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FAQs

Questions & answers

We've shared some of our most frequently asked questions below. If you still have questions, please reach out through our support page.

  • How do OVRY™ Pregnancy Test Strips work?

    OVRY™ Pregnancy Test Strips detect the presence of the pregnancy hormone called Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG), which appears in urine very early on during pregnancy. In the early weeks of a normal pregnancy, the concentration of HCG doubles approximately every 48 hours.

  • How accurate are OVRY™ Pregnancy Test Strips? Are they the same quality as the tests available for sale at the pharmacy?

    When used correctly, OVRY™ Pregnancy Test Strips are over 99.7% accurate if used from the first day of your expected period. OVRY™ products offer the same accuracy and quality as the tests available from pharmacies - OVRY™ Pregnancy Test Strips are able to detect pregnancy just as soon (up to five days before the date of your expected period). Like all pregnancy tests, however, the accuracy of the results increase the longer you wait to take the test. In other words, you are more likely to get the most accurate result if you wait until the date of your expected period before testing. This is also why we recommend that if you are testing before the date of your expected period and you get a “negative” result, you take another test two days later to confirm the results.

  • Why are OVRY™ Pregnancy Test Strips considered "ultra-sensitive"? Is this a good thing?

    Nearly all pregnancy tests currently for sale use the same underlying science: the tests are designed to detect levels of the pregnancy hormone (HCG) in a woman's urine. Most tests sold have an HCG detection limit of 25 mIU/mL compared to OVRY™ Pregnancy Test Strips that have a detection limit of 10 mIU/mL. This means the OVRY™ Pregnancy Test Strips are able to detect pregnancy sooner than many other tests. For many women this is a good thing because it provides them with an answer sooner. HCG levels typically start to increase from a level of less than 5 mIU/mL (directly after implantation of the fertilized egg) and on average will double every 48 hours during the first weeks of pregnancy. The one drawback of using ultra-sensitive tests is that they detect all pregnancies, including those that occur very early on and often miscarry before any physical pregnancy symptoms manifest (including a missed period). These pregnancies are often referred to as “chemical pregnancies”. For this reason, we recommend that if you get a positive result with an ultra-sensitive OVRY™ test strip that you repeat the test with a fresh strip and a fresh urine sample after the date of your expected period, to confirm a positive result.

  • Do I need to use my first morning urine for the OVRY™ Pregnancy Test Strips?

    We recommend that OVRY™ Pregnancy Test Strips be used with your first urine in the morning, because that is typically when HCG levels are typically the highest. It is especially important to use the first urine of the day when trying to test for pregnancy very early on. Since HCG levels usually double every 48 hours, the later you test in your menstrual cycle, the less important it becomes that you use the first urine of the day.

  • How early can I take an OVRY™ Pregnancy Test Strip?

    Like all pregnancy tests, the later in your menstrual cycle that you take the test, the more accurate the results. OVRY™ Pregnancy Test Strips can be used to detect pregnancy as early as 5 days before the date of your expected period. However, most women do not have enough HCG in their urine at that time to produce a positive test result. That’s why we recommend you wait until the date of your expected period before testing, in order to get a result that is over 99.7 % accurate.

  • Can drinking too much liquid affect my OVRY™ Pregnancy Test Strip result?

    Yes. For women trying to test for pregnancy early on (before their expected period), it is especially important to limit the amount of liquid intake a few hours before testing, as drinking too much liquid can dilute the concentration of HCG in the urine. The best time to take a pregnancy test is with your first urine of the day.

  • How do I read my OVRY™ Pregnancy Test Strip result?

    Please refer to the Instructions for a diagram to supplement the following result descriptions.

    POSITIVE: Two lines appear. A clear pink-colored band appears in the control region (C) and another detectable test line, the intensity of which can vary, appears in the test region (T) below thefirst line, indicating a positive result for pregnancy. NOTE: If the color in the test zone (T) is very faint, repeat the test two days later with a new strip and a fresh urine sample, or seek medical advice.

    NEGATIVE: One clear pink-colored line appears only in the control region (C) and no line appears in the test region (T), indicating a negative result for pregnancy. If the result is negative, you should repeat the test in 48 hours with a new strip and a new urine sample. If you get a second negative result but you think you might be pregnant, you should seek medical advice. NOTE: The clear pink-colored line in the control region (C) should always appear whether your test is negative or positive. It also indicates that you performed the test correctly.

    INVALID: No visible lines appear in the control region (C). Repeat with a new test strip and a new urine sample. If the next test is also invalid, please take note of the lot number on the packaging and contact us at info@myovry.com.

  • I recently had a miscarriage or termination. I think I might be pregnant again. When should I do another OVRY™ Pregnancy Test?

    Miscarriages or terminations can cause HCG to be present in the body for several weeks after the occurrence (in some cases up to 2.5 months). For this reason, it can be very difficult to trust the results of a pregnancy test in that time frame. If you suspect that you might be pregnant, it is recommended that you seek medical advice.

  • I recently had a baby. I think I might be pregnant again. When should I do an OVRY™ Pregnancy Test?

    After having a baby, HCG can be detected in the body for several weeks after the birth. For this reason, it can be very difficult to trust the results of a pregnancy test in that time frame. If you suspect that you might be pregnant, it is recommended that you seek medical advice.

  • I previously tested 'Pregnant' then did another test and got a 'Not Pregnant' result, or my period started. What does this mean?

    The highest rate of miscarriage occurs during the first six weeks of pregnancy. Therefore, it is not uncommon for a test to detect pregnancy, then to find out that you are no longer pregnant at a later date. Since ultra-sensitive tests are able to detect lower levels of HCG, they produce positive results for all pregnancies, including those that occur very early on and might miscarry before any physical pregnancy symptoms manifest (including a missed period). These pregnancies are often referred to as “chemical pregnancies”. For this reason, we recommend that if you get a positive result with an ultra-sensitive OVRY™ Pregnancy Test Strip that you repeat the test with a fresh strip and a fresh urine sample after the date of your expected period, to confirm a positive result. If you are concerned about your results, seek medical advice.

  • Can medications or medical conditions affect OVRY™ Pregnancy Test Strip results?

    Yes. Aside from pregnancy, a number of conditions such as trophoblastic diseases, proteinuria, hematuria, choriocarcinoma, and ovarian teratomas can cause elevated levels of HCG. Therefore, a positive HCG test alone should not be used to diagnose pregnancy, unless all other possible conditions have been ruled out by a physician. Immunologically interfering substances such as those used in antibody therapy treatments may invalidate this pregnancy test. Ectopic pregnancy cannot be distinguished from normal pregnancy using HCG measurements alone. Only a physician can diagnose an ectopic pregnancy. Patients on chemotherapy for cancer who suspect they might be pregnant should seek the advice of a physician who will administer a pregnancy test. Positive HCG levels may be detectable for several weeks following delivery or abortion. Positive tests early in pregnancy may be negative later due to natural termination of the pregnancy. Sterility treatments affecting HCG levels may cause false results. Consult a doctor on how to complete the test properly if you are taking any hormone medication.

  • Do you have to submerge OVRY™ Pregnancy Test Strips in the urine sample or can you just pee directly onto the test strip?

    OVRY™ Pregnancy Test Strips are designed to be submerged into a urine sample, and not to be used as a midstream test. To achieve optimal accuracy, the test must be used exactly as instructed: each test strip should be submerged into the urine sample up to the “Max” line. Urinating into the sample cup does not alter the concentration of HCG at all and will not alter the results of the test.

  • Are all urine pregnancy tests including OVRY™ "strip format", the same?

    When used correctly, nearly all urine pregnancy tests available for sale in North America, including the “strip format” tests sold by OVRY™, are equally reliable. All tests use the same underlying techniques to detect pregnancy: tests detect the presence of the pregnancy hormone Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG). The features that vary the most among pregnancy testing products are: the format, the display type, and the HCG sensitivity cutoff. OVRY™ tests have an ultra-sensitive cutoff of 10 mIU/mL compared to 25 mIU/mL offered by most competing products. As a result, OVRY™ strips are able to detect pregnancy earlier than products with a higher threshold. Lastly, the biggest difference between OVRY™ products and those commonly sold at drugstores is the “strip format” which requires that urine be collected and the strip submerged, versus the midstream tests which allow women to pee directly onto the test.

  • Will OVRY™ Pregnancy Test Strips tell me how far along I am in my pregnancy?

    No.

  • My OVRY™ Pregnancy Test Strip says I'm pregnant. What should I do?

    Getting a positive pregnancy test result can be a very emotional moment. For many women, it can take several days to figure out how you really feel about it. The best course of action is to go see your doctor, who can advise you on your options and next steps. Talking to someone you trust may help relieve some anxiety, but should not be a substitute for a visit to the doctor.

  • My OVRY™ Pregnancy Test Strip says that I'm not pregnant, but I still think I might be. What should I do?

    If you took a test before your expected period and you still think you are pregnant, we recommend waiting 48 hours and repeating the test with a fresh strip and a fresh urine sample. If you are in fact pregnant, waiting 48 hours allows the level of HCG to increase, which should produce a positive test by the date of your expected period. If the test is negative and you are past the date of your expected period, it is possible that:

    - the concentration of HCG in your urine is not high enough yet to be detected

    - you miscalculated the date of your expected period and are therefore testing too early in your menstrual cycle

    - you are not pregnant

    If you are more than two days late getting your period, repeat the test with a fresh strip and a fresh urine sample. If possible, try to limit your intake of fluids two hours before taking the test and collect the sample using your first urine of the day. If the test is negative again, but you still think you’re pregnant and you have not yet had your period, see your doctor.

  • I have no idea when my next period is due or I have very irregular or infrequent periods. When should I take an OVRY™ Pregnancy Test Strip for the most accurate results?

    If you aren't sure when your next period is due and to ensure the most accurate result, we recommend using an OVRY™ Pregnancy Test Strip 18 days following intercourse.

  • What is ovulation, when does it occur and why is it important?

    Ovulation is when a mature egg from your ovary is released into your fallopian tube, and is available for fertilization by sperm. Approximately every month an egg will mature within one of your ovaries. Ovulation occurs 12-16 days from the first day of the menstrual period and usually lasts between 12-24 hours. It is important to be aware of ovulation because that’s when a woman is most fertile and has the highest probability of conceiving. Note: Because sperm can live inside a woman’s body for up to five days, if intercourse occurs three or four days before ovulation there is still a chance that the egg may get fertilized.

  • How do OVRY™ Ovulation Test Strips work?

    OVRY™ Ovulation Test Strips are rapid and convenient ovulation tests. Each strip detects the presence of the ovulation hormone, called luteinizing hormone (LH), helping to predict ovulation which occurs after a surge of LH.

  • How accurate are OVRY™ Ovulation Test Strips? Are they the same quality as the tests available for sale at the pharmacy? Are all ovulation tests (including OVRY™ "strip format") the same?

    When used correctly, OVRY™ Ovulation Strips are over 99% accurate. OVRY™ products offer the same accuracy and quality as the tests available from pharmacies. When used correctly, most ovulation tests, including the “strip format” tests sold by OVRY™, are equally reliable. Most tests available at the pharmacy use the same underlying techniques to detect ovulation: tests detect the surges in the level of LH present in a woman’s urine. The features that vary the most often from ovulation testing products are the format and display type. OVRY™ products do not have digital displays like some of the more expensive products. OVRY™ products also differ in that the “strip format” requires that urine be collected and the strip submerged in the urine, versus the midstream tests where women urinate directly onto the test.

  • When is the best time of day to take my urine sample for use with an OVRY™ Ovulation Test Strip?

    Unlike pregnancy tests, you should avoid taking ovulation tests with the first urine of the day. The best times to test are between 10:00am and 8:00pm. If testing twice a day, it is recommended to test at least 8 hours apart.

  • Can drinking too much liquid affect my OVRY™ Ovulation Test Strip result?

    Yes. If possible, it is suggested to limit liquid intake 2 hours before testing your urine to avoid diluting the concentration of LH which can lead to a false negative.

  • How do I read my OVRY™ Ovulation Test Strip result?

    Please refer to the Instructions for a diagram to supplement the following result descriptions:

    POSITIVE: Distinct pink-colored line appears in the control and test regions, and the test line (T) is equal to or darker than the control line (C), indicating one will probably ovulate in the next 24-48 hours. If trying to get pregnant, the best time to have intercourse is 24-48 hours after obtaining a positive test.

    NEGATIVE: Only one pink line appears in the control region (C) or the test line (T) is lighter than the control line (C) indicating a very low level of LH in urine, which is a negative result for ovulation.

    INVALID: No visible band appears in the control region (C). Repeat with a new test strip. If the next test is also invalid, please take note of the lot number on the packaging and contact us at info@myovry.com

  • Can any medications or medical conditions affect the OVRY™ Ovulation Test Strip results?

    Yes. Certain drugs and prescriptions that affect a woman’s menstrual cycle (hormonal contraceptives, fertility products containing HCG or LH, acne prescriptions such as clomiphene, and hormone replacement therapy) can impact the results of an ovulation test. Results can also be affected by certain antibiotics such as tetracycline. Women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) may experience false positives. Additionally, ovulation test accuracy can be affected if a woman experiences any of the following:

    - treatments that affect the menstrual cycle

    - average cycle length of less than 21 days

    - average cycle of more than 40 days

    - a recent pregnancy

    - recently stopped breastfeeding

    - recently stopped hormonal contraceptives

    If you aren’t sure if your results might be affected, seek medical advice.

  • Do you have to submerge OVRY™ Ovulation Test Strips in the urine sample or can you just urinate directly onto the test strip?

    OVRY™ Ovulation Test Strips are designed to be submerged into a urine sample, and not to be used as a midstream test. To achieve optimal accuracy, the test must be used exactly as instructed: each test strip should be submerged into the urine sample up to the “Max” line. Urinating into the sample cup does not alter the concentration of LH at all and will not alter the results of the test.

  • I do not know my average cycle length or my cycle varies a lot. How do I know when to start using the OVRY™ Ovulation Test Strips?

    If you do not know your average menstrual cycle length or experience a lot of variation, it is best to start testing based on the number of days of your shortest cycle in the past six months. To determine what day to start testing, use our Ovulation Calculator.

  • I have used several test strips as instructed, but I have not detected my LH surge. What should I do?

    It is possible that you have not detected the LH surge for several reasons:

    - you started testing too late and missed your surge

    - the tests were not performed correctly

    - you did not ovulate that month (this is called anovulation). If this occurs, try testing daily again the following month, but this time start the testing a couple of days sooner in your cycle

    Please ensure you are following the instructions carefully, and continue testing until an LH surge is detected. If you are concerned that you still have not been able to detect your LH surge, seek medical advice.

  • I have recently stopped using hormonal contraceptive. Will this affect the results?

    After using hormonal contraceptives, you may experience an irregular menstrual cycle. For many women, it takes at least a few months for menstruation to normalize. To get the most accurate results with the OVRY™ Ovulation Test Strips, it is recommended to wait until your cycle has normalized (at least two months).

  • Do I need to compare my daily OVRY™ Ovulation Test Strip results to detect the LH surge?

    Comparing your daily test results is not necessary but it can help you assess whether the test line is the same color or darker than the control line which indicates a positive result. One way to do this is to take a photo of the test strip as soon as your test results are ready to be read. If you repeat this with each test, it will be very noticeable when the LH surge occurs since an LH surge will produce the darkest test line. Please note: if you do compare daily results, only take the photos when the tests are within the appropriate time windows for interpreting results and ensure that the lighting is the same every time a strip is photographed.

  • If I detect an LH surge, does that mean I am experiencing my most fertile days?

    Yes. A surge in a woman's LH indicates that ovulation (the release of the egg) should occur 24-36 hours later. A woman is most fertile the day before, and the first day of ovulation. Therefore, if an LH surge is detected that means that the greatest likelihood of conception will occur throughout the next 48 hours.

  • What are the chances of getting pregnant during your highest fertile days?

    The chances of a woman becoming pregnant are high during ovulation (her highest fertile days) and within 36 hours from the time of ovulation.

  • Why do I need to know the length of my average menstrual cycle? What if I don't know it exactly?

    Ovulation occurs at different times for different women, depending largely on the average length of a woman’s cycle. On average, ovulation occurs about 14 days before your next period starts. Therefore, it is easier to figure out when to start testing if you know your average cycle length. For example, using the diagram in the Product Instructions, if you have a 28-day cycle you are likely to experience ovulation around day 14 after the first day of your last menstrual period, so it is recommended to begin daily testing 12 days after the start of your last period. If you do not know your average cycle length, use the shortest cycle length from the previous six months. Input this information into our Ovulation Calculator to determine what day to start testing.

  • My average cycle is less than 21 days or greater than 40 days (the number of days shown on the table). How do I know when to start testing?

    If your cycle is irregular - consistently less than 21 days or consistently greater than 40 days - the accuracy of the tests may vary considerably and we recommend speaking to a physician to determine when to begin testing.

  • How long does an LH surge usually last?

    For most women, the average surge of the LH lasts approximately 12-24 hours.

  • Can I take an ovulation test if I'm on birth control?

    Hormonal contraceptives can affect ovulation test results, and may produce negative test results. If you are interested in detecting ovulation and worried about what medications or conditions might affect the results, seek medical advice.

  • What age range are OVRY™ Ovulation Test Strips appropriate for?

    Any woman who has reached puberty and is not yet in menopause, can use OVRY™ Ovulation Test Strips.

  • Is OVRY™ an ovulation tracker?

    No. However, we are currently developing an app that will help users track their OVRY™ Ovulation Test Strip results and graph their LH levels. The app will be useful for tracking periods and ovulation as well as helping to analyze and store your daily OVRY™ Ovulation Test Strip results.

  • Can I get pregnant just after my period has finished?

    Yes, it is possible to get pregnant right after your period has finished. That being said, for the average woman the likelihood of conceiving right after bleeding finishes is significantly lower than it is closer to ovulation. For an average cycle (28-30 days) the fertility window is usually between Day 11 and Day 21. If a woman’s period lasts 5-7 days and she has intercourse soon after, she may conceive since sperm can live inside a woman’s body up to 5 days.

  • When are women most fertile?

    The days that a woman is most fertile are the day before and the first day of ovulation. On average, ovulation begins on day 14 of a woman’s cycle. For an average cycle length of 28 days, that would mean that a woman is most fertile 13 and 14 days after the start of their last period.

  • How effective is cycle tracking (including ovulation tracking) as a form of contraception?

    Fertility awareness methods (FAM), including ovulation tracking, help track a woman’s menstrual cycle and the timing of when an egg is released from the ovaries (ovulation). FAMs are about 76% to 88% effective as a form of contraception. That means 12-24 women out of 100 women who use FAMs will get pregnant each year, depending on which method is used (the Temperature Method, Cervical Mucous Method, or the Cycle Tracking Method). Effective use of FAMs (tracking your fertility signs daily and avoiding intercourse or using birth control on fertile days) can decrease the likelihood of conceiving but there is still a chance that a woman can get pregnant.

  • How quickly can I expect to receive my order?

    Delivery times are based on which shipping option is selected at checkout. Standard Shipping is 3-5 business days. Expedited Shipping is 2 business days. Shipping confirmation emails are typically sent out within 48 hours of receiving an order confirmation. PO Boxes and/or more remote locations may not be eligible for next-day or 2-day shipping and can result in Standard Shipping times up to 5 business days.

    Shipping Method Processing Time Time in Transit Expected Delivery
    (from date of purchase)
    Standard Up to 48 Hours* 3-5 Business Days 4-7 Business Days
    Expedited** Up to 48 Hours* 2 Business Days 2-4 Business Days
    * Not including Saturdays, Sundays and major holidays
    ** Not eligible for PO Boxes or remote locations
  • Do you ship internationally?

    Currently we only ship to Canada and the United States.

  • Do you have a return policy?

    Unfortunately due to the nature of our products, we cannot offer customers a return option. However, if you suspect that your product might be defective, please get in touch with us right away at support@myovry.com . We take these claims very seriously since we adhere to rigorous quality assurance standards.

  • Is packaging discreet? What if I don't want people to know what I'm buying?

    We understand that some customers might prefer more discretion for their purchases. That's why all our orders are delivered in unbranded mailer envelopes that do not disclose the contents of the package or the brand name (OVRY™) anywhere on the outside of the envelope. Furthermore, all credit card charges appears as: "SP * CORDUROY". Corduroy Enterprises Ltd is the legal entity that owns and operates the OVRY™ brand.

  • What if I never receive my order?

    If you have received an order confirmation email and do not receive a shipping confirmation within three days, please contact us at support@myovry.com.

  • I think my product is defective, what do I do?

    If you think your product is defective, we absolutely need to know about it! It is extremely rare that these tests would be defective, but we take this very seriously. Please take a photo of the strip and another photo of the catalogue number & lot number marked on the outside of the pouch. Please email the photos to us at support@myovry.com along with a description of why you think the product is defective. A member of our team will follow up with you regarding your quality assurance claim.

  • Where are OVRY™ products manufactured?

    All OVRY™ products are currently manufactured in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.

  • Are OVRY™ products as good as the tests sold at the pharmacy?

    Yes. Our products are the type of tests that hospitals and doctors' offices use. When used correctly, OVRY™ products are equally as accurate (and in many cases more accurate) than any test sold at the pharmacy. In fact, we boast exceptional quality as all our products are manufactured in Canada and are held to rigorous quality assurance standards set forth by the regulatory associations that govern the sale of medical devices in both Canada and the US.

  • Are OVRY™ Products a more environmentally-friendly alternative than similar drugstore products?

    Yes! OVRY™ Strips are better for the environment than all pregnancy and ovulation tests sold in drugstores. OVRY™ tests are a fraction of the size and do not have the large plastic single-use handles found on nearly all other traditional tests. All OVRY™ products use sustainably sourced and recyclable packaging wherever possible. The paper boxes, instructions, and small plastic cup included for repeat-use, are all recyclable and the desiccant packets can be reused. To reduce any risk of contamination, regulatory standards in North America require us to package each test strip individually. However, our much smaller and more discreet tests help reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in landfills. Lastly, most competing brands have their tests manufactured overseas therefore increasing the carbon footprint of each test. Since OVRY™ tests are manufactured in Canada, each test travels a much shorter distance to arrive at its customer, therefore reducing its carbon footprint.

  • What will show up on the credit card statement if I buy OVRY™ products from this website?

    We understand that some customers want to purchase our products discreetly. For that reason, all credit card charges from OVRY™ will appear as: "SP * CORDUROY". Corduroy Enterprises Ltd is the legal entity that owns and operates the OVRY™ brand.

  • How long do OVRY tests last? When will they expire?

    All OVRY test strips have a 24-month shelf life from the date that they are manufactured. All product boxes and test strip pouches are stamped with their expiry date.

  • OVRY product instructions mention that the products are designed for “women”. Can these products be used by non-binary people and transgender men that have uteruses?

    Yes! Although we tend to use the term “woman”, our use of the word is in an anatomical and medical context; our products are appropriate for anyone that has a uterus. We understand that not all women have uteruses and that not all people with uteruses identify as “women” so the term is definitely not perfect, even in an anatomical sense. The health authority in Canada that governs the sale of medical devices is strict in their requirements for product labeling. It requires manufacturers of these types of products to use the term “women” in the instructions as they believe it mostly excludes those with male genitalia (for whom the products are not intended). This is partially why we use the term so often. We hate to think that some people might feel excluded from our brand, so we are making adjustments to the language we use (especially on our social platforms) to ensure that everyone with a uterus knows that our products are right for them!