Worked Wonderfully Showing LH Surge
January 23, 2016
To pee on a stick at 80 cents and have it track your LH Surge is really quite amazing technology. Here is my experience: I started testing a couple of days before the instructions recommended. I tested at night and in the morning with it being at least 3 hours since I urinated last. I noticed that the morning line was always darker than the evening line, likely because my urine was more concentrated in the morning. For me, the line stayed at least as dark as the control or darker for 3 days. I was concerned that this was abnormal, but from what I read on the internet and in the scientific literature, it varies from woman to woman. Some women must test a few times a day to detect their surge just once, others the surge lasts a few days. The secret to these strips is being able to read them clearly. The test line must be as dark or darker than the control line to indicate a LH Surge. To aid in seeing this change, I wrote the date and time on each strip and took a picture of the strip on a white background. Then I lined them up on an excel spreadsheet (after seeing the morning results were much darker, I ignored those results and only looked at the pattern with the evening results). This visual allowed me to see the rise and fall of my LH surge. I figured once I did this for one month, I would get an idea of what it looks like for my body and what I might be able to expect next month. In the spreadsheet, I lined up the pictures of my LH surge with my basal body temperature and cervical mucous characteristics and was able to pinpoint the exact moment of ovulation (LH Surge alone does not mean ovulation for all people). Now, after one month of use, I am pregnant. I actually found this activity fun because I got to know my body more and as a scientist, I like data. I liked this product better than the other ovulation monitors that monitor LH surge only (which I tried concurrently) because even though this product was more difficult to read, I didn't have to rely on a smiley face to tell me once that my LH was surging or worry about the technology that reads the lines screwing up. Again, I would recommend this to anyone trying to conceive or someone who just wants to learn more about their ovulation pattern. It just might take a couple of months to learn your pattern.
- Does what it says it will do (detect LH Surge)
Cons:- May take a couple of months to understand your pattern and when the test line is as dark or darker than the control line
- I thought the directions could be a bit more descriptive