Can You Use an Ovulation Test as a Pregnancy Test?


Ovulation Test Strips as Pregnancy StripsI was talking with a friend the other day and she mentioned that she was using ovulation test strips as pregnancy tests.  She told me of other women who have had success identifying pregnancy using this method.  This sparked my curiosity and I couldn’t figure out how that would work, so I did a little research.

 Here is what I found out:

Technically you could use your ovulation strips as pregnancy tests: you will sometimes get a positive result.  This is because the proteins in both the LH hormone (ovulation predictor) and hCG (pregnancy indicator) are similar.  But even with their similarities, there are problems with this testing plan. 

One problem is that the ovulation strips can’t tell if it has tested for LH levels or hCG levels.  It just can’t tell the difference between the two.  So getting a positive result would just be that…… a positive result.  You won’t have any idea which hormone the test reacted to.

A second problem is that ovulation tests are not as sensitive as many pregnancy tests, so you have a greater chance of experiencing a false negative.

So, although it is a fun experiment to try and confirm pregnancy with ovulation strips, I still think that you are best off using pregnancy tests at home or at the doctor’s office to confirm your pregnancy.

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So my period is on this 20Th of December , which is this month i took an ovulation test today and the T on it was very dark and the c wasnt as dark both of them are pretty dark . My period is 8 days late. Does that mean im probably pregnant ? #HELP

Anonymous — Dec 28, 2013
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Ive been off of birth control for a year and now my body is back to normal with no birth control. I went to the doctors office on 3/6/12 and she told me that Im fertile and if I have unprotected sex between 3/5/12 -3/9/12 that I can get pregnant. Me and my husband just had unprotected sex on the 3/7/12. She said the sperm stay in you for 72hours (3) days my ovulation day is 3/10/12 Im wondering could I be expecting.

stefani — Mar 08, 2012
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HELLO MY NAME IS ZENA I HAVE BEEN TRYING SO HARD TO GET PREGNANT I TRY AND TRY AND NOTHING HAPPEN I ONLY HAVE ONE CHILD....MY HUSBAND AND I HAS BEEN TRYING TO HAVE ANOTHER BABY FOR THE LAST 3YRS.CAN YOU HELP ME PLEASE CAUSE WE HAD DOCTORS VISIT TOGETHER AND NOTHING HAPPEN AND NOTHIDG WORK PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE BEFORE THE YEAR IS OVER WITH MY HUSBAND AND I WILL LOVE TO HAVE ANOTHER ANGEL N OUR LIFE PLEASE HELP. THANK YOU ZENA

ZENA — Jan 27, 2012
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