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i had been trying for a baby for 3 years and no look :( so i had blood test done to see if i was ovulating and they came back 4.7 which means you dont ovulate thay have to be 5 or above. so i brought these test to see for my self. the test came back possitive for LH on day 15. so i went back to the hospital for a blood test and it cam back 5.6. the doctor said he was very sorry but the first lot of bloods were taken after i ovulated thats why they can back 4.7. i was so pleased now i can start planning a baby. i recommed these if you are trying to find out the best time to concieve.
At the end of 1997 we decided to start a family. I had never been very good at keeping tracking of my periods; I was always getting caught out when it started, so I didn?t have a clue when it would be the ?right time? of each month for me to get pregnant. I knew that there are two days each month when you are the most fertile, I just didn?t have a clue when it would be for me. So I brought a Clear Plan Home Ovulation Test. The test works by looking for a surge in the amount of luteinising hormone in your urine. This hormone is always present, but 24-36 hours before an egg is released levels increase greatly. Therefore by knowing when the surge happens, you can know which are your two fertile days, and by having sex on those days you give yourself the best chance of becoming pregnant. This is especially important as the egg only stays in your body for about 24 hours. If you miss this time slot, all the sex in the world won?t make a baby. The test itself is very easy to use. Firstly you need to use the chart supplied to find out when to start testing. The chart covers cycles from 21 to 40 days. It simple tells you how many days after the start of your last period you should start using the tests. You then get five sticks in each box. They look just like pregnancy tests, and are used in a very similar way. You must test around the same time each day, and as you should not have passed urine for four hours before testing, first thing in the morning was the best for me. You either hold the tip in the urine stream for 5 seconds, or you collect some in a clean container and put the tip into it for 20 seconds. You then put the cap on and wait 3 minutes. On each stick there is a little window where two lines appear. The furthest away from the arrow is the reference line, and the one closest to the arrow is the surge line. If the surge line is paler than the reference line you have not started the hormone surge, and will need to do the same thing the next day
. However if the surge line is the same or darker than the reference line your surge has began. You should ovulate within 36 hours, and therefore will be at your most fertile. I used the test for 4 days before my surge began. My husband and I then acted accordingly for the next three days, (just to be sure!), and then we had to wait 2 weeks to find out if we had been successful. We were very very lucky because, after only one month I was pregnant. I went on to have my lovely daughter, who is now 2 ½ years old. Then, this November I became pregnant again, without using a test. Sadly at the end of January I miscarried the baby at 10 weeks pregnant. We were advised to wait and have a normal monthly cycle and then we could try again. We have just finished our first month of trying, without any luck, and I have decided to use a test again, but for a different reason this time. Although my periods have come back, I can?t be sure that I am ovulating. After all, that part of my body thought it could shut down until after August when the baby I lost would have been born. I don?t want to put myself through the agony of waiting for a period if I have not ovulated and so could not possibly be pregnant. Also, if I?m not ovulating I can go back to my doctor for advice. So I?ve brought another test, and in a week?s time I can start using. Even if I don?t become pregnant again next month, at least I will know that my body is ovulating, and I can just let nature take it?s course. Although the test is very good, (and for us successful), they are very expensive, £19.99 in Boots today. I would have though that anyone with long-term fertility problems would find this too expensive if they had to keep buying one month after month. They are also not so good if your cycle is irregular. As I mentioned you only get five sticks to test with. If you start using the test even one day too early, you may miss the surge line. However, if your cycle is regular, t
his shouldn't be a problem. I would still recommend the test either to help you at the start of trying to conceive, or like me to check everything is back to normal after a miscarriage, or simply after a gap between pregnancies. So let?s hope that in a month?s time I can either update this opinion or write another about Clear Plan?s other product the Clearblue pregnancy test with positive news. *****************Update******************** Unfortunately I fell foul of the problem with irregular cycles. I felt sure I was on a 28 day cycle, and started testing 9 days after the start of my last period, which was the recommended time on the chart. However, after using the five sticks I had not ovulated. I was also charting my temperature, and according to that I ovulated 4 days after using the last test, so I must be on a 35 day cycle. As I said before the test are best when you are regular with your cycles. I still hoping that I can update this again in a week or so time with good news! ************Update 2******************** I was able to use a clearblue pregnancy test this week, and was delighted to find it was positive! We are very happy.
After trying to conceive for the last 9 months I decided to invest £20 in an ovulation prediction kit to see if that would improve my chances. I'd read about these in a baby forum which I frequent and they were well recommended by those who had used them. I bought the ClearPlan kit as it is made by the same manufacturers as ClearBlue pregnancy tests which I have found to be excellent. ~~~~ How They Work ~~~~ The CleaPlan kit comes with 5 tests which you should use on 5 consecutive days. The tests detect the level of lutinising hormone (LH) in your urine. LH should always be present but will levels will rise just before ovulation. Once you have detected your LH surge you know that you will ovulate within the next 24 to 36 hours. Making love at your most fertile time gives you a better chance of becoming pregnant. These should not be used as a contraceptive method due to lifecycles of sperm and ova. ~~~~ When To Test ~~~~ The ClearPlan instructions give you a table showing when you should perform the tests. Ovulation takes place 12 to 14 days before your period and the table shows when you should start testing. You simply work out the length of your cycle then see how many days after the start of your last period you should test. The tests should be taken at roughly the same time each day and you should not have passed urine for 4 hours preceding the test. This means the best time to test is first thing in the morning as you are unlikely to have been to the loo in the previous four hours. ~~~~ Testing ~~~~ To perform the test you should unwrap a test kit, remove the cap and hold the tip in your urine stream for 5 seconds. If you prefer you can collect your urine in a container and immerse the tip of the stick for 20 seconds. Once you have a nice wet tip you can replace the cap and hold the stick downwards. Results are ready to read in 3 minutes. ~~~~ Results ~~~~ The "window" on the test w
ill show two blue lines, the one nearest the arrow is your surge line and the other one is a reference line. The reference line also lets you know you have tested correctly, if there is no reference line you have done it wrong. If the surge line is paler than the reference line you have not begun your LH surge and should continue testing daily. If the surge line is similar to or darker than the reference line you have detected your LH surge and should ovulate within the next 24 to 36 hours. Therefore you should make love that day and the next as these will be your two most fertile days. If you haven't used all of your five tests then you have some left over for next month. ~~~~ Does it work? ~~~~ Well that question is really like "how long is a piece of string". The test is said to be 99% accurate in laboratory tests. It's not really possible to guage real accuracy as of course there could be many reasons why you fail to fall pregnant. I have heard stories from a number of women who did get pregnant following the use of a kit. One thing it does is help you become more aware of your cycles which is helpful. ~~~~ My Experience ~~~ Well I started testing on Friday when I got a dark blue reference line and no surge line at all. Saturday I had a pale surge line and Sunday a darker one, I made sure lovemaking followed that day. Monday I had no surge line again. Now the kit says that your surge line should be similar or darker than the reference line and on Sunday it was similar although not quite as dark. Monday afternoon (no surge Monday) I had a pain which could well have been an ovulation pain, it was certainly within 24 to 36 hours of me detecting my surge. I have one test left over which I will use (or hopefully not need to use!) next month, as I have a very regular cycle I'll use it on the third testing day which was when I detected my surge this month. I do feel more in tune with my body the pain which
I know I have felt before I now think was possibly an ovulation pain, in other months I haven't made that association. ~~~~ The Bottom Line ~~~~ The test although expensive can help to put your mind at ease by pinpointing your ovulation date. This helps you to better understand your own cycle and could well aid you to becoming pregnant. I won't buy another one as I now think I know the information I need.
An easy and straightforward test that lets you know the best 2 days to conceive your baby