OPK – Is it Positive?
If you’re new to using ovulation predictor kits (opks) to find out when you are most fertile, you’re probably wondering if you’ll recognize a positive opk test when you see one!
Ovulation predictor tests are used to detect the LH surge.Â LH (shorthandÂ for luteinizing hormone)Â is the hormone that peaks when there is a mature egg ready to be released from your ovary.Â To maximize your chances to conceive a baby, you want to have intercourse before you ovulate.
This is why detecting the LH surge with a positive opk is so effective.Â You’ll get a positive OPK result (indicting the LH surge has begun) before you actually ovulate, which is the ideal time for baby making.
Your cervix, located in deepest part of your vagina, is the entrance to your uterus. Your cervix position changes during your menstrual cycle and can give you clues about when you are most fertile.Â It may take some practice, but make a habit of regularly checking your cervical position and you’ll become familiar with how your cervix feels at each stage of your fertility cycle.
Conceive Baby Question:
What is the LH surge? How does Luteinizing Hormone help me conceive a baby?
The LH surge refers to rapidly increasing levels of Luteinizing Hormone in your body in the 24 to 48 hours before you ovulate. LH originates from your pituitary gland and is signaled to surge when the egg cell matures and is ready to be released for fertilization.
If you are trying to conceive, having sex when you are most fertile is obviously the fastest path to parenthood. Of course, that begs the question, exactly when are you most fertile?
Even though you can have sex anytime, there are only a few days each month you are able to conceive. In fact, the time frame for conception may be measured in mere hours, rather then days. Timing sex for when you are most fertile is crucial for getting pregnant as quickly as possible.
Â When Do I Ovulate?
Use our Ovulation Day Calculator to predict ovulation and, if you conceive a baby this month, what your due date will be.
This is tool is based on averages, and you should use a combination of fertility signs to predict ovulation.
Ovulation and Cervical Mucus
When ovulating, your cervical mucus can give you important clues about when you are most fertile. Cervical mucus (often abbreviated CM) is your body’s natural way to make your vagina and uterus sperm-friendly, guiding and protecting the sperm on their way to your fallopian tubes and waiting egg.
Cervical secretions change throughout your cycle. When you are not close to ovulation, mucus is usually absent. You may first notice wetness in your vagina a few days after your period ends as your body prepares for ovulation. The best way to monitor your cervical mucus is by checking daily and keeping track of the results in a preconception journal. You will start to notice patterns that will help you predict ovulation and choose the best times to have sex to conceive. If you are worried your body doesn’t produce enough CM, there may be ways to naturally increase your cervical mucus.
Getting Pregnant After the Pill
If you’ve been taking oral contraceptives, you probably have questions about getting pregnant after the pill. How soon can you get pregnant after the pill? Is it hard to get pregnant after birth control? You took the pill for a long time, will this affect your fertility? Should you wait a few cycles after stopping the pill to try to conceive?
How the Birth Control Pill Works
The birth control pill works by suppressing ovulation. Oral contraceptives are typically formulated with a combination of the hormones estrogen and progesterone. When you take the pill, your body’s natural hormone regulation system is overridden. Instead of responding to changing hormone levels and cycling through menstruation and ovulation, your body is tricked by the constant elevated levels of hormones delivered by the pill. Your ovaries don’t receive the signal to begin maturing follicles, never release eggs to be fertilized, thus preventing pregnancy.
It would be nice if your body had a built in signalÂ light to indicate when you are ovulating.Â The next best thing might be to reliably feel ovulation every month. Unless, of course, ovulation was painful.
About 20% of women say that they can feel ovulation. The medical term for feeling ovulation is Mittelschmerz.Â It is a German word meaning “middle pain”. It is often misspelled, you may have seen it written as Middleschmertz, Middlesmertz or Mittlesmertz. Regardless of the spelling, it simply means you can feel ovulation.
Mittelschmerz ovulation pain can vary from aÂ slight twinge toÂ painful menstrual-like cramping. It can last for a few hours around ovulation or continue for several days. You may feel ovulation on one side of your body and not the other, and the side you feel it on may change from month to month. Typically only one of your ovaries releases an egg each cycle, and that is the side on which you feel ovulation. Mittelschmerz is often felt mid menstrual cycle, between day 12 and day 15 in a normal 28 day cycle.