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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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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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  • Sha

    When do you ovulate

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  • laura

    What are the chances of me concieving if I had a positiveovulation test last nyt and had sex 2 days ago and today!

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  • precious

    I make luv two days befor. My ovulation,and during Ma ovulation how is my chances of becoming pregnant.

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  • CrissyAnn

    I just got this kit and started the ovulation tests. On the packet it shows no line is negative and a line similar to control line is positive. What does a faint line next to the control line mean? I know on some opk’s it means negative but not sure about the opk’s in the conceive easy kit. Positive or negative?

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  • Monica Scott, RN

    There is a very good chance for you to get pregnant, given that the sperm can stay in your reproductive tract up to 5 days until it unites with your egg. As soon as you confirmed your pregnancy, it is best that you start taking prenatal vitamins to support your child’s development and to prevent miscarriages.

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  • Bella

    What are the chances of getting pregnant if we could only make love in the evening. My husband wakes up too early for morning?

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  • rose

    I’m supposed to ovulate 11-16 I had sex on the 8th and the 11th can I still get pregnant? Or should I keep trying? Me and my boyfriend are trying to have a baby help??

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  • jamie

    I had sex with my husband two days before ovulation tests were positive and I belive in day one of positive test. I tested negative this morning if we were to have sex today iswoukd there still be a chance for the swimmers to get to the egg? I’ve heard that ovulation actually happens after the lh surge spike. Is this true?

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  • Reke

    I ve been testing for ovulation test since three days and all the three days I’m getting positive results ? What does it mean and when should I ve intercourse !!!

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  • sarah

    does your test line have to be darker than control line?

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  • Caz

    Hi I had a positive ovulation result on Monday 16/9 and now is Wednesday and I have a negative result, dies this mean the egg has been realeased

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  • quianna

    I got a positive opk today and had sex last night do I still have a chance of getting pregnant

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  • Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

    Yes. You still have a chance of getting pregnant as sperm
    can survive inside you for 48 hours. However, if you get a negative result this
    month, what you can do to increase your chances of conceiving is to have sex
    every other day to ensure that your fertile days are covered.

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  • Prince Nelson Nnadozie

    I had sex with my hubby during my ovulation, I can’t tell if I’m pregnant within the period since my menstruation is ahead. Is it safe to still have sex with him or should wait to confirm if I’m pregnant.

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  • Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

    If you are trying to get pregnant then it is safe to say you can try having intercourse with your husband again within that period. There is a good chance you will get pregnant if you have intercourse on your ovulation days. The earliest time you can tell if you have conceived is to take a home pregnancy test two weeks after your missed period for a more accurate result.

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  • clara

    am taking clomid from day 2 of my menses.now its day 5.wen can l have my ovulation test and when should l make love inorder to get pregnant

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  • lilone

    my ovulation test came out positive this morning. I have been having intercourse all weekend. My husband leaves for school tomorrow morning. is there a chance I could get pregnant even though we won’t be able to have intercourse after tonight. I don’t know what day I will ovulate on, as the ovulation test does not tell you the exact day you are ovulating on.

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  • Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

    You may take an ovulation test as soon as your period stops as some women can ovulate right after menstruation. It is best to have intercourse within 24 hours after a positive ovulation test so as to not miss the egg. However, you can also try having intercourse every day or at least every other day to ensure that your ovulation days are not missed.

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  • Maureen Stephens, RN

    Once an ovulation prediction kit comes out positive, it means ovulation is about to occur within the next 48 hours. As long as you have had intercourse the day it came out positive and the days before that, you still have a good chance of getting pregnant as sperm can survive inside the body for as long as 72 hours.

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  • farah dominicano

    I had sex two days in a row on the second day we had sex it was two days before ovulation what are my chances of becoming pregnanat

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  • sugar

    Hi There I took an ovulation test, clear blue, starting on 5 Nov 2013 and got a positive on the 8th Nov 2013. We BD on the 5 Nov 2013, the 8 Nov 2013 and 9 Nov 2013, is there a possibility I could be pregnant? I miscarried the beginning of the year so this was my first normal ovulation that I tracked. Any help and guidance?

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  • angela

    Hi I test yesterday my ovulation test was positive after 12 hours I test again this time was negative what should I do ?

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  • angela

    Please give me the answer

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  • Jasmin

    I got my period on the 6th of January and ended the 10th and I started my depo provera shot on the 14th I had sex on the 15 and 16 *unprotected* and I didn’t know I had to wait a week or two to have unprotected sex. Now my fertile days are between the 15-19 is there a chance I could become pregnant ?

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  • Nichole

    Does anybody know the chances of me getting pregnant if ibtook an ovulation test today.and it was positive and i had sex 2 days ago twice. ?? And we’re planning on having sex tonight and in the morning!….

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  • bobbie

    I had sex two days before I got a positve ovulation test…what are my. Hances of being preggera

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  • tasha92x

    Hi, I had sex 3 days before my ovulation test was positive then again on the night of been positive, missed a day and had sex again, what are my chances of been pregnant I have been trying for nearly 1 year..

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  • lisa jones1

    i had sex with my partner on friday and on sunday i got a ovulation test saying positive. we had sex again on sunday. on monday i got negative ovulation test.. is there chance i could stil get pregnant?? i hope so ttc for 2years

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  • zoe

    hey i am really confused about my ovulation test. I have PCOS and have a 35 day cycle. My home ovulation test showed lighter lines earlier but today (cd 18) the test line is darker but still not as dark as the control line. what does that mean? I am also posting a picture as reference. Thanks.

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  • nicki

    My husband and I had sex sunday/monday around midnight. So around 12:30 monday afternoon I took an OV tesr and got a positive reading. For some odd reason I felt compelled to take another OV test around 12:30p today and again….POSITIVE!!! What does this mean? Is it possible that I’m preggers?

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  • nicki

    I forgot to mention we had sex again monday night around 10:30p after OV positive result

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  • Liz

    I’m going for insemination and was told to hold of on sex for at least 3- 4 days before going in for procedure but and since Im one that never ovulates i thought i might not ovulate this month and guess what I did get a positive ovulation test and we had sex yesterday does that mean i can not have the procedure done?

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  • Simone

    I got a pos opk on 14/6, we had sex on 12/6, 14/6 and 15/6. What are chances of falling pregnant? Thanks x

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  • nice

    Since I started concive easy ive had positive ovulation test for one week. Is this even possible?

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  • OnV

    I am trying to conceive, but am having a difficult time figuring out when to find the right time/day to test since my cycles are irregular. I took out my IUD in April. My cycles were..

    May 9
    June 10
    July 4

    I just bought the First Response ovulation kit. I tested 3 times.
    Day 1 (Friday)- faint line
    Day 2 (Tuesday)- Darker test line
    Day 3 (today-wed) test line was lighter

    Does this mean I missed my ovulation period? I was also told normal lay, it is 14 days after my first day of my cycle. However, my cycles aren’t normal so I don’t know what to go by. ANY help is greatly appreciated.

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  • zeynep

    I have started period on 12 July and finished on 16 july. I started the ovulation test on 17 july which was just a cirle for two days then it was flashing smiley face for 6 days. At that time i have finished the test sticks so i brought a new ovulation kit. Today i done another test with the new kit and it came out just a plain circle :( after two hours later i thought to do another test but do it with the old ovulation but the stick was new. So thats two test with the new kit and the old kit at the same time . And the result was that the new kit showed just a plain circle but the old kit shown a solid smiley face. So which one is right 8m confused.

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  • bemused

    have sex!!!!

    what are you expecting?
    If you don’t have sex, you can’t get pregnant!

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  • rocket

    If you have been trying for two years, both you and your partner really need to see a fertility expert.

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  • bravo

    this is showing its picking up estrogen, but it HAS to be equal or darker in colour than the control line.
    when mine gets progressively darker like this, i test again even more regulary as it means it is going to pick up the surge soon, and usually it does shortly after…
    If you have PCOS though, your hormones can be all over the place, so may not be the same deal.

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  • meghan

    I took at opk on Wed of this week had intercourse the day before which was a Tuesday . On Wed I had a positive opk and had sex yesterday which was Thursday what is the likely hood I’ll conceive

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  • Shanna Rohm-Jasenec

    My husband and I r trying to have a baby and I used opk and I tested + on a thursday. We had sex 3 day before I tested + . Then when i got a + we had sex that day and the day after. Do we have good chance i could be pregnant?

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  • Hina

    I did the ovulation test today and it came on positive wat does it mean????

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  • Sonya

    What are my chances of getting pregnant if I had a positive ovulation test this morning and my husband and I have sex tonight and tomorrow? Did I miss the best time to try to conceive?

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  • brk

    I had a regular cycle of 28 days with 5 days of Menstruation but last
    month i had my periods on 19Th sep(26 days) & it long for 4 days
    only. I’m confused with my ovulation dates can any one please help me
    out in this. I’m starting using Ovulation kit since last three days but
    only getting faint line. I’m desperate for a baby, please help me.
    My previous Menstruation dates are: 28Th july, 25Th August, 19Th Sep 2014

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  • britt

    What are the chances that im pregnant i had a positive ovulation test and had sex that same night

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  • stacey

    Had a baby 2.5 months ago using this and strickly nursing and now I felt like I am ovulating because of a lot of slippery egg white discharge and took
    test and came back positive. Is this possible?

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