How Long Does Lh Surge Last For

Linda asks…

confusenwith last question?

when i asked how do u get pregnant that was a mistake i meant to say after having sex and during sex is there anything extra you can do to help the chances of get pregnant.

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.

Laura asks…

Is it normal to get a opsitive opk and then a negative a few hours later?

I had ovulation cramping for the past 2days and lastnight i decided to get some opk’s and so the one i took befor bed was negative and i woke up this morning and took one that was positive FOR SURE.. i have been ttc and so ive been a little paraniod so i took another one which was about 3-4 hrs after the positiv and it was negative! i have done alot of reading on this and all i can find is that its normal to have positive opks for a few days..not for it to only last a few hours.. thank you!

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Yeah, it can happen, since the LH surge doesn’t last that long.

Sandra asks…

LH surge question? Really confused, please help.?

I thought i detected it on CD13, then again on CD17. Well on CD 18, it was way more obvious, the test line definitely darker than the control line. So I figured CD 18 was the real LH detection day, therefore i would ovulate within about 24 hours right? Well today, CD19, my CM is back to creamy-ish when it was more EW on CD15, 16, and 17. There was not a whole lot of anything yesterday. Is my LH surge and my CM not matching up right? I’m also temping, but haven’t had a definite dip and thermal shift yet, and I always do. Can someone help me figure this out, and guess if and when i may have ovulated?
Also I had cramoing on CD 16 and 17 like I might have been ovulating. I had sex on CD 13, 14 and 15. Did I miss my chance?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

The CM can be unpredictable for some women.
Be sure to use the OPK as directed (testing mid afternoon). The test line has to be obviously dark. If it is really light that doesn’t mean anything.

I got a positive opk and I’m pretty sure I ovulated that night rather than the next 24 hrs.

If you had sex on CD 15 and ovulated on day 18 or 19 you may have missed it but it depends on when the egg was released and how long the sperm stuck around for. If the sperm were still good (can last about 5 days) then it is still possible.

Helen asks…

When did I ovulate? Confusing OPKs…Please, please read.?

Saturday – tested positive on TWO ovulation tests (Digital Clearblue & Answer)
Sunday – tested positive on Answer (didn’t take digital one here on out)
Monday – tested positive on Answer
Tuesday – tested positive on Answer
Wednesday – tested positive on Answer
then finally stopped testing…

What the heck? Now – I don’t think I have POAS because my ovulation test is not positive during any other times of my cycle (and I test daily). Also, I know I am reading the OPKs correctly – the test line was clearly darker than the control on each of these readings.

So what gives?? It’s so frustrating!

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

You possibly just have a long LH surge…some women just do! Some women only get a surge for a few hours, so at least yours is easy to catch. Remember that you may O up to 36 hours or so after your last positive OPK, so keep up BDing. Also remember that a +OPK doesn’t mean you will necessarily O, just that your surge is there trying to release the egg.

Good luck.

Mary asks…

Should I keep testing after I have had my LH surge? and a ? about temps.?

Also does a temp. of 36.6 (97.8) sound about right for a LH surge?

My normal temps usually are around 36.2 (97.1) and 36.3 (97.34) and then 36.7 (98.08) or 36.8(98.24) during my two week wait.
it seems that a temp of 36.6 at day 6 is pretty early I am on day 15 of a 33 day cyle and I just went up to 36.6 this morning.

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

At last, someone who charts temp in C not F. I would love to ask you some qus cos im finding it hard to read my temps and now you’ve noted your temps it made me look at mine and i had a 36.63 on CD6 then it went to 36.45 the next day, is that weird or usual? My cycles have been really long and have never O’vd this early….

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