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Lh Surge But No Ovulation Cause

Ruth asks…

what does LH and progesterone do in the menstruation cycle?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

The Hormones In Action When A Woman Ovulates.
When a woman ovulates, various hormones in her body are synchronized to prepare her for ovulation, fertilization and implantation. Ovulation occurs approximately 10-12 hours after the LH peak.

Here are the primary hormones involved in ovulation in women:

1.Progesterone – The ovaries produce significant amounts of progesterone during the 2 weeks or so that follow ovulation. Progesterone thickens the nutrient-rich endometrium in preparation to receive a fertilized egg. It also acts on the breasts to prepare them for milk production (lactation).
2.Estrogen – Estrogen is produced in increasing quantities prior to ovulation, helps the uterus rebuild its lining (or endometrium) after menstruation. In addition, estrogen and progesterone also act as feedback controls on the brain hormones LH and FSH. In other words, these sex hormones travel to the brain to increase or decrease LH and FSH production. This feedback mechanism helps to regulate the timing and the events of the menstrual cycle.
3.Estrogen and progesterone are both made primarily in the ovaries from cholesterol. Initially, the ovaries use cholesterol to derive progesterone and the male sex hormone testosterone. Then the ovaries convert a good portion of the progesterone and almost all of the testosterone into estrogen. After ovulation occurs, more progesterone is made than can be converted; consequently, significant amounts of progesterone are secreted only during the latter half of the cycle.
4.LH- The LH surge is initiated by a dramatic rise of estradiol produced by the preovulatory follicle. The LH surge occurs 34 to 36 hours prior to ovulation and is a relatively precise predictor for timing ovulation. The LH surge stimulates luteinization and stimulates the synthesis of progesterone responsible for the mid cycle FSH surge. Also, the LH surge stimulates resumption of meiosis and release of ovum.
5.FSH- Estradiol levels fall dramatically immediately prior to the LH peak. Elevated FSH levels at this time are thought to free the ovum from the follicular attachments. Progesterone is responsible for stimulating the mid cycle rise in FSH. The mechanism causing the postovulatory fall in LH is unknown. The decline in LH may be due to the loss of the positive feedback effect of estrogen, due to the increasing inhibitory feedback effect of progesterone, or due to a depletion of LH content of the pituitary from downregulation of GnRH receptors.

Mary asks…

How does an OPK work? I’m TTC and new to this all.?

I’ve never used one before. Does it predict if your ovulating when you take the test? or does it predict your ovulating later? because I thought you were more fertile a couple days before you ovulate. Thanks lots Baby dust to all!!!

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Hey hun i use the OPK… And always get positive for three days which alwasy confuses me as to exactly when i ovulated :)

Yes it does predict your ovulation. Once you get your positive, you will ovulate in 12-36 so get baby making on the day of positive and even before you get a positive.

What i found online:

Ovulation tests work by detecting Luteinizing Hormone (LH). At the beginning of the menstrual cycle, the body begins to produce follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). FSH facilitates the formation of a follicle on one of the ovaries. The follicle contains and nurtures the ovum. When a follicle has adequately matured, a surge of Luteinizing Hormone (LH) causes the follicle to burst and release the ovum into the fallopian tube – the moment of ovulation.

Throughout the menstrual cycle, a small amount of LH is produced, but during the middle of the cycle LH briefly and dramatically increases, and is known as LH surge. Elevated quantities of luteinizing hormone that facilitate ovulation are detected by ovulation tests through anti-LH antibodies contained in the sensitive testing membrane. Ovulation tests thus allow you to accurately predict when you will ovulate. A positive result on an ovulation test means that the woman will most likely become fertile over the next three days – with peak fertility at 36 hours following the LH surge.

Betty asks…

if pregnant, could there still be a line on the OPK?

If you are pregnant, would your opk sticks be invalid? Does the pregnancy hormone cause you not to have a LH surge? I have been doing opk and think might be pregnant(by way feel) and haven’t seen a line next to the control line at all. I am almost done with sticks.

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

If a pregnant woman uses an Ovulation test it will be positive. Http://www.peeonastick.com/opkhpt.html

Nancy asks…

Got a positive on ovulation test on Sunday it is now Wednesday and………?

I am still getting a positive that I am ovulating. Is it possible to get a positive Ovualtion test for four days if not why is this going on, what could cause the test to read positive for so long.
I have a one year old child already, I am healthy do not have PCOS, and I did read the directions clearly both lines where very clear and definatly not misunderstood
The test I took on sunday gave me a faint second line but it was there, the test i took today had a very dark almost as dark as the control line result

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

I don’t know about 4 days, but you can have a positive for a couple of days….it is all dependant on the surge strength (LH). Just remember that the test line has to be as dark or darker than the control line in order to actually be positive. Anything fainter is negative.

Susan asks…

So confusing when did I roughly ovulate?

I’m 25 weeks pregnant due date 23rd April, they originally gave me a due date of 27th April then pushed it forward? My period was either on 19th July or 20th can’t b sure. I have regular periods each month with it sometimes being few days late. I had sex the 27th, 28th, 31st July and 1st,2nd August. How accurate are these due dates? If they put a earlier due date say the 20th I worked it out that means my last period was the 16th July so it can’t even give or take a few days on due date, because I know it was on the 19th or 20th…

Which of these days wld I most likely of ovulated on? With my period dates and due dates is it possible my ovulation was earlier and I conceived on the 27th or 28th July?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Why does it matter now. You are pregnant so i don’t understand why you need an exact date of ovulation. Anything is possible with ovulation. If you are really regular, then you probably ovulated around the 2nd or 3rd of August. Ovulation is “generally” 14 days after the first day of the period. But it is NOT a given. Read what i copied below:

Copied from web md:
Day 14
Ovulation occurs mid-cycle, but can vary from between Day 11 and Day 21 of a woman’s cycle. Rising estrogen levels trigger the LH surge, which causes the follicle to ovulate and release an egg. It’s important to chart your basal body temperature and LH surge so you know when you ovulate.

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Lh Surge But No Ovulation Pcos

Mandy asks…

Can you use an ovulation kit if you have PCOS???

I have PCOS and I just started my first cycle of clomid 50 mg. I bought an ovulation kit. Do you think it will work????

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Okay I took clomid 50 mg and used an ovulation test and it work it was a dollar store test so yes with PCOS and clomid you can use it. I recommend a digital ov test. The hormone LH is always present in your body always. And you get many surages of LH during your cycle but only one is high enough to trigger ovulation. So what will happen is a lot of tests will kind of look positive because it’s picking up a surge but not the always the one that will trigger ovulation. Only the test that is as dark or darker than the controll line is the one you want to pay attention to. It’s tricky which is why I say to just shell out the extra bucks for a digital it will tell you which test it really positive not just looks positive. Also I should say I preg. On clomid on my 1st round so this month could totally be it for you! Good luck and baby dust. Oh one more thing because clomid gives you so many eggs you may not ovulate on cd 14 I ovulated on cd 19 with my son since I had 8 eggs it delayed ovulation which is common with clomid so make sure you get enough tests incase you don’t ovulate until a little later which is normal with this drug.

Jenny asks…

do ovulation kits work for women with pcos?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Generally no, they do not work. The reason being that women with PCOS have erratic hormone levels. LH, which is the hormone ovulation tests work from, will spike various times during a cycle for a woman with PCOS.

You may find more luck with a saliva ovulation test. The reason is that when you have an ovulation LH surge..there is a gradual rise and fall of LH levels. These kinds of tests show you that rise and fall.

When your LH is spiking from PCOS…there is no rise and fall pattern that will show.

Hope this helps!

Susan asks…

I have pcos, how well does metiphormine work? any success stories?

My husband and I are trying to have a baby and im going to be taking metiphormine next week and wanted to know how well it works and how quick do you get pregnant on it

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Hello Marie,

When you have PCOS you will have raised levels of Insulin and Testosterone. Metformin reduces these levels and makes your menstrual cycle more regular. This should improve your fertility in a few weeks so it is certainly possible you could ovulate and get pregnant relatively quickly. You should also make sure you take regular light exercise and eat a healthy diet. Also take a supplement of Vitamin B complex.

I wonder if your doctor has said that they want to monitor you to see if you ovulate. Ways to do this would be by taking bloods. LH, FSH and E2 on days 2-4 of your cycle and a Progesterone test seven days after they think you have ovulated. This would of course have to be done over a number of days if the time of ovulation is uncertain. Also, ultrasound monitoring would be a good idea. This would be done before ovulation to check for follicles (in which the eggs grow in your ovaries). And preferably afterwards to check for a collapsed follicle, which would show that you had released an egg. Also, ovulation kits can be quite useful if you follow the instructions properly. Don’t waste
money on shop bought ones. I have found the cheaper internet ones to be accurate. I have always used them twice daily to catch the surge of the LH, which tells your body to ripen and release the egg.

I hope this has been helpful. Please let me know if you have anymore questions and the best of luck to you.



Mary asks…

Can you get a + on an OPK, but then not ovulate?

I got a positive last Wednesday AND Friday.

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Nanabanana is right, there are certain conditions, such as PCOS or another called LUFS, where it can show that you are ovulating when in fact you don’t release an egg. Did you test on Thursday and get a negative? I chart my temps AND do OPK, and I know I ovulated because of my temperature shift, but I also got 3 days of positive OPK. One day the two lines were the same color, the next day the 2nd line was way darker, and the third day they were the same color. I asked my doctor if I was seeing the beginning, peak, and trail of my LH surge, and he said I probably was and it was a sensitive test. I’ve also read that you can get a positive on the actual day you ovulate. So on Wednesday, you could have had a surge, and it was stronger on Thursday, and you ovulated on Friday.

If you are interested in charting, check out www.fertilityfriend.com or the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler. What happens is that you take your temp each morning before getting out of bed, and before ovulation your temps are low. Then after ovulation, your temps rise because of progesterone and you will see the temps stay higher until your period starts. Then you can look at the graph and see a “thermal shift” showing that you in fact did ovulate. If you don’t ovulate, then your temps would be all over the board and not show any pattern.

Good luck!

Maria asks…

Help!!ovulation predictors and pcos question?

Ok once again im asking this question because when I asked it last time people got confused! :) /….anways so I want to get pregnant but sadly o have pcos I started using ovulation predictors(aka opks)on the 3rd of this month.on the 4th and 5th both result were negative(the opk not a pregnancy test)then on the 6th I got a positive test I got so excited I thought I found my lh surge….so imagine how crushed I was that I got my period the next day!(on the 7th)so my “period” lasted for 4 days well of you can call it my period because it was extremley light(sorry I didn’t spell that right english is my second language!)I mean the only way I knew I was bleeding was because when I used the bathroom I will see blood on the tissue but the blood would not come down! But anyways so the day I got my period I stoped using the opk brand answers!because the result weren’t right because I have pcos….so yesterday I took one test just to do it and it came out positive!so do you think this is my real lh surge that I found?I wanna know becuz when my period ended after the first positive after my period I tested 2 or 3 times and they came out negative?oh I kno im not pregnant I took a prego test on the 3!!help

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

If u took a preg test on the third, and had ur period after that u could still be preggo….Take a HPT if that’s neg…I would go ahead and BD, because u maybe ovulating….But I heard that OPK can pick up a little HCG….

Good Luck!!

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Ovulation Calculator After Miscarriage

Lizzie asks…

my husband and i are trying for the 4th time for a baby after 3 miscarriages..help!?

I have been trying to figure out when i ovulate and all that stuff im suppose to do to find out when its baby time. and im confusing myself only because my period dates are so off track. for example i got my period in april i cant remember the date sorry. may i got no period. june 10th-16 (i usually last 7days and recently they’ve been 5-6days) and july 24-30. Ive been trying to keep track of my period dates and this is all ive got so far tough to go on i know but periods fluctuate alot! so if i did this right my length cycle is 45 days and when i look at a ovulation calculator 45 days is the last number..now im thinking this isnt normal. i went to webmd ovulation calculator and it says to see a doctor becuase i may not be ovulating which made me very curious. please if anyone who is out there with advice on what to do or knows when im ovulating lol please write back thank you to all who respond :)

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

First, let me say I am so sorry for your losses! Tracking the fertile window can be frustrating! However, there are great tools to use! Www.fertilityfriend.com is amazing! You will need to go buy a basal body thermometer and check your temp AS SOON AS YOU WAKE UP! Before you talk or anything. Then just plug all of your info into fertility friend and it pretty much does all the work for you. Another great way is checking your cervical mucus. If it resembles egg whites ITS BABY TIME! I also love the ovulation tests from www.early-pregnancy-tests.com or you can get easy to read ones from a drug store that simply says yes your fertile or no your not.

Also, if you have had 3 miscarriages there is probably a underlying issue such as a hormonal imbalance, which can be an easy fix if you go to a OB/GYN they should be able to consult you further.

If you have any questions feel free to email me.

Lisa asks…

Any predictions on the outcome or what i need to look out for in my next pregnancy?

i had 3 2nd trimester pregnancy losses. The first two was with twins and the last pregnancy was with triplets. My doc thinks i have incompetent cervix. i had a cerclage put in with the last 2 pregnancies but they failed .ive never been pregnant with a singleton. i pray about it everyday… mayb im just looking for a sign that everything is ok and that im going to have healthy pregnancies and babies..Any predictions, insights or word of incouragement are appriciated . THANKS!!!

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Nearly one third of all pregnacies end in miscarriage in the first trimester, and quite a few after. It’s normal and natural, NOT necessarily a sign that you can’t have healthy babies, although in today’s world, any incomplete is somehow the mother’s fault. Pthhhhh on that, I say….

As stated, you are looking for more than just medical advice. But here’s some anyway. Take your women’s health herbs. Not only will they assist with any physical issues, they will also impart thier wisdom to your body. Wild Yam, Saw Palmetto, Red Raspberry and esp. Vitex, which is the world’s greatest womb toner. Cures just about everything if you take it for long enough.

Wild Yam:




Vitex: http://www.ovulation-calculator.com/pregnancy/herbs.htm




Here are some book references.

Susan Weed can help with nutritional and herbal support before, during, and a bit after pregnancy, including stopping a miscarriage and recovering from one. Yes, there are herbs to do that. We HAVE been doing this a long time.
Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year


This is written by a midwife and has physical and mental exercises to deal with the beauty and challenge of becoming a mother. The meditations are not nearly stressed enough, and some women really need them. Not dealing with the pregnancy, or being scared, can tip the balence for some women.
Prenatal Yoga And Natural Birth (Paperback)
by Jeannine Baker


Took me years to figure out that one of my cats has to sacrifice it’s life before I can get pregnant. One life must be given for another. Now the dreams I had for years about giving birth to kittens makes sense. Another woman I know has the exact same signs. It’s spiritually consistant and energy conserving, but I don’t try to get close to cats anymore…

But I do anyway.

Donna asks…

ok, i kind of asked this before but i had a change and want to see what you think.?

i started my period around the 17th or 18th of august. i seemed to have egg white like cervical mucous and a high and open cervix on 08-24. my husband and i had sex on 08-25-06 and 08-26-06. all ovulation calculators online say i should ovulate around the 30th or the 1st. do you think i am ovulating twice, that i ovulated early. or that i have not yet ovulated? i had a miscarriage on 07-14. i dont know anything about my luteal phase and my cycles are usually around 29-31days.

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Just a guess, but I think you ovulated early, if you ovulated at all. CM like what you describe is usually a big indication of ovulation.

If you think you might be ovulating again this month, though, try a home ovulation predictor test.

Sorry about your miscarriage! I know how devestating they can be.

Helen asks…

how soon after a miscarriage can I conceive again safely?

I was 6 weeks along.

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

I am also sorry for your loss if you had one. I had a miscarrige a week ago with triplets. Anyway, If you just had a miscarriage and you’re trying to concieve again, the best thing to do is not to go and use any calulators. Calculators only give estimates. You should go and buy a Ovulation test kit. Unlike an online calculator or a calender, a Ovulation test kit can detect Ovulation just like a pregnancy test detects a pregnancy.
The reason the calender or calculator won’t work is because after you have a miscarriage the time it takes for horomones to go back to normal differ’s from person to person. My friend had a miscarriage and got pregnant again within the same month, others take 2 months to show a period. It’s best to wait 2 months
The Ovulation test kit would be the best thing to use, but if you must use a calender or calculater, wait until your next period shows. Your period won’t be the same after the miscarrige, your body has it’s own agenda especailly when something like this happens. I hope you concieve again. Annesi

Jenny asks…

how can i tell if im ovulating after a miscarriage but before a period?

my doctor said it was up to me and my partner if we wanted to try before my first period

it has been nearly 6 weeks since my miscarriage and iv still not had a period but we want to try again asap

how can i tell when im ovualting tho?

please help xxx

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Same way you would on any other cycle.

OPK’s are the best way. You could also chart your basal body temperature and monitor your cervical mucus for signs that ovulation is near.

The calculator won’t work because you just miscarried………which means your cycle will be out of whack for at least this first month.

I’m sorry for your loss. :o (

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Ovulation Calendar Girl

Linda asks…

How to conceive a girl?

Is there any way, any how you can conceive a girl?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

My sister in law has a calendar method she uses to help people pick boy/girl babies. So far, it has worked every time. It has something to do with the girl sperm being slower but living longer than the boy sperm. I think if you have sex the day before scheduled ovulation, the boy sperm will all have died out by the time your egg drops, leaving only girl sperm left in the race.

Lisa asks…

I had unprotected sex during ovulation…?

I had unprotected sex during ovulation (intentionally) a day after my most fertile day (according to ovulation calendar), what are the chances I’m pregnant? (I really want to be), I had my first baby 4 months ago and want to conceive again soon!

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Wow a new born and a 13 month old! You will know your alive then.
Two babies!
My girls are 22 months apart and that was a challenge and i have worked in childcare for 10 years. I hope you and your partner are up for it.
Good luck.
Mind you i am doing it again and my bub has only just turned one, so some of us just love it.

Betty asks…

When do girls usually ovulate?

It’s been almost 3 weeks since my last period and a guy came in me. What is the likelihood that I could be pregnant?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Try to use this ovulation calendar tool http://www.ovulationcalendarsoftware.com/ to trace your cycle and find the date of ovulation.

Mary asks…

Sex + ovulation question + baby gender?

This is how I understand the gender process. Boy sperm is faster, therefore you need to have sex close to or on ovulation if you want a boy baby. If you want a girl, you need to try for a baby days before you ovulate. Well, I’m wondering if this CAN be wrong? My husband and I already have 2 little boys (amazing little boys!) We had sex on the second or third day of ovulation and got pregnant. (We were not planning this!!) I’m very excited however, but I’m wondering if it’s going to be another boy based on the male sperm being faster and it was right in the middle of ovulation?? Anyone have any advice?

Thank you!!!

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

When I was planning my girl, I used fortunebaby.com gender selection calendar. They tell you when you need to conceive in order to have a boy or a girl. And they were right!

Sharon asks…

Period help? Girls! ?

Okay so

I’m 13 and meet all the guide lines of getting my period

6 days ago I got dark brown discharge or spotting?

Than today I got white discharge and a lot of it!

So was that a sign of me getting my period and if so an estimation of when thanks

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Just as there is no exact age that puberty begins, there is no set time frame for these developmental changes to occur. You need to do a little math to find out how close you are?

The biggest sign of menstruation is discharge (yellow or white stains inside your underwear.) This is natural moisture from the vagina. It’s a sign that menstruation will probably start in about 6 to 18 months. Brown color discharge comes when Ovulation starts.

Important is you need to Prepare for Your First Period.
Things You would Need:
-Tampons if you think you’re ready
-Panties (Go with a pair you don’t care about or get a pair of grannie panties.
-A cute purse you like
-Chap-stick or lip-gloss
-Small pad of paper
-Anything else you like to carry around.
-Ibuprofen or another over the counter pain reliever (I prefer Aleve)

Ok, first step, get all of the things listed above and put one to two pads and/or tampons in your purse. Tampons probably shouldn’t be used till you’re a little older or enough educated about there use, or if you find that just a pad isn’t doing the trick once you’ve started menstruating. Put all the rest, including the extra pair of panties, into the purse as well. If it doesn’t fit, find a larger purse. The only thing that shouldn’t be put into the purse is the calendar (unless it’s small enough to actually fit). This, you should place on a wall or put somewhere you’ll remember it.

Second, keep the purse with you. You’re becoming a young woman now, and we all like to keep looking our best. A purse is important in that because it can hold all the things we need as well as emergency items such as your pads and medications. I’d suggest keeping everything but money in your purse. Keep that in a pocket, shoe or if your chest is developed enough, your bra. If you use your bra, please go somewhere private to take the money out.

3rd, alright, now we’re down to the big moment. You may feel like you need to pee really bad because of cramps, and it may even hurt as your body is getting ready for your period, the pain is most often focused around your bladder and belly area, along with lower back and some women get pain in their inner thighs. If this happen taken an ibuprofen as pain reliever. Go to the bathroom often, checking to make sure that you’ve not started yet. You might even put a pad in just to make sure there isn’t an accident that ruins your underwear. If you’re at home, you might want to tell your mother what you think is going on, tell her how all you feel physically just to make sure you aren’t sick. If your mother is gone or missing, try to find or call a trusted female friend or relative. Don’t panic.

Last but not least
Once you’ve started your period, mark the event on your calendar. About four weeks from then, you will probably have another period. Don’t be too worried if you don’t, however. You’ve just started getting your period, so your intervals will be sporadic. You can use the calendar to mark and keep up with your period as time goes on, eventually you will even out to where your period will hopefully be a nice one where you can track it. Good luck.

Hope that i Answered your Question.

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Ovulation Signs Of Pregnancy

Sandy asks…

Should someone suspect pregnancy if she doesnt see signs of ovulation and then missess her period?

A young lady had unprotected sex 6days prior to ovulation, then didn’t experience any usual ovulation signs (vaginal discharge) and had now missed her period by one week. Should she be worried bout pregnancy?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Well, yes. The most common cause for missed periods in a sexually active woman is always pregnancy, even if the cycle was otherwise weird.

Mandy asks…

Is it too early for these to be signs of pregnancy?

A week ago I started feeling abnormally hungry all the time. A few days ago I had a little CM (I am past ovulation). Yesterday, my gums on the right side started really hurting where my wisdom teeth used to be and I’ve been feeling really exhausted. We have been TTC for 7 months and I am so afraid of another BFN. My period isn’t due for 4 more days
Could these be signs of pregnancy? Can symptoms show up this early?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

I think it’s too early to tell just wait and see if your period comes and if not wait until the end of that week to take a pregnancy test. “)

Jenny asks…

What is the earliest sign of pregnancy you had?

I am 4 days past ovulation. Im having an increase in discharge (sorry, tmi), instead of my normal decrease after ovulation. It doesnt have an odor, its white in color. Its way too early to test, usually too early for signs of pregnancy..just wondering what signs you had and how early they were.
Just fyi: My first symptom with my daughter was sore boobs at 10 dpo…found out I was pregnant at 4 1/2 weeks.

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

I know its sounds crazy, but according to all my dr’s calculations i was 2 days along when i woke up at 3 am having to throw up. The nausea was still there when i woke up that morning but i thought the meat i cooked for dinner the night before was bad so i went to wprk anyway. I walked through the door and could smell the hazelnut creamer in my coworker’s coffee, funny thing is her coffee was on her desk at the opposite side of the building. As the day went on i felt extremely tired, nauseous, and dizzy and could smell EVERYTHING. This is my first pregnancy so when all my coworkers teased me about being pregnant, i thought nothing of it, even took 2 tests that day at work that came out negative. As time went on my boobs got more and more sore and two weeks after the first nausea incident, i took another test that was positive.

Sandra asks…

How soon after conception can early pregnancy symptoms show up?

I am about 5 dpo and I have been extremely tired for the past 4 days and I have some clear vaginal discharge which I thought was supposed to go away after ovulation. Could these be early signs of pregnancy or is it too early for these to be early pregnancy symptoms??

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Its too early. The hormone hcg is only produced once the egg attaches to the uterus. This doesn’t happen until about 7dpo. Its this hormone that is connected with pregnancy symptoms. Most women don’t experience pregnancy symptoms until about the 6week mark when the hormone has built up. The symptoms you experience after ovulation are due to ovulation. Vaginal discharge, being tired bloating, sore breasts, weight gain are all post ovulation symptoms and are just due to the change in hormone in control of your cycle from estrogen to progesterone.

Nancy asks…

What are the most common early signs of pregnancy, before pregnancy test?

My husband and I have been trying to conceive. I should not have my next menstrual cycle until approx May 6. I have been having period-like cramps, more frequent urination and also more discharge than usual. I am wondering if these are signs of pregnancy.

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

If your not due for your period to May 6th then you likely woul dhave ovulated around Apri 22-24rd. So if you successfully conceived then, you may not have even implanted yet (it can take 10 days). It is very unlikely you would be experiencing symptoms only days into a pregnancy. I’m not saying you aren’t pregnant, I’m just saying those symptoms are likely a result of something else. I personally try not to stay in-tune to my body to much during my Two Week Wait, because I will drive myself crazy with every cramp, itch, ache, yawn, etc LOL

Wouldnt it be great if there was some tell-tale early pregnancy sign! Unfortunately there really isnt. There are women who “swear” they had signs as early as 1 week after ovulation — everything from nasuea, sore nipples, veiny nipples, tiredness, cramps, urination, etc etc. But the majority of women and statistical data shows most traditional early pregnancy symptoms dont begin until you are 3-4 weeks into your pregnancy. I personally believe alot of the people who claim to have had those very early pregnancy signs either had them for another unrelated reason (i.e. Tiredness or nausea due to a cold, or something they ate), or even more likely — they were just “in their mind” so to speak.

What makes it even more confusing and hard to detect early pregancy is that many early pregnancy symtpoms are identical or very simliar to pre-menstrual symptoms.

Anyway — to answer your question, yes there are people who will say frequent urination, discharge, and cramps all can signal early pregnancy. But the best “early pregnancy sign” is a missed period and/or positive pregnancy test.

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