Lh Surge No Ovulation Symptoms

Laura asks…

Does this sound like symptoms or my mind being mean?!?

Okay — here goes. Been TTC for the first time this month.. Was supposed to ovulate on either July 4th or July 6. Bd’ed June 30th, July 3, and July 7th. Used an OPK starting on the 5. The night of the 5th looked negative to me, the test line being a little lighter than the control… then I tested the next day on the 6th and it was VERY positive. Tested again on the 7th, another VERY positive line, and BD’ed that night. Afterwards had STABBING pains in my lower abdomen. BD’ed again the next morning, more STABBING pains. Another positive that day, the 8th. Since then, still had a line, but not dark enough to be a positive OPK. Since then, had cramps, headaches, indigestion, restless nights, vivid dreams, lotiony/creamy cm that is increasing, mood swings, and a weird leg cramp? haha. I know it’s too early to test — my pd is due either the 18th or the 20. Has anyone who is pregnant or has been pregnant experienced this? Help ease my mind during this 2WW! haha Much BABYDUST to all!

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Sounds like you ovulated on the 6th or 7th (as you get the LH surge up to 24 hours before ovulation) but it is far too early to you to be having symptoms. Symptoms don’t usually start until after implantation which usually occurs 6-10days after ovulation/conception.

Betty asks…

swollen breasts before ovulation?

i havent ovulated yet but i am due to. i am cycle day 15 and always ovulate around now. my temps are still down and i havent had ewcm yet which i always get 2-3 days of. my breasts always get quite sore during ovulation and sometimes can last untill af but they also get swollen a couple of days before i ovulate. why is this? does anyone else get this? im also starting to wonder if i have fibrocystic breasts. do any women on this have this and what are your symptoms? does your breast pain last all the time?
thankyou for any answers. just starting to worry abit. i have been to the doctors but they arnt even concerned

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

If it happens every month, then its obviously related to the hormones of your monthly cycle. Its normal.

Could be due to the LH surge or the estrogen surge – both of which occur just before ovulation. After ovulation, progesterone surges and tender breasts is the #1 side effect of elevated progesterone levels. ALL women will experience this one, at least a few times in their lifetime. For some women, it happens every month.

Good luck!

Mary asks…

Ovulation pain do you get it?

Hey does anyone get pain? I should be ovulationg right now and allday today ive had the worst period like pain and my lower back hurts also. Its like period pains but my period is finished more then a week ago. Ive got to use a hot water bottle for relief. I also notice that my breasts change dramitcally in my cycle, before my period they are hard and firm and so tender, thoughout my perido the same. when i ovulate they are soft and normal..then back tender hard again…Lately ive had a super high sex drive and im always more wetter (sorry TMI) then ever before in the last 4 months.

Ive had kids, im 31 years old and just came off the depo shot, last january. All this is freaking me out as i didnt notice anythng before? Its is normal?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Hi bUtteRflY*kiSseS.

Mittelschmerz (German: “middle pain”) is a medical term for “ovulation pain” or “midcycle pain”. About 20% of women experience mittelschmerz, some every cycle, some intermittently.


Mittelschmerz is characterized by lower abdominal and pelvic pain that occurs roughly midway through a woman’s menstrual cycle. The pain can appear suddenly and usually subsides within hours, although it may sometimes last two or three days. In some women, the mittelschmerz is localized enough so that they can tell which of their two ovaries provided the egg in a given month. Because ovulation occurs on a random ovary each cycle, the pain may switch sides or stay on the same side from one cycle to another.

Diagnosis of mittelschmerz is generally made if a woman is mid-cycle and a pelvic examination shows no abnormalities. If the pain is prolonged and/or severe, other diagnostic procedures such as an abdominal ultrasound may be performed to rule out other causes of abdominal pain.

The pain of mittelschmerz is sometimes mistaken for appendicitis and is one of the differential diagnoses for appendicitis in women of child-bearing age.


The pain is not harmful and does not signify the presence of disease. No treatment is usually necessary. Pain relievers (analgesics) may be needed in cases of prolonged or intense pain.

Hormonal forms of contraception can be taken to prevent ovulation — and therefore ovulatory pain — but otherwise there is no known prevention.


Mittelschmerz is believed to have a variety of causes:

• Follicular swelling: The swelling of follicles in the ovaries prior to ovulation. While only one or two eggs mature to the point of being released, a number of follicles grow during the follicular phase of the menstrual cycle (non-dominant follicles atrophy prior to ovulation). Because follicles develop on both sides, this theory explains mittelschmerz that occurs simultaneously on both sides of the abdomen.
• Ovarian wall rupture: The ovaries have no openings; at ovulation the egg breaks through the ovary’s wall. This may make ovulation itself painful for some women.
• Fallopian tube contraction: After ovulation, the fallopian tubes contract (similar to peristalsis of the esophagus), which may cause pain in some women.
• Smooth muscle cell contraction: At ovulation, this pain may be related to smooth muscle cell contraction in the ovary as well as in its ligaments. These contractions occur in response to an increased level of prostaglandin F2-alpha, itself mediated by the surge of luteinizing hormone (LH).
• Irritation: At the time of ovulation, blood or other fluid is released from the ruptured egg follicle. This fluid may cause irritation of the abdominal lining.


Women charting with some form of fertility awareness may find mittelschmerz to be a helpful secondary sign in detecting ovulation. Because normal sperm life is up to five days, however, mittelschmerz alone does not provide sufficient advance warning to avoid pregnancy. Because other causes of minor abdominal pain are common, mittelschmerz alone also cannot be used to confirm the beginning of the post-ovulatory infertile period.


Women may notice other physical symptoms associated with their mittelschmerz, or near ovulation. The most common sign is the appearance of fertile cervical mucus in the days leading up to ovulation. Cervical mucus is one of the primary signs used by various fertility awareness methods. Other symptoms are sometimes called secondary fertility signs to distinguish from the three primary signs.

• Mid-cycle or ovulatory bleeding is thought to result from the sudden drop in estrogen that occurs just before ovulation. This drop in hormones can trigger withdrawal bleeding in the same way that switching from active to placebo birth control pills does. The rise in hormones that occurs after ovulation prevents such mid-cycle spotting from becoming as heavy or long lasting as a typical menstruation. Spotting is more common in longer cycles.
• A woman’s vulva may swell just prior to ovulation, especially the side on which ovulation will occur.
• One of the groin lymph nodes (on the side on which ovulation will occur) will swell to about the size of a pea, and may become tender.

Take Care. Regards.

Susan asks…

PLEASE ANSWER!!!today is day 25 of my cycle an im having EWCM, i tested + LH surge on the 31 of oct, whats up?

today is day 25 of my cycle an ive been having EWCM for 2 days, and i used an opk and tested + on the 31st(CD20). my cycles are normally 31-32 days an my last period was OCT 12th.. what does this mean??????????ive asked this question a few times an have only gotten 1 answer that didn t really say much…… please help me ttc#2

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Since your cycles are 31 -32 days, you must have ovulated already and LH surge must be correct, if you can ovulate.

I am also having EWCM or creamy cm with some other symptoms this month which are completely rare to me and today on 12 DPO.

It is a good sign, since after ovulation normally it is dry. Let;s hope for the best. Test 1 day before your period is due to avoid any false negatives.

All the best!

Sharon asks…

Can I be ovulating and not feel any symptoms?

I haven’t felt any real symptoms, only today for a little bit in the afternoon, I felt like discharge. When I checked it was kind of wet and slippery. But only for like maybe 10-15 minutes,
Then a little bit after, I felt cramps, almost like AF, bu that too for only a little bit.
But when I checked to see if I ovulated with opk, right now, 11:30pm the test showed negative.
So I was wondering, is it possible to ovulate and not feel any symptoms?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Those are all ovulation symptoms! Don’t put too much faith in those OPK’s because they can only detect an LH surge which is right before ovulation. But you can have all of your symptoms pre-ovulation, ovulation, or post-ovulation. You can also have an LH surge at one time of the day only and have a negative on the test the same day.

If this cycle doesn’t work for you, you might try tracking your cycles via the BBT (basal body temperature) method, as well as with OPK’s. Charting your BBT’s can tell you the exact day you ovulated. Combining BBT and OPK’s you could double your luck on trying to conceive. Check out fertilityfriend.com. This is an awesome site!

Good luck sweetie, I sure am hoping you are ovulating and that you get your BFP soon!

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