvious that ovulation prediction tests are best reserved for couples with regular menstrual cycles and are not suited for women with hormonal abnormalitites such as PCOS. Furthermore, couples who reside together and are willing to conceive, should concentrate on having, regular well spaced intercourse on every other day or atleast three a week that are well spaced out, rather than timed intercourse based solely on a suspected day of ovulation using the ovulation prediction tests, for many of the above reasons. In any way, since 70% of couples who have regular sexual intercourse will conceive within a year of doing so, ovulation prediction tests should only be used as a means to help guide and reassure such women of the fact that they ovulate regulalrly and not to serve as a substitute for regular sexual intercourse except in couples who live apart and are left with no other options than timed intercourse. Women with irregular menstual cycles or those suspected of having hormonal imbalance may not benefit from the use of ovulation prediction tests and are rather advised to CHAT WITH OUR CONSULTANTS for an online consultation.
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