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When Should We Have Sex after a Positive Ovulation Test?
on Jan 31, 2013
by Alyssia Granger
When an ovulation predictor kit tests positive it means that there has been a spike in LH levels in the body, indicating that ovulation is most likely to occur within 24-72 hours.
When it comes to getting pregnant the smartest choice that you can make is to have sex often as more sex increases your chances for conception. However, it is important to pay attention to your ovulation cycles with ovulation tests to ensure that you focus your attention on the most optimum times. When an ovulation predictor kit tests positive it means that there has been a spike in LH (luteinizing hormone) levels in the body, indicating that ovulation is most likely to occur within 24-72 hours. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
What you might not know is that it is actually best to start actively trying to conceive 12-24 hours before a positive ovulation test, which is why it is important to have sex once or twice a day during the week or so leading up to ovulation, during ovulation and a few days after. Why you might ask? The simple answer is that sperm introduced into the vagina days before the optimum ovulation time may have a better chance of being one of the lucky ones to fertilize the egg rather than sperm that is introduced during the actual ovulation. Sperm, in the right circumstances (i.e. there is thin, watery cervical mucus in the reproductive tract), are able to survive up to 5 days in the reproductive tract and this is good because sperm oftentimes slowly, but surely make their way towards the egg. It is a common misconception that sperm reach their destination within minutes of ejaculation, but it can take hours even days for the sperm to make its journey through the vagina to the egg. Because of this it is smart to actively have sex regularly to avoid missing the chance to conceive this time around.
Many women choose to use tests for ovulation every 24 hours instead of every 12 hours, which is the most optimum interval to garner results. Ovulation can begin as early as 12 hours after a positive ovulation test and if you were to test only every 24 hours you could be missing out on roughly 12 hours of ovulation to increase your chances of success. So testing twice daily beginning on Cycle Day 10 could help you catch the egg. Even though an ovulation test can help you focus your attention on actively trying to get pregnant, missing a small window of time could make this ovulation cycle a bust, so be smart and have sex as often as you can to ensure the highest likelihood of success for the day leading up to, during and after ovulation.
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Alyssia is mom to 2 giggley twin girls, Sophia and Emma, and son Hunter. She's a Southern girl, passionate about photography, travel and her husband Josh.