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Here’s a great article on using an Ovulation Predictor Kit as a Home Pregnancy test (provided by E-P-T.com)

If you are a super savvy TTC-er, you have probably heard about women using their OPKs (ovulation predictor kits) as pregnancy tests. On the other hand, if you are new to the TTC community, you might be wondering how this is possible. While it is certainly possible to use an ovulation test as a pregnancy test, it is not necessarily the most advisable method for testing for pregnancy. Here is the low-down on using an ovulation test as a pregnancy test:

An ovulation test works by detecting the surge in luteinizing hormone (LH) that precedes ovulation. Pregnancy tests work by detecting the presence of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) in your urine. Interestingly, hCG and LH are both known scientifically as glycoproteins, which simply means that these hormones are made up of a protein with a sugar attached to it. Of even greater interest for this discussion, is the fact that the protein parts of hCG and LH look very similar. So similar, in fact, a standard ovulation test (OPK) is unable to distinguish between LH and hCG in your urine. Therefore, if you have enough of either of the two hormones (LH or hCG) in your urine at the time you test using an OPK, you will get a positive result on the OPK.

In theory, therefore, a positive result on an ovulation test taken after you have missed a period could definitely indicate that you are pregnant. But, while it might be tempting to use your extra ovulation test as a pregnancy test, most OPKs are not as sensitive as an early detection pregnancy test, which means that you will run the risk of getting a false negative…so, even if you are pregnant, your OPK will not be sensitive enough to detect the small amounts of hCG that are present in your urine in the first few days after conception. If you suspect that you have conceived, the quickest, most accurate way to confirm pregnancy is to use an early detection pregnancy test.

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I need to pee, but what on?

Going to the “family planning” section of the store can be a little overwhelming. You don’t want to sacrifice results for a price and you don’t want to get your heart broken by false positives

Between the blue dyes, pink dyes, smilies, words, and midstream or cup variations of a “pee stick”, it’s hard to choose the right one.

What should you look for in a HPT?
It’s commonly known that blue dye tests are notorious for false positives. Pink dyes have been known to give good, early, reliable results. Digitals are more expensive and also have been said to have a harder time detecting a pregnancy early on.

Don’t just look for the price tag, but don’t think you have to buy the most expensive on the market. You can find good reliable tests, yes, even generic, for a price that wont hurt.

You can also choose between midstream tests or the kind where you pee in a cup and dip the test. The more popular is midstream, but you can purchase the dip tests online for quite a good price break. Check Amazon or Early-Pregnancy-Tests.com.

What makes them all different?
As your hCG increases with pregnancy, so do the chances of picking up the hormones on the test strip. Many brands can detect a pregnancy at different points and some are more sensitive than others.

Here’s a wonderful chart from Early-Pregnancy-Tests.com

As you can see, the numbers can vary greatly. The higher the number, the harder it is to detect the hormones early on.

FMU, HPT, POAS, PIAC, what does it mean!?
There are many acronyms when it comes to this subject.

FMU= First Morning Urine. It’s recommended to use your urine first thing in the morning because it’s the most concentrated and will have the highest hormone level.

HPT= Home Pregnancy Test, both midstream and dip tests.

POAS= Pee On A Stick, commonly known as mid-stream tests. These are the ones with the plastic body and tip that is used to catch urine, also comes with a reading window.

PIAC= Pee In A Cup, these tests are for the ovulation tests and home pregnancy tests that you dip into a cup of collected urine. *NOTE you do not dip it in the toilet*

The dip tests are generally cheaper and you can buy in bulk fairly well, both Amazon and Early-Pregnancy-Tests.com will have great options.

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Note the chart stating the percentage chance of you getting a positive test at a specific number of DPO (Days Past Ovulation). Testing early will increase your chances for a negative, remember to be prepared for it being too early.

What’s your favorite brand to pee on? Join our thread Here or comment below!

BFP by DPO on your HPT (YKWIM)

Thanks, ShellShockedMama, for the chart and commentary! This is an excerpt from TTCAL FAQ’s, also courtesy of ShellShockedMama.

% Positive HPT at x dpo

35% at 10dpo
51% at 11dpo
62% at 12dpo
68% at 13dpo
74% at 14dpo
80% at 15dpo
88% at 16dpo
92% at 17dpo

This is why testing early can be frustrating and disappointing. 65% of pregnant women will get a negative at 10DPO! If you test any earlier than 10DPO, then you’ve pretty much wasted your pee stick. I’ve never met anyone –other than when googling– that ever got a positive test earlier than that. (I think, if they did get a positive at 9DPO or earlier, they probably ovulated earlier than they thought).

Most pee sticks at the store will measure 25 units of the HCG hormone, which is pretty sensitive. Sometimes more sensitive then the ones your doctor has. If you prefer to go to your doctor, say for a blood test, then ask how sensitive the test is. If it measure 100 units of the HCG hormone, you might want to save your co-pay until you’re at least 18DPO ish. the dollar store tests are good and they are sensitive, so use them first. if you get a negative, it’s only $1.

The Package Says it can detect the HCG Hormone “5 days before missed period” is that true? Yes and No. It’s kind of a TTC urban legend that the “average” cycle is 28 days with a 14 day LP. I don’t know who started that myth, but it just won’t DIE! So, when a test tells you you can test 5 days before your missed period, that’s not exactly true. They wrongly assume that you have this average cycle. That you have a 28 day cycle and ovulate on day 14. Let’s do a little math, yes? So, based on the fallacy I just stated about, subtract 5 from 14, which means that the earliest you should even bother testing (and I still think it’s too early, but hey, it’s your pee stick) is 9 DPO. SO, if you have an 11 day day LP, you can only test 2 days before your missed period, if you have an 10 day LP, you can only test ONE day before your missed period. Just keep this in mind when you freak out over a BFN b/c you tested early.