LH and why you should test for it
What is LH?
LH stands for Luteinizing Hormone, which has its peak roughly 48h before ovulation. An increased LH is therefore a strong indication that ovulation will occur soon, but not a confirmation that ovulation has or will occur. As the peak is only for 48h maximum, this will not affect the app's fertility prognosis as the fertile window is at six days in total. LH-tests are optional to do, and not a requirement.
Why should I do LH tests?
Measuring LH is great for narrowing down your ovulation, regardless of if you're a Prevent or a Plan user. Prevent users get roughly 5% more green days in a cycle with positive LH tests, and Plan users benefit from the extra accuracy in pinpointing ovulation and most fertile days.
Remember that a positive LH test does not confirm that ovulation has, or will happen, but indicates that the body is initiating ovulation. A temperature rise must follow the positive ovulation test to confirm that ovulation has occurred! If you had a positive LH result but no indicated ovulation yet, it's due to lack of data. Keep measuring properly during the coming days.
A negative LH-test does not confirm that you're not fertile, or that ovulation will not occur. This only means that no LH surge has been detected, so keep testing. You may need to test more often, 2-3 times a day in order to find the surge. Ovulation will occur even if you've only gotten negative LH results, just remember to measure your temperature properly.
Where do I order them?
You can order LH tests in our webshop here. You can also find LH tests in your nearest pharmacy.