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19/06/2013 at 22:27
I have just started using OPKs and am a newbie so wondering if any of you lovely and helpful ladies can answer a few questions.
I started testing every day and got faint lines for a couple of days (all at 6 pm). Then got a positive test for 1 day and had sex twice that evening. Negative again the next day. How long do LH surges last? I know they say that ovulation takes place 12-48 hours after the surge starts. If my surge started right after I tested negative, then is it possible that I may have missed ovulation altogether?! Does anybody know how long the egg is meant to be viable for?
Thanks ladies! I am such a newbie, and I don't know anybody else with irregular periods. I feel completely lost with having to predict ovulation!
20/06/2013 at 08:06
Hi Spicycurry, When i did my opks i got faint lines throughout the month and then i have 1 day of much darker and then next day really dark. The day after is then nothing. So everyone is different. However once you get your dark line you will then ovulate as you say between 12-48 hours after and the egg can live for roughly 24hrs.
So once i got my dark line i would then bd that day, the next and the day after.
The only way to know exactly when you ovulate is by doing your bbt and this will show a temperature rise indictaing ovulation - although if charting the rise maybe subtle and so it may be a few days before you know the exact date.
My cycles were always 30-35 days so by doing bbt and opks (and cm) i could get a good indication of when things were happening. So if you are irregular i would definately recommend bbt along with opks as you get to know and understand your cycles even if they arnt regular.
Hope this helps and good luck x
20/06/2013 at 08:46
Yeah start BDing from the first positive. I got 2 days of positives, BD on both days and the day after for good measure and got my bfp that cycle. I know whats when I conceived cuz for one reason or another we didnt manage it the week before or the week after just those 3 days. GL x
20/06/2013 at 20:54
Thank you for your helpful advice ladies!
21/06/2013 at 04:05
My Dr. says that after you see the surge it is almost too late to try because your cm becomes thicker and harder for sperm to make it through the cervix after that. He recommends that I start trying on day 12 of my cycle and continue every other day until after I see the surge.
21/06/2013 at 07:58
I wouldnt agree necessarily with the doctor as everyone is different. I had my ewcm on the days when i got my darkest opks and last month i only bd on the day of my darkest opk, the day after (negative) and the day after that (also negative) and i got pregnant. Which i have to say was a total surprise as the previous months we had bd every other day.
So generally the rule is to bd every other day say a week or so before you think you will ovulate (as will then have plenty of sperm waiting for the egg release), on the day of positive opk and just after as ovulation may happen 1-2 days after.
I do agree that cm makes a difference but everyone gets it at different stages, some have many days and some none at all. Bodies are not always quite in sync. So if your not getting ewcm or maybe you dont think it is coming around ovulation then you can use sperm aids such as preseed or zestica to name a couple and this will help combat any unfriendly cm you may have. I used zestica and although i cant say that that it was that that got me pregnant i do think it played its part.
Good luck ladies! xx
21/06/2013 at 09:45
hihi. a LH surge can last as little as 6hours.
my friend was tesiting in the morning and at night, she NEVER got a positive... when she read surges can last 6hours she started testing in the afternoon... and then she began getting positives! she was completely msising her surge.
the egg usually lives around 12-36hours after released. its best to have sex up to 3days before ovulation takes place and until the day after. once a day is enough.
also you can check your cervical mucus. when it goes a little stretchy this is fertile mucus... the ONLY mucus sperm can survive in and swim in. when you see this mucus its time to have sex.
you can also check your temperature. check it every morning at the same time before you get out of bed and start moving around. it will rise when the egg is released, it will stay risen until just before your period is due.... if it stays risen for 18+days after ovulation... you are pregnant!!
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