Everything You Need to Know About Clearblue Ovulation Tests
Everything You Need to Know About Clearblue Ovulation Tests
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If you’re trying to get pregnant then you may be looking for a way to make the process as simple as possible and increase your chances of getting pregnant naturally.
This is where Clearblue Ovulation Test kits can help, making it easier to find out when you’re most likely to become pregnant so you can make the most of your most fertile days.
But how do ovulation tests work and how do you use them? We’re going to answer these questions and more in our handy guide to all things ovulation testing.
What are Clearblue ovulation tests?
Clearblue ovulation tests are simple daily tests which help you to identify the most fertile days in your monthly cycle, so you can discover when you will be most likely to fall pregnant if you have sex.
These tests detect changes in your pregnancy hormone levels caused by ovulation, so when your body is ready to become pregnant, you’ll know that the time is right to get down to it and make some babies.
This is why many people choose to use ovulation tests, so they can maximise their chances of falling pregnant every time they get it on.
What is ovulation?
Ovulation is what happens when your body releases an egg as part of your monthly menstrual cycle.
Changes in the hormone levels in your body tell your ovaries that it’s time to release an egg, so it will be ready to become fertilised if you have sex.
This egg moves through your fallopian tubes and into your uterus, and if it meets a healthy sperm and becomes fertilised then voila!
You’ve got yourself a baby. Once an egg has been released from your ovaries, it will live for about 12 – 24 hours and if it isn’t fertilised in this time, then you will not become pregnant.
This is why it’s so important to get the timing right so you can increase your chances of falling pregnant naturally.
What is the best time to get pregnant?
The best time for you to get pregnant depends entirely upon you and your monthly cycle.
The hormonal changes that happen during your cycle mean that you go through periods of higher and lower fertility, leading to a period of peak fertility which can last for around 48 hours.
When you reach the higher fertility days in your cycle, your chances of conceiving a baby will be higher if you have sex, so if you want to get pregnant, now’s the time to do it!
How do ovulation tests work?
Ovulation tests work by detecting the hormonal changes in your body which tell your ovaries to release an egg for fertilisation.
If the test detects these hormones, then you’re having a fertile day and can increase your chances of falling pregnant if you have sex.
There are two hormones that these tests can detect to determine whether or not you’re having a fertile day, the first is oestrogen and the second is LH.
Oestrogen is a female sex hormone, and it helps to regulate your reproductive system.
Before you ovulate, your body creates more oestrogen, which tells your reproductive system that it’s time to prepare for a pregnancy and to create the ideal environment for sperm to swim through so they can fertilise that egg.
The second hormone, LH is also known as the luteinising hormone, and when your body creates more oestrogen it triggers a surge in your LH hormone.
This LH surge tells your ovaries to release the egg and that’s when ovulation happens.
When your ovulation test detects a surge of oestrogen levels, it will tell you that you could be going through a period of higher fertility, which can last for a few days.
If your ovulation test detects your LH surge, then you could be in a period of peak fertility, and you could be most likely to conceive for the next 48 hours.
Some Clearblue ovulation tests detect both of these hormones, whereas others detect only one, so make sure to check out which hormone each test checks for when you’re picking the best ovulation test for you.
Which Clearblue ovulation tests are available?
Clearblue has a range of ovulation tests, and all of them are slightly different.
They can read different hormones and come can even link to your smartphone to show you your results!
Let’s look at each one in turn and find out what they do and why they’d be the best choice for you.
Clearblue Digital Ovulation Test
The Clearblue Digital Ovulation test is perfect for those who want to identify their 2 most fertile days.
It detects your LH surge, but doesn’t detect the rise in your oestrogen hormones, so you’ll only get a result when you reach the most fertile time in your cycle.
It’s easy to use and the digital screen makes your results clear and easy to read, so you’ll know when your chances of conception are at their best.
Clearblue Advanced Digital Ovulation Test
The Clearblue Advanced Digital Ovulation Test helps to identify at least 4 more fertile days as well as the two peak fertility days indicated by your LH surge.
It does this by detecting the rise in your oestrogen levels as well as your LH surge, and you’ll see the difference between more fertile days and peak fertility days clearly on the screen when you’ve taken your test.
This one is perfect for those who want to know more about their own unique cycle.
Clearblue Connected Ovulation Test Kit
Finally, we have the Clearblue Connected Ovulation Test Kit, which connects to an app on your smartphone to give you your results.
It will show you everything you need to know about your cycle, your most fertile days, and help you to predict when your next period will begin and end.
It will even remind you when it’s time to take your ovulation test, so you won’t have to worry about missing a single one! Check out this video to see it in action.
Are Clearblue ovulation tests accurate?
The Clearblue ovulation tests we’ve just looked at are all over 99% accurate at detecting your LH surge, which makes them highly accurate when it comes to detecting your most fertile days.
I don’t know about you, but I think those are some pretty impressive stats!
Can Clearblue ovulation tests detect pregnancy?
Clearblue ovulation tests don’t detect pregnancy, as the test would need to detect different hormones to determine whether or not you’re pregnant.
If you think you might be pregnant, then there are a whole range of Clearblue pregnancy tests which can tell you whether you’re pregnant and even when you conceived!
Like our ovulation tests, these pregnancy tests are all slightly different, so make sure you check out the whole range to see which one is the best choice for you.
How to use Clearblue ovulation tests
Now you’ve chosen your Clearblue Ovulation Test, you need to know how to use them.
Well, you’ll be glad to know that it’s a pretty simple process and is pretty much exactly the same as taking a home pregnancy test. Just follow these simple instructions:
- Remove the test from its foil wrapper and take off the cap
- Place the test into its holder, lining up the arrows, until you hear it click into place
- Keeping the test pointed down, hold the absorbent tip of the test into your urine stream or into a urine sample for the amount of time recommended on the product’s packaging (Usually between 3 – 15 seconds, depending on the test and how you choose to use it)
- Replace the cap and lie the test flat or hold it with the tip pointing down as you wait for your test results
What do my results mean?
Now you’ve taken the test, it’s time to see whether you’re having a high fertility day or not!
The Clearblue Digital Ovulation Tests and the Advanced Digital Ovulation Tests will show either a circle or a smiley face depending on whether or not you’re experiencing high fertility.
If you’re using the Clearblue Connected Ovulation Test Kit, you’ll see your test results clearly on your smartphone.
Not sure what all of these faces and circles mean? We’ve written a guide about how to read Clearblue tests that will help to shed a little light on your results, you can check it out here!
Now we know all there is to know about ovulation tests and how they can help you to conceive, there’s only one thing left to do – get out there and make a baby!
But remember, if you’re trying to conceive or having trouble conceiving and would like some advice, make sure to speak to your doctor.
They’ll be able to help you to make the best decisions and help to get you on the right track with your pregnancy journey. Good luck, and have fun making babies!