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Ovulation Period Calculator

Linda asks…

Is ovulation best calculated 2 weeks after 1st day of period, or 2 weeks back?

For example, if your period starts December 1 and December 31, so you have a 30 day cycle, would it be more accurate to count 2 weeks forward from December 1 and estimate ovulation at December 14, or count 2 weeks back from December 31 to December 16? The online calculator I used calculated backward.

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

It’s more accurate to count backwards. It takes about two weeks between ovulation and your period, and that’s pretty consistent across all women and all cycles within the same woman. That part of the cycle stays basically same regardless of how long your total cycle is.

The time between your period and your next ovulation is a lot more variable. This is the part that gets longer or shorter in different women or at different times in the same woman.

Jenny asks…

Pregnancy…off schedule period ?

I’m 31 not on any form of birth control. I’m regular with my periods every 28days. I had my period April 7-10. And again May 4-6(a day earlier or later perhaps). On may 24 which was a Monday I spotted a pinkish color on my panty liner. The next day nothing….then wed. And thurs. Was like a light period flow. (and this all being only 3 wks after the start of my last period..and about 10days before the start of my next scheduled period)

By ovulation/period calculators going off that last sight of blood as a “period“…I was due for my period sun/Mon. Id say Tues the latest. I’ve been feeling light cramping and have even inserted paper inside to see if there was any blood..on its way.??? And just white milky discharge. I’ve been sleeping like a bear….I did get a sinus bug from the boyfriend….I chucked my lack of energy to that. And the fact we just moved….I chucked my early period to that…hmmm

We were kinda trying to get pregnant ….but wasn’t so sure it would happen this quickly considering my bf’s reproductive concerns.

SHOULD I WAIT A FEW MORE DAYS BEFORE TAKING A PREGNANCY TEST???

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Yes, wait a few days.

Nancy asks…

What is the likely hood of getting pregnant 3 days after my period.?

My boyfriend and i had sex today, three days after my period. We did not use protection. I calculated on Webmds ovulation calculator and it said my most fertile day is 11/2. Today is the 1st.
What is the possibility that I’m pregnant?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

It’s extremely high.

Sperm can live inside a female for up to 5 days. That’s why it’s unsafe to have unprotected sex before you ovulate!

If your next period is late by more than a week, take a pregnancy test. You can buy one at virtually any supermarket or drugstore, and they’re normally very accurate. Or you can get one done at your local Planned Parenthood health center. If it turns out that you are pregnant and don’t currently want to be a mother, go to Planned Parenthood — the doctors and counselors there are EXTREMELY helpful and can help you decide what to do.

I hope that helped!

Carol asks…

How Accurate are ovulation calculators?

My period came down on March 31st. Some Ovulation Calculators said that I had a god chance of getting pregnant from the 14 to the 17th of April. I had sex late night on the 15th. I thought you were only fertile to day 14. We are trying and it would be great if we are, but the calculator seems off. Is it correct? Please help.

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

They give a large ball park approximation. The best way to determine ovulation is with Ovulation Predictor Kits (sticks) OPK’s or taking the daily waking basal body temp. When you notice a THERMAL SHIFT sometime mid-cycle, your ovulation is going to happen. Sign up with fertilityfriend.com and start charting!!! Otherwise continue having sex every other day!!

Fertile day 14 is only true for people with 28 day long cycles. In addition, other factors can delay ovulation, or make it occur earlier (i.e., sleep deprivation, stress, diet changes, etc.)

Sandra asks…

What are the chances of becoming pregnant on this date? I used the online ovulation calc.?

Ok so I started my period on the 18th July and I just used an online ovulation calculator and It said my ovulation should be the 2nd or 3rd August… so If me and my partner try on the 30/31st what would that chances be? slightly high???? percentage??? have any of you become pregnant this amount of days before?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

If you truly are ovulating on the 2nd or 3rd unfortunately your chances are 0%

BUT this may not be your dates because every woman’s cycles are different, I would suggest you buy an ovulation test kit from the drug store they are wonderfully accurate, helped my husband and I get pregnant on our 2nd month of trying. BUT even if you are together at the right time the chances of a healthy women getting pregnant are still only 1 in 5 each month, so don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t happen right away.

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How Long Does An Lh Hormone Surge Last

Lisa asks…

im not dumb need help wife and i are trying to have a baby need help?

we have sex almost everynight and he have it marked on a calend when shes starts and ends any help would be fine.

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

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.

Http://www.justmommies.com

Good luck

Sandra asks…

I have endometriosis, but, I want to get pregnant soooo bad….help?????

I have had endo for 9 yrs, my husband and I want a baby, any advice????

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

I got pregnant even though i have endometriosis. I had surgery for it but it returned.

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.
Http://www.justmommies.com/articles/how-to-get-pregnant.shtml

Sharon asks…

Please help: any vitamins or medicines I can take so that it will help me to conceive? ?

We have been trying for 2 months now and still no positive result? Thanks in advance:-)

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

You should start taking prenatal vitamins. They won’t help you conceive but it is recommended that you start taking prenatal vitamins 3 months before pregnancy as it helps to prevent birth defects.

Other tips would be:
—Have sex three times a week.

Having regular sex is the best way to get pregnant right away. 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 a woman to cover her bases, so to speak, and not miss an opportunity to get pregnant.

—Use an ovulation prediction kit or fertility monitor.

Using an ovulation kit (or opk) 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.

—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.

—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 signs of ovulation will help you to determine when you ovulate.

—Don’t rely on fertility charting alone to predict ovulation.

Fertility 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.

—Before you start trying to get pregnant see your doctor.

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.

—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.

—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.

—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.

Jenny asks…

trying to get pregnant?

me and my soon to be husband are trying to get pregnant, and have been trying for about 7-8 months now. if anyone out there has had this problem, they know how stressful it can be when every time you take a test it says negative, and how bad you long to see a positive. my question is, i was previousely on the pill and went off of it to try and get pregnant. its been so long now and nothing. we are thinking about fertility medication. how long would you wait and keep trying until you result to fertility drugs? any other suggestions? comments? help? anything would be appreciated!! Thank you!

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

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.
Http://www.justmommies.com

Susan asks…

A high chance to conceive?

My husband and I have been trying to conceive for 2 years. Our last Doctor visit was very successful. My husband’s sperm counts are normal, not the best but normal. The only problem is, we can’t determine when I ovulate. My right follicle measured @ 17.5 (friday). I had to inject Ovidrel Friday evening to trigger my eggs to drop. IUI was performed on Tuesday and Wednesday. Seems to me that my eggs are big enough and my husband’s sperm are healthy. What are my chances of conceiving?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

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.

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Lh Surge Bbt Chart

Sandra asks…

To any bbt charters out there, what do you think of this? Low bbt after ovulation for 4 days… details below?

Here’s my temps. I don’t know how to post my ff chart, I’m so bad with technology! This is my first month charting otherwise I would just compare it to my other charts. Ugh! So anyway I’ve been having those cramps you get with implantation, same ones as last time I was pregnant which makes me feel hopeful because I’ve never had these and not been pregnant… If not for my opk I would ahve thought I didn’t ovulate this month because my temps aren’t coinciding with my positive opk- but once I got these cramps I thought to myself, maybe it was a big old implantation dip. Can implantation happen that quickly? In 3 days? At this point I’m believing that yes, it can. Thanks for any tips or advice. My period usually comes on day 28, so that would be 6 days from today.

97.2 (+ opk, cd14)
97.1 (1 dpo)
97.0 (2 dpo
96.9 (3 dpo
97.2 (4 dpo
97.2 (5 dpo and cramping
97.6 (6 dpo cramping
97.7 (today cramping and nausea
Aha! (The days on the bottom are ovulation days with the red line being ovulation)

http://www.fertilityfriend.com/home/1d4a0d

Another promising factoid! (and tmi, but hopefully if you’re in the ttc section you will be used to it lol) my cervix has been high ever since O.
Really Teri? That’s exciting! I couldn’t find any charts on fertilityfriend where temperatures dropped so much right after ovulation, but who knows.
Hi Ingrid, actually yes the only reason it says I o’d that day is because of an OPK. I thought it was odd too though, and if I hadn’t used the opk I would have thought my o was delayed as well, but I have been using opk’s and my o is never delayed so I guess this might be normal for me. Like I said before, my first month charting temps so who can say for sure.
I was consistent, 7 am each morning w/ my alarm.. I did vaginal temps because I thought it would be more consistent (sorry! sorry! hahaaaaa) My opk’s were negative after that first one and another the next day. *quizzical look on face*
You ladies are so helpful! :-) I’m not excited anymore lol, but I think the most logical explanation involves my egg not popping out in accordance with my lh surge. Lol I suppose any children of mine would be stubborn right from the get-go…

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

No, I doubt that your temperatures have much to do with implantation or pregnancy.

It is very common for temperatures to rise steadily higher for a couple of days right after ovulation, and then to fall, and rise again.

Nothing abnormal, I’m afraid… You’re just going to have to wait another week and see if you really are ‘up the duff’…

Good luck, and baby dust to you!

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Now that I’ve seen your chart, I really wonder if you actually did ovulate on the day that FF says you did… FF is not always right, you know?

In my opinion, it looks as if you actually ovulated at your supposed 5 DPO…

Do you use OPK tests as well? They are often more accurate then BTT charting.

FF often change their estimated O. Date after your cycle has finished.

2nd Edit:

Interesting. It might very well be normal for you.

But either way, I’m sticking to my theory that your Ov. Was actually on your 5 DPO.

OPKs (which I’m sure you know – but I’ll just add it as a tid bit), DO NOT tell you when you ovulate – they only measure your LH surge level.

The hormone LH is produced anywhere between 24 hours and up to 4 days before actual ovulation takes place…

Have you tried the ‘Maybe Baby’? They dont tend to be terribly accurate, and can be hard to read sometimes, but if you combine your basil temperatures with your OPKs and fern tests, you should have a pretty good idea as to when your actual ovulation has taken place.

Also – are you sure you read your OPK correctly? I have been tempted to interpret my OPK as positive on more than one occassion due to it’s dark line. But remember that the line has to be EXACTLY as dark as the control line, if not darker.

If the test line is even the faintest nuance lighter, your LH surge has not begun!

If you suffer from PCOS, OPK tests may not be able to used properly, as women with PCOS tend to have frequent high LH levels.

3rd Edit (LOL):

Extra info on implantation (since one of the other girls answering your question brought it up):

Yes, 1 in 3 women suffer from an implantation dip, and you may be one of them.

But implantation needs AT LEAST 7 days after ovulation to occur – it cannot occur within the first 3 days. For most women however, it takes at least 10 days. Why do you think everyone is always complaining about their ‘luteul phase’ being too short?

Jenny asks…

Basal Body Temp…….confused….?

Does bbt charting really work? I’ve already read TCOYF by Toni and I understand how it’s all done…….I check my temp every morning at 6am. I don’t get out of bed…I just reach for the thermometer ..that’s it. My temp is around 97.0-97.4…some days here and there it can be 96.8-96.7. I did get a positive opk two days ago but my temp hasn’t increased to 98.0+…the only other thing I can think of is that my husband & I sleep with the fan on throughout the night….it’s just something he can’t sleep without………would the portable fan affect my temps…..?

I know this is a silly question….but I’m thinking that the fan is affecting my temp….?
I don’t have PCOS either …I’ve just had my ovaries/uterus checked last month….everything seems okay according to obgyn….
I only received one positive opk result on cd 15…not throughout my cycle….and then cd 16 it was negative…..

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Good question.

First, I HAVE to sleep with my fan on too, so I feel your husband’s pain! A fan won’t affect your body temperature overall. Fans keep air circulating, but they don’t produce cold air or enough air to lower your body temperature. Besides, I assume you’re under blankets.

As for your BBTs….don’t get hung up on having to reach the 98 range. The more important thing is if you go up by half a degree to a degree. The other thing is that your OPK and BBT chart will never line up perfectly. The reason for that is because on OPK detects your LH surge, not ovulation. And your BBT chart confirms ovulation AFTER it’s taken place. So ideally, you will get a positive OPK and then see your temp spike a few days later.

What was your temp the day you got your positive OPK and what was it 2 days later and then 3 days later? If it varied by .05 or higher, you ovulated.

I’ll be happy to look at your chart if you like.

Good luck.

Ruth asks…

How come my LH surge lasted three whole days last month and only one this month? did i not ovulate this month?

unfortunately i have only just started charting my BBT so im not sure if a difference would show on there…..how come one month i got an LH surge *the dark line was there) for like three days and this month only a day….does this mean there was LESS LH in my system….that i probably didnt ovulate???

Many thanks :-)
im just wondering what this drop in LH means….was i less fertile or not? thats my main concern xx

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Yea it doesnt last the same amount of time each cycle

Susan asks…

BBT Charters please help?

hi

im getting frustrated with my chart cause i still haven’t ovulated and its day 20 of my cycle.

i ovulated on day 18 last month.

hubby had the fan on this morning and happened to blow right on me and my temp dipped a little bit this morning.

im getting a feeling that im not going to ovulate this month.

i have a temp dip then a one day rise and then the next day another dip and one day rise. what is up with that? im i trying to ovulate but then i don’t for some reason?

here is my chart:

http://www.fertilityfriend.com/home/277b11

thanks

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

A few things here. First, I know what you mean about the fan blowing on you…my husband does the same thing and I think it messes w my temps too. Another reason, sometimes we just have anovulatory cycles. One or two a year isn’t anything to worry about, if it happens more often you should see a Dr. Also, if your normal o day is CD18, it can fluctuate by a few days month to month, so you may ovulate tomorrow. As long as your luteal phase doesn’t fluctuate too much (again, a few days month to month is normal) you shouldn’t worry. You could try an opk to see if you have an LH surge right now, and definitely bd today in case your temp jumps tomorrow. HTH. Good luck & lots of babydust to you!!!

Betty asks…

BBT Dips Below Coverline?

I posted a question a few weeks ago about low BBT. As it turned out, I was completely wrong regarding the day that I was supposed to ovulate. Thankfully for the OPK or I would have missed my LH surge. I thought the kit was defective so I decided not to use it until I could get my hand on another kit. Since I didn’t want to waste and decided to try it “one” more time. Lo and behold, it was a very dark positive.

Anyway, so I am now 9 DPO. I’m a little concerned because I had a dip this morning that went below the coverline. Could this be an implantation dip? Or could it be a fluke?

Please check out my chart and let me know. Thanks.

http://www.fertilityfriend.com/ttc/index.php

Hope it works this time!

http://www.fertilityfriend.com/home/21040e

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Hmmmmm … How long is your normal luteal phase? This is a pretty big dip, and if it goes up again tomorrow I’d say that it could absolutely be implantation. But it could also be the start of AF … A little early, I’d admit. Until you get another temp tomorrow it’s a little hard to say, especially as the weather can have so much to do with things. Good luck!

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Lh Surge Negative After Ovulation

Linda asks…

Positive Ovulation test 2 days in a row?

My doctor gave me clomid to take clomid for 5 days …5 to 9 of my cycle it was yesterday in my day 10 today it’s my day 11. Is It normal to get positive in my ovulation test yesterday and today when i just finish the clomid and 2 days in a row???

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Yes it is normal. Due to the LH surge you may have tested right when you spiked thus the positive opk
you ovulate 12-24hrs after the surge! So you most likely will get possibly 1 more before getting negatives
the egg lasts for 12-24hrs. So baby dance tonight,tomorrow and the 30th possibly the 31st to catch the egg :)
good luck & baby dust!

Lizzie asks…

How do OPKs work?

Is there a good time of day? I have yet to see an LH surge on these and was wondering if I am doing something wrong?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

I do mine when I get home from work (4-5 pm) and have gotten accurate results. Definitely do not use them in the morning because your urine is too concentrated and will cause more than one day of positives. Also make sure your urine is not too diluted before you test. If you drink too much and hour or 2 beforehand you will consistently get negatives.

How long have you been testing? Many people don’t ovulate on day 14. I personally ovulate around day 18. Try to look for watery or egg-white cervical mucus to alert you that ovulation is near.

Good luck and Baby Dust!

Mary asks…

When your Ovulation Test is +, WILL you or ARE you ovulating? Read more..?

I know a positive ov. test means you will ovulate in the next 12-36 -ish hours. But when you ACTUALLY ovulate, would a Ovulation Predictor Test still come up positive? Or is it negative by then (because the LH surge is gone?)

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Well when I ovulated I would get a positive opk for 3 days it is up to 36 hours after the first positive it just depends on your body

Susan asks…

can a person start to ovulate then stop and miss ovulation?plz help!?

My ovulation test changed (seemed like it was getting close 2 ovulation) then the next test went back to how the beginning tests resulted..

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

You can have any kind of line lighter than the control line at any time of your cycle except during the LH surge, which is when the test line will be at least as dark as the control line. What you describe as ‘getting close’ was just a series of negatives. LH levels simply fluctuate throughout your cycle, which can cause such a fade in fade out pattern without true positive.

And no, you can’t start and then stop ovulating. Ovulation is a moment, not a process. You either ovulate at a particular moment or you don’t.

Donna asks…

Help!is it normal to get a positive opk 2 days in a row?

Me and my husband have been ttc since our m/c 6 months ago.i tested for ovulation on saturday and it was negative.i tested yesterday and it was positive so me and hubby had sex 3 times yesterday lol!i tested again today and got another huge positive.is this normal.i dont usually use opk.xx

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Yes it is normal you will get a few days of positives in a row the tests read your LH surge which is just before you ovulate. So get to BD with your husband and have fun.

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Ovulation Symptoms Pain

Ruth asks…

Is it possible for ovulation to occur 10 days after a period?

My period started jan.2. The past two days i have had symptoms of ovulation such as lower back pain, stretchy, clear cervical mucuos, and slight abdominal pain. I don’t think i’m supposed to oculate until jan 19 or so. I just wanted to know if it’s possible to ovulate this early?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Your body cycles can be affected by so many variables. Yes, women can ovulate at any time. The only thing you can count on is that it is not a definate science. We have guidelines as to what it should be….but nature is still the boss. I have a friend who got pregnant during her period. I also had a patient once that the doc figured she ovulated twice. It is a bizarre, unpredictable science.

Donna asks…

When should I start testing for ovulation and when should I have sex?

My period started today Sept. 6th, and I wanted to know when is the earliest to start testing for ovulation. I also wanted to know when I should start having sex and how long can sperm live after intercourse? It would be a great help to me :-)

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Ovulation is a phase of the female menstrual cycle that involves the release of an egg (ovum) from one of the ovaries. New life begins if the ovum meets with a sperm during its journey down the fallopian tube. Ovulation depends on a complex interplay of glands and their hormones, and generally occurs about two weeks before the onset of the menstrual period. Typical ovulation symptoms and signs include changes in cervical mucus and a small rise in basal temperature. For most women, ovulation occurs about once every month until menopause, apart from episodes of pregnancy and breastfeeding. However, some women experience irregular ovulation or no ovulation at all.

Signs of ovulation
The female body shows several signs of ovulation. You may experience some or all of these signs, including:

Regular menstrual cycles – menstrual periods that arrive every 24-35 days are more likely to be ovulatory than periods that occur more or less often.
Mucus changes – about two weeks before menstruation, an ovulating woman may notice slick and slippery mucus.
Abdominal pain – some women experience pain during ovulation. The pain may be general or localised to one side of the abdomen.
Premenstrual symptoms – ovulation may accompany premenstrual symptoms such as breast enlargement and tenderness, abdominal bloating and moodiness.
Temperature rise – women who use a natural family planning method of contraception will notice a small rise in their basal temperature after ovulation has occurred. The temperature rise is about half a degree Celsius. This temperature rise does not predict ovulation – it suggests that ovulation has already taken place.
Structures involved in ovulation
Ovulation depends on the activity of various structures and their hormones, including:
Hypothalamus – located within the brain. The hypothalamus uses hormones to communicate with the pituitary.
Pituitary – known as the ‘master gland’ of the hormone (endocrine) system. It is located within the brain, at the base of the skull, and is connected to the hypothalamus by a thin stalk. It uses chemicals to prompt the ovaries to produce their hormones.
Ovaries – the two almond-shaped glands located within a woman’s pelvis that contain the ova. The ovaries make the two female sex hormones oestrogen and progesterone.
Menstrual cycle explained
Ovulation is part of the menstrual cycle. This cycle is caused by the complex and interrelated activity of various hormones. The cycle includes:
Menstruation – the shedding of the uterine lining.
Follicular phase – the hypothalamus triggers the pituitary gland to release follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), which prompts the ovaries to produce up to 20 follicles. Each follicle contains an immature ovum. Usually, only one follicle survives to maturity. Assuming the menstrual cycle is around 28 days long, a single ovum matures at about day 10. This event also prompts the thickening of the uterine lining (endometrium) in preparation for a fertilised ovum.
Ovulation – the maturing follicle prompts the release of higher amounts of oestrogen. The hypothalamus responds by secreting a chemical known as gonadotrophin-releasing hormone (GnRH), which makes the pituitary produce luteinising hormone (LH) and FSH. High levels of LH trigger ovulation within about two days. The mature follicle releases the ovum into the peritoneal cavity; it is then drawn into the open end of the fallopian tube. Small hair-like structures within the fallopian tube wave or ‘massage’ the ovum towards the uterus. Unless the ovum encounters a sperm within 24 hours, it will die.
Luteal phase – the follicle becomes the corpus luteum, a structure that makes the hormone progesterone. Unless a fertilised ovum implants into the uterine lining, the corpus luteum dies. Without its contribution of progesterone, the uterus can’t maintain the thickened uterine lining, and menstruation occurs.
Ovulation predictor kits
There are many different kinds of ovulation predictor kits on the market. Most work by measuring the level of luteinising hormone (LH) in the woman’s urine. LH levels rise about 24 to 36 hours before ovulation takes place. You need to estimate your approximate time of ovulation if you’re to use these kits effectively. All kits come with detailed instructions and a number of testers, but one way to calculate your estimated time of ovulation includes:
Work out the length of your average menstrual cycle. Day one is the first day of the menstrual period and the last day is the day before the next period begins. Let’s say the menstrual cycle is 28 days long.
Subtract 17 days. In our example, 28 days minus 17 days equals day 11.
Use the ovulation predictor kit on day 11. Continue testing daily until the test comes back positive. A positive result means you are going to ovulate within the next 24 to 36 hours.
Having sex around the time of ovulation means that the sperm and ovum have a good chance of meeting in the fallopian tube.
Medical tests
Medical tests can check whether or not ovulation took place. These tests can include:
Blood test – to check for the presence of progesterone. A level greater than 20nmol/L indicates that ovulation took place. This test must be taken about three to 10 days before the first day of the next expected period.
Pregnancy ultrasound – the presence of a foetus is the only 100 per cent proof that ovulation took place. Medical tests such as ovulation predictor kits and blood tests can only ascertain that ovulation probably – not definitely – occurred.
Problems with ovulation
Common causes of ovulatory problems include:
Hypothalamus – events that can alter the functioning of the hypothalamus include polycystic ovary syndrome, overexercising, poor nutrition and chronic stress.
Pituitary – events that can prevent the pituitary gland from producing enough hormones include benign pituitary tumours or direct injury to the pituitary itself.
Ovary – events that can prevent the ovaries from releasing ova include early menopause (also known as ovarian failure), or damage to or removal of the ovaries.
Increase your chances of ovulation
Ways to increase your chances of ovulation include:
Women who are seriously obese or underweight may have problems with ovulation. Try to keep your weight around the average for your height and build.
Excessive exercise can prevent ovulation. Ease back on your physical activity levels – this may require expert help if your desire to exercise is actually a form of bulimia.
Repeated crash dieting, fasting, skipping meals and other disordered eating habits can hamper your body’s ability to regularly ovulate. Make sure to eat properly and regularly. Once again, you may need expert help if these habits are associated with an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia nervosa.
Chronic emotional stress can play havoc with your menstrual cycle. Try to reduce the amount of stress in your life, and learn ways to better cope with stress. For example, relaxation training may be helpful.
Reproductive technology – ovulation induction
Some women who aren’t ovulating regularly can be helped by reproductive technologies including tablets and injections to trigger higher production of ovulatory hormones. The dosage needs to be carefully monitored, because ovulation induction can trigger the maturation of a number of ova, which could lead to multiple pregnancies

Carol asks…

What are the pregnancy symptoms just before your period is going to start?

What are the pregnancy symptoms just before your period is going to start?
if i am pregnant i would of conceived 4 days ago, i have sore boobs, and tiny little twingy cramps in my stomach, nothing painful though, ive also been very emotional could this just be my period coming or pregnancy symptoms? im due either the 30th or 31st for my period, did anyone have these symptoms or anyother ones so early on in your pregnancy, all your help would be so greatful thankyou

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Hey hun! I started having pains and stuff right after ovulation prolly like 5 days. Sore breasts cramps everything I really thought I was getting my period! Turns out I am pregnant!!! So it really can feel like your period! This is TMI but I even feel a little bit wet and freak out that im bleeding but theres nothing there!!!!! GOOD LUCK HUN! Tons of baby dust!!!!

Sharon asks…

What are the symptoms of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome?

I feel this certain kind of pain on my left side when i ovulate. I just had a Myomectomy( fibroids) in November and i was feeling such pains b4 then. I thot it would stop after the surgery.My Gynae checked during the surgery and he said my tubes & ovaries are fine.

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Gabbie gave a great list of the symptoms. Most women only experience a few of the symptoms – I’ve never heard of a woman who has all of them. I was diagnosed primarily because of irregular periods and acne – I don’t have the common symptoms (weight gain/inability to lose weight, insulin resistance/diabetes). The only way to be absolutely positive is through an ultrasound looking for the cysts. If your doctor checked during your surgery, you’re fine.

Pain during ovulation on one side or the other is pretty common. It may indicate which side the egg is being released – you may release predominantly on the left side.

Mandy asks…

Do any of you females have these symptoms?

I get really bad ovulation pain once in a while. And i know exactly when my ovary is dropping into position. The pain is so terrible that it is hard to walk for about an hour or so. My sister also has this and we joke about it saying we are doing the ovulation walk. But the pain gets even more intense as it goes to your “bottom”(trying to be discreet hope u kno what i mean). I have told my gyn so many times and he never seems to have an answer for me as to what it is…just wondering how common this might be. ty for any info.

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

I don’t have a good answer but I also get a pain (not every month) but a little discomfort and I know it’s my ovaries. Have you tried researching your symptons on the internet. Sometimes these doctors are too much in a rush to give you a decent answer.

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