Luteinizing Hormone (LH) Urine Test
|What is the purpose of this test:
|This test is performed to accurately determine when a woman will ovulate.
|How to prepare:
Ovulation prediction tests detect the presence of luteinizing hormone. This hormone is present in small amounts during most of the menstrual cycle but rises a few days before ovulation.
When should the test be done?
Testing should start 2 to 4 days before the estimated date of ovulation. If the date is unknown, it can be calculated - in approximate terms - based on the length of the menstrual cycle. Knowing that a cycle starts with the first day of your menstrual period and that ovulation occurs 14 days before the start of your menstrual period, calculating the date is relatively simple. For example, for those with a 28-day menstrual cycle, the ovulation date is estimated to be on day-14 and tests should therefore start on day-11 of the cycle. If the cycle is shorter, tests should start earlier and, if the cycle is longer, tests should start later.
How are results interpreted?
If results are positive
Ovulation will occur within the next 12 to 36 hours.
Factors that can affect test results
Certain factors can cause inaccurate results. They include:
- The use of certain drugs that stimulate ovulation
- An excessive intake of water before the test
- A recent pregnancy or being newly pregnant
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome
- Untreated hypothyroidism
- Starting testing too early in the menstrual cycle
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