I 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.