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.
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.
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.
Cervical mucus is an important part of your ability to conceive a baby. High quality cervical mucus creates a hospitable, protective environment for sperm and is the channel sperm use to find your egg. In order to know how to increase cervical mucus, you should understand how your hormones affect your cervical secretions.
Â Hormones and Cervical Mucus
When your period ends, your vaginal secretions are acidic and harmful to sperm. Your estrogen level is very low. You will notice little or no moisture in your vagina.
- Next, FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) levels rise and your ovaries start to mature eggs for ovulation. The maturing egg follicles increase your estrogen levels.
- As your estrogen levels continue to rise, you will begin to notice a change in your vaginal secretions. Your vagina becomes moist and secretions are sticky and white or creamy.
- When your estrogen levels begin to peak, your cervical mucus discharge increases rapidly. Your cervical mucus thins out and becomes cloudy and stretchy.
- When ovulation is imminent and your estrogen levels are highest, ideally you will feel constant wetness in your vagina and have copious amounts of stretchy, slippery, translucent, cervical mucus. Fertile cervical mucus very much resembles raw egg whites and will stretch more then an inch between your fingers without breaking.
Weight and Fertility -Â The Relationship
It’s hard to think of two more loaded issues for women then weight and fertility.Â We are surrounded by messages about what we should weigh and how our bodies should look. Our fertility is intimately tied with our femininity and sense of self worth. Combine weight and fertility, and you have a powder keg of emotion.
How Weight Effects Fertility
Your weight does effect your fertility in a variety of ways, primarily with respect to your hormone balance. Â The amount of body fat you carry effects your estrogen levels. Excess body fat can lead to raised estrogen levels while too little body fat often leads to chronically low estrogen levels.