My Ovulation Test is Positive! When Should I Have Sex?



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Getting pregnant is not easy for every couple. Though some may conceive naturally, others need a little assistance to give them a better chance. It’s very important to know when you are ovulating so you can time intercourse perfectly after receiving a positive ovulation test.

Timing is everything if you want to get pregnant. Your chances increase if you have sex within five days before you ovulate; but they also do decrease as the hours pass after you have ovulated as your egg only survives for about 24 hours once ovulation has occurred.

What Does a Positive Ovulation Test Tell You?

WebMD, explains that an ovulation test allows for the indication that an egg or ovum is about to be released from the ovaries, and is ready for fertilization. It does this by detecting the luteinizing hormone (LH) in the urine.

Once the LH surge is detected, your ovulation test will return a positive result. For most women, the positive result lets you know that you will be ovulating within 24 to 36 hours. If you are trying to get pregnant, it would be a good idea to have sex now. A positive ovulation test indicates that you need to have sex within the next 48 to 60 hours to make sure the sperm is available to fertilize the egg once it is released. During this time, your hormones will surge to ensure that your reproductive system provides a hospitable environment for the sperm to wait for the release of an egg.

Timing Sex for Conception

Once you have received a positive ovulation test, you will most likely ovulate within the next 12 to 72 hours. So having sex the day of a positive ovulation test result and again for the next two days will help by allowing the sperm to travel through the appropriate channels to await the egg’s release.





It’s not a precise formula though. There is a bit of leeway in when you have sex. The optimal timing would be when you see the positive ovulation test result and the next couple of days, but it is important to understand that sperm can survive for up to five days after ejaculation, so timing sex a few days before ovulation occurs can also result in pregnancy.

You should keep in mind that ovulation is not an exact science, and as much as you keep track of your cycle and heed the advice of professionals, there is no guarantee of conception. If you and your partner have gone through at least five ovulation cycles, with no positive results, you want to schedule a visit with your doctor just to make sure everything is working as it should, reproductively speaking.

Increasing the Odds of Getting Pregnant

There are a few extra changes that you can make to your lifestyle to increase your odds of conception. These include reducing your intake of caffeinated drinks, stopping smoking, cutting back on alcohol, keeping stress levels at a minimum, and resting as much as possible.

Even the position of your body after sex can make a difference. Consider the natural standing position of a female body. Gravity actually works against a sperm traveling from the vagina into the uterus. By lying down with your feet raised, the journey becomes easier for the sperm and increase the chances of conception.


Last modified: December 21, 2014

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