1. Spending a lot of money on a fancy digital fertility monitor doesn’t mean that you will have a higher chance of pregnancy. Far from. Buy a simple test kit.
2. False positives are common – this is when the test tells you that you are ovulating when you are not. If you have a positive every day – ask you doctor about being evaluated for a common condition called PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome).
3. If you have 28-30 day cycles and you are less than age 40, start testing on cycle day 10. Test every day until you have a positive. Then STOP! You don’t need to keep testing once you have a positive – you’re wasting your time, energy and money. Once you have a positive, check for pregnancy in 14 days. Cycle day 1 is the first day of your period and day 10 is 9 days later.
4. Buy the kits in bulk online. Go to target.com or google ovulation predictor kit.
5. There’s a cool FDA approved tool on the market called the conception kit. It’s nifty. Your insurance may even cover it. Go to: http://www.conceptionkit.com/ to read more about it.
6. If you are an older mom-to-be, start checking for a surge on cycle day #6 – you may be ovulating earlier and may not be timing intercourse quite right.
7. If you’re doing an infertility treatment, ask your doctor if there’s any benefit to having an ovulation predictor kit. You can sometimes catch an ovulation before your ultrasound is able to and this can help time your insemination better.