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August 29th, 2012, 05:47 PM
TerriLF's Avatar Super Mommy
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I am waiting for my doctors apt on Sept 10th to get a new RX of BC pills so my husband and I have been doing the Pull and Pray for the past few weeks since my pills ran out. I also got a ovulation prediction kit so we could know when I was ovulating and use condoms around that time. Well I tested on Sunday and it was negative so we DTD and then on Monday it was positive so I should have ovulated within 24 to 48 hours. I took it again on Tuesday and it was negative again..if I was going to ovulate in 24 to 48 hours why was the test I did 24 hours later negative? Wouldn't still be positive. I'm confused...
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August 29th, 2012, 09:20 PM
ShawnaCAN's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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Ovulation predictors kits (OPK) alone don't give enough advance warning of impending ovulation for avoiding pregnancy. Cervical mucus is produced starting several days before ovulation. If intercourse occurs while mucus is present, it will keep sperm cells alive in your body up to 5 days. The OPK will only turn positive the day or two before ovulation. Conception could occur from intercourse prior to that, if mucus was present at the time.

OPK's measure the surge of Lutenizing Hormone that occurs before ovulation. The surge can be very quick, lasting only a few hours. So it's very normal to only see one positive OPK. The positive OPK is telling you that your body will attempt to ovulate soon. It does guarantee that ovulation will be successful though. Fertility charting (cervical mucus and/or temperatures) can confirm whether ovulation was successful or not. If not, your body can attempt ovulation again in a few days or weeks.
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