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Ovulation Signs

Jenny asks…

What are the signs of ovulation?

Right now, I have the unbreakable cervix mucuos and cramping on the right side. I know this is probably ovulation but are there any other surefire signs?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Check out my monthlycycle.com they have tracking calanders and other things that are really helpfull if you are attempting to get pregnant.

Lizzie asks…

Help me interpret these ovulation signs?

I typically ovulate like clockwork according to Ovulation Prediction Kits and my period.

This month, I barely got a change (from faint to darker faint, but still not as strong as the test line) in the OPK test.

I think I have good CM today. Am I ovulating?

How do I interpret the OPK result?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Some months I got a true positive and some months I didn’t. In Feb I did not get a true positive. I did however get a dark line but not as dark as the control line. For me when it take 8 minutes for a faint line to pop up I counted that as negative. In Feb it popped up very fast but never got as dark as the control line. I counted that as my positive. I tested twice a day to be sure I wasn’t missing my surge as for me it doesn’t last long. A lot of women told me that I didnt Ovulate caseu the line was not as dark, but obviously I did because I am 5 weeks pregnant. If you have fertile cervical fluid and the line came up quicker than normal I would say yes you are ovulating. Keep in mind that everyone is different, and you should start charting your temp. It will help you track your cycle so you have a better idea of what is going on. Good Luck

Sandy asks…

For you ladies ttc and it was success what was some of your ovulation signs and pregnancy symptoms?

And how early did they start? im 2 dpo and ttc i know exactly when i ovulate each month because of opks but i dont know how it feels been kinda feeling strange sleepy,headaches,stomach and sides hurting breast sore i think its too early to be having symptoms but idk..

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

I kept a sort of journal while TTC and here’s some of my notes from when I got my BFP (I just copied and pasted so the writing is from in the moment):

Dec 09-Dec 14: AF
Dec 24: O day

Dec 27-3dpo: Started getting cramps in the p.m.
Dec 29-5dpo: Slept for 10 hours last night and still tired this morning. Was super hungry even after eating but it’s normal for me to have an increased appetite after O until AF. Also had a really stuffy nose when I woke up but went away after I got moving around so I’ll attribute that to poor circulation or something. Had heartburn all day too.
Dec 30-6dpo: Nausea and dizziness while grocery shopping. Laid down to take a nap at 3pm didn’t wake up till midnight.
Jan 01-8dpo: No sore boobs yet and I checked last cycle and I got sore boobs at CD 22/7 DPO so it’s possible they’re still show up. But I’ll take it as a good sign that they haven’t yet
Jan 02-9dpo: Sore boobs on and off and only sore on top instead of the usual underarm area. Last night I went to bed at 5:30pm woke up at 5:00am this morning then took a nap from 8am-10am and now it’s 5:40pm and I could honestly sleep till tomorrow again!
Jan 03-10dpo: Mild AF like cramps on and off; not painful.
Jan 04-11dpo: BFP!!!!! @ 2:30pm

Donna asks…

Should i go by physical signs of ovulation or ovulation Calender? who else is 5dpo?

My last cycle was 33 days,but it varys ive had 27,29,32 day cycles.
Im on CD 21 (5 dpo according to fertility friend)

CD 10 i had physical signs of ovulation, very bad cramps,back pain and little ewcm.
so if i go by this i would actually be 11 dpo.

Should i just go by the calender so i dont drive myself crazy?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

I would personally go by what your body is telling you. FertilityFriend has me 5dpo, but I think I’m actually about 6. I had the most ewcm mucus, sho cervix and felt a little pain in my right side. The way I look at it is that no way can a computer be 100% correct, it’s just going by statistics. But, I’m only a day off compared to you being a little more.

Trying to conceive can drive us all crazy!

Good luck!

Helen asks…

Vaginal Discharge After Ovulation and signs of pregnancy?

Vaginal Discharge After Ovulation?
I ovulated around May 12th or 13th, and I noticed today and yesterday I had excess vaginal discharge. It is clear and wet(sorry TMI). It isn’t an infection either. Is this normal or what could it be?

And when did everyone start showing signs of pregnancy?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Your discharge sounds like EWCM (egg white cervical mucous), EWCM usually indicates ovulation.

Generally pregnancy symptoms don’t appear til around the 6th week.

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How Long Is A Normal Lh Surge

Sandy asks…

Repost: Could you please take a look at my chart and let me know what you think?

Hey ladies,
I posted a question yesterday because my temp dropped below the coverline. I am however confused again! It has now gone back up so im not sure if i actually ovulated yesterday or maybe it was implantation dip?, This is my first month charting on FF so im just trying to understand my cycle and would REALLY appreciate some advice!
Im still having really watery CM so i really don’t know what to think.
Could you take a look at my chart and let me know what you think, FF thinks i have ovulated but im not sure, i also used OPK’s this month and have not got a positive =/ I don’t seem to get a positive on anything!
Also I have NEVER been able to feel my cervix but i can reach it with ease now, can this be a sign of ovulation or what?
Please help me Ladies im going out of my mind, worrying that i have not ovulated =[
Here’s my chart:


Thanks again, Good luck to everyone .x
Oh thats odd =/
Hope this one works;

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:


I wouldn’t worry too much about your fluctuating temperatures so long FF says that its within normal limits.

I had a triphasic chart, where it dipped and then temps increased again and it turned out that I was pregnant.

I used OPKs and never got a positive either! I always seemed to miss the LH surge. Did them during my last cycle – all negative and turns out I’m pregnant.

So lots of luck and baby dust to you xx

Linda asks…

I ovulated on day 12 of my cycle (normal) and had unprotected sex day 8 of my cycle.?

What are my chances of being pregnant? Any thoughts… any real stories out there like mine??

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Did you ovulate or did you have an LH surge on day 12? What are you basing the day you ovulated by? BBT charting? Ovulation test kit? Website that says you should have? If you ovulated on day 12 and had sex on day 8, there is a very slim possibility that some sperm lived long enough to be there to greet your egg. That’s a very slim chance, at that. Plus, not everyone becomes pregnant even though they ovulate and have sex. If you are trying to conceive, it’s better to have sex 1-2 days prior to ovulation and during ovulation as well. If you are worried you are pregnant, then only time will tell, but yes there is a slim chance that you could be. The only way to be 100% sure you are not pregnant, is to not have had sex to begin with.

Laura asks…

OVULATION TESTS?????? plz help?

What does it mean when you get 3 positive ovulation tests && 2 negative in the same day could it be that it detected it for a short amount of time only? or is it suppose to be positive for longer time??

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Why in the hell are you taking 5 tests in one day? Two is normal, you’re just wasting them. And by positive, you mean that both lines are equally as dark, right? Just because there are two lines doesn’t mean they are positive. Sorry if you already knew that, just some people get it confused.

Sometimes people just don’t get positives all day, especially if the LH surge has started to lower itself. It’s possible that you could have had positives a couple days ago and just now the LH surge is going away, or that you just had a small surge. Either way, I would have sex. Good luck!

Lisa asks…

Clearblue Ovulation Kit says 48 hours are most fertile, but doesnt sperm need 2-3 days to build up??

Help. I am confused about something. The clearblue ovulation kit says when the LH surge is detected your most fertile days are the next 48 hours.
Can one have sex two days in a row without weakening the sperm? It goes against other stuff I have read about spacing out intercourse every 48 hours so that the sperm gets a chance to build numbers.
My hubby and I TTC a couple of days ago too, which would make things even more confusing for me now.
Anyone out there with some info on this pls help, thanks!

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

If the man has borderline or low sperm count then only have sex every other day. If his counts are high then every day for a few days is ok. If he goes longer than 5 days without ejaculation it is bad because the sperm start dying off. Have sex every other day and when you see your LH surge have sex every day if hubby is normal.

Mandy asks…

I am so confused- I am cd 9 of a 33 day cycle and today noticed EWCM.. Could this be something else??

Im definitley not pregnant and according to opk usually have lh surge on cd 20

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Seems very early, but perhaps you’re having a short cycle this month. I ovulated on CD9 every other month so that would be normal for me, but then again, my cycles are 24 days long :) Yes I would BD for the next few days to be sure, but also make a careful note of the CM pattern for your chart, not least so that if it happens again you’ll be less worried! Some women get EWCM at very strange times in their cycles, and this is a normal result of estrogen fluctuation. Check out the Chart Gallery at fertilityfriend.com; do a search for charts with EWCM at different times in the cycle and you’ll see that this is common. Good luck!

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Lh Surge After Ovulation Pregnant

Donna asks…

How does Hypothyroidism negatively affect a woman’s chances of getting pregnant?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

It can affect your ovulation (anovulation,no ovulation), irregular periods.With no egg to fertilize, conception is impossible

Thyroid dysfunction can halt ovulation by upsetting the balance of the body’s natural reproductive hormones. One way to tell if you’re ovulating is to test the level of a pituitary hormone called LH (or luteinizing hormone) by using an ovulation predictor kit. LH stimulates the ovaries to release an egg. The kit will show you if you have that surge in LH that indicates ovulation. If there is too much or too little thyroid hormone, ovulation might not occur. Remember…even though you may be menstruating regularly, you may not be ovulating – and may never know that fact until after years of infertility

hope this helps.. Good Luck

Mandy asks…

Does this mean I could still get pregnant?

If I was on my first month of birth control pills and on the 13th day tested positive on an ovulation test, does that mean I could still get pregnant and the pill isn’t working? Or is it normal to get an LH surge (test positive on an ovulation test) without ending up ovulating?
Ellie – but the last week are sugar pills right? so what difference does it make to take them or not?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

They suggest to use other contraceptions you’re first 3 months of using birth control ..
My doctor told me it takes about 3 months for you’re body to be used to it.

Helen asks…

Will the LH hormone still be secreted while on Birth Control Pills?

I’m getting on the pill to regulate my periods, but would still like to get the hang of this whole OPK thing. Figure practicing then would be ok.


Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

I don’t think so. Since the pill fools your body into being pregnant I don’t think your body goes through the rythm of hormones that lead to ovulation, including LH surge. Good luck!!!

Mary asks…

When is the biggest chance/days of me getting pregnant?

i have a 25 day cycle. How many days after i started my period would i ovulate and when would that egg die?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Given a normal 14 day luteal phase, you could backwards that many days to determine when you would ovulate. You would also buy OPKs and start them on CD7 (cycle day 7 with CD being the first day of your period) in the afternoons to determine when you have you LH surge. Ovulation may occur 12-48 hours following the surge. An egg only survives about 12 hours if not fertilized.

Linda asks…

If i have pcos, and got a smiley face on the digital clearblue ovulation test, how acurate is that?

should i trust it or is it a false positive?

Also, If i got a smiley face yesterday and had sex twice the day of the smiley face what is the chance of me getting pregnant? because im not able to do it today or tomorrow because i am out of town.

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Hard to say, false positives are common in women who have PCOS.

Keep testing for a few days. If the tests don’t stay positive for more than three days, I would assume it’s a real LH surge (prompting ovulation) instead of the result of constantly elevated LH levels (blocking ovulation).

Sex on the day of the smiley face is perfect. If it was not a false positive that gives you about 20% chance of conceiving.

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Lh Surge Negative Pregnant

Donna asks…

EWCM but Negative OPK?

Why is this? If I have EWCM, shouldn’t I get a positive OPK? I’ve been testing daily and still haven’t had a positive OPK. Should I assume that I’m about to ovulate?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

How do Ovulation Predictor Kits Work?

Depending on which ovulation predictor kit you buy, most of them will detect an LH surge 24 to 36 hours before ovulation occurs with a darker line than the sample line on the test stick.

A line that is lighter than the sample line indicates that you are not within 24 to 36 hours of ovulation.

How do I use the Ovulation Predictor Kits?

You will need to read the instructions on the box for details on how to use the specific type of ovulation predictor kit that you bought.

Generally, you urinate directly on the test stick and then wait about 5 minutes for the results. One line will be the test line (sample line to go by) and one line will indicate whether you are near ovulation. Most OPK’s will detect within 24 to 36 hours of ovulation (LH surge).

The line will be either lighter or darker than the test line. If the line is lighter, you are not within 24 to 36 hours of ovulation and may need to retest in a couple of days. If the line is darker, you are ovulating, near ovulation or ovulation has already occurred.

How to increase your chances of pinpointing ovulation with ovulation predictor kits:

To increase your chances of conceiving while using the ovulation predictor kits, you should try to use other methods of finding your ovulation times along with the ovulation predictor kit. This way you will have two methods to rely on and it may reduce the costs of buying ovulation predictor kits.

Some of the other methods that you should try to use in conjunction with ovulation predictor kits are the CM (cervical mucus) method, temperature method, and/or the Tes Tape method.

I recommend using the CM method along with ovulation predictor kits. I have found it difficult to use the temperature method and the tes tape method is a little more expensive now than when I used it.

Using the CM method along with Ovulation Predictor Kits:

You will first need to read the information on the CM Method. Then once you have become familiar with the CM method, you can use it in conjunction with an ovulation predictor kit.

When you begin to notice that your CM is getting clearer and somewhat stretchable, you should use one of the ovulation predictor tests. You should try to use the test before ovulation has occurred. This way when you test again, you can have some margin of days when ovulation may have occurred. Write down everything on your calendar about your CM and the OPK results. Most ovulation predictor kits will read a lighter line than the sample line that you go by when ovulation is not within 24 to 36 hours.

After your CM has became slippery, very stretchable, and resembles an egg-white, use another one of the ovulation predictor tests. This test should read a darker line than the sample line given on the test. This would indicate that you are ovulating now. You should plan to have unprotected

intercourse at this time to increase your chances of becoming pregnant.

**By testing before and after ovulation, you will know the range of days that you more than likely ovulated on. **

Now, you have 3 tests left on your 5-day test kit rather than using an entire kit in a one month period of time. You can use these remaining tests during the next month of testing if you have not already become pregnant.

If the first test you took resulted in a darker line or showed an LH surge already, try to test earlier the next month. You want to try to find the earliest day possible that indicates NO LH surge or indicates ovulation is NOT within 24 to 36 hours.

Carol asks…

am i pregnant?

I definantley ovulated on cd13 bcoz clearblue OPK told me so. I had sex on cd10 cd12 cd13 and cd14. My boobs are very soft but with no pain. Slept the whole day yesterday but then again, i woke up early. My cervical mucus has just increased after 1week of the OPK being positive. After ovulation, no sperm from my partner was coming out of me anymore. Did it all come out? Could i be pregnant? Its been 7days since it came out positive. Had a miscarriage 20days ago at 5 and 1/2 weeks but ovulated like a normal cycle. I know dis bcoz the other times i tested with an OPK, twas negative to my LH surge.

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

You could be. All that you can do is wait though. Wait ATLEAST a week (prefferably two to give the HCG time to build up so you don’t get a false negative) after your missed period to take an HPT.

Lisa asks…

Could I be pregnant?

I have been taking ovulation test for 3 days. The first day it should 1 dark line and a very light other line. The second day only 1 line, and today there is nothing. What could that be.

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Wait, are you testing for ovulation right now or pregnancy? If you are testing for ovulation, the first two tests are negative ovulation results. The dark line you referred to from the first test is the line you want to compare against. The very light line is the level of LH in your urine. That line should be as dark or darker than the other line. Since it was lighter, it’s a negative result.

The second test you only had the one line, so that is also a negative result. The third test you had no lines, which means the test didn’t work, and you should retest (the one line should always show up!).

I would guess that you had your LH surge maybe the day before you started testing, since you at least showed a light line the first day. When you get a positive LH surge ovulation test, it means you will ovulate in the next few days. Also, for ovulation tests, it’s best not to use your first morning urine, but an afternoon urine (and try not to pee or drink a ton of water for at least a few hours before you test).

If you were testing for pregnancy, you should probably use a pregnancy test. Though you CAN use ovulation tests, they are generally not recommended for testing for pregnancy.

Sandy asks…

Positive or Negative HPT?

I took a OPK on Saturday and this is what it looked like!!


Would you say its positive or negative? Its gotten lighter as I tested yesterday and today, and they were both lighter. So I dont know what to think. Let me know.

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

That is an OPK or a HPT?

If it is a HPT, then you’re pregnant. If it is an OPK, then you have not yet had your LH surge if the test line is the one on the left. If the test line is the one on the right, then you had your LH surge and should be fertile.

Jenny asks…

If I got pregnant the first day i ovulate?

If I got pregnant the first day i ovulate then i take ovulation test would it still show I am still ovulting or would it stop showing that I am ovulating

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

You only ovulate one day, the ovulation test picks up the surge in the LH (hormone) this is in your urine before you even ovulate. So conception has no beaing on the ovulation test, the test would show negative after you ovulate.

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Lh Surge Ovulation Timing Chart

Betty asks…

Can you miss your LH surge?

I was just wondering if you can miss your LH surge. You only test once a day is it possible for you to surge before or after you test? I know some women test more than once a day. I’m just starting to try these and I bought the first response tests with 20 in a pack so I just want to be sure I’m doing it right and don’t miss my surge. I am also charting my bbt using fertilityfriend.com for the time so any advice would be great.

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Yes you definitely can miss it. Its best to test at least 2 times a day, once in the morning once at night. I also used FF to track my BBT and i had a hard time seeing ovulation. So i added the OPK and was able to see it. You may end up going through a lot of tests, so a good place to buy them cheap is www.babyhopes.com, they work just as good as the expensive ones. Good luck!

Nancy asks…

charting temprature?

Hi Im new to charting – this will be my 4th month. Each month so far my chart looks very different. On their own they they seem normal as they seem easy enough to read but my cover line is very different each month.
My Luteal Phase also seems to change from anywhere between 10 and 17 days. I’m using Fertility friend online, take my tep at the same time each morning, reset the mercury thermometer each evening (no digital available in South Africa it seems)
I have tried comparing other online charts but cant find any celcius charts on line.
I am using a BBT term and have been cross checking but I not convinced of my interpretation of cervical position or discharge.

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Hmmm. I’m no expert at charting (on my 2nd month), but I do know that your luteal phase is not supposed to change from month to month. Are you doing anything else besides charting to detect ovulation? I would recommend using an ovulation predictor kit or something….just to check and make sure that your temps and your LH surge are lining up. If your OPKs are telling you the same thing that your chart is, I would go see your doctor, because your luteal phase really shouldn’t vary by more than a day.

I’m sorry I can’t give you more detailed answers…..I would get a “2nd opinion” through cervical mucus observation and ovulation predictor kits. Then, I would go see your doctor.

Best of luck!

Lizzie asks…

BBT charting?

What could be the reason I get EWCM and a jump in my temp when charting but I NEVER get a positive OPK? I use the fertile focus scope to check for ovulation. I only get 1 days worth of EWCM. At least from what I’ve noticed. There may be more days but I dont know. This past month I took femara to induce ovulation. I’m still learning how to recognize the signs of EWCM. Any advice? Thanx!

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Some women have a short LH surge (less then 24 hours), So if you are Taking an OPK test once a day every 24 hours you might miss it. You might test at the begining of it right before the surge them test the next day again after it’s over. Some women only have 12 hour surges that is why alot of ppl recomend testing twice a day right around your fertile time. I understand what you are talking about the same thing happend to me. As long as you are seeing the raise in your BBT then you are Ovulating!!

And it’s ok to get only one day of EWCM….some women do. Do you get any of the watery CM, it’s also considered a fertile CM and you can Ovulate with that. I hardly ever get any EWCM…just the watery and that is ok. Don’t worry about it. You should check out www.peeonastick.com….look at there OPK faqs it gives some great examples of a short LH surge.

Hope that helps…I wish you the best!!!

Sandy asks…

Can Someone PLEASE Help Me Understand OPKs and Ovulation?

hubby and I had sex the day BEFORE my opk turned positive, it was negative that day. But isn’t that actually best? I have read it’s best to before you ovulate.
Anyhow, yesterday my opk was positive, but we didn’t have sex GRRRRR!!!!
And this morning positive again WITH cramping……… Is it TOO LATE now to have sex and catch it?
Have we already missed it ? :(

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

The OPK is testing for a surge of a hormone called LH. The LH surge causes ovulation to happen, but LH takes some time to work its magic. So when the OPK turns positive, it’s saying, “Hey! The LH is surging! Ovulation approaching soon!” The OPK can’t actually predict precisely when ovulation will happen, though. Official information suggests that ovulation usually happens a day or two after the LH surge begins, but charting women have seen it happen as quickly as 12 hours later or possibly as late as three days later. It’s even possible, though, to have the LH surge and a positive OPK test but still NOT ovulate sometimes. It’s not a failproof system.

The correct information to take away from a positive OPK is simply this: “I might be ovulating in the near future.” That’s all. No more, no less.

As for odds:

BEST: The absolute best time to have sex for conception (with odds of conception possibly approaching 40% in some cases) is one or two days before ovulation and the day of ovulation itself. If you happen to have sex two or all three of those days, you have the highest possible odds of conception (still under 50% likelihood, though).

STILL GOOD: Having sex three or four days and maybe five days before sex carries odds more around 10% to 20% at the most, meaning about 10% of women who miss those above-mentioned most-fertile days will still conceive. I’m actually currently in that boat. DH and I did the deed four and three days before ovulation, but we missed the most fertile time. (We’re TTC, but we purposely are “taking it easy” and just sticking with our normal sex life instead of worrying about timing sex just right.)

TOO LATE?: No, it’s probably not too late for you. If you had positive OPK yesterday, there’s a good chance you’ll be ovulating today or tomorrow. Sex today would be PERFECT to max out your odds of conception.

Good luck! Hope it all works out for you!

Lisa asks…

question on ovulation?

can u have a positive opk all the time and can that mean ur pregnant

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

That’s a really tricky one. From what I understand about OPKs (and I’ve used them), you get a pos. Right BEFORE you ovulate. It detects an LH surge that happens prior to ovulation. Then, after you ovulate, the LH surge goes away. I would think that since the OPK + is typically before you even ovulate (and therefore before you could possibly be pregnant), that a + OPK wouldn’t have anything to do w/ pregnancy.

In my opinion, and experience, the + OPK might mean your body keeps trying to ovulate but hasn’t yet. I’m not sure, too what you mean by “all the time.” Are you having a + OPK for months/weeks/days at a time. What are we talking here?

Do you have the fertile-quality cervical fluid the whole time you’re getting these + OPKs (typically your fluid dries up after you ovulate).

Do you chart your BBT? It would be interesting to know/see what your temps are doing while this is happening. If you temp, and your temps are above the coverline for 16 days PAST ovulation, then you are most likely pregnant.

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