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Faq’s 2017-09-13T08:14:51+00:00
A. Having oral sex can kill sperm, water based lubes can kill sperm, vegetable oil and baby oil can kill sperm, water and heat can kill sperm. Does it always No. When trying to conceive it is best to avoid certain things that can prevent conception. Saliva has bacteria living inside of it, using this as a “lube” or even as foreplay, can harm sperm.
A. This is your Corpus Luteum dip. This is NOT at all related to an implantation dip. You will see this dip happen at (some women) between 2- to 5 days past ovulation. This is when your estrogen dips (drops) and your Corpus Luteum takes over produce more progesterone. Notice how after the dip your temp will shoot back up?
A. Your luteal phase, starts the day AFTER ovulation, and ends the day BEFORE your next period starts. To count this read below on counting days past ovulation DPO.
A. This is what is going to confuse you, and what you are going to pay attention to a lot more now that you are trying to conceive. After ovulation during your luteal phase (two week wait), your hormones progesterone which is secreted in a high amount from your corpus luteum, and estrogen which is still present in little amounts, will fluctuate. So you will experience random different types of cervical mucus during this time. Ranging from sticky, creamy, milky, egg white, tacky, creamy and egg white, yellow-like, jelly type, crumble like, and it will change sometimes from day to day. This doesn’t mean you are or aren’t pregnant.
A. This depends on which works best for each woman, and how serious you really are when you start trying to conceive. If you want to use the relax approach than relying on cervical mucus and sometimes cervix position would be good for you. But if you are getting impatient and really want to get down to business then doing this isn’t the best way for you. The reason is, is because you can (as explain on some pages of this site), have fertile cervical mucus and still not even release the egg. You can even have creamy cervical mucus and release the egg. The best thing to do, is to chart, it is easy to learn, chart your basal body temperatures.
A.Yes you can. Text book style an anovulatory cycle drags on, and on. Normally way past your normal cycle length. An anovulatory cycle is when during a menstrual cycle an egg is never released. When a woman doesn’t release an egg that cycle, she will not have a period, she will have what is called “breakthrough” bleeding. (Read more on cycles under the page review of your cycle). Anovulatory bleeding is from when your estrogen builds up in your system, once it gets high enough you will start bleeding. Also your lining is built up and needs to shed. This would be break through bleeding, and not a period. You can however count it as Cycle day 1 if you are temping your basal body temperatures or doing ovulation tests.
A.The egg dissolves back into the ovary. It does not affect the other eggs in there at all.
A. This depends on your body and your hormones. Some women tend to bleed quite a bit, as a normal period, and sometimes they even have “clotting”, which is the lining being shed. If you had a cycle that lasted more than your normal cycle length, then you are likely to have clotting with your breakthrough bleeding. This is because your lining had a lot of time to build up. Some women just have pink or brown spotting when they have their breakthrough bleeding. It honestly depends on you.
A. Yes.When a person gains or losses weight, you are changing hormones from your endocrine glands. Your hormones can then become unbalanced, creating you to sometimes ovulate earlier, later or even not at all. Anything can hinder ovulation. Weather, stress, diet, colds/illness, traveling, lack of sleep. Our bodies sometimes can be so delicate, one little small change, and you won’t release your egg.
A. You may be getting “almost positives” where the test line is as dark as the control line- most would consider this as a positive, but the next time you test you may have where the test line is darker than the control line. That would be your true positive. Learn to tell apart from a positive, true positive, almost positive result is. Text book says that more than 3 days of true positive ovulation tests, indicate a high LH surge, which is a concern for infertility.

Now after you get your first positive result and it’s your true positive, you should ovulate with in 12 to 36 hours from that positive. The day after ovulation, is 1DPO. So basically most women ovulate 24 hours after their first true positive, so if you get a positive OPK on CD14, this makes CD15 ovulation day, then CD16 will be your 1DPO. However it is hard to tell where you are at because you aren’t charting your basal body temperatures.

You also may just have a higher LH surge. Meaning you caught your surge at its high, and are catching it on it’s way back down, as sometimes it does take a few days for the surge to finally go down.

A. First understand that stress can not delay a period once the egg had been released. Meaning that stress can not lengthen a luteal phase. (I sometimes wish it was that easy though). Now, stress can delay ovulation which will delay a period. Now reasons for a missed period are of obvious which is pregnancy. But what if you aren’t getting a positive on a pregnancy test? This might be because you ovulate a lot later than you normally do. Below is the menstrual cycle broken down-

Follicular phase- This is the first half of your menstrual cycle. The day you start bleeding is cycle day 1, and this first phase ends the day you ovulate. This part of your cycle actually determines the length of your cycle. Which means that most women do not ovulate 14 day into their cycles, some ovulate 18 days or more into their cycles. Which of course will make a menstrual cycle longer.

Luteal phase- This is the second half of your cycle. This starts the day after ovulation, and ends the day before you start your next cycle. (The day before you bleed). This length is different from woman to woman, However with each woman, it should remain the same from your cycles. It can however vary by a day or two. The only way to know the length of your true luteal phase, is to chart your basal body temperatures.

Often times a missed cycle is because of later ovulation, even if you have never in your life been late before.

A. Often times an irregular cycle is something like this, One cycle is 53 days, one cycle is 40 days, one cycle is 23 days, one cycle is 34 days, one cycle is 38 days. This would mean that either ovulation is taking place extremely different times (which is irregular ovulation) and span outs in your cycle, or you aren’t ovulating at all in a cycle. IF your cycle varies at least with in that week, for instance like this: One cycle is 29 days, one cycle is 33 days, one cycle is 34 days, one cycle is 30 days- that is not an irregular cycle.
A. Yes you can. Sometimes women can miss their surges, especially if they aren’t testing twice a day. Some women in some cycles may have a shorter surge than other cycles. Just remember though, that a positive OPK, does not guarantee ovulation. It just gives you a snapshot of the LH surge before the egg is released.
A. Progesterone is a natural hormone in our bodies that we produce after we ovulate. Once the follicle releases the egg, the Corpus Luteum produces progesterone. Progesterone is important because it prepares the uterus for pregnancy, and sustains a pregnancy. Progesterone is the reason behind your typical pms symptoms. There are reasons why you feel progesterone symptoms more than others each cycle. This is because each cycle, each luteal phase (time after ovulation) your Corpus Luteum will produce a different amount of hormone each time. For an instance, let’s take cycle 4-

On cycle 4, Lucy had her progesterone level tested (known as a P4 level) at 7 days passed when she think she ovulated. Her level is tested through blood test, which ended up being 17.6mL. Lucy is feeling her typical progesterone symptoms this cycle.

However on Cycle 5, Lucy has her progesterone levels tested again. This cycle during the luteal phase her level is at 22.9mL. This cycle she is feeling stronger progesterone symptoms than last. Her breasts hurt a lot more, she has gas/bloating, she is more tired, and her appetite has increased.

Does this mean Lucy is pregnant, no, this just means her Corpus Luteum is producing a different amount of hormone from the last cycles. Once her embryo implants however, her progesterone may go up and elevate, as well as her estrogen and of course HCG.

A. Spotting can mean a variety of different things, however know that spotting before a period is NOT left over blood from last cycle, that isn’t how it works. If you have a shorter luteal phase, and you spot a few days or more before your actual period starts you need to have your progesterone levels tested during your cycle. Is how it works, is that the closer you get to your next cycle, your progesterone will drop and start to decline, and your estrogen will start being the dominant one, which is what causes the spotting, or rather the bleeding- the start of your new cycle. Now if you have a normal set luteal phase, about 13, 14, or even 15 days, and you spot about a day or two before your period, this is fine. However if you have a 12 day or under luteal phase and you start spotting a few days before your period, get your progesterone checked, this could be a type of luteal phase defect, because you can implant as late as 11 days past ovulation, and you need progesterone to sustain the pregnancy.
A. When a woman has ovulation pains a week prior to ovulation or even a few days before ovulation, this is from her follicles swelling, they will and can be on both sides, as both follicles will swell at a race to release the mature egg. Ovulation pains can also be after ovulation, this is from, after the egg is released from the follicle, fluid is also released with it, the fluid can cause irritation to the endometrium lining, which causes cramping. This does not hinder implantation at all. This can also last the duration of the luteal phase.
A. No. This is one question that most women do not understand. First off, you can release two eggs during ovulation times at least 24 hours apart. For instance you can ovulate on CD14, and then again on CD15. Releasing more than one egg. Now for those of you that throw those websites of ladies who had been pregnant and ovulated, repeat that sentence, PREGNANT THEN OVULATED. Now that did not say ovulated two weeks apart having two luteal phases. You can not have two luteal phases. Meaning you can not ovulate on CD10, then again on CD24, then 14 days after that start your cycle. No it doesn’t work that way. HOWEVER, is what gets misconstrued is the fact that SOME women will ovulate, GET PREGNANT, and then while pregnant, ovulate while pregnant, because their bodies do not recognize that they had conceived. This is called Superfetation, and it is the most rarest things in the world to come by. It can actually happen as late as 24 days from getting pregnant the first time.
A. To count the length of your menstrual cycles, this means to count cycle day 1, as the first day of bleeding. Continue counting until the day before your next period starts. For instances, say you start bleeding (making you into your next cycle) on Cycle day 29, this means you have a 28 day cycle.
A. No, say you normally have a 30 day cycle, this normally means that you ovulate on cycle day or around cycle day 15. Giving you a normal 14 day luteal phase. However if in a cycle you ovulated earlier, meaning let’s say around cycle day 12, this means your new cycle length will be 26 days long. Remember, if you ovulate later your period will also be later, and if you ovulate earlier, your period will come earlier.
A.Ovulation spotting is thought to be caused by a few things, such as, the egg bursting out of the follicle may cause some bleeding. Or once a woman’s estrogen gets high enough she will start to spot/bleed. Estrogen peaks right before ovulation, estrogen is what creates egg white cervical mucus/watery cervical mucus, estrogen also triggers the LH surge so that the egg can be released. This spotting varies between each woman, some women get it before ovulation, some get it the day of ovulation, and some get it a few days after they ovulate- that is generally caused by some blood that finally had made its way down the cervix. Even if you have never had it before, and then get it, this is fine, do not be alarmed. Some women get it each month, some women get it only once in their lifetime. Not all women experience this. The bleeding or rather spotting can be different from person to person. Some women have actual red bleeding that lasts a day, some have just pink spotting, and some have just brown spotting. Normally it will be mixed with fertile cervical mucus
A. No. The only time it does, is normally if you are bleeding for more than a week straight. We had asked a few doctors about this one as well, because we saw that a lot of times on the net it was being asked. Basically irregular bleeding in a menstrual cycle means like if you bleed for more than 2 weeks straight, actual bleeding. This is normally caused by a hormonal imbalance and would really need to be checked out by your doctor. However if you normally bleed on your period for about 3 to 5 days, but at a few times it lasted 7 or 9, this is fine, and has no effect on ovulation at all.
A. If you have a normal bleed for your period, and it stopped for a day or two, or sometimes even 3, this is fine. This is just the rest of the lining needing to be shed. Unless it is painful, very heavy, fainting, then that is when you need to seek medical attention. Normally the color is orange/brown/tan.
A. Honestly, nothing.Not one prenatal, herbal, standing on your head, preseed, instead cup, or fruit is going to get you pregnant faster. You have a chance like everyone one else which again is 20%. Your prenatal vitamins just get your body prepared for the nutrients for when you end up pregnant. Herbals heal, and they will only heal you, or help your body in some way, but it will not increase your chances. Preseed just mimics your fertile cervical mucus, because if that is something you lack in your cycles, it only helps keep the sperm alive longer, but you could still miss the egg. The instead cups only hold leakage, some say it can hold the semen closer to your cervix but it is very hard to even place that as a factor to getting pregnant faster. Now a lot of women are taking certain fruits to increase their chances, but it honestly doesn’t really do anything, it can not make the sperm enter the egg and can not make implantation happen.
A. No. The symptoms you feel before you even implant are from progesterone, so don’t worry they aren’t in your head. Above it is stated that your Corpus Luteum secretes different amount of progesterone each cycle after ovulation. Well this is why right after ovulation you feel these symptoms. Once implantation happens, which is between 7 and 10DPO, that is when your hormones estrogen/progesterone/hcg will rise, and your symptoms may become more prominent. And you should receive a positive on a pregnancy test if you are pregnant. Now some women (like me) implant earlier, however the earliest without the egg implanting in your tubes is around 5 days passed ovulation. You have to remember that after the egg is released, the egg has a long journey down the fallopian tubes, and if your egg was even fertilized you need to understand that it does take at least 3 days for the egg to form into a zygote- meaning it is cell dividing. Then it takes another 2 to 3 days for it to form into a blastocyst- which is the second set of cell dividing. Then the egg has to go to the uterine wall and implant, or rather find a snug place to implant. It will and does take a few days for the egg to fully implant.
A. Implantation bleeding happens when the fertilized egg starts to implant into the uterine wall. This happens before a missed period. Some women however have had implantation left over bleeding that the cervix didn’t expel out during implantation that will show up even after implantation has happened. You will be able to get a positive on a pregnancy test at least 2 to 5 days after the bleeding or spotting. It is actually rare, and happens in only 20 to 30% of pregnancies.
A. As soon as your embryo implants, or even attaches to the uterine wall, HCG is secreted through the blood stream immediately. It takes at least more than 24 hours after implantation for the HCG to run entirely through your blood stream. If you are getting a blood test it would be accurate a few days after implantation. (Note there are two different kind of blood tests read below)
A. There is no difference. PMS symptoms are from progesterone. As we have already discussed, progesterone is a natural hormone that we create from the Corpus Luteum after we ovulate. We have also learned that progesterone is secreted in different amounts each cycle, and also raises once implantation happens. So what are the symptoms of progesterone? There is a separate page on this website that has it, but let’s list a few here- Nausea, Gas, Bloating, Fatigue, Moodiness, Sore breasts, Changes in Breasts, Leaky breasts, metal taste in mouth, Blue or more prominent veins, Increase in Appetite, Weight gain, Acne, Sticky/tacky/milky/creamy cervical mucus, Water retention, Heartburn, Constipation, Headaches, Dry mouth, Frequent Urination, Cramping, back pain, stuffy nose and sense of smell, Hot/Cold flashes, and that is just to name a few. These will last from ovulation until the time you start your next cycle.
A. Yes, this is from estrogen. As your progesterone starts to decline and fall, your estrogen as we have learned will be your dominant hormone towards the end of your luteal phase. Estrogen causes, egg white or watery cervical mucus, hot and cold sweats, and sometimes changes in your nipples. This is a normal process of the menstrual cycle.
A. If you are only judging by cervical mucus there is no true way with that method of counting your days passed ovulation. The reason is because you can have fertile cervical mucus up to a week before even releasing the egg, you can also have fertile cervical mucus a day or two after releasing the egg. The only way to truly count days passed ovulation (which gives you the length of your luteal phase) is through temping your basal body temperatures. IF you are going by just Ovulation kits alone, then here below is an example how to start your days passed ovulation counting:

Monday- Positive Ovulation test (you generally will ovulate the day after the positive Ovulation test)
Tuesday- Ovulation day
Wednesday- This is ONE day passed ovulation (going by ovulation tests)
STOP counting your days passed ovulation the day BEFORE your new cycle starts.

A. Yes believe it or not, you can have fertile cervical mucus, ovulation pains, even a positive ovulation test, and still not ovulate. The only accurate way to detect ovulation occurring is charting your basal body temperature correctly. You can get an ultra sound however, or a progesterone blood test, which is known as the P4 test. You test with that at around 7 days past ovulation. The level of the serum blood test will at least indicate whether or not you did indeed ovulate that cycle.
A. Possible yes of course. The HCG hormone produces in the blood first as soon as implantation happens. What the blood doesn’t need, the urine will get. It is very rare to not get a positive on a pregnancy test about the time a menstrual cycle is due (assuming you confirmed ovulation), especially with the sensitivity of pregnancy tests these days (2010) on the market. This only happens to 20% of women in the world however who do not show on a urine pregnancy test. Think about how many women in the world who are pregnant, or trying to conceive, so it is a rare occurrence to happen. Blood tests on the other hand are accurate, if you are pregnant, or believe you are pregnant, and receiving negative pregnancy tests, get a blood test, this will tell you for sure if you are pregnant. Now there are two kind of blood tests:
1) A Qualitative blood test, detects the presents of HCG in the blood.
2) A Quantitative blood test measures the amount of HCG in the blood. (under 5 is not pregnant).
A. If you start asking around on all these message boards, 96% of women are going to tell you that they detect HCG because that is what they “heard” or “read” on the internet. Towards the end of a menstrual cycle your estrogen level will peak again to start your period, this yes can cause a positive on an OPK test. Because your LH during the time you bleed is at a high too. You can also get just random surges during the luteal phase, because we all have LH in our systems, high or low. Our hormones fluctuate during this time as well, so you may get a positive OPK during this time. Also make sure you KNOW when you ovulated for a fact and it was confirmed properly, because you may have geared up to ovulate, then for some reason didn’t, and are now.
This depends actually. You might hear stories of people who had SEX right after their period ended and conceived, BUT how do you or they know if they ovulated THE day they had sex? You do not know unless you are actually tracking. Sperm can live in the cervix for three to five days (in good quality fertile cervical mucus), think about it, if they had sex say on cycle day 7 right when their bleeding stopped, you might ovulate on cycle day 10, or even 12 which gives your sperm enough time to swim where it needs to go! Now what about using
an OPK (ovulate prediction kit) right after your period ends, this is a hard one because:
1) Your OPK’s search for LH, did you know that you can have surges of LH right before and during your period?
2) Again, you do not ovulate the DAY of the positive ovulation test, you should ovulate 12 to 36 hours after.
No. However those with extremely irregular cycles, (like those of a menopausal cycle) can. Otherwise no, the purpose of your period is to release all lining. We are sure you hear about women who said “I was on my period when I got pregnant”.. how do you know THAT is when they ovulated? For instance, say they had sex on cycle day 5 and where still bleeding… since sperm can live 3 to 5 days in the cervix, you need to take that into consideration as well. Just because someone has SEX on a certain day, doesn’t mean that is the day they actually ovulated.
A. Some women haven’t ovulated since birth control, for some it’s been a year. It is up to your body. Some ladies conceive right after, and some are still trying after a few months/years. Understand that with birth control you are putting a synthetic progesterone and estrogen in your body. Those are two hormones your body naturally produces. So once you stop taking birth control, your body has to figure out what it is doing, and needs to produce these hormones again by itself. See when you are on birth control you are forcing your body to produce hormones that it can produce by itself. So it may take a while. The best thing to do, is speak with your doctor about the type of birth control that you where on.
A. With any loss, your body is still in “pregnant” mode, so things might be off balance for a while. Normally for an early chemical it shouldn’t affect ovulation too much, it might throw it off by a day or two. With losses that are further along, it depends on how your body reacts to being in a state of shock, and still under pregnant mode. A woman’s body can be fragile when put into a state of stress, or certain stress factors causing ovulation to be thrown off.
A. Unfortunately you cannot take anything for your cycle, since you are breast feeding. When breast feeding your prolactin levels are high. Prolactin is the hormone used to create breast milk. This hormone stops you from ovulating, which is why you do not have a cycle during breast feeding. Those who do have a cycle, have a lower level of prolactin.
A. Each doctor, and each text book as a different opinion or explanation it seems like. The one thing they do agree on, is that if a woman ovulates extremely late her her menstrual cycle, her lining is built up pretty thick already from not properly shedding, so a fertilized egg may not implant at all or may try to implant, but soon release. They also agree that the longer in your cycle it takes you to ovulate, the less chances a year you have to conceive, and the less periods for text book you will have per year. Now I have found some websites that speak about the eggs being “too old”. We do not believe that at all. We believe that a body is going to release the egg when the follicle finally matures, in a cycle. If it takes the follicle more time to mature, or it starts to mature but stops, then starts again later in the cycle, fine, at least it is releasing a mature egg. Think about it, if the egg was too old, explain that? The egg is only released once the follicle gets mature and large enough for it to be released, so how does it get too old? The eggs in the ovary are immature, and just waiting for the right hormones to mature the egg to be spit out by the follicle. So it would make really no sense.
A. No. Meaning you can not have sex on cycle day 12, and ovulate on cycle day 20, and expect to get pregnant. However, if you have sex during your fertile week, (unprotected of course), then your chances are like everyone else which is 20% each cycle. You can only get pregnant if you have sex around the time you ovulate.
A. Yes, you can still get pregnant. During ovulation, your cervix opens up, so when your husband ejaculates inside of you, sperm is deposited inside the cervix, what is needed will stay up there. Once you are done with ovulation, his semen or rather left over ejaculate, will stay in your vagina area, and of course some may leak out. This is normal, don’t worry. Out of all this semen he has about 250 million sperms going up there.
A. The best days to get pregnant honestly, are at least 3 days before your ovulation date, the day before and the day after. Depending on if your partner has good enough sperm. Your egg after release can survive 12 to 24 hours before dying. Sperm can live up to 5 days, but most men it is 3 days.
A. One of the biggest questions is clotting during a period. Normal**. Your body sometimes can not break down the lining that needs to be shed during a period, some periods you may just have a nice flow, and some periods you may clot a little. This is just the lining. The time to speak with a doctor is if there are really big clots, painful clots, or long term clots, then go to a doctor and seek medical help. Otherwise, clotting during a menstrual cycle is normal, and apart of nature.
A. This is between you and your body’s hormones. On an average cycle it takes 14 days or more for your follicle to mature, to release your egg. If your follicle releases and immature egg, and your egg ends up getting fertilized, you could have an early miscarriage, because your egg wasn’t properly developed. Some women do ovulate around cycle day 10 or 12, which in text book theory is perfectly fine. However you want to at least ask your doctor to make sure you are releasing a good enough egg, if you are ovulating any earlier than this.
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