Post # 1
I have read so many mixed opinions & answers on this topic. I’m sure I’ll probably get the same on my own post, but I figured it was worth a shot.
My OPK’s are reading positive usually around 3 days. Sometimes between 3 and 4. I know I am catching it as it goes up, as I test MULTIPLE times a day. So I will get my positive just a couple hours after a negative. So it hasn’t been up longer then what I know. And I also know I am catching it as it goes down, again, because I test so frequently and so many times a day. So it also hasn’t been negative longer then I realize either.
So my question is. Is something wrong? Or is this a common occurrence and does warrant ovulation still, even though the surge was longer?
Just a few facts…..
#1, No. I do not temp before anyone asks or suggests. I find that to just to be a stressor for me. My temps are erratic because I do not have a good sleep cycle, as I have two children and my husband works insane hours. I sleep with a fan pointing directly on me as well, it’s a habit I can’t seem to break. So therefore the stress of trying to temp I believe just makes trying to conceive even harder for me.
#2, I do have regular 27-30 day cycles.
#3, I do start menstruating around 14 days after my positive OPK’s. However it is very light, ranging 2-4 days and the beginning and ending just being spotting.
Post # 2
I did find this answer and was curious as to if this is rule of thumb. I’ve seen so many different answers. Some websites claiming you should only see two days AT MOST.
Post # 3
If I were you I’d try to have sex everyday from before the surge until a day after. Then no matter what, you’ve caught it.
Post # 4
It’s hard to say whether your surge is actually leading to an egg being released without actually confirming ovulation. Have you had any tests confirming you’re ovulating since you’re not temping? I’ve heard of long surges suggesting that the body isn’t actually ovulating but trying to get an egg to be released – but I can’t say for certain.
You won’t know anything, even how often and when you should BD, without actually confirming if your body is ovulating. That’s your first step, whether that be temping or getting tests confirming.
Post # 5
If temping isn’t an option then ask your doctor for day 3 / day 21 tests so you can ensure you are ovulating.
i get very short LH surges, it meant for a long time I was missing them with OPKs. But the doctor said as I was having regular periods I was most likely ovulating but the tests where peace of mind.
Best of luck!
Post # 6
it’s my understanding that ovulation happens 12-24 hours after the OPK is first positive
Post # 7
atitagain : I believe it depends on the person. If you were able to conceive two children already, then you’re probably fine. Do you always get 3 days or just once in a while? For me, I had 3 full days of positive OPKs this cycle and confirmed ovulation through temping the day after the third positive day, but I’m fairly certain I did not effectively ovulate because 3 days of positives is very unusual for me. (I diagnosed myself with LUFS for this cycle.) But I have a history of infertility myself so I know my body does weird things.
I second the PPs who said that if you’re unwilling to temp/chart, definitely ask a doctor about getting a blood test to check that you’ve ovulated.
Post # 8
Since temping doesn’t work for you, I’d recommend monitoring your cervical mucus (CM) and cervical position (CP). Right before and during ovulation, your CM will typically be watery or egg white/stretchy, and your cervix will feel high and soft. Right after ovulation, your CM will change to dry, sticky, or creamy, and your cervix will feel lower and firmer.
I agree with pp’s about asking a doctor for a blood test though to confirm that you’re ovulating, especially if you’ve been trying for awhile with no success.