There are various different methods available to help women know when they will ovulate, or when they are ovulating. With so many options, it can be hard to decide which one is best for you or even what the differences are. Are ovulation tests the same thing as ovulation predictor kits?
Simply, the answer is yes. Ovulation tests and ovulation predictor kits are one and the same thing. The names may be misleading, though. When you hear "ovulation test", you think of something that tests whether you are currently ovulation or not. And when you hear "ovulation predictor kit", you may instead thing of something that predicts at which point in the future you are going to ovulate.
Though different people, and different brands of test, may use different words, these tests all do the same thing. So, just how does an ovulation test or ovulation predictor kit work? When a woman ovulates, she experiences a surge of the luteinizing hormone, abbreviated as LH. This luteinizing hormone only turns up while a woman is actually ovulating something that makes ovulation tests extremely reliable. Manufacturers will generally say that ovulation predictor kits are 99 percent accurate. That one percent that goes wrong would be false negatives, when the tests fails to confirm that a woman is in fact ovulating.
Most women use ovulation tests starting around a week before their expected day of ovulation, so they can be sure to catch that egg. You can find out approximate ovulation days by calculating 14 days back from your next expected menstrual period, or you can use an ovulation calendar to take the work out of that for you. Ovulation calendars are, in a way, the real "ovulation predictor kits", because it's these tools that help you predict, rather than detect factual ovulation. Together, ovulation calendars and ovulation tests make a wonderful way to find out when you are fertile.