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When Should We Have Sex after a Positive Ovulation Test?

on Jan 31, 2013

by Alyssia Granger

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When Should We Have Sex after a Positive Ovulation Test?

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 does ovulation occur?

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

Have sex 12-24 hours before ovulation

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.

When to test for ovulation

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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When Should We Have Sex after a Positive Ovulation Test?, 3.7 out of 5 based on 14 ratings

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.

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  • Laura

    I took a ovulation test on Monday the line was faint then i accedntly skipped a day then in the morning it was faded the got two dark lines.. then had sex in the afternoon …. can I still get pregnant ? Or did I miss it?

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  • Cooper16

    we had sex yesterday 28/01/15 and then today I got a positive ovulation test is it possible for me to get pregnant

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  • danielle

    Oh my god. This is horrible advice. Do not have sex one or twice a day leading up to ovulation ! The sperm count will diminish and you may actually ruin your chances of getting pregnant. Have sex every other day leading up to ovulation, and then have sex the day of a positive ovulation test, as well as the day after and you will be covered. Been trying to conceive a long time and working with a fertility specialist, so I know what’s right and what’s wrong, and this site is so wrong..

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  • Tiger

    U had a positive ovulation test yesterday morning and I tested again later that night and it was negative. What does this mean ?

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  • noralice

    Does this mean im ovulating

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  • Noralice Sanchez

    hi I took an ovulation test yesterday and it came out positive then I took one today and it came out negative could it be that I missed my peak of ovulation

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  • Becky

    I took a ovulation test it’s two lines showing but one is darker n one is lighter do dat mean I’m still ovalating

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  • SweetStuff1986

    Hi. I tested positive when I took an ovulation test on 03/23/15. I’ve had sexual intercourse on 03/17-28/15. My cycle is supposed to start on 04/06/15. How soon can I take a pregnancy test and is there any
    chances I could have became pregnant due to me ovulating and continuing to have sexual intercourse?

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  • Tiffany Vandenabeele Gomez

    I also am trying to concieve and had a postive ovulation test yesterday had sex and didnt today what are my chances and i also been feeling slight pressure and movement when i lay down

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  • leeeleee93

    What are the chances if I had sex on sunday and had a positive ovulation test on Thursday & another positive ovulation test again Friday?

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  • Lauren

    I took a OPK and it was positive at 3pm on 29/05/2015, My partner is back tonight, would doing the deed tonight, tomorrow morning and tomorrow evening give me a good chance?Thanks

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  • Elsa Tesfaye

    I got my period this Tuesday which is the 06/23 /15 when is good time to conceive and get pregnant

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  • tryingfor#3

    Agreed. When I read that I was thinking wrong wrong wrong. My Doctor said to have sex every other day or every day if we felt up to it. We do a mix of the 2 sometimes every other sometimes everyday.

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  • keree

    I took a ovulation test today and tested positive. we had sex last night and also on the 12. What are the chances of me being or getting pregnant? I have also been charting and taking my prenatal vitamins and folic acid every day.

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  • Gloria

    14 days prior to beginning your next period. If your cycle is 28 days. Your egg will release on day 14 of your cycle. Have sex on day 12 & 13.

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  • Gloria

    If your chemicals were in balance and the sperm healthy then you have a good chance provided you were able to keep a large amount of sperm in your body after and through ovulation. I usually stay in bed for a day when trying to conceive. Empty your bladder before sex then close your legs, put your hips on a pillow, and just go to sleep afterward. Let nature take it’s course. I made 17 babies so far.

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  • Ja’Mee Hawthorne

    Are any of these positive?? I’m so confused on this FR test..

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  • Sara

    I had my pos. opk on Monday night but didn’t have intercourse until tonight, am I outta luck for this month? We did have sex on Sunday….any info? Plus I had an HSG done this month.

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  • Sara

    Your 3rd one looks like it registred your lh spike more than the other 2 based on what I can see

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  • ronisha levine

    Hey I took a ovulation test on the 17 it was positive I took another one today on the 19 it was negative what does that mean

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  • shelby

    It means a negative, unfortunately!

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  • Amy

    Hello, my husband and I had sex on November 9th early morning. The very next day which was Monday I bought a ovulation kit and it had already read that I was positive. We had had sex the morning before. Chances of being pregnant?

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  • Rachael

    I had a faint line on an ovulation test and me and my partner had sex in the night and morning but due to him going away we havnt had it since does that mean I won’t be able to get pregnant due to now missing my ovulation period and only having sex twice after having the faint line on my ovulation test

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  • Lysh

    I got a positive this morning when l woke up on day 22 of my period. Does doing the test first thing change anything

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  • Ellie

    My last af was 17-21 I started my fertile window was 26-30 or 31st I felt like I ovulated the 28 because I started cramping from my right side and then the next day the 29th I was still cramping and then the next was having on and off cramping. Now I’m 6pdo I have really sore boobs, I’m tired all the time. And I’m peeing frequently and there short urine, and I just went to the bathroom today and had this long stretchy discharge that was tinged yellowish with a little clear looks gooey like snot. Can you explain why am I getting that and always baby danced from 26-30

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  • Dominique Luvynmyboys Howard

    I just took a ovulation test and it was positive does that mean I should start trying to get pregnant

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  • ez

    I have any where from 32-36 day cycles. My last one was 36. Weve been ttc number 2 for over 2 years now and have fallen pregnant once but it ended in a misscariage. I am seeing a fertility specialst and am on clomid. I’ve taken my 1st round of clomid and today is day 17 of my cycle. Ive got a faint pink line on my opk test….. does it have to be dark, the same as the control line? Or maybe i am just coming into my peak? Any help, advice or suggestions would be amazing

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  • britney

    Whats thebest way to conceive a third child negatives are depressing with my first two all i got was negatives when i was pregnant im having crazy symptoms now trying for a 3rd baby.

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  • britney

    Symptoms im having heartburn dizziness headache and pelvic ahcing when i get close to heat and which when i was pregnant the first time the same thing happend to me with my first child so i dont know .

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  • nicole

    I have been tracking my period for 7 months to pinpoint exact ovulation and menstrual cycle. As per my charts I start my period exactly when it says I will. My self and my wife have been trying since last month to get pregnant sad to say it did not work last month. This month February my period came exactly as planned but it was not normal like my others. I spotted in the beginning and bled on and off for 3 days. Now we tried again. My charting stated my fertile days were between February 13-19. And my ovulation day on the 18th. I have been using ov tests since 3 days ago and Today I got a positive on my ovulation test. So I know im coming close to releasing an egg. I started the turky baster method February 13 and did so every day since then and will also on the 19th so it will be for 7 days. Our sperm doner Inserts hid sperm into a warm sterile cup and keeps it warm and we suck it up with a syringe and insert it inside me. I then insert my diva cup and lay with my hips tilted for at least an hour and keep the cup in over night so none fall out ( we usually insert at around 7pm and remove at 5am). I want to know if we are doing it the right way. Or if you have any other pointers to give. And what my chances might be to get pregnant. Oh I forgot this will be my third pregnancy…the last 2 done the old fashioned way..this one is with my wife and not the natural way.

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  • http://www.eecsl.com Joseph Jones

    I think it does not matter

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  • kay

    I got my iud out on 9/11 my ovulation test came up positive on 9/16 I had sex every day between those dates then have been doing every other since. is there a chance I could be pregnant? i didn’t have a period the whole 5 years i had my iud in so im not sure when i should be having my next period to know if i missed it or not…. were really trying so hoping i am pregnant

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  • Sri Sandhya

    I have taken ovulation tests before two days back.. it shown positive.. and now again I have tseted.. it showed positive.. is there any problem in ovulation?????

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  • Destiny

    I had unprotected sex this morning and took a ovulation test and it came out with two lines, I had already been having unprotected sex since me and my bf got together Feb 3. My last period was Feb 11-17 and my ovulation days were Feb 22-27 and my period is two days late, am I pregnant.?

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  • Ruth

    I had took a ovulation test and it came out postive my husband and I had sex with the 72 hours and the next day I had a little cramping thinking I ovulate??.. but what are my chances of being pregnant?

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  • Joyce Birch

    We made love on the 12,13,and 16 of April 2016.Now I’ve been so busy trying to lose weight after a miscarriage and a ectopic. I started to already feel nauseated and lightheaded. My window was 12 through the 16.I only went back to my Ovia calendar after I felt sick.It’s only been three to four days but I feel like I know I’m already pregnant. I have taken ovulation test and everyday I get a positive test result from my ovulation test.I have pregnancy test,but get a negative.What is going on?My lmp was 04/02/2016 it lasted to the 7th.I am on a 31 day cycle.

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  • Chunkimunki

    Hi I had sex on the 27 th of this month tested positive today and had sex what are my chances of being pregnet?

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  • Chunkimunki

    Still waiting for answer

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  • Mimi

    Ovulation test said positive to me on the 9th and I had sex on the 15th so is a good chance for me … I been trying for 2 years now

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