WHAT ARE LH AND OVULATION?
During the entire childbearing age, the period of time between puberty and menopause, women reproductive system meets monthly a series of structural and functional important changes. This happen because of the continuous changes in estrogen and progesterone levels, hormones that are regulated by the Hypothalamus-Hypophysis-Ovary axis. Their concentrations are different during the 4 phases of menstrual cycle: menstruation, follicular phase, ovulation and luteal phase. During the ovulation phase, which occurs around the 12th and the 13th day of the menstrual cycle, the level of estrogen in blood is so high that the hypophysis starts to produce Lh hormones, thus determining the breakdown of the follicle and the release of the egg cell, ready to be fertilized. The egg cell remains fertilizable up to the next 24 hours.
WHO DOES USE THE OVULATION-LH TEST?
The Ovulation-LH Test is used by women who want to better identify their days of ovulation and increase their chances of conception.
HOW DOES THE OVULATION-LH TEST WORK?
The Ovulation-LH Test is a rapid immunochromatographic assay that detects LH (Luteinizing Hormone) through special gold-conjugated monoclonal antibodies included in the reactive strip, which makes it possible to predict the ovulatory period and increase the chances of pregnancy. The increase and release of the LH hormone leads to ovulation in the following 24/40 hours, the cut-off is set at 30 mlU/mL, considered the normal value of the hormone LH. Results in just 5 minutes.
WHEN SHOULD I DO THE OVULATION-LH TEST?
Ovulation generally occurs around the 12/13th day of the menstrual cycle, therefore it is advisable to perform the test between the 10th and the 15th day, thus increasing the chances of identifying the ovulatory peak and, consequently, the possibilities of conception.