Lh Surge And Ovulation Calendar

Helen asks…

When should of I had ovulated?

If my period came April 5th and my next one comes (im guessing) May 8th and I have a 30 day cycle when should of I had ovulated? I had unprotected intercourse on April 17 (last friday around 10pm) what are my chances of me being pregnant?! Are they high or low? If my period does come on May 8th when should my ovulation day be? Ive used calendars and search information on internet and theres never chances of me being preg. what am i doing wrong?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

An Ovulation Predictor Kit, or OPK, is an over-the-counter test that detects LH, or luteinizing hormone. Ovulation predictor kits help many couples predict ovulation, with hopes of leading to conception. There are many brands of OPK’s on the market, ranging in price. Always read and follow the directions precisely on the kit to achieve the best results. Research shows that when used properly, an OPK is 97% effective in detecting a surge in LH.

Susan asks…

34 day cycle trying to conceive for 3 months..NEED HELP!?

my huband and i have been ttc for 3 months. we are both 25 and healthy(although we have not been checked for any kind of infertility issues since we have only been trying for 3 months). We BD from the 15th day of my cycle till day 20 or 21 like all the ovulation calendars say..but still nothing! i used an OPK twice and got a positive on the 17th day of my cycle the first month and then the 18th the second month so I am guessing i ovulate around the 20th day of my cycle give or take a day.. anyways i called my doc to see see if she had any suggestions and her nurse told me that sometimes you can have an early LH surge meaning I could not ovulate till later in the month or something.. any suggestions?!!?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Your cervical mucus helps determine when you are ovulating also. When its close to that time, stick two fingers up and if its eggwhite and stretches between those two fingers its the best time to do the deed. In addition, I was told that taking Robitussin or Mucinex helps increase that fluid for a greater chance of the sperm reaching the egg.

Fertilityfriend.com is a great website to use. It tracks your temperature and cervical mucus and helps detect ovulation. One last thing, after sex sometimes its best to stay put for a while instead of jumping up to use the bathroom. Hope this helps!

Ruth asks…

Still no signs of AF? how accurate are ovulation test?

the ones on the computer the ovulation calendars my period was suppose to be yesterday and haven’t even got one cramp could we have got it this months signs are bottom of belly pinching,headaches,backaches,dizzyness,diarrhea for 3 days,mood swings does it sound good to you.
my 2WW ended yesterday but two negative test
thats d’s suppose to be diarrhea

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

When you say ovulation test, do you mean you’re only using the ovulation calendars online? Those are helpful, but if you really want to be dead on, go to target and buy the actual ovulation tests (they look just like pregnancy tests but detect ovulation instead). They detect your LH surge. I tried for 7 months with no success. The first month I tried opk’s (ovulation predictor kits), tada! I’m due in 3 weeks:)

Jenny asks…

Don’t want to miss ovulation, could OPK be missing it? Noticed CM today?

I’ve been using a digital OPK for the 1st time this month & I’m getting impatient & nervous. I’m on day 18 of a 31 day cycle & thought I would have ovulated by now. I just noticed cervical mucuous today & don’t want to miss my ovulation, how late could it be, any later than tomorrow? We just started trying & kind of have to schedule sex b/c hubby works 3rd shift, I don’t check my temp or anything else. Thanks for your help!

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Hi there,

Okay. For a 31-day cycle, you would be ovulating on Day 18, which is today. So if your anticipated day of ovulation is August 04, your total fertile phase is August 01, 02, 03, 04, 05. Hopefully you had sex at least every other day, if not every day, during this time. So by all means, have sex today and tomorrow. It appears your body is right on schedule with the calendar method, so I would go with it.

Now about OPKs. OPKs are designed to predict your LH surge, which happens 24-48 hours before ovulation. So the fact that you haven’t gotten an LH surge means a few things…1) you missed your surge 2) you haven’t had a surge yet, and therefore, aren’t ovulating yet or 3) you aren’t ovulating this cycle.

Catching your LH surge can be like trying to catch a falling star, one blink and you miss it. Because of this, some women have to test twice daily if their surge is short. Also, unlike pregnancy tests that recommend morning testing, OPKs work best in the afternoon. Try to test at the same time every day between 1pm-4pm. Testing too early or too late can give you a false negative.

For some women, CM starts appearing a couple of days before ovulation. So it’s also possible that even though you’re seeing it now, you’re still a day or two away from ovulation. If it were me, I would keep testing. You may just get a positive Saturday or Sunday. If you do, extend your fertile period a few more days and try to have sex on those days too.

I mentioned the possibility of not ovulating this cycle, but I wouldn’t go there yet, especially if you are having signs of ovulation. You can revisit that possibility if you keep not testing positive on your OPK after a few cycles.

Hope this helps. Feel free to contact me if you have any other questions.

Good luck!!

Sharon asks…

TTC, I have questions about CM after Ovulation?

Well, I don’t know how much hope I should have that I will get an actual answer, as no one has answered my questions here except a spammer, but hopefully someone will have something to say about this that is useful. :) I got my LH serge yesterday around 3PM I tested again today at about 4:30PM and hardly had a line at all. This is my 1st month tracking my CM so on Wednesday it was the ewcm very wet and from what I understand the most fertile. Thursday and Friday it also appeared to be very fertile, today however it became a bit cloudy but still very stretchy, by this evening however, it was almost none. I am almost completely dry down there. Is this a sure sign that I have Ovulated? I am still finding it hard to trust OPKs, Any REAL answer other than a copy and paste spam would be appreciated!

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Did you take your OPK a few days before yesterday? We usually take the OPK a few days before you suspect ovulation is coming. Then the closer you are, you take it around 2-3 times a day, once with SMU (second morning urine) around noon, then one more at 3pm, then lastly at 6pm. Never try with FMU (first morning urine) because it’s when it’s too concentrated as LH is produced overnight, hence you’d get a false positive. Testing 2-3 times a day is more accurate when you’re trying to catch your Oday. (with at least 2-hour urine hold!!! ^_^)

It sounds like you have missed your O. Example: let’s say today (saturday where i am) is day 6 and Friday is day 5. If you had tested on day -1 to 1 (earlier on/before Monday), you might have gotten a slight reddish line, which increases in color until it’s faded (today). You might have had the surge at day 3-4, and when you tested on Day 5 (yesterday), you were probably catching it on it’s way down. Hence, when you tested today, it’s gone. …are you with me so far?

You are right, EWCM is the very fertile period. EWCM however is not the same as wet. It’s clear and very stetchy. If it’s cloudy, you’ve reached your infertile period, same goes if it’s dry. So both your OPK and CM are conclusive that you are not fertile anymore.

You may rely on OPKs to help find when you’re going to ovulate, as OPK’s are tests that test if there is a high amount of LH hormone in urine. LH hormone is produced when your body is gearing up for ovulation. On the other hand, your LH could have risen without ovulating. Meaning, your body could have geared up for ovulation to release an egg, but your body may not have released an egg at all. So OPKs are not reliable to determine if you have ovulated, but would help in predicting your fertile periods, if you ovulated. The only way to know if you ovulated is through keeping track of your BBT (basal body temperature), fertilityfriend.com has an app and online calendar/charting that could help you follow your ttc CM, BBT, etc.

Good luck on your TTC!! I suggest you join babycenter.com. I’m “Angeltots” there. If you need any more help, feel free to contact me.

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