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Lh Surge And Ovulation Trying To Conceive

Donna asks…

I am on day 7 of my cycle and wondering when it is important to start having sex in order to conceive?

My husband works alot of shift work and so it is not always easy to have sex every day and I would like to know when it is MOST important for us to start trying to have sex alot in order to conceive…I’m scared I may miss my ovulation day! Thanks for any thoughts!!

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Go to target and buy a box of OPK’s (Ovulation predictor kits)! It all depends on how long your cycle is, if you’re regular, etc. With my first I was so irregular….my cycle would be 53 days one month, 67 the next! (an average cycle is 28 days). I tried for 7 months charting my cervical mucus (if you haven’t started doing this, google “charting cervical mucus” to learn how). It’s an important step, but if you’re not regular, it’s very tricky. I ended up buying 50 OPK’s on ebay so that I could just test every single day. The first month I used them, we got pregnant:) If you’re pretty regular though, the box of 7 from Target should suffice. Get them tomorrow and start peeing! If you haven’t gotten a positive by the end of the box, get another one. When you see that positive, that means it’s detected your LH surge and you’re about to ovulate. THAT is the best time to have sex! Good luck!

Nancy asks…

I get my period every three weeks, how do I determine my time of ovulation?

Some women say they have a 28 day cycle or whatever number of days cycle? How do you determine what that is? As in, number of days.
I get my period every 21 days roughly.
My last period beginning on March 31,2008.
How would I figure out my time of ovulation??

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Get an Ovulation Predictor Kit. For your short cycle, you would start testing on day 5. Every afternoon, you pee into a cup and dip the test strip into the urine for the specified amount of time. When the lines match in color or the test line become darker (tests vary by brand), this will show your LH surge, which means that you should start to ovulate within 12-48 hours (again, dependent upon the test that you buy). Now with that said, this is given that all of your other hormone functions are normal. Just because you have a LH surge, doesn’t guarantee that you will ovulate if there is another imbalance in your body, or you may ovulate and be able to fertilize, but due to other hormones, the fertilized egg doesn’t implant and is miscarried early.

It is difficult to figure out with a short cycle. I have the same problem…21-23 days. My husband and I are trying to conceive ourselves. I found out with the OPK that I ovulate around day 13, but my progesterone has been too low for implantation, so now I start progesterone supplements when I have my LH surge.

Helen asks…

Can a women conceive if she’s currently breastfeeding?

My wife and I are trying for our second child, but shes not coming up pregnant. Lol so i thought by her still breastfeeding our 17 month old daughter that it had somthing to do with it. By the way she’s trying ween her off.

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Prolactin, the hormone that supports breastfeeding, also suppresses ovulation as well as progesterone, which makes breastfeeding nature’s birth control. However, as well all know, nature is far from perfect. ;) It is definitely possible for women to get pregnant while breastfeeding… Some women get pregnant just a few months after giving birth, even while breastfeeding exclusively! Other women won’t get pregnant at all until the previous child is weaned. It just varies, and every woman is different.

Is your wife having regular periods? If her cycle seems to be normal or at least close to what it was before she got pregnant with your daughter, then she’s probably ovulating and you two just haven’t hit the jackpot yet. She can always try detecting her most fertile days with OPKs or LH test strips. If she’s getting an LH surge every month, then chances are very good that she is ovulating normally.

Maria asks…

right, im supposed to be ovulating right now according to my cycle but the ovulation test strips are not as?

dark or darker than the control line, are these things actually any good, the coulour has been the same the last 6 weeks.

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

The test line needs to be equal to or darker than the control line for it to be considered positive. The best time to test is early afternoon as this is the time the surge is more likely to show on the test stick. Many women get a line throughout their cycle as LH is present throughout our cycles but what we are looking for is the surge that causes the ovarian follicle to rupture – this is what ovulation is. I would keep testing around the same time every day and hopefully you will catch the surge. If you have been doing it first thing in the morning test tomorrow morning and again in the afternoon, then continue testing in the afternoon!
I will say however that OPK’s don’t work form all women as the surge can last such a short time, some women just miss it altogether. For example, if a woman tests at 1pm daily, the surge may begin at 3pm and have trailed off by midday the next day! Everyone is different. The only way we can definitively detect ovulation is a sustained temperature shift. If you are not charting already, i would suggest logging on to fertilityfriend.com. This has really helped me pin point my fertile window, and although i am not pregnant yet, i am happy that i am doing all i can do.
As for the OPK’s, this can be an expensive game can’t it. I stopped using them for a while and now i buy them off the internet as i know the approximate time i am ovulating so it means it isn’t too expensive as i only need to use them over a few days rather than a couple of weeks.
Good luck trying to conceive and i hope my comments have been useful xxx

Susan asks…

Trying to conceive using clear blue digital ovulation test?

I always ovulate on day 13 or 14 of my cycle …. This month on day got some signs of ovulation . Did ovulation test got positive smiley face at 3 pm . Test line was also dark on stick. Hubby was at work. Did test again at 9 pm there was no smiley face but the line was still dark. Does that mean ovulation is occured ??? Had bd at night is there’s a chances to get pregnant???

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Ovulation dosnt occure with the :) … It detects the LH surge and you ovulate 12 -48 hours after…

Bedding the day before and the day of and the day after the :) will raise your chances to the full 25% witch is the max chance a women have of getting PG during a given cycle…

Bedding 1 time right after the :) gives you a 20% chance or near that

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Lh Surge Length And Ovulation

Sandy asks…

what is fertility examination?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Routine Fertility Workup

The following is a listing of tests generally included in a routine fertility work-up. Please note that every reproductive endocrinologist (RE) has his or her own standard protocol, and the following is intended to be a basic guideline.

If you are not seeing an RE and your OB/GYN does not have the facilities to conduct these routine tests, you should seriously consider switching to a doctor who does. Minimally, a doctor treating fertility patients should have the following:

1. Availability of staff and technicians seven days per week. If your doctor or clinic does not offer weekend and holiday hours, you are clearly not in the hands of someone whose priority is helping you get pregnant.

2. Transvaginal ultrasound equipment. You should not undergo clomid, metrodin or pergonal treatment unless this equipment is available for routine monitoring. Though many OBs prescribe Clomid without doing this monitoring, it is in your best interest to have periodic ultrasounds to ensure that the Clomid is indeed stimulating ovulation and that the follicles are releasing the eggs. Under no circumstances should a patient undergo metrodin or pergonal treatment without ultrasound monitoring. If you are using intra-uterine insemination (IUIs), ultrasounds are required for accurately timing insemination with ovulation.

3. An on-site, certified lab to do semen testing and prep for IUIs and post coital tests, as well as facilities to do E-2, blood HCG beta and progesterone tests.

YOUR FIRST APPOINTMENT: Try to schedule your first appointment with your RE during the first week of your cycle. This will enable him/her to take baseline levels of FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) and LH (lutenizing hormone). Most REs also do routine screening of both partners—AIDS, hepatitis, etc. Medical histories for both partners will be taken. Try to keep track of the length of your menstrual cycles for several months beforehand. Charting Basal Body Temps (BBTs) for several months will also give your doctor some insights—as will using home Ovulation Predictor Kits and recording the results.

YOUR SECOND APPOINTMENT: This appointment should be scheduled on the day of LH surge—BEFORE ovulation. In most cases, you will be directed to use home ovulation test kits and call for an appointment on the day you detect a surge. Included in this exam will be:

CERVICAL MUCUS TESTS: including a post-coital test (PCT) to see that sperm can penetrate and survive in the cervical mucus, and a bacterial screening. It is important to note that the appropriate time to do PCTs is just before ovulation when mucus is the most “fertile.” PCTs at other times may give false results.

ULTRASOUND EXAM(S): On the day of LH surge are used to assess the thickness of the endometrium (lining of the uterus), monitor follicle development and assess the condition of the uterus and ovaries. If the lining is thin, it indicates a hormonal problem. Fibroid tumors can often be detected via ultrasound, as well as abnormalities of the shape of the uterus and ovarian cysts. In some cases, endometriosis can also be detected. Many doctors order a second ultrasound two or three days after the first. This second ultrasound confirms that the follicle actually did release and can rule out lutenized unruptured follicle (LUF) syndrome—a situation in which eggs ripen but do not release from the follicle.

HORMONE TESTS: if the blood test at your first appointment indicated a high LH to FSH ratio, an indication of polycystic ovarian disease (PCOD), your doctor will order an “Androgen Panel” to check levels of free testosterone and dihydroeprandrostone (DHEAS). Other tests tests that should be conducted on the day of LH surge include LH, FSH, Estradiol and Progesterone. Tests which can be done at any time (and therefore done at the second appointment) include: Prolactin, Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH), Free T3, Free Thyroxine (T4), Total Testosterone, Free Testosterone, DHEAS and Androstenedione.

The normal hormone levels for each of these during specific parts of your cycle are as follows:

Lutenizing Hormone (LH)

Follicular Phase (day two or three): 15mIU/ml
Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH)

Follicular Phase: 15 mIU/ml

Day of LH Surge: >100 pg/ml
Mid Luteal Phase (seven days after O): >60 pg/ml

Day of LH Surge: 15 ng/ml
Prolactin: <25 ng/ml
Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH): 0.4 to 3.8 uIU/ml
Free T3: 1.4 to 4.4 pg/ml
Free Thyroxine (T4): 0.8 to 2.0 ng/dl
Total Testosterone: 6.0 to 89 ng/dl
Free Testosterone: 0.7 to 3.6 pg/ml
DHEAS: 35 TO 430 UG/DL
Androstenedione: 0.7 to 3.1 ng/ml
= greater than; mIU=milli International Units; ml=milliliter; pg=picograms; ng=nanograms; uIU=micro International Units; dl=deciliter; ug=micrograms

NOTE: These levels are those used at the Chapel Hill Fertility Center laboratory, and have been excerpted from “The Couple’s Guide to Fertility” by Berger, Goldstein and Fuerst, published by Doubleday.

ADDITIONAL TESTING: After the initial workup, many doctors continue with some of the following tests.

HYSTEROSALPINOGRAM (HSG): This test is used to examine a woman’s uterus and fallopian tubes. It is essentially an x-ray procedure in which a radio-opaque dye is injected through the cervix into the uterus and fallopian tubes. This “dye” appears white on the x-ray, and allows the radiologist and your doctor to see if there are any abnormalities, such as an unusually shaped uterus, tumors, scar tissue or blockages in the fallopian tubes. If you are trying to get pregnant in the same cycle as an HSG, make sure to schedule the test PRIOR to ovulation so that there is no danger of “flushing out” a released egg or developing embryo.

Although most women report only minor cramping and short-term discomfort during this procedure, some women, especially those who DO have blockages, report intense pain. Speak to your doctor about taking a pain medication about 30 minutes prior to the actual procedure.

HYSTEROSCOPY: If a uterine abnormality is suspected after the HSG, your doctor may opt for this procedure, performed with a thin telescope mounted with a fiber optic light, called a hysteroscope. The hysteroscope is inserted through the cervix into the uterus and enables the doctor to see any uterine abnormalities or growths. “Photos” are taken for future reference. This procedure is usually performed in the early half of a woman’s cycle so that the build-up of the endometrium does not obscure the doctor’s view. However, if the doctor is planning to do an endometrial biopsy at the same time, it is done near the end of the cycle.

LAPAROSCOPY: A narrow fiber optic telescope is inserted through a woman’s abdomen to look at the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries and to discern endometriosis or pelvic adhesions, and is the best diagnostic tool for evaluating the ovaries. This test us usually done two or three days before menstruation is expected, and only after an HCG beta blood test ensures the woman is not pregnant.

ENDOMETRIAL BIOPSY:This procedure involves a scraping a small amount of tissue from the endometrium shortly before menstruation is due— between 11 and 13 days from LH surge. It should ONLY be performed after an HCG blood test shows the woman is not pregnant. This test is used to determine if a woman has a luteal phase defect, a hormonal imbalance which prevents a woman from sustaining a pregnancy because not enough progesterone is produced.

Information compiled by:

Theresa Venet Grant
Public Information Director
InterNational Concil on Infertility Information Dissemination (INCIID)

Sharon asks…

question for ladies only?????????/?

today is my 14th day of my periods and they stopped after 4days of 11/6/2011 and i took follicular test on my 14th day that is today it shows that my follicle length is 24 mm and endometriosis is 5mm so i wud like to know when my follicle will be ruptured and when my egg will be released.please can anyone tell which day ill be ovulating so that i wanna plan my pregnancy sure as i mentioned my follicle length is 24mm today(14th day of my period)so please tell me exactly when ill ovulate.thanks.
well age is 21.
that’s very nice divya,but can u tell me the exact day of my ovulation as i mentioned the follicle size 24mm.

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Normally, one of the ovaries releases a single mature egg every month, and this is called ovulation. Women may notice pain or abdominal discomfort at the time of ovulation and occasionally have some slight vaginal bleeding. The presence of regular periods, premenstrual tension and dysmenorrhoea (period pains) usually indicate that the menstrual cycles are ovulatory.

Eggs are stored in the ovaries in follicles. Follicles exist in two major categories – growing and non-growing ( primordial ). Eggs in the primordial follicle are in a very immature form. In this state they are not capable of being fertilized by a sperm until they undergo a maturing process which culminates in their release from the ovary at the time of ovulation. Egg maturation and ovulation is stimulated by two hormones secreted by the pituitary – follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH) . These two hormones must be produced in appropriate amounts throughout the monthly cycle for normal ovulation to occur. Every month, at the start of the menstrual cycle, in response to the FSH produced by the pituitary gland, about 30-40 primordial follicles start to grow. Of these, only one matures to form a large fluid-filled structure, called a Graafian follicle which contains a mature egg, while the others die ( a process called atresia). The mature egg is released from the follicle when the follicle ruptures in response to a surge of LH produced by the pituitary.

After ovulation has occured, the follicle from which the egg has been released forms a cystic structure called the corpus luteum. This is responsible for progesterone production in the second half of the cycle.

Most women who have regular periods have ovulatory cycles. Women who fail to ovulate or who have abnormal ovulation usually have a disturbance of their menstrual pattern. This may take the form of complete lack of periods (amenorrhoea), irregular or delayed periods (oligomenorrhoea) or occasionally a shortened cycle due to a defect in the second part (luteal phase) of the cycle.

Lizzie asks…

depressed about trying to concieve off depo :( ?

so My last depo shot was a year ago last feb. 2006 I got my period back in august..exactly 6 months to the day. My husband and I have been trying to have a baby since august…for about 6 months…I really thought I was pregnant this time…but period came right on time. 2day I know that when you come off depo that your body releases bad eggs or eggs not able to be fertilized and every month, your eggs have more and more hormone in them so they can be fertilized, How much longer do you think it will take, my hubby is in the army and we wont have a chance to try until middle of april. and may then hes gone again. I want to really do this right this time. ANY ideas? and I know this is normal for Depo, so please dont answer with that, has anyone come off depo and tried something to help concieve faster:? any ovulation predicter kits/test recommended?? I am going to oder some preseed lube for when he come back. I have 2 months to get it together…so help please..I need to start now

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

I was on the depo shot for 3 years and in that 3 years i never once had a period but once i stopped taking it my period returned that next month and i was pregnant 11 months later. I did nothing special. Just had sex when my husband would come home for the weekends (he worked out of town then) and i ended up pregnant when i really did least expect it.

Depo-Provera is not a good choice if you want to be pregnant in the next year or two. Why? Because it typically takes 9 to 10 months to become pregnant after you stop taking Depo-Provera as a contraceptive. It could even take up to 24 months after discontinuing use of Depo-Provera for you to become pregnant. The length of time you use Depo-Provera has no effect on how long it takes you to become pregnant.


How to get Pregnant Faster – Top Ten Tips

1. Have sex three times a week.

Having regular sex is the best way to get pregnant. Couples often try to time everything perfectly for ovulation but do not have sex when they think they are not ovulating. It is true that sex that is not within the time of ovulation will not result in pregnancy. However, because women do not always ovulate when they think they will, having sex three times a week will help to a woman cover her bases, so to speak, and not miss an opportunity to get pregnant.
2. Use an ovulation prediction kit or fertility monitor.

Using an ovulation kit to predict when you are ovulating will improve your chances of getting pregnant. For many women charting or other methods of ovulation prediction are too confusing. Ovulation prediction kits work by reading LH surges prior to ovulation. They are relatively easy to use and are generally accurate for predicting ovulation. Fertility monitors, such as the Clear Blue Easy monitor, are also a worthwhile investment if you would like to get pregnant faster. Fertility monitors are similar to ovulation prediction kits in that they read changes in LH but they also read changes in other hormones and don’t require any guesswork for couples. They are easy to use and will tell you when the best time to get pregnant is.

3. Have sex before ovulation (not after).

Sometimes couples get confused about the best time to have sex in relationship to ovulation. You have a small window of time each month to get pregnant. After a woman ovulates the egg will survive approximately 24 hours. Sperm, on the other hand, will live for up to three to five days. This is why having sex two to three days before ovulation will increase your chances of getting pregnant. Don’t wait until the day you ovulate to have sex. Your partner’s sperm will last longer than your egg and you don’t want to miss an opportunity by waiting.

4. Don’t rely on the Calendar method for predicting ovulation.

A lot of couples have heard to have sex around day fourteen of your cycle. This is based on the calendar method and assumes that you have a regular 28-day cycle and ovulate mid-cycle. Although this is better than just picking an arbitrary day to have sex, it is not a very accurate way to predict when you ovulate. Many women do not ovulate on day fourteen and knowing precisely when you ovulate will help you time intercourse better. Ovulation prediction kits, looking at previous months bbt charts, or watching for body cues will help you to determine when you ovulate.

5. Charting may not be the best way to predict ovulation.

Charting is great for tracking your cycle but it does have disadvantages. By the time you can see ovulation on a bbt chart, you have already ovulated. It is good to chart so you can track your cycles, see if you ovulate the same time each month, and also so you can look back on your cycle and see if you timed things right. But if this is your first cycle trying to get pregnant or if you are not ovulating at the same time each month, an ovulation prediction kit would be more helpful.

6. See a doctor before you start trying to get pregnant.
Make sure you are in good health and have had a regular check up from your OBGYN or medical provider. Untreated infections, sexually transmitted diseases, or poor health can affect your chances of getting pregnant. Its good to see a doctor as well as start taking prenatal vitamins prior to trying to conceive.

7. Don’t smoke, drink alcohol, or abuse drugs when trying to get pregnant.
This may seem like common sense but many women do try to get pregnant while smoking, drinking or using drugs. Smoking, drugs, and alcohol can affect your fertility. It will also affect your unborn child. It is important to stop smoking or using drugs and alcohol before getting pregnant and not wait until you find out you are pregnant.

8. Have enjoyable sex.

Sometimes when couples are trying to conceive, sex becomes a job or function of reproduction and is not as enjoyable. Plan a romantic evening or try something different to spice things up. How you are feeling sexually may factor into your chances of getting pregnant. Some researchers believe that having an orgasm during sex increases your chances of getting pregnant. For women, the spasmic movements of orgasm will help pull the sperm into the uterus and for men a better orgasm may increase the man’s sperm count.

9. Have sex in positions that keep sperm inside the vagina longer.

The missionary position is a good position to use when trying to get pregnant. Avoid positions where the woman is on top. Gravity will allow sperm to leak out with these positions. Also try placing a pillow under your hips to help tilt your pelvis and keep the sperm in longer. Don’t get up right after sex. Try to relax and allow the sperm to stay in the vagina as long as possible.

10. There is no such thing as trying too hard to get pregnant.
Most couples get pregnant within a year of trying. If you have not gotten pregnant within a year consult your doctor for advice.


Good luck!

Sandra asks…

Need some more advice please! Preferably not from rude people.?

I’m 20 years old and my boyfriend and I had sex without a condom exactly a week ago. It lasted literally for about 5 minutes and he did not cum. (it usually takes a long time for him to cum the first time.) Well yesterday (6 days after this happened) I started experiencing dull but prominent cramps down there. Also I started to have a really milky, white discharge. My period is due in 4 days (Jan. 12) but we’re still extremely worried. I never get pre period cramps. I do get a whitish discharge before I get my period but never this milky. Could someone please console my thoughts honestly, and help make light of things that are happening? Thank you so much.

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Dear Elisa, I know exactly what you are talking about.UR period is on it’s way. SHORT ANSWER NO UR NOT PREGNANT FYI only.” the diff. Between PRECUM, & PRE-EJACULATION. The 1st 1 is only clear fluids that will act as a lubricant for her as 4 pre-ejaculation that is the 1 is if UR using the pull out method that will happen if UR having intercourse & B4 U pull out some of UR ejaculation is out that has sperm that could create a baby & missed periods. Also depending on her Ovulation Thnx 4adding UR age that makes lot’s of diff.All said, U need 2 understand woman periods. STRESS ANXIETY WILL MOST DEFENITLY DELAY UR PERIOD. Also UR still young woman usually have not yet a so called requral Rhythm on their period even though if they thing they R any periods is between 21 to 26 days some more. Average cycle is 28 days. Menstruation is a woman’s monthly bleeding. It is also called menstrual period, or period. When a woman has her period, she is menstruating. The menstrual blood is partly blood& partly tissue from the inside of the uterus. It flows from the uterus through the small opening in the cervix, passes out of the body through the vagina.Menstruation is part of the menstrual cycle, which helps a woman’s body prepare 4 the possibility of pregnancy each month. A cycle begins on the 1st day of bleeding & continues up 2, but not including, the 1st day of the next period. The average menstrual cycle is around 28 days long.However, a cycle can range anywhere from 21 days to 35 days or more. The length of a woman’s cycle may change a little from month 2 month. Most menstrual periods can last from 1 to 8 days, with the average being 4 to 5 days. Periods R a normal part of a woman’s life from puberty, around the age of 10-14 until its cessation (menopause) about 50.This regular (or not so regular) bleeding is the most noticeable sign of a woman’s menstrual cycle, but it is not the only sign. Getting 2 know the other, less obvious signs of her cycle can help her become more familiar with her own changing levels of fertility. The menstrual cycle is regulated by hormones: (LH) luteinizing hormone & (FSH) follicle-stimulating hormone, which R produced by the pituitary gland, also estrogen& progesterone hormones, which R produced by the ovaries. The cycle has 3 phases: follicular, ovulatory,& luteal. The menstrual cycle begins with menstrual bleeding, which marks the 1st day of the follicular phase. Bleeding occurs when levels of estrogen & progesterone decrease, causing the thickened lining of the uterus (endometrium) 2 degenerate &B shed. During the 1st half of this phase, the (FSH) follicle-stimulating hormone level increases slightly, stimulating the development of several follicles. Each follicle contains an egg. Later, as the follicle-stimulating hormone level decreases, only1 follicle continues 2 develop. This follicle produces estrogen. The ovulatory phase begins with a surge in (LH) luteinizing hormone & (FSH) follicle-stimulating hormone levels. Luteinizing hormone stimulates egg release (ovulation), which usually occurs 16 to 32 hours after the surge begins. The estrogen level peaks during the surge,& the progesterone level starts 2 increase. During the luteal phase, levels of the LH & FSH decrease. The ruptured follicle closes after releasing the egg& forms a corpus luteum, which produces progesterone. Later in this phase, the estrogen level increases. Progesterone & estrogen cause the lining of the uterus 2 thicken more. If the egg is not fertilized, the corpus luteum degenerates& no longer produces progesterone, the estrogen level decreases, the lining degenerates & is shed,& a new menstrual cycle begins. The length of a woman’s menstrual cycle is calculated by the number of days between 1 period & the next. A cycle begins on the first day of bleeding and continues up 2, but not including, the 1st day of the next period. Women’s cycles range from 21 to 40 days or more, with an average of around 28 days. She can go on Birth control ORTHO Tri CYCLEN 28 in which 21 pill are active 4 protection and 7 R in active 4 her period 2 come & go based on her how many days she is between 3to 7 days. After 10 days of continuous use of active pills she should B ok 4 sex & make sure she does not miss days otherwise it will not B effective If U need more info on how 2 do that & what 2 do will B glad to help U. Now as to the discharge Once girls start puberty a white &/or clear discharge is normal. The vagina is self-cleaning. Thick, white discharge is common @ the beginning & end of her cycle. Clear & stretchy This is “fertile” mucous & means she is ovulating. Clear & watery. This occurs at diff. X’s of her cycle & can B particularly heavy after exercising.

Ruth asks…

Preseed and other bits and bobs to take whilst ttc…?!?

I’ve just been reading online about ‘preseed’ and wondered if anyone is currently using it or know of success stories as it seems all the rage on twoweekwait.com! Also what about supplements – DH and I are taking folic acid, selenium and zinc everyday and have totally cut out caffiene.

Have you any other advice at what we should be eating, drinking or taking?!

He has an extremely good sperm count following a vasectomy reversal, I ovulate although cycles vary in length from 27 – 35 days, obs is thinking about clomid as a low dose – will see when I go back on the 20th June.

Thanks for your answers in advance girlies…
Thanks Elle – have just placed my order and DH raised his eyes at your last comment…! x x x

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Sparkle i just used preseed, been trying for a while and was getting no where, i also bought the conception curve fertility pillow and i did the babydance every 2nd day and then once a day for about 7 days around the time of lh surge and ovulation, i took pregnacare and folic acid also and i am 4 weeks pregnant!!!!!!!!
Also someone at work who was ttc also used preseed and they are also pregnant!!!
GET UR PRESEED NOW oh Sparkle…..It feels fab too xxxx

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Lh Surge But No Ovulation

Sandy asks…

How can I? What can we do?

The husband and I are trying to conceive, we even bought a kit…as I was taking the test the line(ovulation/ lh surge) line started to get darker but not near as dark as the other line, I thought the following day it would match which meant ovulation, however the next day there was no line AT ALL on the surge area. I spotted a few days after. Then again after sex a few days after that. My body is doing some wierd stuff…Has anyone ever expeirenced this or know whats going on? What can we do to get preggo :)
ok..hubby and I have sex everyday…we are newlyweds and we do just cuz we want to…not only to concieve. Im almost 30 however, and want to asap. my periods were as follows.
8/2 then again 8/26 then not until 9/28 (late) and i have spotted after sex 2 times since then…..????

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

You may have only had a small surge of LH or you may have missed it on the test. Did you test 2 times a day? My doctor recommended doing this because some women only surge for 12 hours or less so by the time you test again the next day you could have missed it completely. I would say you got your positive the day before there was no line which means you would have ovulated 12-72 hours after that. As long as you were having intercourse every other day during that time you will be ok. The spotting could be implantation bleeding. Wait until you are late and test. If you don’t conceive this month and continue to never get an actual positive on your kit see your doctor to make sure you are indeed ovulating. Read the book “Taking Charge of Your Fertility”. It is great for ttcer’s. Best wishes ttc!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Betty asks…

I have an LH surge but no egg white like discharge is this normal?

I have been tracking my ovulation with an ovulating kit and I got a surge actually it was faint at first but then it became really darker. now it is dark but no egg white like discharge is this normal? Am I ovulating or not?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

I would have sex to cover the time the test is telling you. Then watch for EWCM perhaps your surge is going but your body is having some trouble, it’s also possible that you lack cervical discharge that helps the sperm along. If the second is true then you should get some preseed online. It is a sperm friendly lube that can help women who do not have alot of mucus. I for one have never found EWCM around my ovulation time.

Nancy asks…

ovulation test strips, when the Lh is detected saying your going to ovulated…?

…i know your body is suppose to realese any egg, but does your body release a egg every time? (can you have an lh surge & no egg release)

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Every woman with a normal cycle will eventually experience a cycle where no egg(s) are released. It’s called an anovulatory cycle. Hormonal imbalances are the most probable cause of an anovulatory cycle. Stress being the main reason.

Ovulation prediction tests are about 99% reliable. So, if you received a positive surge, ovulation is sure to follow. The chances you detected a LH surge and ovulation does not occur, is slim

Mandy asks…

Rise in temp 2 days running but no positive result on the ovulation tests?

I’ve had several days of EWCM and an increase in temperature today and yesterday, but I’ve been doing the ovulation tests every morning and they’ve all been negative. (apart from two where there was only a faint line in the test region, but the packet still reckons they’re negatives). this is why I gave up on the opk’s last time – they were always showing negative!

Does that mean I missed the LH surge with the ovulation sticks? I’m guessing that I did ovulate because of the temp increases.

Someone answered one of my questinos earlier in the week saying that she takes two O tests a day because you can miss the surge – anyone else experience this?

Sorry for asking so many questions, but my boobs are really tingling today – what could that be?

thanks and lots of babydust xx
Thanks for your optimism, but I know it’s too early for pregnancy, plus I’d need to have had 18 consecutive high temperatures to confirm this. x

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Hi hun it was me that said i sometimes take 2 tests in 24 hours to catch my surge, since it can start at night and then finish by the end of the next day. I also advise against using first morning urine when testing on opks.
This cycle my surge started monday night and then got another positive tuesday late morning. By tuesday evening it was over. If i had only tested monday morning and tuesday afternoon i would have missed it.
I think opks are rubbish personally. I bought a clearblue fertility monitor and it is brilliant. It is so easy and accurate. No stress. No guesswork! And you can then combine it with preseed! Almost guaranteed conception when going like that. I cant use it at the mo as i am only 4 weeks out of my 2nd miscarriage so the monitor isnt reliable after a pregnancy.

Which opks do you have? I had a cycle where i bought some opks that were 30 miu sensitivity and they werent sensitive enough. I never got a proper + even though i did ovulate. They might just be crap opks. I also bought a batch of 10 miu and they were positive all the time cos they are too sensitive. 20 miu are good or the clearblue digi opk is good but pricey.

I would always trust your chart and your body’s fertility signs over some tests! It certainly does sound like you have o’d .. Its a 3 day rise to confirm o not 2 but if your temp stays up tomorrow morning too then it sounds like you are confirmed.
Do you use fertilityfriend? If so pop your link up and let me see your chart?

By the way the 18 day rule for confirming pregnancy only counts for people who dont know how long their luteal phase is / and / or dont know when they ovulated.

Anyway hun we are contacts now so please please contact me ifyou have any questions!x

Maria asks…

has anyone used the clear blue digital ovulation kit?

Hi i was just wandering if anyone has used the clear blue digital ovulation kit, as i bought one tonight just to check to see if i was ovulating, and cause i have irregular periods it makes it harder for me to know when i’m ovulating, so today i thought i might be ovulating as I had that cervical mucus that looks like egg white and there was quite lot of it. so i thought yippee, i’m ovulating, but when i done the clear blue test i noticed Two tiny tiny dots of blood on the tissue, and the test cam up with no LH Surge meaning no ovulation, has anyone else had this, i’ve had cramping too. maybe i’m allready pregnant, but i’m so confused now. ive also had an ache in my back today too. any advice would be great thank you.

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

The ovulation kits give you a positive when you have your LH surge, meaning that ovulation is likely within the next 24-36 (or so) hours. If you are having your egg white CM today, then you likely would have gotten your positive on the test had you taken it a day or two ago.

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Webmd Ovulation Calculator

Sharon asks…

Im confused. Website said to get ovulation day count backwards 14 days from last day of period? Help?

I got my period on Jan 31st and it ended Feb 3rd. If I count backwards 14 days from the last day of my cycle then my ovulation day (main day) would be 21st. Now would that be the 21st of Jan AND Feb and so on? So today I am ovulating?
Was on Babyzone. Also, I had cramps yesterday and day before and today I have cm. White and alot but not stretchy. Kinda feels like I just got my period but then I check and its just cm. So ovulating, pms’ing or pregnant?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

If you go to WebMd in the pregnancy section, there is an ovulation calculator that will be more accurate than the one you used. You actually input the start and stop date of your last 3 periods, and it also asks you on an average how many days apart your periods are. It uses that information to let you know the days when you are fertile. It tells you the first day that you could get pregnant, when the peak (or most likely day/most fertile day) to get pregnant, and when the last day of fertility is. Check it out.

Lizzie asks…

Frustrated!!!!!!! help with ovulation?

I just asked about possibly being pregnant and speak of the devil!! I just started my… I knew i didnt want to get my hopes up. now can you please tell me how long after your period do you ovulate? I am desperatly trying to get pregnant. any help much appreciated.

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Well Every woman is different. The average is 14 days from the start of your period. Using your calendar mark when you start your period. Count out 14 days and that is when you “should” ovulate. To take out any guess work you can buy noe of those home ovulation test kits. I’ve been told they are quite accurate. I have never used one myself. You can also use web sites like webmd.com and my monthly cycles that offer ovulation calculators. Good luck!

Mandy asks…

What would this menstruation calender look like with a four day period?

This calendar shows a Seven day period, but mine is only four. Is there calendar like this for Four day periods?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Use the following calculator by inserting your cycle info:


It will tell you your fertile period.

Nancy asks…

My husband and I are trying to have a baby and i have period like cramps?

My husband and I are trying to have a baby and i have period like cramps and it is no where near time for my period ?what are they

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

It could very well be that you got pregnant, in which case it would be implantation cramping, or it could be that you are ovulating, which sometimes causes cramps as well. Take the first day of your last period, and count 10-12 days to figure out ovulation time, and add 6-12 days if you have already ovulated. If you want to keep track of your ovulation time, i would suggest the webmd ovulation calculator. It will tell you when you are likely to ovulate using the last 3 periods you’ve had as an example, and will tell you when you’ll ovulate for the next 3 months, and when to expect your next period/take a pregnancy test. Good luck!

Sandra asks…

How do I find out when I’m Ovulating?

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Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Try using Webmd.com. They have a really good ovulation calculator.

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Does Lh Surge Before Period

Susan asks…

How would i know when i can conceive sence my period skips months and when it do come on it come the beginning?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

You may find ovulation test strips useful. They can be somewhat expensive (depending on how many you end up using), but they will give you a better idea of when you are fertile. You can get a pack of 20 tests for around $25 – $40, depending on the brand you select and where you live. My first source has instructions for when to start using the tests.
Shortly before you ovulate, your body will produce a surge of a hormone called luteinizing hormone, or LH. From the time of this surge, you will have about 48 hours where you are most fertile (Ovulation usually happens 24 to 36 hours following the surge.)

Donna asks…

Has anyone got ferning for a second then it disappeared?

I have been using the microscope everyday and i finished my period 2 weeks ago and I got ferning transitional for 1 day then it disappeared? does that mean I have a hormone imbalance? I witnessed an estrogen surge which I think is normal right before my period but now bc of the ferning for a day only i am worried i have a hormone imbalance, can anyone help?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Usually you would get ferning for 2 or more days, but to know if there is an hormonal imbalance, I think the only way really is to do a blood test.

Personally, I don’t find saliva microscopes easy to use, so maybe you just had a problem with the instrument and not with your hormones.

Anyway, saliva microscopes only monitor estrogen, and there are two other hormones that are worth checking, LH and progesterone.

Maria asks…

How come before i get my period i get pimpels???

oh and no i don’t have acne.

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Yup, happens to me too. Its because of the LH (hormone) surge in your body.

Laura asks…

How much is the risk of becoming pregnant if i hav sex a week b4 my periods??

serious answers plzz…

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Unless you know when you precisely ovulated (LH surge), you run the risk of pregnancy, although most people ovulate mid-cycle (two weeks from the date your period started). It is not impossible to ovulate late in the third week of your cycle (which would have been right before you had sex). There are some pregnancy tests that can detect hCG up to 5 days before the date you expect your period. If waiting the week is going to make you too nervous, I’d pick up a few of these ultra-sensative pregnancy tests to use over the next few days. If it’s any consolation, many people try to conceive under the most optimal conditions and still have difficulty. For some reason, it’s easier to get pregnant when you’re trying not to! I hope it works out for the best!

Mandy asks…

Can u Get pregnant the day of ovulation?

ok i have a 28 day cycle..last period was 3/18/13.. when would ovulation occur? i looked it up it said april 1… i had sex 3/31.. would the egg be waiting on the sperm? what do u think my chances are?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

During ovulation, an egg is released from your ovary and is ready to be fertilized. An egg is available for fertilization for only 12 to 24 hours. On the other hand, sperm can live in the body for 3 to 5 days, making most women fertile for around 5 to 7 days. This means you can get pregnant from intercourse that occurred either just before or just after ovulation.

Right before ovulation, you will experience a luteinizing hormone (LH) surge. Your
luteinizing hormone is linked to your ovarian hormone production and egg maturation. Within 24 to 36 hours of your LH surge, your mature egg will be released for fertilization. Your egg will dissolve after around 24 hours if the egg is not fertilized.

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