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Can ovulation tests also used as pregnancy tests?

By Elisa Pérez Larrea M.D., M.Sc. (gynecologist).
Last Update: 03/14/2020

As these two tests work by detecting different types of hormones, ovulation tests cannot be used as a pregnancy test.

An ovulation test is a test that helps to identify the time of ovulation, the most fertile period in a woman's cycle. The test detects elevated levels of luteinizing hormone (LH) in the urine.

In contrast, a pregnancy test detects the hormone Beta-HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin), whose level increases in blood and urine progressively as pregnancy progresses.

 Elisa Pérez Larrea
Elisa Pérez Larrea
M.D., M.Sc.
Gynecologist
Dr. Elisa Pérez Larrea is a graduate in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Zaragoza and a specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology from the University of Oviedo. She also has a Master's degree in Human Reproduction from the Complutense University of Madrid.
Licence number: 203311163
Gynecologist. Dr. Elisa Pérez Larrea is a graduate in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Zaragoza and a specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology from the University of Oviedo. She also has a Master's degree in Human Reproduction from the Complutense University of Madrid. Licence number: 203311163.