How Long Does An Lh Hormone Surge Last

Ruth asks…

advice for conceiving?

i was wondering if there is any good advice, besides the obvious, for conceiving and preparing for baby. me and my very longtime boyfriend have decided we want to start planning to start our family and i wanted to know everything i should know about what needs to be done! we are pretty financially prepared i just want to know what other little things i should know and any tips for actually conceiving, i think we might run into a little trouble there because i was told i might have some difficulty. anyways thanks a bunch!
ok the reason we arent married isnt because we dont want to, its because when i was younger i made a lot of credit mistakes and my credit still hasnt fully recovered, i dont want my credit to affect his pretty much perfect credit. a piece of paper doesnt signify the status of a relationship.

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

How to get Pregnant Faster – Top Ten Tips

1. Have sex three times a week.

Having regular sex is the best way to get pregnant. Couples often try to time everything perfectly for ovulation but do not have sex when they think they are not ovulating. It is true that sex that is not within the time of ovulation will not result in pregnancy. However, because women do not always ovulate when they think they will, having sex three times a week will help to a woman cover her bases, so to speak, and not miss an opportunity to get pregnant.
2. Use an ovulation prediction kit or fertility monitor.

Using an ovulation kit to predict when you are ovulating will improve your chances of getting pregnant. For many women charting or other methods of ovulation prediction are too confusing. Ovulation prediction kits work by reading LH surges prior to ovulation. They are relatively easy to use and are generally accurate for predicting ovulation. Fertility monitors, such as the Clear Blue Easy monitor, are also a worthwhile investment if you would like to get pregnant faster. Fertility monitors are similar to ovulation prediction kits in that they read changes in LH but they also read changes in other hormones and don’t require any guesswork for couples. They are easy to use and will tell you when the best time to get pregnant is.

3. Have sex before ovulation (not after).

Sometimes couples get confused about the best time to have sex in relationship to ovulation. You have a small window of time each month to get pregnant. After a woman ovulates the egg will survive approximately 24 hours. Sperm, on the other hand, will live for up to three to five days. This is why having sex two to three days before ovulation will increase your chances of getting pregnant. Don’t wait until the day you ovulate to have sex. Your partner’s sperm will last longer than your egg and you don’t want to miss an opportunity by waiting.

4. Don’t rely on the Calendar method for predicting ovulation.

A lot of couples have heard to have sex around day fourteen of your cycle. This is based on the calendar method and assumes that you have a regular 28-day cycle and ovulate mid-cycle. Although this is better than just picking an arbitrary day to have sex, it is not a very accurate way to predict when you ovulate. Many women do not ovulate on day fourteen and knowing precisely when you ovulate will help you time intercourse better. Ovulation prediction kits, looking at previous months bbt charts, or watching for body cues will help you to determine when you ovulate.

5. Charting may not be the best way to predict ovulation.

Charting is great for tracking your cycle but it does have disadvantages. By the time you can see ovulation on a bbt chart, you have already ovulated. It is good to chart so you can track your cycles, see if you ovulate the same time each month, and also so you can look back on your cycle and see if you timed things right. But if this is your first cycle trying to get pregnant or if you are not ovulating at the same time each month, an ovulation prediction kit would be more helpful.

6. See a doctor before you start trying to get pregnant.
Make sure you are in good health and have had a regular check up from your OBGYN or medical provider. Untreated infections, sexually transmitted diseases, or poor health can affect your chances of getting pregnant. Its good to see a doctor as well as start taking prenatal vitamins prior to trying to conceive.

7. Don’t smoke, drink alcohol, or abuse drugs when trying to get pregnant.
This may seem like common sense but many women do try to get pregnant while smoking, drinking or using drugs. Smoking, drugs, and alcohol can affect your fertility. It will also affect your unborn child. It is important to stop smoking or using drugs and alcohol before getting pregnant and not wait until you find out you are pregnant.

8. Have enjoyable sex.

Sometimes when couples are trying to conceive, sex becomes a job or function of reproduction and is not as enjoyable. Plan a romantic evening or try something different to spice things up. How you are feeling sexually may factor into your chances of getting pregnant. Some researchers believe that having an orgasm during sex increases your chances of getting pregnant. For women, the spasmic movements of orgasm will help pull the sperm into the uterus and for men a better orgasm may increase the man’s sperm count.

9. Have sex in positions that keep sperm inside the vagina longer.

The missionary position is a good position to use when trying to get pregnant. Avoid positions where the woman is on top. Gravity will allow sperm to leak out with these positions. Also try placing a pillow under your hips to help tilt your pelvis and keep the sperm in longer. Don’t get up right after sex. Try to relax and allow the sperm to stay in the vagina as long as possible.

10. There is no such thing as trying too hard to get pregnant.
Most couples get pregnant within a year of trying. If you have not gotten pregnant within a year consult your doctor for advice.

Sharon asks…

I cant seem to get pregnant!!!!!?

We have tried for the last 9 months. I already have a child through my first marriage. Please tell me some ways that we can try that i might not have thought of. Thankz

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Have sex three times a week.

Having regular sex is the best way to get pregnant. Couples often try to time everything perfectly for ovulation but do not have sex when they think they are not ovulating. It is true that sex that is not within the time of ovulation will not result in pregnancy. However, because women do not always ovulate when they think they will, having sex three times a week will help to a woman cover her bases, so to speak, and not miss an opportunity to get pregnant.

2. Use an ovulation prediction kit or fertility monitor.

Using an ovulation kit to predict when you are ovulating will improve your chances of getting pregnant. For many women charting or other methods of ovulation prediction are too confusing. Ovulation prediction kits work by reading LH surges prior to ovulation. They are relatively easy to use and are generally accurate for predicting ovulation. Fertility monitors, such as the Clear Blue Easy monitor, are also a worthwhile investment if you would like to get pregnant faster. Fertility monitors are similar to ovulation prediction kits in that they read changes in LH but they also read changes in other hormones and don’t require any guesswork for couples. They are easy to use and will tell you when the best time to get pregnant is.

3. Have sex before ovulation (not after).

Sometimes couples get confused about the best time to have sex in relationship to ovulation. You have a small window of time each month to get pregnant. After a woman ovulates the egg will survive approximately 24 hours. Sperm, on the other hand, will live for up to three to five days. This is why having sex two to three days before ovulation will increase your chances of getting pregnant. Don’t wait until the day you ovulate to have sex. Your partner’s sperm will last longer than your egg and you don’t want to miss an opportunity by waiting.

4. Don’t rely on the Calendar method for predicting ovulation.

A lot of couples have heard to have sex around day fourteen of your cycle. This is based on the calendar method and assumes that you have a regular 28-day cycle and ovulate mid-cycle. Although this is better than just picking an arbitrary day to have sex, it is not a very accurate way to predict when you ovulate. Many women do not ovulate on day fourteen and knowing precisely when you ovulate will help you time intercourse better. Ovulation prediction kits, looking at previous months bbt charts, or watching for body cues will help you to determine when you ovulate.

5. Charting may not be the best way to predict ovulation.

Charting is great for tracking your cycle but it does have disadvantages. By the time you can see ovulation on a bbt chart, you have already ovulated. It is good to chart so you can track your cycles, see if you ovulate the same time each month, and also so you can look back on your cycle and see if you timed things right. But if this is your first cycle trying to get pregnant or if you are not ovulating at the same time each month, an ovulation prediction kit would be more helpful.

6. See a doctor before you start trying to get pregnant.
Make sure you are in good health and have had a regular check up from your OBGYN or medical provider. Untreated infections, sexually transmitted diseases, or poor health can affect your chances of getting pregnant. Its good to see a doctor as well as start taking prenatal vitamins prior to trying to conceive.

7. Don’t smoke, drink alcohol, or abuse drugs when trying to get pregnant.
This may seem like common sense but many women do try to get pregnant while smoking, drinking or using drugs. Smoking, drugs, and alcohol can affect your fertility. It will also affect your unborn child. It is important to stop smoking or using drugs and alcohol before getting pregnant and not wait until you find out you are pregnant.

8. Have enjoyable sex.

Sometimes when couples are trying to conceive, sex becomes a job or function of reproduction and is not as enjoyable. Plan a romantic evening or try something different to spice things up. How you are feeling sexually may factor into your chances of getting pregnant. Some researchers believe that having an orgasm during sex increases your chances of getting pregnant. For women, the spasmic movements of orgasm will help pull the sperm into the uterus and for men a better orgasm may increase the man’s sperm count.

9. Have sex in positions that keep sperm inside the vagina longer.

The missionary position is a good position to use when trying to get pregnant. Avoid positions where the woman is on top. Gravity will allow sperm to leak out with these positions. Also try placing a pillow under your hips to help tilt your pelvis and keep the sperm in longer. Don’t get up right after sex. Try to relax and allow the sperm to stay in the vagina as long as possible.

10. There is no such thing as trying too hard to get pregnant.
Most couples get pregnant within a year of trying. If you have not gotten pregnant within a year consult your doctor for advice.

Nancy asks…

Positive OPK for three days and EWCM.?

Hello, I have had a positive LH surge for three days now. I BD’d last night which was CD 14 and I checked my cervical fluid today and it is still egg white and stretchy and my OPK is positive. I plan on BD’ing again tonight when I get off of work. How good are my chances of conceiving? I BD’d on CD 11 and CD 14. Thanks

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

You know what is absolutely crazy? When you are browsing Yahoo answers, you see little ‘tales’ about 13 year old girls who ‘accidently’ got pregnant. You see stories about girls who want abortions. You read about how these people are neglecting their babies. And here you are…trying to have a baby…it seems that those who do want to AVOID pregnant are the ones that do, and those who DO want to get pregnant are the ones who have a very, very hard time doing so..

It’s so sad…

I know you have so many questions….No one on here can tell you exactly what is going on with your cervical mucous, Clomid results, ovulation, pregnancy tests, implantation bleeding, or pregnancy symptoms…I know you’re trying to look for every ray of hope….trust me…I was in your shoes not too long ago.

Just as a little story, My husband and I tried to conceive for a whole year. (By the way…my cycles were extremely irregular…)Last year around Thanksgiving time, it finally happened.

I think it wasn’t happening for a whole year because I was stressing so much over it. I kept thinking about the baby. I kept counting days, researching my ovulation charts, reading about all kinds of crazy methods to conceive a child. I had baby on the brain. Finally in November last year, I gave up. I had a move to think about. I had to pack things, clothes, furniture…had to get an apartment, start paying new bills with my husband, make a road trip to our new state..things were hectic and I forgot about baby-making, and somewhere around that time, it happened. I think when you are anticipating a child, your body isn’t going to respond only because of how the stress hormones are high even though you don’t know it.

And this can even put your cycle off. It sucks, really. I have some really helpful sites for you though..you should check them out:

*Find out when you are ovulating:

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/227230/trying_to_conceive_find_out_when_youre.html

*Side effects of personal lubricants when TTC:

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/227220/trying_to_conceive_side_effects_of.html

*Tips for Conceiving:

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/162109/trying_to_conceive_when_you_want_a.html

*Increasing chances of getting pregnant:

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/227218/tricks_for_trying_to_conceive_how_to.html

Good luck..I know it’s so frustrating…but it will happen. Like I said, we tried for a year..now I am a mom to a beautiful baby who was born in August 2008.

Sandra asks…

when do i ovulate?

i was supposed to get my period on the 25th it came on the 27th. my periods are 24days long and my luteal phase is between 14 and 16 days long.what day would i ovulate this month? today is cd10 im hoping i still have a chance to concieve this month if i have’nt already ovulated and plan to start b’ding today and every day this week in hopes to get my bfp. what should i do? should i just give up or keep trying?
ok so i went to a few different websites, and i found out that my cycle should be 26 days long my luteal phase is 26 days long. it is possible that all along i have been off by 2 days explaining why i thought it was due on the 25th. how accurate is this? 8/7 9/1 9/27 my last 3 periods they usually last about 4 days.

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Tracking ovulation through fertility awareness procedures is the best way to identify the appropriate time to get pregnant. However, ovulation kits and fertility monitors help further determine your expected ovulation by picking up the luteinizing hormone (LH).

What is the luteinizing hormone (LH)?
The luteinizing hormone is always present in your urine and increases 24-48 hours prior to ovulation. The LH surge triggers ovulation, which is the release of an egg from one of your ovaries. Ovulation is the most fertile time of your cycle.

When is the best time to perform an ovulation test?
The first step is to use the fertility awareness process to determine the best day to start testing based on your monthly cycle. Most ovulation tests may be used at any time of the day; some suggest first morning urine, but it is not required. For greater success, test about the same time each day and reduce your liquid intake for four hours beforehand.

Fertility monitors allow you to identify and track your ovulation month to month. Some people find fertility monitors to be more convenient and easier than tracking body temperature and cervical mucus. Others like to use fertility monitors and fertility awareness techniques for further confidence.

Here is a sample of how the Clearblue Easy Fertility Monitor works.

How accurate are ovulation tests?
Ovulation tests are approximately 99% accurate in detecting the LH surge. Order Ovulation Kit or Monitor

What should I do if I have used all the tests and I do not see a surge?
If you have not ovulated during your testing days, you will not have detected the LH surge. It is probable that ovulation has not occurred. Unfortunately, the best thing to do is additional testing with another ovulation testing kit and watch for ovulation.

What do I need to do if I have been monitoring my ovulation for several months and pregnancy has not occurred?
First, it is important to remember that it can take normal, healthy couples twelve months to become pregnant. There are many factors which affect your ability to become pregnant even if you have been able to have intercourse during your most fertile time. If after several months you are having no success, consult your physician. Since you have been monitoring your LH surge with an ovulation test, you will be able to give your doctor a clear picture of how you have been ovulating.

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When is the best time to have intercourse?
The three days immediately after a positive test represent the best time to have intercourse and increase the probability of getting pregnant. The first or second day will account for the day prior to ovulation and the third day should be the day of ovulation.

What conditions, drugs or medications affect the test?
The following conditions may create an inaccurate result in the tests:

If you are pregnant
If you have recently been pregnant
If you have reached menopause
Some prescription drugs such as menotropins for injection (Pergonal®) and danazol (Danocrine®), may affect the result. If you are undergoing therapy with Clomiphene citrate (e.g. Clomid® or Serophene®), please consult with your physician for the appropriate time to begin testing. Usually you should start testing 3 days after taking the last tablet.

Do hormonal contraceptives affect the results?
It is important to consult with your physician about the best time to get pregnant once you have stopped using contraceptive methods. After using hormonal contraceptives, you may experience an irregular cycle. Ideally, you will wait until your cycle stabilizes, which also makes it easier to monitor your ovulation. You may wish to wait until you have had two normal periods before starting to use an ovulation kit.

Is it okay to use ovulation tests or fertility monitors as a means of contraception?
It is not recommended to use ovulation tests or fertility monitors as a means of tracking your ovulation in order to avoid pregnancy. Ovulation tests only identify the LH surge up to 24 to 48 hours before ovulation, and sperm can survive in the body up to 3 to 5 days. Therefore, if you have intercourse before you discover your surge, the egg could still be fertilized.

How quickly can I determine if I am pregnant?
The best time to test for pregnancy occurs at the expected date

On what day of my cycle should I start testing?

A: If you have a variable cycle, you should use the date of your shortest cycle in the past six months as a starting time.

Cycle
Length Start
Day
21- 5
22 -5
23 -6
24 -7
25 -8
26- 9
27 -10
28 -11
29 -12
30- 13
31- 14
32 -15
33 -16
34- 17
35 -18
36 -19
37 20
38 -21
39- 22
40 -23
41- 24
42- 25
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Lizzie asks…

my husband and i are trying to conceive??

we are trying to conceive and had relations on the days i was ovulating (at least i think so) I am due for my period on monday (tommarrow)my last period was 09/22/2006 that was the first day of my last period.. Anyways just this past week i have had some cramping like menstrual cramping…. No bleeding just cramping and feeling tired and nasueaus at different times during the day.. I took a pregnancy test about 4 days ago and it was negative. Does this sound like I could possibly be pregnant?? Or could it just be the anxiety of wanting to be pregnant and be a mom?? I have tried researching this and havent been able to find any answers.
any help would be appreciated
thanks and good luck to all of you that are trying… :-)
OH YEAH i forgot to add that i know its only been 4 weeks since my last menstrual cycle but i was dieting before we conceived and have been doing good but just this last week also i just want to eat all the time i feel like im never full… GRRRR is this also a sign or just stress??

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Have sex three times a week.

Having regular sex is the best way to get pregnant. Couples often try to time everything perfectly for ovulation but do not have sex when they think they are not ovulating. It is true that sex that is not within the time of ovulation will not result in pregnancy. However, because women do not always ovulate when they think they will, having sex three times a week will help to a woman cover her bases, so to speak, and not miss an opportunity to get pregnant.

2. Use an ovulation prediction kit or fertility monitor.

Using an ovulation kit to predict when you are ovulating will improve your chances of getting pregnant. For many women charting or other methods of ovulation prediction are too confusing. Ovulation prediction kits work by reading LH surges prior to ovulation. They are relatively easy to use and are generally accurate for predicting ovulation. Fertility monitors, such as the Clear Blue Easy monitor, are also a worthwhile investment if you would like to get pregnant faster. Fertility monitors are similar to ovulation prediction kits in that they read changes in LH but they also read changes in other hormones and don’t require any guesswork for couples. They are easy to use and will tell you when the best time to get pregnant is.

3. Have sex before ovulation (not after).

Sometimes couples get confused about the best time to have sex in relationship to ovulation. You have a small window of time each month to get pregnant. After a woman ovulates the egg will survive approximately 24 hours. Sperm, on the other hand, will live for up to three to five days. This is why having sex two to three days before ovulation will increase your chances of getting pregnant. Don’t wait until the day you ovulate to have sex. Your partner’s sperm will last longer than your egg and you don’t want to miss an opportunity by waiting.

4. Don’t rely on the Calendar method for predicting ovulation.

A lot of couples have heard to have sex around day fourteen of your cycle. This is based on the calendar method and assumes that you have a regular 28-day cycle and ovulate mid-cycle. Although this is better than just picking an arbitrary day to have sex, it is not a very accurate way to predict when you ovulate. Many women do not ovulate on day fourteen and knowing precisely when you ovulate will help you time intercourse better. Ovulation prediction kits, looking at previous months bbt charts, or watching for body cues will help you to determine when you ovulate.

5. Charting may not be the best way to predict ovulation.

Charting is great for tracking your cycle but it does have disadvantages. By the time you can see ovulation on a bbt chart, you have already ovulated. It is good to chart so you can track your cycles, see if you ovulate the same time each month, and also so you can look back on your cycle and see if you timed things right. But if this is your first cycle trying to get pregnant or if you are not ovulating at the same time each month, an ovulation prediction kit would be more helpful.

6. See a doctor before you start trying to get pregnant.
Make sure you are in good health and have had a regular check up from your OBGYN or medical provider. Untreated infections, sexually transmitted diseases, or poor health can affect your chances of getting pregnant. Its good to see a doctor as well as start taking prenatal vitamins prior to trying to conceive.

7. Don’t smoke, drink alcohol, or abuse drugs when trying to get pregnant.
This may seem like common sense but many women do try to get pregnant while smoking, drinking or using drugs. Smoking, drugs, and alcohol can affect your fertility. It will also affect your unborn child. It is important to stop smoking or using drugs and alcohol before getting pregnant and not wait until you find out you are pregnant.

8. Have enjoyable sex.

Sometimes when couples are trying to conceive, sex becomes a job or function of reproduction and is not as enjoyable. Plan a romantic evening or try something different to spice things up. How you are feeling sexually may factor into your chances of getting pregnant. Some researchers believe that having an orgasm during sex increases your chances of getting pregnant. For women, the spasmic movements of orgasm will help pull the sperm into the uterus and for men a better orgasm may increase the man’s sperm count.

9. Have sex in positions that keep sperm inside the vagina longer.

The missionary position is a good position to use when trying to get pregnant. Avoid positions where the woman is on top. Gravity will allow sperm to leak out with these positions. Also try placing a pillow under your hips to help tilt your pelvis and keep the sperm in longer. Don’t get up right after sex. Try to relax and allow the sperm to stay in the vagina as long as possible.

10. There is no such thing as trying too hard to get pregnant.
Most couples get pregnant within a year of trying. If you have not gotten pregnant within a year consult your doctor for advice.

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