Lh Surge And Pregnancy

Susan asks…

Can a ovulation predictor test- LH tell whether you are pregnant or not?

I asked my friend for a pregnancy test and this is what she gave me. Will this tell me if I am pregnant or not? Or does it just tell if you are ovulating?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Some people say it does test for pregnancy
but they test only for LH surges not for hCG
so go buy a pregnancy test if possible

Mandy asks…

How soon did you guys start to feel symptoms?

Whats the earliest any of you have felt pregnancy symptoms?? Like after conception!?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

4 days before expected af–had implanting bleeding & mild cramping but I thought af was trying to arrive. Morning sickness started at 5 weeks. 3 days before expected af with last pregnancy–felt mildly nausea but I thought I getting sick. Had no idea I was pregnant.

Women can’t get symptoms before the placenta forms & is producing Hcg which is 6 – 8 days after ovulation or 7 – 10 days from an lh surge/positive OPK test. Usually a blood pregnancy test can pick up hcg levels 1-2 days after the placenta begins to to produce hcg but hpt require 14 days to be 98-99% accurate though some women produce high enough levels for a pregnancy test to detect a pregnancy as early as 5 days before expected period though the % in very low.

Carol asks…

when do you count ovulation from in terms of pregnancy tests?

on the pregnancy tests where it says you can test 7 days after ovulation, when do you count ovulation from, is it the first day ovulation ocurred or is it the day inbetween or the last one or what? because ovulation lasts for about a week right?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

No, ovulation does not last for a week. When you either see that you have had a temperature drop and then a spike from a basal body thermometer and have charted this to see that it is happening or have gotten a positive on an ovulation test that is the the time frame of ovulation.
Ovulation tests only test for the LH surge in your pee. It is the hormone that happens 12-24 hours before ovulation. The only real way to track if you have ovulated is to do BBT and Ovulation Prediction Testing at the same time. Once you see the spike in the BBT Chart and confirmation with a Test Strip then you can say that that spike was the day that you Ovulated. Every day after that is 1 day past ovulation or 1 DPO.
A test that claims that it can detect the pregnancy hormone seven days past ovulation sounds a bit like a scam to me because the egg, if fertilized, needs at least 7 to 10 days to implant on the uterine wall. Once it implants, then you start throwing off the pregnancy hormone known as HCG or human chrionicgonadotropin. Maybe 5 days before your missed period then i’d believe it. But I wouldn’t test until the day of your period or until you miss your period by 1-2 days.

Helen asks…

Is there anything I can do to improve my chances in getting pregnant?

Ok I really want to have a baby but it seems like it will never happened, what did some of you gals do to improve chances of pregnancy? What are some early early symptoms?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

The only way for you to get pregnany sooner it to know if you are ovulating. Take your basal body temp each morn, same time and before you get up. You should see a pattern in temps that leads up to and after ovulation. You can get the basal thermometer at Wal-Mart for about 8 dollars. I use a wonderful FREE website called Fertilityfriend.com…it graphs your temps for you, keeps track of your fertility signs, tells you when you ovulate and also tells you if there is an implantation dip in your temps. You can also use Ovulation prediction kits, but they only measure your LH surge and give you a ball park time for ovulation…they do not pin point it. Oh, and it is possible to be ovulating while you do not have your period, just like it is possible to have a period and not ovulate.

Sandra asks…

How long do you normally ovulate for a month ?

As i have taken four ovulation tests now in a row and they you came out positive, i heard that you only ovulate for 48-72 hours a month.

I took a ovulation test today and positive again, so i then took pregnancy test to see if i could be pregnant,it came back negative.

Could i be pregnant and took test to early ?

any good advice welcomed please,so want my daughter to have a sister or brother.

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Ovulation is not something that lasts for days, it is one moment: the second an egg is released from the ovary into the fallopian tube. After ovulation the egg stays viable for 12-24 hours.

However, ovulation tests don’t detect ovulation itself anyway. They detect a surge in the hormone LH. This hormone by surging stimulates the ovary to release the ripe egg. That means the surge starts BEFORE ovulation. When you test daily the first positive usually means ovulation will happen at least 12 and at most 48 hours later. The surge itself can last for a day or two, sometimes three.

If the surge lasts longer than three days, it can mean several things. If this happens once, it may indicate that at first ovulation failed to happen for whatever reason. In that case the body often tries again, gearing up for ovulation with a second, overlapping surge. If this happens month after month it may indicate a hormonal imbalance, for instance due to PCOS. That is something that requires medical attention, because constantly elevated levels of LH can inhibit ovulation altogether.

Are you quite sure your tests are really positive? An ovulation test is not like a pregnancy test in this respect; a faint line on an ovulation test is NOT a positive. Only when the test line is at least as dark as the control line is an LH surge detected.

About pregnancy: yes, ovulation tests can sometimes pick up pregnancy. This is because hCG and LH are very similar in structure. However, ovulation tests don’t usually pick up pregnancy before an actual pregnancy test would pick it up as well. This makes it unlikely you are pregnant.

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