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Length Of Lh Surge And Ovulation

Sandra asks…

How long does the surge last?

That ovulation tests detect? Is it less than 24 hours? Is that why you have to do the tests at the same time each day?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Ovulation tests detect the LH surge, which can vary in length. I’ve read that it can be anywhere from 10-30 hrs. It is best to test between 11am and 5pm and test at the same time each day, some even recommend testing twice a day. Ovulation occurs 12-48hrs (with 36 being average) after the LH surge. Good luck and baby dust to you!

Helen asks…

What CD do you ovulate? How long is your cycle.?

I have 28 to 30 day cycles. Last month I ovulated on CD 17. Some months it has been CD 15.

What about y’all?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

I have an lh surge between cycle day 9 through 14. I twice ovulated on cycle day 17–once was a clomid cycle and the other was with high levels of fertility injection medication with an IUI. I got pregnant on the clomid one but miscarried at 5.6 weeks. Usually I ovulate between cycle days 12-13. The funny thing is that my past two healthy pregnancies were from ovulating on day 11.
Ovulation fluctuates from month to month for most women. Women often believe regular cycles means ovulating on the same cycle day month after month but in fact means its so out of range that it’s hard to predict–example–cycle length of 23 days then 45 days then 32 days then 51 days. But being between 28 to 30 days is normal as if ovulating a few days later than usual.

Jenny asks…

Are ovulation kits allways right?

My las period was on 18th january and i have been doing an ovulation test every day since monday but the line has been fainter every day. My husband and i have been having sex every day since monday is there any chance i could still get pregnant?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

They accurately measure LH at the time that you take them, and you will not ovulate without an LH surge. That said, there are many problems associated with OPKs.

First, some women have surges that last less than 24 hours. If your surge happens to start right after you take a test one day and you don’t test again until the same time the following day, you could miss your surge altogether. Second, LH is much lower in the morning, so if you’ve been testing then, its no wonder you’ve gotten all negatives. Third, if you are very well hydrated, your results on an OPK will be less dramatic.

Fourth, it may be that you are going to ovulate but haven’t done so yet. Depending on the length of your cycles, you may always ovulate late, and it may not be a big deal. Or it could be that ovulation this cycle was delayed by the stress of trying to conceive or for some other reason. Or you could have a short luteal phase; this is a problem for conceiving but it is pretty easy to fix if you talk to a doctor about it.

Finally, it may be that you are not going to ovulate this cycle. That doesn’t necessarily mean that you never ovulate, though.

A nice cheap way to tell if/when you ovulate is charting your basal body temperature and/or cervical signs.

Good luck.

Betty asks…

Which days are my fertile days if my shortest cycle is 30 days and my longest is 36?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

I suggest you try using the Clear Blue Easy digital OPK sticks. They are very easy to use. Depending on the length of your cycle, it will give you days for you to begin testing. They are sticks that you pee on & will help determine your LH (lutenizing hormone) surge prior to ovulation. It is either a O or a smiley:) when there is a positive. You than have 24-36 hours to increase your chances on becoming pregnant.


Mary asks…

Ovulation tests…do they work?

I have been using ovulation sticks for the past two months and have not tested positive yet, although I know I am ovulating because my BBT spikes. Has this happened to anyone else?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

On what day of my cycle should I start testing?

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What time of day should I test?

The best time to test is 2 p.m., or as close as possible. Anytime between noon and 8 p.m. Is fine, first morning urine is not recommended. The reason for this is that most women experience a surge in the morning, but it can take 4 hours for it to show up in your urine.

Make sure to test at about the same time every day.

I have a long cycle, how many days will I have to test?

It varies. The best thing to do is figure out the length of your shortest cycle in the past six months, and begin testing on the day mentioned in the chart above

How long after my LH surge should I ovulate?

Most people will ovulate 12-48 hours after the LH surge is detected, most common is 36 hours after the actual surge. One should get a bit more notice, 24-48 hours, by testing in the afternoon.

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Ovulation Period

Susan asks…

How can a Woman know when she’s in her ovulation period?

Is Ovulation before or after mestraution period, plz tell me the signs to note during ovulation. Be specific please.

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

There are many ways to tells when your ovulating, as long as you have regular cycles. Here is a good site…

Sandy asks…

Does sex after ovulation period affect the implatation of the fertilised egg?

A friend of mine told me that after haveing sex during the ovulation period, that the woman should keep off from having sex during the post ovulation period to enable the egg implant properly. is sex harmful to the implantation of the egg?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Check with a doctor


Nancy asks…

How many of you ovulate outside of general ovulation period?

how many of you have ovulated outside of the general ovulation period (16 days before the first day of your next cycle)? and how far into yoru cycle was it?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

My periods are irregular. I get them between 3wks and 8wks. However, I always ovulate around 14 days before my period is due. I figured this out by learning about vaginal mucus. When its sticky, stringy and clear, like jelly, they call this egg white mucus, because it looks like raw egg white – that’s when you’re ovulating. I also learned to check my cervix, when it’s low and soft – ovulating. Check out http://www.fertilityfriend.com/ their online course is really helpful, especially if you’re irregular.

Mandy asks…

Could I get pregnant within my ovulation period?

Hello Everyone. My husband ejaculated inside of me on Nov. 12th. My ovulation period is from the 12th to the 17th. My highest day of ovulation is on the 15th, and have not had sex. Could I become pregnant from the previous day? Or does it not count?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

It’s conceivable, pun intended. Sperm, especially XY sperm, can live inside your body for up to a week. Therefore, it’s possible that any lingering sperm were hanging around, waiting to greet your newly ovulated egg and get some conception on. Best of luck to you!

Jenny asks…

When trying to conceive but unsure of ovulation period?

Is it necessary to do it during the ovulation period or can you get pregnant outside of that window as well.

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Ovulation occurs around 14 days *before* your next period, immaterial of how long or short your cycle is.

Sex 18 days before a period for 7 days should cover ovulation giving a 20-25% chance of pregnancy per month,

Outside of this time frame the chances of pregnancy are slim to zero.
You’ll more than likely get answers saying you can get pregnant any time of your cycle, their WRONG.

Research “Luteal Phase”, this will prove it to you.

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How Long Is A Normal Lh Surge

Sharon asks…

Am i irregular .?

is regular exactly every 28 days (2 weeks) for everybody?

mine is in the range from 21-34 days… is that ok? i read online a long while ago it’s still normal.. but earlier 21 days is not good.. it said 22-35… one time it was 21.. i usually can count on it coming these days: 27th usually, rarely on the 28th, a few times on the 29th maybe… recently had one on the 30th.. second most is on the 31st or 34th. sometimes on the 33rd. is that irregular? or should i not worry because now i’m confused on how to track my ovulation.. i got 8 tests.. but i don’t know if i should test early or late.. i will test for sure days 12 and 14 and around those dates.. you must test every day in a row right?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

You def. Have a wide range of ovulation days!
I suggest to begin using the OPK sticks around the time you usually ovulate around. Now, I use the Clear Blue Easy sticks…very easy to use. I use them every day until I get a high LH surge(smiley face). Than you are to stop using the sticks. Since you have a few tests…begin to test them same time each day (yes, in a row) until you get a LH surge…your most fertile time to conceive.

Best of luck to you!

Sandra asks…

when did i ovulate??


i think i did on day 16 but i had cramps on day 17 and 18 with +OPK as well. my temps rose but how am i getting +OPK after ovulation????? what do u think????? thanks

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Its normal to get positive ovulation tests after your initial LH surge that is why your supposed to stop taking them after you get your first positive. I would say you definitely ovulated on cd17. Your coverline should be somewhere around or right at 97.4. FF should give you your crosshairs in like 2 days as long as your temps stay at or above 97.4. Hope I am of some help. Good luck this cycle!!

Betty asks…

Ovulating too late?!?

Okay, so I’m a little confused on how to calculate the length of my luteal phase.
This month I have used ovulation strips and had a faint line for several days and finally on CD17 I got a solid line as dark as the control line. Does that mean I ovulated on that day?! Or not until 24-48hrs later?
I have a 29 day cycle, & I am worried I ovulate too late to conceive :(

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Typically you ovulate 12-36 hours after your LH surge starts. You can’t be too sure of when your surge started unless you were testing like 6 times a day or something. But the most typical pattern is simply to ovulate the next day after a positive test. So we can assume reasonably that you may have ovulated on CD18.

All we actually know is that THIS cycle you MAY have ovulated on CD18. This one cycle can’t be used as a sure example of all your other cycles, and this one cycle isn’t even over yet, so there’s no telling how long it will turn out to be. So really, everything should be taken with a grain of salt at this point.

Now, if you ovulate on CD18 of a 29 day cycle, it would mean you have an 11 day luteal phase (LP). The luteal phase is the portion of your cycle after ovulation where your body waits for an embryo to implant. A healthy LP should allow for the fact the embryos typically implant between 6-12 days after ovulation (dpo). While an 11-day LP is not strictly a luteal phase defect (usually diagnosed at 10 days or less), it is also not considered a healthy, full-length LP. It would be considered borderline by some doctors, a sort of “investigate IF there is a problem conceiving” kind of thing. In a very real sense, what really matters is the condition of the uterine lining when the blastocyst arrives to implant. If the lining is already beginning to deteriorate as progesterone drops and the period approaches, then implantation may be thwarted. But since it can take such a varying amount of time for implantation, shorter LPs are not always a problem. For example, if you have an 11-day LP but an embryo is trying to implant at 8dpo, you’re probably fine.

So the long and short is this:
1) You don’t really know anything for sure except that you’re ovulating around CD18 this cycle. (And even that isn’t 100% sure since OPK tests can’t confirm whether ovulation actually happens.) This might be later than normal for you, and you might still have a 12-16 day LP following this ovulation, which would be considered perfectly normal and average.
2) Even if you do indeed have an 11-day LP, it’s not an automatic problem.

I know it can be confusing to get conflicting answers from people who sound like they know what they’re talking about, so here’s my response to the other comments so far:

Re: TriHarder’s response:
It is true that ovulating later is not generally consider “too late.” For example, I ovulate on CD20 or later most of the time, and that has never been a fertility issue for me. I got pregnant with my son quickly and easily. So just ovulating later on doesn’t matter, it’s true.
However, she doesn’t seem to be aware of the very real existence of luteal phase defects. I have a 34-ish day cycle on average. My period does generally follow ovulation by roughly 2 weeks, but it’s not exact. And I have had a few cycles (when my body was getting back to its normal rhythm postpartum) where I had a too-short LP of just 9 days. And I even have documentation of this fact in my charts below. LPs really can be too short to conceive sometimes. I’ve seen some as short as 7-8 days in the forums on that website too.

Re: Erin’s response:
While her information about luteal phase defect is more on-point, that stuff about Clomid is HIGHLY IRRESPONSIBLE of her to share. Seriously? Telling someone else to go get a certain drug just because they work for you? Blood thinners are required for me when I’m pregnant, but you don’t see me telling everyone else they need to get some for their pregnancies. Especially the comments about just getting it from an online pharmacy and going around doctors. There are MANY causes of fertility issues. Luteal phase defects are not the only one, and even if you were affected by this, Clomid is not always the best treatment option. In fact, Clomid can start to function just like birth control if used too often or not in strict control. It’s just ridiculously irresponsible to suggest that this one drug is needed just because of the information you’ve provided.

In the end, the best thing for you to do is just to keep waiting and tracking your cycles a bit longer to see what your LP length is over a few different cycles. And hopefully, while you’re waiting, you’ll fall pregnant and forget about all this concern anyway. ;)

Maria asks…

No period as of yet…. When shall I test?

Morning ladies,

Im slightly confused and would like to ask for your opinion on when I could do a pregnancy test…

Well today im on CD34. I suffer with irregular cycles, however since Ive been charting (over 18months now) my longest cycle has been 32 days.


This is my first month using the clear blue fertility monitor. On CD18 I finally got a high, CD 20 I had some red scanty spotting (very very little). However when I analysed my chart last night on previous months where I have also had the spotting, exactly 12 days after the spotting my period arrived. So Im assuming that this spotting is to do with ovulation. (although I cant guarantee it).

Well my high on my clearblue fertility monitor lasted 7 days although 2 days were missed as I forgot the monitor when i went away for the weekend. My last high was 8 days ago.

However I have NO pregnancy symptoms what so ever but just so much discharge (sorry tmi) that varies in colour. Its very thick, stretchy and can be clear or a caramel colour and Im abit crampy. and I haven’t experienced any of my normal pre menstrual spotting yet either.

So shall I test tomorrow morning or do you still think its too early?

Thanks girls xxx

P.S I have probably jinxed this period will arrive in the next few hours!! haha

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

With a clear blue monitor it can take a few cycles for it to get to know your body. It tests for estrogen and LH surges, and will give you a high result when it thinks either are surging. Now different peoples levels during a surge vary, so it can take a few cycles for the monitor to adjust to your body/hormone levels and narrow down your fertile range. But although for the first few months its not always accurate at telling you the start of your fertile period, ovulation normally occurs on the last high day (the last day of your LH surge). So that would mean you’re only 7-8DPO now, meaning it’s still too early to start testing, and too early to have any symptoms.

Wait another 5-7 days, then test.

Good luck.

Sandy asks…

I’ve Gotten My Period Back, (After Depo Provera), But Why Can’t I Get Pregnant?

I had (2) Depo Provera shots last year. I decided it did awful things to my body and STOPPED immediately after the 2nd shot; (I just never went back for the 3rd shot in August). I consulted with my OBGYN and asked how long before my cycle starts back regularly, and she gave me the whole spill on how it could take up to 18 mos to return to regular. After waiting for 5 months, my period returned in Dec 2009. I have had a regular period since (which is 3 periods to date). All regular, on time, and expected.

I have monitored my ovulation dates closely and taken many tests to track it. According to the home tests, I did not ovulate even (1) day in between cycles ?!? My husband and I are trying for a baby, so I am really getting frustrated with this whole process. Has anyone had the same or similar experience? If so, what worked, helped, or what did you try (from a medical aspect), to conceive?

Would really like to know if my only option is to return to the doctor and get more medicine to fix this issue???? :(

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Unlike the pill, the shot can delay your cycle returning to normal. It may take several more months for ovulation to return. Now is a good time to start taking your basal body temp. There can be a lead up to ovulation that can cause cervical mucus, an LH surge, but only temping will tell you if you actually ovulated.

Read Taking Charge of Your Fertility or check out fertilityfriend.com

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Lh Surge And Ovulation Pain

Helen asks…

TTC # 1…what do you think my chances are?

For the first several months of trying I just tried to listen to my body…this month I used an OPK…this morning I got a positive LH surge…had intercourse this afternoon…and have had a sharp crampy (ovulation) pain on my right side all evening…so are my chances good? And should we have intercourse again tomorrow?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

When you get a positive LH surge on an OPK, you’re going to ovulate within the next 12-24 hours. I’d suggest have sex for the next 2-3 days. Good luck. =]

Mandy asks…

Could anyone tell me any useful info about routine/treatment about ovarian cysts?

I am a 23-year old female. I just found out today that a have a fairly large cyst on my right ovary. The doctor said people get them all the time and not to be too alarmed. I will be seeing a gynecologist soon. Until then, does anyone know what usual steps are taken concerning ovarian cysts? Pain? Sympoms? Procedures?etc…Thanks!

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Ovarian cysts are products of failed or disordered ovulation.
The cyst may simply collapse and disappear after a month or two, or it may persist and increase in size and discomfort during succeeding months. With each succeeding month’s surge of LH, the cyst swells and stretches the surface membrane, causing pain and possible bleeding at the site. Some cysts may become as large as a golf ball or lemon before discovery.

Don’t let your doctor bully you into birth control pills or surgery. I had my left ovary removed due to a cyst 3 years ago, and I wish I could go back and treat it differently, now that I know better!!

An alternative treatment for ovarian cysts is natural progesterone. The signaling mechanism that shuts off ovulation in one ovary each cycle is the production of progesterone in the other . If sufficient natural progesterone is supplemented prior to ovulation, LH levels are inhibited and both ovaries think the other one has ovulated, so regular ovulation does not occur. Similarly, the high estriol and progesterone levels throughout pregnancy successfully inhibit ovarian activity for nine months.

Therefore, adding natural progesterone from day 10 to day 26 of the cycle suppresses LH and it’s luteinizing effects. Thus the ovarian cyst will not be stimulated and, in the passage of one or two such monthly cycles, will very likely shrink and disappear without further treatment.

Jenny asks…

gsce Biology – question on hormones in the menstrual cycle and such?

Firstly is this correct?
LH – ripens egg
FSH – makes oestrogen get produced
Oestrogen- builds up lining
Progesterone- maintains uterus lining

How does the contraceptive pill regulate the cycle to every 28 days?

What problems can arise from using fertility drugs ?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

The hypothalamus is a part of the brain that regulates various body functions, triggers certain behavioral responses and produces hormones. One in particular, GnRH, increases when estrogen levels are low and this tells the anterior pituitary gland to release LH and FSH into the blood stream.

The rising level of these two hormones stimulates the follicle in the ovary to grow and the ovary itself releases estrogen and progesterone, which in turn causes the lining of the uterus to thicken in preparation of receiving and nourishing a fertilized egg.

The hypothalamus responds to the rise in estrogen by causing the pituitary to release a surge of LH, which causes the follicle to swell, weakens its wall and results in the egg bursting out and heading down the fallopian tube. The follicle cells that remain become the corpus luteum, which secretes progesterone and estrogen for about twelve days to continue thickening the endometrium.

If a fertilized egg is not received, the corpus luteum disintegrates causing the hormone levels (responsible for maintaining the uterine lining) to drop. The endometrium breaks down and results in menstruation. This begins the cycle anew.

If pregnancy does occur, HCG secreted by the newly implanted blastocyst stimulates the corpus luteum to continue producing estrogen and progesterone, preventing the endometrium from breaking down (as it is now needed to nurture and protect the pregnancy).

The most commonly used birth control pills contain a combination of estrogen and progestin. They interrupt the menstrual cycle by maintaining consistent levels of hormones throughout the month. LH and FSH are suppressed. No spike in LH means there is no spike of estrogen to trigger ovulation. When the placebo birth control pills are taken, normally for a week, estrogen and progesterone levels lower and menstruation occurs. Birth control pills also cause thickening of cervical mucus and changes in the uterine lining, making it less hospitable for implantation.

Fertility drugs….can cause unpleasant side effects like nausea, mood swings, hot flashes, headaches and blurred vision. There is an increased risk for conceiving multiples and developing ovarian cysts. Occasionally, women will wind up with Ovarian Hyper-stimulation Syndrome (OHSS) which causes the ovaries to swell and can cause severe pain in the pelvis, abdomen and chest. Others include nausea, vomiting, weight gain and difficulty breathing.

Sandra asks…

someone tell me what they think please??!!?

how long does ovulation pain stay?? I know my ovaries are working double time b/c I am on Clomid. I had my LH Surge on Tuesday, started having ovary pain tues night, really bad yesterday, and then still both are very tender today.. We are TTC.. so we did the BD ‘ing.. just wondering how long it stays.. and if we did conceive wouldnt it stop all together??

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Youre OK, just maybe be a bit hyper-stimmed. Whenever you take a fertility med it can make your ovaries work overtime causing them to swell up. If you made more than one egg (which with Clomid is more than likely…lots of twins born due to Clomid!) than your ovaries are working that much harder. Take it from me, who had IVF and made 19…thats right 19 eggs, drink some gatorade. That will help your fluids, just give your ovaries time to “deflate”. I do hope you are being monitored closely however by your doctor so you dont make too many eggs! Just take it easy for now and gatorade helps. If the pain continues or if you develop a fever contact your doctor!
Oh, and you only actually “ovulate” as in release an egg which would cause the pain for about 12 hours thats it. The extended pain has to be from a bit of hyper-stimulation.
Good luck and Baby dust to you!!!I

Carol asks…

How does ovulation feel?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

For the majority of women there is no “feeling”.. That’s why TTC can be complicated..

However see the following:

Increase in cervical fluid.When you are ovulating, your body increases the amount of cervical fluid. Many women just notice that towards the middle of their cycle they are a bit more moist. This can make sex easier because you usually don’t require lubrication from outside sources. Women also report feeling more sexually attractive and attracted to their mate.

2.Your cervix moves forward.You can easily check the position of your own cervix. Simply wash your hands and stick a finger or two inside your vagina and feel the cervix. When you are not fertile you will notice that your cervix is harder and not open. Your cervix will feel about the consistency of the end of your nose. When you ovulate the cervix is easier to reach, a bit softer and slightly open to receive sperm. At this point your cervix may feel more like your ear lobe.

3.One sided pain during ovulation.This is called mittleschmerz or middle pain. This is an achy feeling arising from the ovary just prior to or during ovulation. Not every woman notices this pain. But if you do experience it is a good clue that you have ovulated.

4.Your basal body temperature shifts. If you are tracking your basal body temperatures you can see where your temperatures shift downwards then suddenly spike upwards. This is also an indication of ovulation. This requires that you take your temperature on a daily basis.

5.You have an LH surge.This one requires testing with ovulation prediction kits (OPK). This involves spending money to purchase test kits that measure the amount of LH in your urine.

Best of luck.

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Had Sex 18 Hours Before Ovulation

Sharon asks…

Hw do i know my ovulation days?

So I can calculate my luteal days

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Your “Luteal phase ” won’t vary by more than 24 hours. Ovulation generally occurs between 12 and 16 days prior to your next period.

Sex 18 days before your period is due everyday for 6 days should cover ovulation giving you a 20-25% chance per cycle,
Very best of luck.

Linda asks…

Can this be my ovulation day?

I’ve been usuing ovk for about 6 months and they all are positive 17 days after the first day of my cycle which if 28 days(so you dont always ovulate 14 days after the first day of you cycle like they say us women with a normal cycle do).. So now that I have gained this imformation I went back to my ovulation/period calculator where I can note the days I’ve had sex and I learned that I’ve had sex every single day except on the day after my first positive ovk every single month except this month so my fingers are crossed. What do you ladies think? This month I had sex I believe a day or 2 before I got my positive and 14(12-1 am), 24(10 am) and 25(11am) hours after I got my positive which was day 18.

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

I tell women daily ovulation generally occurs between 12 & 16 days *before* their next period immaterial of cycle length…!

Sex just prior to ovulation (as sperm can survive between 3-5 days in EWCM) gives a 20% chance per cycle.
Very best of luck if you get to test the end of next week.

Betty asks…

question on ovulation?

so i been reading some these questions and answers posted on the trying to concieve. now to get pregant when you ovulate do you have to have sex that day or day before or someone said exact hour that you ovulate.how is that possiible,if you don’t know exact hour.

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

We use a fertility monitor- spendy ($150) but very worth it. It starts your testing about day 9-18. During this time it will tell you when your estrogen rises & then when your gonna ovulate. You will also notice that when it says your gonna ovulate, you have a lot of clear sticky fluid coming out. As soon as your estrogen rises, your supposed to have sex every other day for basically a week and a half until you’ve ovulated. This way his sperm stays at it’s highest levels of build up without being in there too long.
70% of couples concieve in the 1 st year. Of the other 30%, 70% of them concieve in the 2nd year, and so the list goes. I ended up in the second year & we are trying again & it’s looking like the second year or later again. We have had some tests done though. We found that my husbands sperm count is low & that problem isn’t really fixable, it just takes time. More men have this problem that we all realize so you might want you have yours tested too. There’s no way to know the exact hour of ovulation, but some people can feel it when the egg is released. They get a very bad pain for a few minutes, then it goes away.

Maria asks…

ovulation help im confused?

started my period on Dec 8th.. Had sex on the 17th / early hours of the 18th. which would make it day 9.. not sure when i ovulated but just checked on mycycles.com and it gave me a date of dec 22nd.. Surely a test wld be accurate at this stage as its day 25 of cycle and if you used an early pregnancy test?? If i ovulated earlier than that it wld show by now??..

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Hi well it would depend on how long your cycle is. It may be day 25 of cycle but when is your period due? If your on a 28 day cycle i work out that you would due on the 6th of jan, if your cycle is longer than that then your due on at a later date or if your cycle is shorter then earlier. You could try first responce 6 day early test, its more sensitive that standard test. But might be best to leave it couple of days as near to your period the better. Oh and ovulation is around midcycle and best to have sex couple days before and on ovulation day. Good luck

Nancy asks…

What cycle length should I got by when calculating for ovulation?

Barring the idea that I’m an early or late ovulator I’ve always gone for mid cycle as the general rule of thumb. Though, my husband and I have tried to concieve both early and late cycle to no avail.

All the ovulation prediction calculators and little tool kits basically only give you the option of choosing one specific length of cycle.

Now, the ‘average’ for my cycles is, obviously, 28.6. So, I’m curious what others would say for their length of cycle to determine ovulation time.

My cycle lengths since may are as follows (I had two periods in may.) 28 days, 26 days, 28 days, 29 days, 28 days, 34 days, 30 days, 26 days.

I had two oral surgeries in august and september, thus the 30 & 34 day cycles. Antibiotics and pain meds through it off for a bit there. Any experiences would be appreciated here.

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

It is a common mistake to think that ovulation occurs mid cycle. Instead it usually occurs about 12-16 days before the first day of your *next* period. This is because your period is the result of having ovulated while not having conceived, not the other way around. So for instance in your 34 day cycle ovulation would have occurred somewhere between days 18 and 22, while you were probably aiming for day 14.

Hence the trouble calculating ovulation; if you are irregular at all, you don’t know exactly when your next period will be, because it depends on when your ovulation will be, and that is just what you are trying to calculate.

If you want to be sure, I would recommend using ovulation predictor kits. When you get a positive ovulation test, ovulation usually occurs 12-36 hours later. This means all sex during the next 60 hours (but especially during the next 48 hours) has a chance of resulting in pregnancy.

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