Lh Surge Day Before Period

Carol asks…

I have a 28-29 day cycle..When should I start using the OPK?

Hello :-)
I just bought 5 ovulation tests.
I’m on CD8, but I wanted to know when I should start testing? My period always lasts 4 days. This time it came on Aug. 19th. Please help me. It’s my first time using them.

Thanks in advance :-)

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Most OPK’s have a chart with them that advises when to start testing.

Remember that most people will ovulate 12-48 hours after the LH surge is detected, most common is 36 hours after the actual surge.

It’s best to have intercourse the day of the LH surge and the two days after. Also consider “insurance” sex for one more day in case you ovulate late. Perfect timing would be to have had intercourse the day before the LH surge as well, but that can be hard to predict for those with an irregular cycle. If you don’t know when you might ovulate, having sex every other day from cycle day 10 through a positive OPK. If you are taking your basal body temperature, you should have sex through the first day of your temp rise to make sure you cover all days (though after the rise is usually too late).

It often takes a number of perfectly timed cycles before pregnancy is achieved. The chances of getting pregnant each cycle varies a bit with age. If you are 20-25, your chance per cycle are about 25%. From there they begin to fall off. At 25-30 your chances are about 20%. At 30-35 they are about 15%. After 35 they may be about 10% per ovulatory cycle, and the chances continue the downward trend.

GOOD LUCK! I hope you get some positive results soon!!! :-)

Linda asks…

Please help me i dont kno whats going on?

I been having a wried cycle for the last 2 months.. my cycle usually started on the 28 day but for some reason it came on 2 times and one month and on the 23 day not the 28,and this time it came on the 30 day of my cycle…plz help i don’t know y it keep doing that and im trying to get pregnant but no success yet so plz help me???

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

I know how frustrating that can be. About 12mths ago my VERY regular 28 day cycle which has been that way since I ever got my period ( I am 23 now) changed and started arriving at day 26 and sometimes I would even spot a few days before that.

For me it was stress. At the time I was very stressed. Its amazing how something in your life can put your hormones out of whack.

Recently (last few mths) they have started slowly becoming more regular and last month found out I was preg with # 1.

Even if your period are slightly out of whack you can still fall pregnant. I recommend getting an ovulator predictor which will test you LH surge to see when your ovulating.

Baby Dust xxxx


Donna asks…

If I have a period does it mean I’ve released an egg?

I’m trying to get pregnant again but have polycystic ovaries, for the last year I’ve finally been having normal ish periods pretty regular, does this mean I am producing eggs?
We lost our first preganancy at 5 weeks, and our second at 23 weeks,, that was just over 5 years ago, and we’ve been trying ever since, but it’s only this last year I’ve had regular periods
I know the reason I miscarried the 23 week one, and yes my cervical mucus is sticky roughly around a couple of weeks after my last period, and my ovaires hurt, but I never know when it will be, we are trying to have more intercourse, and wish every one else trying good luck

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Regular periods do go hand n hand with fertility but it doesn’t always mean you are ovulating. The ways to know if you are ovulating are by your cervical mucus…if it’s wet and slippery and kinda sticky, also you can check your basal temperatures and also many women ovulate around 12-14 days after the first day of their cycle. There are many over the counter ovulation tests that you can take to test the LH surge which tells you around the time that you will be ovulating but they aren’t 100%. I think the best way is the cervical mucus and basal temperature method along with the ovulation testing. When you know the day or about the day of ovulation it’s best to have sex 2-3 days before that to ensure that the egg is fertilized. Have a read on this site too for further information http://www.babycenter.com/0_detecting-ovulation_484.bc
Wish you the best!

Betty asks…

Lots of basal body temperature questions! Please help me. Thanks?

How does basal body temperature taking work? What time a day should i take my temperatures? How should i take my temperatures? When will temperatures stay constant? When should my body temps increase and when should they decrease. I am sorry about all these questions but if my period comes on sunday. Next month i am going to try everything to increase my chances of conceiving. Thanks in advance. Also any helpful tips are welcome.

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

You only take it first thing in the morning–before getting up, talking, moving around, etc.
Use a basal themometer. They are more accurate and often easier to read. Taking your temp orally is the most common method used.
A great chart will have temps staying low before and day of ovulation. Temps rise (suddenly) and stay up until the end of your cycle.

It’s a method to determine if one of your ovaries released an egg. Do not use this method to determine when you are fertile. A lot of women assume they ovulated when the temp elevates but in fact, ovulation occurs 1 to 2 days before the elevation and they end up failing to conceive because they had sex too late.

Charts that show temps going up and down throughout the cycle usually means she isn’t ovulating that month.

I highly recommend using OPK’s. They detect the lh surge that our bodies release 24 to 36 hours before we ovulate. This is the day you especially want to have sex.

Sandra asks…

iv been off the pill for 4 months,and my periods are regular every 28 days how long till i start to realise?

eggs iv been trying to get pregnat for 5 months now

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Just FYI, you CAN get your period and not be ovulating! It’s called an anovulatory cycle.

You ovulate 12-16 days before you start your period, so if you have a 28-day cycle, you’d ovulate anywhere from cycle day 12-16 (cycle day one is the first day of your period, full flow, not just spotting). If you’re ovulating, you should notice some sort of fertile cervical mucus. The most fertile cervical mucus looks like egg-white. You can also be fertile when you get cervical mucus that is creamy, milky, or lotion-like. You can buy ovulation predictor kits and you should start using them by cycle day 10 so you don’t miss ovulation (there are typically at least 5 in a package). They work just like pregnancy tests, but test for a LH surge instead of the pg. Hormone. When you get a positive result, you are ovulating and at your most fertile. (*If you determine when you’re ovulating one cycle, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll ovulate at the same time next cycle (you could ovulate on cycle day 14 this cycle and day 16 next cycle))

You can also have sex every other day starting around day 8-10 of your cycle at least until cycle day 16-18 to ensure you don’t miss ovulation on either end, and that should ensure that there’s enough sperm around when you ovulate since sperm lives about 3-5 days. If you know exactly when you’re ovulating and your partner has a good sperm count, it’s advised to have sex as much as possible when you’re ovulating to help ensure conception.

Don’t stress out too much (easy for me to say, I know!) because that can make it that much harder to conceive. It takes about 3-6 months for your hormones to regulate after getting off the pill. It’s usually advised to see your dr. If you’re not pregnant within a year of when you start trying. The book “Taking Charge of Your Fertility” is a REALLY good book that covers everything you could ever want to know about fertility.

Good luck!

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