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No Lh Surge But Egg White Cervical Mucus

Mandy asks…

I am at CD15 w/out +OPK. But BBT has increased from normal 97.6 to 98.5 today. Did I ovulate & miss it on OPK?

My normal cycle is 29 days. Started OPKs on CD10 and none +. did OPK morning of CD13, morning and afternoon CD14, and then again this morning w/out +OPK. But my temp has risen 1 degree starting today when it has been 97.6 the past 5 days. Is there anyway i could have ovulated but missed it on OPKs???
last month i was able to get a +OPK on CD14 but did not get preggo. i was in the hospital last week for dehydration and have since been drinking a lot of water. Fortunately, my husband and i have been having sex every day for the past 5 days so if i O’d then hopefully i will get pregnant. Should i keep taking the OPKs or just monitor my BBT?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Yes it is possible you missed your surge with the OPKs. Some women have lower production of LH (which is the hormone that makes you ovulate) and will never be able to get a positive from those tests. Monitor your cervical mucus production as well as OPK and BBT. An increase in egg white cervical mucus is a sign of ovulation and can start a few days before ovulation or the day of ovulation.

You should also do the OPKs at the same time each day, in the morning with your second urine of the day. The LH increases only for about 24 hours before you ovulate, then it drops rapidly. If you do one in the morning and then the next day in the afternoon, you could be testing as far as 40 hours apart and could definately miss your surge.

Sandra asks…

how do we get pregnant…again?

me & my hubby decided we’re ready for another baby.
We already have a 3 year old daughter, and we’ve been together 7 years now.
anyway, besides “humping like bunnies” what else could we do to help with the process of becoming pregnant?
with our last child it took 2 years before we had her.
any suggestions?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Monitor your ovulation with home urine test kits and by looking for egg white cervical mucus. Start with the ovulation tests on cycle day 12 (cycle day 1 being the first of your period) with your second urine of the day. When the test is positive, it shows your “surge” of LH hormone, or lutenizing hormone which makes you ovulate. About 24 hours after your surge, you will ovulate. You should have intercourse the day of your surge and the day after, when you actually ovulate.

Or if you have trouble with the tests, notice when you have an increased amount of cervical mucus which can be white, clear or stringy and has the consistancy of egg whites. This shows up as early as a few days before ovulation or the day of ovulation. You chould start having intercourse every other day for at least a week around this time. If you can wait at least 48 hours between ejaculations, you will help your husband build up a reserve of sperm, but not more then 5 days.

If you don’t get pregnant within a year, it might be a good idea to talk to a doctor. Previous pregnancies can cause changes in the uterus that could potentially be preventing you from getting pregnant, such as a polyp or fibroid.

Mary asks…

A charting question about CM (sorry if TMI)?

For creamy cm in everything I have read it describes it as lotion like. Is that referring more to the colour or the texture? I have had sticky (white clumpy/snotty that feels tacky) but this feels smooth like lotion but it is still clear/cloudy with white bits? Is this a variation on sticky or is it creamy? It doesn’t stretch or anything.

I am just learning how to monitor my cm so am looking for advice from more experienced charters.

Thanks in advance!
Thank you for the sensible answer!! To the others – I warned in the question line that it was TMI! You read it at your own risk. If you are grossed out keep it to yourself – I posted the q in the appropriate area. Get over yourself!

Baby dust to all !

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

By creamy CM they mean the texture, not the colour. When people describe the colour of cm they usually say it is white or cloudy. Creamy CM is usually found just before ovulation, this CM does not stretch at all, although as you get closer to ovulation it can feel a little bit stretchy (1cm) and feel slightly slippy in texture. During ovulation you usually experience ewcm (egg white cervical mucus) – and as the name states, this CM is the colour of egg-whites (kind of see-though) and is very, very stretchy (you should be able to pull your finger almost fully apart). When you notice this CM this is the time you are most fertile.

Saying that, not all women notice the fertile EWCM, so to notice it you will need to be checking regularly and as close to the cervix as possible! If you do not notice any EWCM this does not mean you didn’t ovulate. CM is very difficult to track (probably the most difficult ovulation indicator). Using OPK’s (ovulation tests) might be a good idea, these tell you when you are getting your LH surge (the hormone that triggers ovulation) and when you receive a positive result you know exactly when to time intercourse!

Hope this helps!

Carol asks…

Vaginal discharge…TMI i’m sure?

today is day 14 of my cycle. I have no idea if I have a 28 day cycle, I just know I’m very regular. I took an OPK this morning and it had a faint second line (it was visible today, yesterday it wasn’t) so I assumed it was negative. I have had extra vaginal discharge the past few days, mostly watery with very slight slippery and stretchy goop to it too. Tonight I can stretch the “goop” about 3 inches. Is it possible that I’m ovulating today even with the OPK reading neg.? I called my nurse this morning and she said that even if the line showed up at all I’m ovulating, but that is not what the directions say, they say that it must be as dark or darker than the test line. Anyone have a thought on the matter?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

No, the line has to be as dark or darker than the control line. It’s quite possible that you missed your luteal hormone surge. Go here: http://www.peeonastick.com for more info on opk’s. You should ovulate within 12-36 hours of a positive reading. And sometimes your lh surge only lasts a few hours and is easy to miss. The best rule of thumb is that if you are seeing EWCM (egg white cervical mucus), which is what you are describing, consider yourself fertile-ovulation is coming!

Good luck!

Sandy asks…

A question about conceiving? please help?

hi guys..

my partner and i have decided to go off the pill, so after my period i just did not take any more, i do not know my regular cycle pattern now i’m off the pill (will it be the same as when i was on the pill or will it chance?) i dont know if i ovulate, i want to fall pregnant, is there anything i can take to help the pill wear off and help me ovulate. i have been on the pill ever since i was a teenager?

what should i do???

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

You should wait a couple of cycles without the pill to normalize and track what happens.
I would start to track your BBT every morning before rising, also use OPK to help you detect you LH surge so that you can have sex accordingly.
Dont panic, its all good. I know women who have been off the pill a month and conceived after the month.

Also look out for egg white cervical mucus around the middle of the month. You will notice it stretches and it resembles egg whites, but if you dont, dont worry, your body is adjusting itself.

Good luck hun and lots of baby dust your way.

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How Many Hours Does Your Lh Surge Last

Lisa asks…

Dark test line for one day using ovulation prediction test strips?

Hi has anyone had only one day of a dark line on their test strip i tested yesterday and had sex that afternoon and night to make sure that i catch my egg on time but what im wondering is what if i had a dark line the day before i tested as i didnt test that day.

Just need to know that i have had time and havent missed my chance

Thank you

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

A normal LH surge lasts around 12-36 hours so it is definitely possible to only have one day of dark lines. You don’t ovulate until after the surge and the dark line detects ovulation is about to occur so I think your timing was good. Have sex tonight as well in case you ovulate today.

Susan asks…

My ovulation tests were positive 4 days in a row –were the results correct or tests falty?

They were positive around the days I had calculated I would be ovulating, but I thought it would only show positive results for 2 days, MAYBE 3. From my research I found that ovulation last from 24 to 36 hours.

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

A normal ovualation lasts for up to 72 hours. I was informed this from my doctor. You body will try to ovulate during these times, but the egg lives anywhere from 12-24 hours once released. Its best to have sex starting a few days before your expected ovulation and keep going until a few days after you think you ovulated. This is to ensure you dont miss it because an ovulation detector does in fact detect the LH surge, but there is really no way to really know that you are going to release an egg, when it has released, and so on. Good luck in the baby expedition!!!

Linda asks…

My ovulation test is lighter today then yesterday. Why would that be?

Today my ovulation test wa lighter then yesterday’s one. I’m only on cycle day 11.

Why would it be lighter?

Do u think maybe my urine is more diluted?

I did have a few sips of water before testing. but had reduced my fluid intake heaps 2 hours prior to testing.
nah sandy doubt it. the tests were getting darker the last two days….
i didn’t get a positive. it didn’t get dark enough! it was only half as dark as control line.

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Once you get a positive on an OPK, you stop. Don’t take it again the next day.

Test in the afternoon or after work and do not drink any liquids or go to the bathroom for at least four hours prior to testing

Read your OPK instructions carefully, as usually a faint line does not indicate a positive, you need a line that is darker than the test line

LH is produced throughout your cycle and will only predict ovulation when it has a big surge

When test is positive, have sex that night, plus two additional nights in a row

Skip one night, then do one last night of sex

Mandy asks…

Can Ovulation Predictor Tests Be Wrong?

Can they give you negatives when you think you may have ovulated ie. due to cervical mucas etc?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

They can be wrong, but they are usually correct.

Some women find that they do indeed ovulate when it says, but never actually get pregnant. This is because one or both tubes are blocked.

Also, because the LH surge (which is what OPKS detect) can, in some women, last only for 12 hours, if you test once a day, you can miss it! The best thing to do is to know your body and/or chart your cycles, or start testing with OPKs twice a day, rather than just once.

Good luck!

Sharon asks…

can you still get pregnant the day after you ovulate?

me and my dh did not bd last night because i was scared it would hurt my pap smear results. It turns out i was ovulating last night though. so my question is can i bd tonight and still get pregnant?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Do you mean the day after the lh surge or the day after ovulation? The lh surge or day of a positive opk test is 24 to 36 hours before actual ovulation though some women have ovulated as early as 12 hours.
The egg lives for 24 hours. If you ovulate 36 hours from your surge then your egg is still alive for 60 hours from your LH surge so yes, some women are still fertile 48 hours from a positive opk test. That why that suggest having sex the day of your LH surge and the day after.
Since the egg dies within 24 hours (and usually decreases in it’s healthy state after 12 hours from ovulation) you can’t get pregnant after the 24 hrs from ovulation.

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How Long Lh Surge After Ovulation

Susan asks…

ovulation strips question?

http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=Ami19kQ8m7T2q_Q5GHdjaJbnMBV.;_ylv=3?qid=20080927045226AAp0Ar4 this was a question i asked a few hours ago, i have a few ovulation strips left a spare so i have just done one (even though i ovulated about a week ago) and it was positive so i did another and that was the same, whats going on?? can you ovulate for a week lol and does this mean i still have a chance of conceieving tonight!!
do opk’s have anything to do with the pregnancy hormone? i dont know, any info would be great tnx xx

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

It is possible that your body is “gearing up” to ovulate, and you have an LH surge– and then, for some reason (such as stress, illness, travel, or random fluke), your body fails to release an egg . . . Then tries, tries again ASAP with another, or overlapping, surge. If you see a positive OPK for longer than 3 consecutive days, your egg is probably just having a little trouble getting out of the starting gate. If this happens to you occasionally, it’s no big deal. If it happens a lot, talk to your doctor.

AND…At the end of the day, a positive result on an HPT means you are pregnant. A positive result on an OPK could mean you are near ovulation, pregnant, or the test is picking up an entirely different hormone or element. Or it may be negative even if a woman is pregnant. With a positive HPT there is no doubt; a positive OPK may provide a clue, but doesn’t really give you an answer for sure.

Jenny asks…

Ovulation test strips?

How often should you use ovulation test strips? Since getting my Mirena IUD removed my periods are screwy and I no longer can time having sex at the right time just going on the days of my cycle. Any advice?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

I’ve read that you should test twice a day, especially if your cycle is irregular like mine, because your LH surge could come on quickly and last less than 24 hours. This can become quite pricey though. Good luck!

Sharon asks…

can your LH SURGE be diffrent every month ?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Definitely. Your LH surge happens just before you ovulate, usually 24-36 hours before. The follicular phase is the period from the beginning of your cycle to ovulation. That phase can vary from month to month. Your follicular phase is really what determines how long your cycle will be, because your luteal phase (the time from ovulation to the beginning of your next cycle) usually doesn’t change from month to month. So, if your cycles aren’t regular, then your LH surge would definitely be happening at different times. I recommend using an OPK and charting your BBT and cervical mucus.

Best of luck and lots of baby dust!

Mandy asks…

Ovulation spotting..Please read!!?

Hi again, ok so I posted yesterday regarding my opks and when I should test.

Was advised its no harm to test twice a day as I bought a bulk pack. The line got a bit darker lastnight when i tested again. Earlier that day it had been faint. Mon to thurs the line was completly absent. My cycle is approx 42 days long. Ttc baby #2. Didnt use opks the last time so a bit confused LOL. This is my 2nd month.

So I am on day 27 now and this is my time to ovulate. Bd on mon, then we couldnt anymore till lastnight due to working different shifts. So today I tested and the line was a bit fainter than the stronger line I had lastnite and in my other test a few mins ago was almost gone. Getting pinching pains and dull cramps since Thurs, worst is today. Ew cm also. Today it had a bit of dark red blood in the cm and then normal eg cm after that. Normal for anyone else?? I’m hoping its definetly ovulation!! Thanks ladies :) badydust to all ttc xx ps will bd again tonite LOL

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Sounds like ovulation to me! Surprisingly, lots of women spot during ovulation, and some even mistake it for a light period. Your chances of pregnancy are great if you had sex last night. The OPK tells you that your LH is surging and preparing for your egg to release. So if your LH surge was yesterday then chances are you would ovulate today or even tomorrow. But because of the symptoms you’re experiencing, I would say that your body does a pretty good job of letting you know when you ovulate. Good luck!

Ruth asks…

A question about ovulation?

Every month i know when i ovulate because of the stomach cramps i get,so because of the pain i ovulated on monday 1st sept,it’s now 4th sept and i took my very first ovulation test today it was a definite positive,so my question is did i ovulate monday, tuesday, wednesday and thursday for today’s test to be positive?If anyone knows alot about ovulation test please let me know and YES I DID READ THE INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE doing the test because i had never done them before and i didn’t want to stuff it up.Thanks.

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Well this could mean a lot of things:

Firstly you ovulated late and this is the first day of your lh surge so get trying today and tomorrow definitely!!!

Or you could already be pregnant because the hormone detected by the opk is almost identical to the hcg hormone so opk’s pick this up straight away and assume its because you are ovulating.

It wouldnt do any harm to keep using these opk’s to see how long they remain positive for and if it really does confirm that you are pregnant but obviously you will have to wait until your period is due and do a proper hpt before making an appointment with the dr.

Good Luck

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Length Of Time Between Lh Surge And Ovulation

Sandy asks…

Should i have Sex Again tonight? my LH surge was yesterday?

I have been trying to get pregnant for many months now with no luck. i bought a ovulation kit. and have been testing for 5 days…yesterday my LH surge was positive and me and my BF had sex last night. I tested again this morning and there was one dark line and a lighter line…should i also have sex tonight to make chances of getting pregnant more likley??

Also what are some sure signs that ur egg has been released and ready to fertilize…and how to know when ovulating without testing…and how soon after you have had sex around ur LH surge can u tell you are “getting pregnant”…can you feel this process???

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

After your first positive OPK ovulation should occur between 12 & 24-36 hours later. Sex again today would be ideal.

Without testing…. Ovulation generally occurs between 12 & 16 days BEFORE your next period immaterial of cycle length. Sex 18 days before your period everyday for 5-6 day should cover ovulation giving a 20-25% chance of pregnancy per cycle.

You cannot feel “ovulation”.. On rare occasions women experience a “pinching/pulling sensation” on one or other of their ovaries, EWCM is the main sign.

Very best of luck to you both.

Jenny asks…

i am trying desperately to conceive but having trouble please give some advice.?

my period was originally due 6/25/06 it was late never been late before took preg test came out neg (i guess my period was late due to stressing about trying to get pregnant) however, i finally got my period on 7/13/06. my cycle is usually every 26days, however since it was late this time my cycle is now 31 days apart. So i bought the ovulation test sticks. i was wondering how effective are they and has anyone been sucessful w/ getting pregnant using the ovulation stick ( the kind that tests your urine and if the test color is darker than or similar to the reference line you will be ovulating soon).

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

First of all, it is physically impossible for your period to be late. What *does* happen sometimes is that ovulation is delayed. Since ovulation is what causes your next period, it is *always* on time–about 2 weeks after ovulation. So, stress 3 weeks or more ago could be the reason you’re late, but *not* stressing the last few days about whether you’re pregnant or not.

As for your main question about using an ovulation predictor kit, they may help, but there are some serious drawbacks to using them. First of all, they do *not* detect ovulation. They detect a surge in your body’s production of luteinizing hormone (LH) that *precedes* ovulation. What happens frequently is that your body prepares for ovulation with the LH surge…then your body “changes its mind”. You may have another LH surge in a few days (or weeks), but the ovulation predictor kit has convinced you that you ovulated earlier. There are other ways it can be wrong, too, but this is the most problematic.

In addition to being wrong, if your cycle is irregular–even *slightly*, there is a possibility that you just won’t be able to test at the right time and will need 2 kits per cycle. Most kits come with 5 sticks. But a woman who *always* has the same cycle length can ovulate on any one of 5 days during her cycle and occasionally even more!! A woman normally ovulates 12-16 days before her *next* period. So if your cycles are 26-31 days long, you may ovulate anywhere between day 10 and day 19. That’s 10 days. If you have a kit with only 5 sticks, it isn’t enough.

The most accurate way to know when you are ovulating is to chart your signs of fertility. For details on this, read _Taking Charge of Your Fertility_ by Toni Weschler. Charting is also free–you only need one sheet of paper per cycle, plus a few drops of printer ink.

Lizzie asks…

Probably a stupid question but Ovulation kit question?

My husband and I are TTC baby #2 we never had this problem with baby #1 after one try we were preggers, but we have been trying for 4 months now..I know compaired to a lot of people that isn’t long at all, but I would like to get pregnant as soon as possible obviously! So I was thinking of trying a Ovulation Kit, but I have never used one before, is there a certain time of the month you use it or how does it all work? I don’t know if I should go out and buy one today and use it, or is there a certain time of the month that is recommended to use it for better results? Thank you all for your answers I really appreciate it!
My cycle starts the 6th of the month and usually lates 6 days.

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Depending on how long your cycle is determines when to begin using the opk. So say your cycle is normally 30 days, you would start opk cd 13. Then you would test at the same time every day but dont test FMU like HPT for and OPK you want to test between 2pm and 8 pm. Now also unlike hpt you will have a line even before your LH surge because you always have LH in your system but you are going to look for the surge so when your Control line and Test line become the same color. Once you detect your surge you should ovulate within 12-48 hrs. Also there are many sites online that you can find OPK much cheaper than at the store. Also if you are very irregular you would want to take your shortest cycle and start testing according to that so remember you may need more than the 7-10 that would come in a box from the store so Online may be a best option since you can buy many different combinations that will fit you best.
Cycle start
length opk
21 5
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27 10
28 11
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30 13
31 14
32 15
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the link below will take you yo one of the many sites where you can choose how many OPK you would like to purchase.

Nancy asks…

girls i need info..im ttc:) plz help?

my last period was on the 27th of october….wen are my most fertile days and ovulation day? any help? thanxz:] i have a 32 day cycle

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

The standard luteal phase length (amount of time between ovulation and your next cycle day 1) is 14 days. For some women it’s more and some women it is less. You can use this as a guide but it is not very reliable. If your luteal phase is indeed 14 days, then you should have ovulated on or around the 13th of November.

Best way to pinpoint ovulation is through a variety of methods – that way you can cross check them and see if they intersect. You can track your cycle online through websites like fertilityfriend.com and mymonthlycycles.com. Fertilityfriend is nice because you can record your basal body temperature – patterns in your BBT can help you know when ovulation has occurred. Also you can get an ovulation predictor kit which detects the LH surge in your urine….you test every day and when you get a positive test that means you will most likely ovulate in the next 12-72 hours…
Some women have great success with checking their cervical mucus. Clear, stretchy, egg-white discharge occurs around the time of ovulation and is ideal for sperm motility.
Some women can actually feel when ovulation is about to occur or has just occured…it can be a sharp pain or a dull ache in the lower abdomen.

Mary asks…

What cycle day should i start using OPK and a clomid question?

Hiya im on my 2nd month of clomid 50mg days 2-6. Before taking clomid my periods were all over the place between 31-56 days as i have PCOS. The first month i took clomid i ovulated on CD 14 and had a 28 day cycle, which i was over the moon about cant remember having a 28 day cycle before, makes me feel normal lol. Anyway as last month obviously didn’t work this month ive decided to go back to bbt charting and using pre seed but i want to also try using OPKs to make sure im covering all my fertile days.
What cycle day should i start using them from??
Ive seen some people testing twice a day, should i do this to??
Also if i had a 28 day cycle last month while on clomid will it mean im most likely to have another 28 day this month??

Thank you =) x

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Clomid can cause a false positive opk so be sure not to test with one till 3 days after your last pill. Clomid can shorten your cycle, as it induces ovulation, so it is likely that your cycle will be around the same length this month, as long as it induces ovulation for you again this month, which is very likely. It is best to test twice daily, just to be sure you do not miss your surge. Do not use first morning use to test, LH isn’t metabolized in your first urine. Also, if you aren’t already, be sure to take Clomid at about the same time each day. Keep having sex (starting around days 9 0r 10) till your bbt chart confirms ovulation for you.

Lots of luck and baby dust :)

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Lh Surge Day Before Period

Carol asks…

I have a 28-29 day cycle..When should I start using the OPK?

Hello :-)
I just bought 5 ovulation tests.
I’m on CD8, but I wanted to know when I should start testing? My period always lasts 4 days. This time it came on Aug. 19th. Please help me. It’s my first time using them.

Thanks in advance :-)

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Most OPK’s have a chart with them that advises when to start testing.

Remember that most people will ovulate 12-48 hours after the LH surge is detected, most common is 36 hours after the actual surge.

It’s best to have intercourse the day of the LH surge and the two days after. Also consider “insurance” sex for one more day in case you ovulate late. Perfect timing would be to have had intercourse the day before the LH surge as well, but that can be hard to predict for those with an irregular cycle. If you don’t know when you might ovulate, having sex every other day from cycle day 10 through a positive OPK. If you are taking your basal body temperature, you should have sex through the first day of your temp rise to make sure you cover all days (though after the rise is usually too late).

It often takes a number of perfectly timed cycles before pregnancy is achieved. The chances of getting pregnant each cycle varies a bit with age. If you are 20-25, your chance per cycle are about 25%. From there they begin to fall off. At 25-30 your chances are about 20%. At 30-35 they are about 15%. After 35 they may be about 10% per ovulatory cycle, and the chances continue the downward trend.

GOOD LUCK! I hope you get some positive results soon!!! :-)

Linda asks…

Please help me i dont kno whats going on?

I been having a wried cycle for the last 2 months.. my cycle usually started on the 28 day but for some reason it came on 2 times and one month and on the 23 day not the 28,and this time it came on the 30 day of my cycle…plz help i don’t know y it keep doing that and im trying to get pregnant but no success yet so plz help me???

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

I know how frustrating that can be. About 12mths ago my VERY regular 28 day cycle which has been that way since I ever got my period ( I am 23 now) changed and started arriving at day 26 and sometimes I would even spot a few days before that.

For me it was stress. At the time I was very stressed. Its amazing how something in your life can put your hormones out of whack.

Recently (last few mths) they have started slowly becoming more regular and last month found out I was preg with # 1.

Even if your period are slightly out of whack you can still fall pregnant. I recommend getting an ovulator predictor which will test you LH surge to see when your ovulating.

Baby Dust xxxx


Donna asks…

If I have a period does it mean I’ve released an egg?

I’m trying to get pregnant again but have polycystic ovaries, for the last year I’ve finally been having normal ish periods pretty regular, does this mean I am producing eggs?
We lost our first preganancy at 5 weeks, and our second at 23 weeks,, that was just over 5 years ago, and we’ve been trying ever since, but it’s only this last year I’ve had regular periods
I know the reason I miscarried the 23 week one, and yes my cervical mucus is sticky roughly around a couple of weeks after my last period, and my ovaires hurt, but I never know when it will be, we are trying to have more intercourse, and wish every one else trying good luck

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Regular periods do go hand n hand with fertility but it doesn’t always mean you are ovulating. The ways to know if you are ovulating are by your cervical mucus…if it’s wet and slippery and kinda sticky, also you can check your basal temperatures and also many women ovulate around 12-14 days after the first day of their cycle. There are many over the counter ovulation tests that you can take to test the LH surge which tells you around the time that you will be ovulating but they aren’t 100%. I think the best way is the cervical mucus and basal temperature method along with the ovulation testing. When you know the day or about the day of ovulation it’s best to have sex 2-3 days before that to ensure that the egg is fertilized. Have a read on this site too for further information http://www.babycenter.com/0_detecting-ovulation_484.bc
Wish you the best!

Betty asks…

Lots of basal body temperature questions! Please help me. Thanks?

How does basal body temperature taking work? What time a day should i take my temperatures? How should i take my temperatures? When will temperatures stay constant? When should my body temps increase and when should they decrease. I am sorry about all these questions but if my period comes on sunday. Next month i am going to try everything to increase my chances of conceiving. Thanks in advance. Also any helpful tips are welcome.

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

You only take it first thing in the morning–before getting up, talking, moving around, etc.
Use a basal themometer. They are more accurate and often easier to read. Taking your temp orally is the most common method used.
A great chart will have temps staying low before and day of ovulation. Temps rise (suddenly) and stay up until the end of your cycle.

It’s a method to determine if one of your ovaries released an egg. Do not use this method to determine when you are fertile. A lot of women assume they ovulated when the temp elevates but in fact, ovulation occurs 1 to 2 days before the elevation and they end up failing to conceive because they had sex too late.

Charts that show temps going up and down throughout the cycle usually means she isn’t ovulating that month.

I highly recommend using OPK’s. They detect the lh surge that our bodies release 24 to 36 hours before we ovulate. This is the day you especially want to have sex.

Sandra asks…

iv been off the pill for 4 months,and my periods are regular every 28 days how long till i start to realise?

eggs iv been trying to get pregnat for 5 months now

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Just FYI, you CAN get your period and not be ovulating! It’s called an anovulatory cycle.

You ovulate 12-16 days before you start your period, so if you have a 28-day cycle, you’d ovulate anywhere from cycle day 12-16 (cycle day one is the first day of your period, full flow, not just spotting). If you’re ovulating, you should notice some sort of fertile cervical mucus. The most fertile cervical mucus looks like egg-white. You can also be fertile when you get cervical mucus that is creamy, milky, or lotion-like. You can buy ovulation predictor kits and you should start using them by cycle day 10 so you don’t miss ovulation (there are typically at least 5 in a package). They work just like pregnancy tests, but test for a LH surge instead of the pg. Hormone. When you get a positive result, you are ovulating and at your most fertile. (*If you determine when you’re ovulating one cycle, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll ovulate at the same time next cycle (you could ovulate on cycle day 14 this cycle and day 16 next cycle))

You can also have sex every other day starting around day 8-10 of your cycle at least until cycle day 16-18 to ensure you don’t miss ovulation on either end, and that should ensure that there’s enough sperm around when you ovulate since sperm lives about 3-5 days. If you know exactly when you’re ovulating and your partner has a good sperm count, it’s advised to have sex as much as possible when you’re ovulating to help ensure conception.

Don’t stress out too much (easy for me to say, I know!) because that can make it that much harder to conceive. It takes about 3-6 months for your hormones to regulate after getting off the pill. It’s usually advised to see your dr. If you’re not pregnant within a year of when you start trying. The book “Taking Charge of Your Fertility” is a REALLY good book that covers everything you could ever want to know about fertility.

Good luck!

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