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Second Lh Surge After Ovulation

Maria asks…

If an ovulation prediction stick can predict ovulation within 24-48 hours, then why do you need to test daily?

Wouldn’t it make sense that you could test every other day and still get the same results?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

The test measures the drastic peak in LH. It is necessary to test daily… And my suggests TWICE per day so you catch it as soon as possible. The LH surge has occured at LEAST 6 hours before a positive result shows in your system… But you won’t get positive results for more than one day… My endocronologist suggests that i start testing on day 11 of my cycle. I use the first test at 1:30 and the second test 8 hours later, 9:30. Never take it first thing in the morning, always wait until at LEAST the noon hour.

If you were to only test every other day you MAY completely miss the day that would have had the positive reading. When you see the positive reading you can stop testing because you WILL ovulate in the next 48 hours!

Lisa asks…

Trying to conceive and using OPK’s, when to have sex?

My hubby and I are ttc, this is our second month. We are using OPK’s and it just said positive, we had sex that night- was that to late to have sex? Also I went running right after, does that hurt the chances?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Doesnt hurt the chances, because the LH predictors detect the surge in the hormone that happens right before ovulation.
The sperm can live in the birth canal for several days. Although, I wouldnt recomment going running right afterwards, because gravity will run its course (and i think you know what i mean…lol) So after intercourse, just take it easy.. You dont have to stand on your head or anything, but you really should lay down and help the lil swimmers get to where they gotta go. GOOD LUCK!! ;O)

Donna asks…

Signs and sympthoms of ovulating? Should i trust my body or the test kit for lh surge?

I think i ovulated before i actually got a positive for lh surge on the urine test. I think i had all the signs(pink discharge,bloating, ew cm, ,and cramping) of ovulation the day before i got the positive.

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

I would try to go off of both. If you’re body and the kit are giving you two different times of conception, I’d just start having sex at the sign of the first one and keep it going past the second one! The more the merrier, eh!? Lol.

I’m not sure how much I trust the ovulation kits. My husband and I decided to start trying for a baby. Our first month, a friend of mine had a leftover ovulation kit that she gave me because she had just conceived, so I used it. I used the test strips the same time every day for the entire month as it said, and it NEVER showed an LH surge. Low and behold, I ended up getting pregnant that first month we were trying, so I had obviously ovulated!

Sharon asks…

Please any experiences with taking clomid?

My doctor put me on provera (medroxyprogesterone) 10 mg so I will get my period and he said if I don’t get my period by Jan 9th and I am not pregnant he wants to put me on clomid. The only thing I know about it is that it induces ovulation. But can anyone please share there stories either good or bad about taking clomid. I appreciate it so much thank you

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

I was on Provera 10 mg for 10 days and Clomid 50 mg for days 5-9.

I had no side effects with the Clomid, but I got really bad headaches with the Provera, so I took that pill before I went to bed.

While I was on Clomid, my Doctor wanted me to use OPK’s starting on Day 10 of my cycle. I usually saw a LH surge on Day 17.

After my first cycle of Clomid, I got pregnant, but sadly miscarried at 5 weeks.

After my second cycle of Clomid, I am now 10 weeks pregnant and all is well.

Good Luck!

Nancy asks…

What to do when trying to get pregnant?

I want to start trying to get pregnant when my husband comes home from Iraq. He won’t be home until February. Is there anything that I should start doing now besides taking prenatals? I want to get pregnant as fast as possible. What should I start doing to prepare my body for a baby?

I am 25 and healthy. Not overweight. My last pap was normal. I do have a history of ovarian cysts and irregular periods. Things have been normal though for the past few months.

Thanks!!

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Well it is a good thing you went to your doctor to have tests done. This can really help to alleviate stress while trying to have a baby. Stress can play a huge factor on when you conceive. My guess is that it is too soon to be ovulating. A few things that you can do to find out if you are ovulating: A) First Response makes ovulation sticks (packs of 7 ($20) or 20 ($40)) that you can buy in any store. If you purchase these, the best urine to use is your second urine of the day. Also, it suggests to start using the sticks on the 11th day from your first day of your period. Side note: if you experience multiple positive results don’t worry this just means that you could be catching your LH surge on it’s way up or down. B) Also, run your middle finger on the surface of your vagina to check your discharge. Once you have done that touch your thumb with the finger you just used to check it’s stretchiness. If the discharge stretches fairly far that is a VERY good sign that you are ovulating.Here is a good picture of what it should look like http://www.babyjava.net/mucicon1.gif C) Wash your hands and around the same time every day, standing up place one leg on a chair (or whatever you can find ) and insert your fingers into your vagina to feel the texture of your cervix. If it feels really soft like the inside of your lip then your body is getting ready for ovulation. A non-ovulatory cervix will feel like the tip of your nose. Try to do this every day so you get a feel of your vagina. Another thing to look for when doing this technique is if your cervix is sitting high (means ovulation time) or low (means no ovulation time). D) Another option would be to buy a basal thermometer from the store ($10) and measure your temperature every morning before you get out of bed. However, I do not use this option because I do not get adequate sleep. I use options A,B and C. Also, like I said before it is better not to get over stressed about it. When having sex with your partner try new and exciting things so it doesn’t become a full time job trying to get pregnant. Example, try out different sexy costumes, different positions or even if you are up to it introduce some sex toys into the bedroom scene. It really does make it more fun! I hope that this helped!

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How Long Does An Lh Hormone Surge Last

Mandy asks…

Any Good Tips On Conceiving A Girl?

Hi I Would Love To Give Birth To A Baby Girl.. Any Tips That May Help This Happen?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

The Shettles Method
Over the last twenty-five years, thousands of couples have turned to the Shettles method for learning how to conceive a girl. And thousands have been blessed with the girl they hoped for. In fact, the properly applied Shettles method gives couples at least a 75 percent success rate. Some researchers have reported success rates up to 90 percent!

In his book, Dr. Shettles discusses the issues which will help you learn how to conceive a girl. Some of the basic ideas are listed below, but you will need to purchase the book in order to get the full details as Dr. Shettles goes it to much more detail. Failure to follow his instructions lessens the chances of you conceiving a girl.

The Shettles Method is based on the fact that the Y chromosome bearing sperm ( boy sperm ) are smaller and less robust but move faster than the larger X chromosome bearing sperm ( girl sperm ).

So based on this fact, the Shettle Method recommends the following to help you conceive a girl.

How to Conceive a Girl
Determining the Time of Ovulation:
Determining when you ovulate is vital when you are learning how to conceive a girl. Shettles recommends that you have sex 2 1/2 to 3 days BEFORE ovulation in order to increase your chances of conceiving a girl. Having sex closer to ovulation will dramatically decrease your chances of conceiving a girl. The timing of intercourse in relation to ovulation is a vital factor in increasing your chances of having a girl.

Shettles suggests three specific ways in which to do this.

1) Charting Cervical Mucus
Dr Shettes goes into full detail on how to chart your cervical mucus in Part Three of his book, How to Choose the Sex of Your Baby. You can download a blank CM chart in two different formats: PDF or Excel Spreadsheet.

With this method of determining when you ovulate, you access your cervical mucus on a daily basis. Right before you ovulate, your cervical mucus should be very watery and very elastic. It’s consistency should be that of raw egg white. Charting for more than a month before you attempt to conceive a girl is recommended so you can be CERTAIN that you are ovulating on a specific day.

Pdf Format
Excel Spreadsheet Format
2) Basal Body Temperature (BBT) Charting
Shettles also suggests that you use BBT charting a long with charting your cervical mucus in order to gain as much information in order to pinpoint when exactly you are ovulating. He goes into full detail on how to accurately chart your BBT in Part Three of his book. You can download a blank BBT chart in two different formats: PDF or Excel Spreadsheet. This chart also includes an area to record your Cervical Mucus assessments.

In order to chart your basal body temperature ( BBT ) you will need to purchase a basal thermometer. Before you get up each morning, you will take your temperature before you do ANYTHING. Any activity can lead to innacurate temperature readings. At the time of ovulation, you will see a spike in your temperature which will indicate that you have already ovulated. Considering that you need to have sex 2 to 3 days away from ovulation in order to increase your chances of having a girl, you will need to chart at least two months before you can make good use of the information that your charting reveals.

3) Using Ovulation Predictor Kits
The final way Shettles recommends for finding out the exact time you are ovulating is by using ovulation predictor kits. These kits detect when your body has released LH (Luteinizing Hormone), a precursor to ovulation. Dr. Shettles suggests testing twice a day in to make sure you catch the surge as early as possible. He recommends testing once between 11am and 3 pm and then again between 5pm and 10pm. When all factors are considered, ovulation will most likely occur about 24 hours after the time when you get a positive result for the lh surge on your ovulation predictor kit. Dr. Shettles offers indepth explanations on how to interpret the ovulation predictor kits in his book so be sure to read all the information he provides.

Store bought ovulation predictor kits can cost quite a bit, but we offer them here at BabyHopes.com for a very reasonable price. You can read the product specification of our ovulation predictor kits on our product desription page.

Frequency and Timing of Intercourse:
Shettles says in order to increase the chances of having a girl, you should have sex everyday from the end of your period up to 2 1/2 to 3 days before ovulation. After this point, do not have unprotected sex until several days past ovulation.

Intercourse further away from ovulation favors the larger slower moving X (girl) sperm. The weaker Y (boy) sperm will die more quickly in the more acidic preovulatory vaginal / cervical secretions and by the time of ovulation there will be a much larger concentration of X (girl) sperm available to fertilize the egg.

Sexual Position:
Shettles suggests that if you are trying to conceive a gir

Lizzie asks…

is this true about trying to get pregnant?

is it true to get pregnant and help you have sex at different times of the day

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

1. To get pregnant 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. To get pregnant faster 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 signs of ovulation will help you to determine when you ovulate.

5. Charting may not be the best way 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.

6. 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.

7. When trying to get pregnant, don’t smoke, drink alcohol, or abuse drugs.
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

Sandra asks…

what should i do 2 get pregnant besides sex duh?

i dont have periods can clomid still help me or not

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.

Laura asks…

When is the best date to have sex and get pregnant ?..Pls. help.?

I am in my early 30s & me and my husband want to have a child. My period arrived Jan. 06 and im still havin it up to this date. Usually its 3 – 4 days. I want to know when is the best time for us to have sex so i would get pregnant.When is my ovulation ?
thankyou for the replies. i dont know how long or whats the meaning of the Question how long is my cycle (sorry). And where can i get this ” prediction thingy” ?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

I’m sure you will get answers telling you that you will ovulate on January 19, but the truth of the matter is that no one can tell you (or anyone else) when ovulation will occur based on only the date of a period and how long it typically lasts. (That doesn’t mean you can’t figure it out; read on.)

In the “textbook” scenario, a woman has a 28-day cycle with ovulation occurring on day 14. But MOST women do not fit that description. (And even if a woman does have a 28-day cycle, that doesn’t mean she ovulates on day 14.) You can’t tell when a woman ovulates by counting 14 days into her cycle. Or by counting 14 days backwards from her next expected period.

You CAN determine when you’re going to ovulate by using fertility monitors or ovulation predictor kits. They work by detecting levels of LH (leutenizing hormone) in your system; your body experiences an LH surge roughly 24-48 hours before ovulation, so when you detect a surge you are most likely going to ovulate within 24-48 hours. The downsides of kits and monitors are twofold: they don’t work for everyone (although they do seem to work for most people), and they’re not cheap. Also, a lot of people find them difficult to read/interpret. However, they are simple and many women like using them.

You can also learn to read your own bodily signs for ovulation, to determine when YOU are at your most fertile. It involves basically three things: taking your basal body temperature daily; noting the changes (quality/quantity) in your cervical fluids at least daily (easy, just check when you use the bathroom); and checking your cervical position. In brief:

Basal body temperature (BBT). Your temperature responds to hormonal shifts, and it increases right after you ovulate due to increased progesterone levels. Many women also see a dip in temperature right before ovulation occurs. The thermometers for this are more sensitive than your run of the mill thermometer (but costs the same, it’s just a few bucks). BBT should be taken every morning at the same time, after at least 3 consecutive hours of sleep, and before you do anything else — no getting out of bed to use the bathroom, no reaching for a glass of water, no talking…just keep your thermometer bedside and take your temp when the alarm goes off.

Cervical fluids. Cervical fluid changes as ovulation approaches, and becomes more “sperm-friendly.” Generally it has an egg-white like consistency leading up to ovulation. So when you see that change, you know ovulation is near.

Cervical position. I never did this one myself because, frankly, I couldn’t reach! But whether your cervix is high/low, open/closed, hard/soft will also give you clues about how soon you’re going to ovulate.

When you do these things you’ll also see a pattern emerge, and you’ll learn, for example, that you have a 30 day cycle and usually ovulate on day 19. And the best time to get pregnant, of course, is when YOU are most fertile! As I said, most women do not fit the textbook example. I’m not at all unusual, and I have a 33 day cycle and ovulate on day 20 as a rule; if I were timing sex based on the textbook 14-day-ovulation rule I’d still be trying to have kids instead of getting ready to celebrate birthdays around here.

Fertility Awareness is not difficult and doesn’t cost much. Your basic expense is the few dollars to buy a thermometer to take your basal body temperature. The drawback may be that it can take a few cycles to get the hang of it and see your own fertility patterns. So in the meantime, have sex every other day throughout your cycle so you’ll maximize your chance of conception. While sperm can live for as long as 5 days in a fertile environment the released egg lives for just a matter of hours and you don’t want to miss it; on the other hand, having sex every day is actually not recommended, as every other day is better for the sperm count. (And if you don’t want to have sex that frequently or it’s difficult because of schedules or whatever, use ovulation kits for the short term.)

I laid out the bare bones of charting your fertility here; I really recommend that you take a look at Taking Charge of Your Fertility, by Toni Weschler. There’s also a great website at http://www.tcoyf.com. Another site used frequently by people who chart their fertility is at http://www.fertilityfriend.com; to be honest, I find the message boards at tcoyf to be superior, and the charting tools at fertilityfriend to be less accurate. But either would be good, of course.

Sorry for the novella, but I hope this helps. I really believe in fertility awareness and charting. It helps you determine when you’re at your most fertile, and also arms you with information — so if anything were amiss or if it were to take you a long time (which hopefully will not be the case!) you’ll have information about your cycles already if you go see your doctor.

Best of luck to you!

Linda asks…

What to do after sex to get preg. ?

After sex do you have to keep your legs up in the air in order to get preg. And what other tips help when trying to get preg.

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

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. I

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Long Lh Surge Pcos

Susan asks…

I don’t know when i ovulate.?

I don’t know when i ovulate, I have been having blood tests every month for the last 18 months on cycle day 21 and 28 to see if they are the days i ovulate but they have never picked up ovulation. I do have PCOS and have had it for 13 years so my cycles can be anywhere from 10 to 60 days long. I know the doctors should be helping me and they are talking about it but they say 6-9 months before they will help with medication. I am doing lots of things like, OPK’s and cervical mucus. I have tried BBT but it has never worked.

Last night at about 5.30pm i did an ovulation test and it had 2 dark lines (The test line a bit lighter then the control line) i have been doing the tests for 4 days and the test line has never been that dark could that mean that this was my LH surge?

My DH and i did BD last night and the night before

Thank you

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

I say do it this way that way you dont really have to track. Just have sex every 2 or 3 day’s after you get off your period. You always start your period 14 days after ovulation.

Donna asks…

does anyone know or had positive affects of metformin?

to women with pcos (no smart asses please)

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

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.

Sandy asks…

PCOS and Positive OPK’s ?

I hear that you can get positive OPK’s a lot if you have PCOS? is this true because I would think you would get negatives. I am just curious does anyone know the answer? I for the record don’t have PCOS.

Mature and Serious Answers Only Please.

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

I have heard that women with pcos can have strange opk results. I know that they don’t work on me and i have PCOS. My positives are not what the positives show in the instructions. I see a fertitliy doctor and he told me that i need to test everyday and watch for a pattern. For example i tested everyday and the test line was very very faint you could hardley see it. When i got my LH surge the test line got a lot darker but not as dark as the control line. Once i lost my surge the test line would go back to being very faint agian. You will just have to watch your’s closely everyday. I would reccomend buying the answer test strips because they come in a box of 20 so you can test nearly your whole cycle. The ones that come with only 7 get expensive to buy if you don’t ovulate within those 7 dyas. The test strips go a long way and it you can watch for a pattern as you use them. Good luck to you and lots of baby dust your way!

Nancy asks…

how long do ovulation restults last. POSITIVES…?

Ive been testing since monday and since wednesday ive had consistantly two dark lines. Its now sunday night. Why is that.
I looked this up and it said it could be eggs releasing twice?? Does it mean im more fertile than last few mths
I dont have pcos or hormone inbalance to my knowlege.

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

It’s most likely not eggs releasing twice (unless you have a history of twins in your family or you’re taking fertility drugs like clomid) The same thing happened to me for the first time last month. 3 days dark line, I called the company and they said to take it from the first day you had the surge (because Lh could still be high in your system but it’s the surge that triggers ovulation) If in doubt don’t forget to track your cycles also so you can go by that date as well as the OPK (double your chance) Good luck to you ;)

Lizzie asks…

has this happened to anyone??

Has anyone not known they were pregnant but had their suspisions when they could feel small rolling movements or tiny kicks inside. Any one took PT and came neg for months then had a BFP. Also can you still have a + on a OPK and be preg ( have a LH surge) .

Im just asking because i feeling very wierd movements. Every now and then i feel a tiny flick in side me and just now it felt like some rubbed there hand inside my uterus (like a rolling feelin) But aboout 2months a go i had a pos OPK and have had a couple of periods since last one was a extreamly bad one and lasted 4 days its stopped then i had sex that night but the next day i started bleeding and had a huge and i mean huge blood clot then the bleeding stopped. Had some spotting 2 weeks ago and nothing since.
I have PCOS.

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Have you been pregnant before?

Most women don’t feel the baby’s movement until around 16-18 weeks, but it can be earlier if you’ve been pregnant before and know what it feels like. Even at that stage, though, it generally only feels like gas bubbles or a slight flutter.

How big was the rolling feeling? The only “rolling” sensation I’ve had is when the baby rolls from one side to the other. He’s huge now, so he’s running out of space and when that happens, I can actually see the movement from the outside of my belly.

I don’t know about the ovulation predictors. How long ago was your last (not just spotting) period? At the very least, you should take a home pregnancy test, just to see.

The people in this forum are very knowledgeable and helpful:

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Good luck TTC!

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Ovulation Calendar And Due Date

Laura asks…

What are my chances of being pregnant?

The first day of my last period was 9/22/07. According to the ovulation calendar my next period is due 10/18/07 and my ovulation window opened 10/1 and should close 10/10. My cm was dry until I had watery cm 10/4 and 10/5. Those two days were also the two days my husband and I had unprotected sex. Did we have sex in time to get pregnant or should we keep trying until the 10th? Could I take a home pregnancy test 10/19/07 and it be accurate?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

I would say a test on 10/19 would be accurate. They say you can test as soon as you have a missed period, but then again, with our daughter, I tested the day I was supposed to start my period, it was negative…I waited a few more days and tested again and it was positive. My cycle is the exact same dates as yours so I’m hoping we are preggo this month as well. We ‘baby danced’ every other day starting on the 1st and when I was between days 14 and 15 we did it both of those days. We will probably be doing it again tonight just to make sure we have the best chance possible. Good luck to you!

Mary asks…

How do they determine the date of delivery?

I happened to be observed by two OBs in two different countries. Though I gave the same info to both like the date of my last period, they determined different delivery dates (1 week difference). I just wonder how do they figure out and if the system is different in different countries?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

No, it isn’t different in different countries; one of them made a mistake. If you know the exact date of ovulation, you add 38 weeks. Otherwise, the *estimated* due date is the first day of your last period (LMP) plus 40 weeks.

You can figure out which is correct yourself by counting, or by using this shortcut. 9 calendar months is almost exactly 39 weeks. Go forward 9 months from either the date of ovulation or LMP, then go back one week (if you used ovulation) or forward one week (for LMP). Move to the nearest date that is the same day of the week as ovulation/LMP to make it precisely 38/40 weeks.

Mandy asks…

Would there be a possibility of pregnancy?

I’ve been getting all different dates online for ovulation. The first day of my last period was 8/22/08. We had unprotected sex all weekend, last time being this morning. Is there a possibility of the sperm being able to live long enough to fertilize the egg? I just checked on an ovulation calendar and it said my most fertile day would be 9/4 but I’ve also gotten dates like 9/8 last week.

Can someone help me figure this out?
We are trying to conceive.

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

If you have a normal 28 day cycle, figure out when your next period is due and count back roughly 12 to 16 days. Usually ovulation starts on the 14th day and you are most fertile 2 to 3 days before ovulation. So, say the date of your next period is 9/19/2008 you would count 12 to 16 days back from that date which would be from 9/3-9/7 that’s the time period in which you are ovulating, and the 2 to 3 days before that you are most fertile. An egg can survive up to 24 hours sperm released into the vagina can live in the mucus of the cervix and able to fertilize an egg 3 to 5 days.

Http://www.babycenter.com/0_detecting-ovulation_484.bc?page=2&articleId=484

http://ibabydust.com/tools/ovulation_calendar/

Nancy asks…

My partner and I are try to conceive. My period cycle is always somewhere between 30-33 days apart?

I did an ovulation test on 19th day of cycle and showed up positive. Does that mean I was due to ovulate shortly or have already ovulated?? We had intercourse on 16th day of cycle. I only randomly used an ovulation kit on 19th to see what it would say and was surprised with the result so really not sure what it means and when I would expect to ovulate? Still 14th day if cycle of later?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Try to use this ovulation calendar tool http://www.ovulationcalendarsoftware.com/ to trace your cycle and find the date of ovulation.

Betty asks…

Did anybody else have thier last period on March 25th?

I would like to be in contact with any women who had their last period on March 25 who are ttc so I can compare symptoms.

If my last period was March 25th, and I conceived (*fingers crossed*), would my due date be Christmas?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

My last one was on March 25 also! I’ve been TTC and hopefully it was successful! I think it would be around Christmas sometime because when I was doing my ovulation calendar that’s about when it said I would be due if I were to conceive! Baby dust to you and me and everyone else TTC! Good Luck!

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Ovulation Signs Cramps

Lisa asks…

Is it still too early to get a positive?

I am 4 days late on my period and I feel as though I am pregnant. I have taken two tests (one before my missed period and one this morning) both negative. I have been showing signs (cramping for 2 weeks after ovulation, sore breast, frequent urination, and a little nausea). Could it still be too early to get a positive. I have estimated that if I am pregnant, that I am 4 weeks???
I have also been spotting for 2 days now very light. But no period.

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Wait a couple days or a week then take the test , thats how i was to , it always came up negative even after i spotted it was still negative ! Til now i went to the doctor ! The most accurate is a blood pregnancy test

Betty asks…

When did cramping start before a positive?

My husband and I had sex the day before ovulation and all the signs looked great for a good cycle. I’m a week past ovulation now and have started getting dull achey cramps. I’m trying to compare. I really feel like it’s still too early for any signs but I’m hoping. : )
It might be worth noting that I usually do not get cramps until after my period starts.

I know you can’t definitely say I’m just looking for personal experiences. : ) Thanks.

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

I am currently going through this stuff myself, lol, I know just great huh? The dull achey cramps have been coming and going for me off and on now for the past 2-3 days. I did have some achey feelings before that too, but nothing really worth noting. So far I am in 8dpo, so its too early to know anything yet anyhow, but I do know I dont normally feel this way (the achey cramps) until about 2-3 days BEFORE AF comes, but that is still almost 1 & 1/2 wks away. Go figure I hope you get a BFP soon. Baby dust.

Helen asks…

Can you get itchy boobs around ovulation?

Aftr using ovulationg charts on the internet…my peak ovulation is to day. But yesterday and this morning I have very itchy boobs. I noticed this last month.

So could this be an ovulation sign?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

It could be all women are different. Sometimes my breast are sore and itchy and sometimes i have real bad cramps like period and feel like i’m about to start. So yes i would say if you get itchy boobs every month around your ovulation times are then i guess that is one of your signs. Hope this helps hun.

Sara.

Sandra asks…

When expriencing ovulation cramps, does this mean that you are ovulating NOW or you will ovulate the next day?

Yes I am one of the rare to get ovulation cramps and it sucks. Yesterday I had ovulation pains. Yestrday I also had sore boobs and an increase in clear slippery discharge, lots of it. Does this mean I had already ovulated or I havent yet?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

I would say go have lots of sex right NOW if your trying to conceive lol!! Cause most likely you are ovulating right now, the discHarge is a sign of ovulating and the cramps. Good luck, and baby dust ur way :)

Jenny asks…

Period due today but no signs of it arriving?

Today I am due for my period but I have no signs like cramping, sore breast or anything. Me & my fiance are ttc & we BD for the whole week of ovulation. Two days ago I took a pt but it was negative, how much longer should I wait to take another test?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

You can take it now. But if you are trying really hard to get a baby and stress about it, it can cause your hormones to get out of whack, which leads to missed or late periods, but no baby. Good luck!

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