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How To Know That I Am Ovulating
You don't: Calculators make assumptions that everybody ovulates and that everybody has periods every month. However, this may not necessarily be the case. Calculator will just give you an ovulation date 2 weeks prior to your menses. To be certain that you actually ovulate, you should purchase an opk and use it as directed, generally start testing ~ day 10 if you have regular periods. ...Read more
Multiple ways: There are multiple ways to determine ovulation which is around the time of fertilization. 1. LH surge sticks (determine the surge before ovulation) 2. Cervical mucus change (pre-ovulatory) 3. Basal body temperature change (ovulatory) 4. Ultrasound (pre-ovulatory) 5. If regular cycles, subtract 14 days from the first day of your cycle and that is the cycle day you ovulate. Ovulation calculators. ...Read more
Not accurate: Online calculators make lots of assumption. First they assume that you ovulate, which is not the case for all women. Then they either assume that your periods are exactly 28 days apart or that you ovulate exactly 14 days before your next period. A better way is to use over the counter ovulation prediction kits which will help you know when exactly you are ovulating and time intercourse ...Read more
Blood test: A simple blood test can confirm ovulation but your body often tells you if you know what to look for. Are your periods predicatable and regular? About 2 weeks before you start a period does your discharge turn clear and snotty, like egg whites? Do you tend to have pms symptoms the week before your period? If the answers to some of these are yes, then you are likely ovulating. ...Read more
Breast feeding: Ovulation resumes around 30 days post partum in breastfeeding moms. You may have some pain on the side of ovulation called mittelschmerz. However, in general most women aren't aware of ovulation while breast feeding. Its fine to use condoms or Progesterone based birth control once your milk comes in. Talk to your provider about these options. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My LH surges are over 8 days long for the past 6 months with regular 29 day cycles. What could cause this, and how do I know when I am ovulating?
I am skeptical: that your LH surges are actually 8 days long if your cycles are regular. The OPK you are using is either misleading you or may be used incorrectly. The OPK is not intended to be used each day once you detect a surge, so I'd suggest strongly that after you get a + you stop using the OPK, it is not necessary or useful to keep testing. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Ovulation: Predicting ovulation is at times difficult. There are ovulation kits you can get to predict. Regular cycles are a sign of ovulation but not absolute. Also there are changes in mucus. The glow app is a good tool to help get or prevent pregnancy. For more information I suggest seeing your Gyn. ...Read more
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