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.

  • jakarra

    So when would I do the dead this was done this afternoon

    • CB

      This doesn’t look like a positive just yet. The line must be just as dark or darker than the control line. But it looks like you are close, maybe the next day so definitely start trying to have intercourse once a day or every other day!

      • Nikki

        Hi there! Left to right is from yesterday morning to today. Close to or positive on the right?

  • Flibble

    What a lot of tosh about the position making a difference. Have you actually done any research before writing this? Plus ‘rest as much as possible’? Or how about take regular exercise to prepare your body for a healthy pregnancy?

  • M1298

    I got a positive OPK this morning. I didn’t take one yesterday so I do not know if
    It would have been positive yesterday too… Did I miss it?

    • jessica

      Im in same boat! The lighter one is from Tuesday, the DARK one is from this morning. But didnt take one yesterday. Have you taken a pregnancy test yet???

  • Emily

    I have had positive ovulation test the day after I had sexual intercourse could I be pregnant

  • jessica

    Got my positive this morning at 930 and just bd and we had sex on the 4th so im thinking that may be way to long of wait. Should we bd tomorrow and the next day also. Iv never had it this dark before can someone explain why it is or why they think its so dark. I just hope i wont miss it. Dang i knew i should have had sex yesterday!!

    • jessica

      This is the picture i ment to post the firat one was from Tuesday

      • Gem bob

        That is def positive

  • Marie k

    does this look like a postitive opk on day 27
    Been testing since cd 10
    Had mc 24th September at 8 weeks

    • TheBarbershop Westcornforth

      Looks like it to me. I had MC In July after trying for 1.5 years to concieve. Started with the ovulation kits .. I got a positive tonight so … iv been reading that you have 48 hours after positive test to get down to it for the best chances. It’s so stressful. Good luck Anna x

  • Sierra

    Does this look positive. Have been testing for a few days top one is starting with the 17th and the bottom one is today the 21st. When should we start having intercourse !!!!!

    • Baby

      Hi u get preg?

    • Dowelt

      should have started the first day LOL

  • Faviola Hsu

    I’m trying to figure out if this is a positive. Please help us!!! 🙁

    • Faviola Hsu

      This picture. Sorry

      • MissFishy

        That was definitely positive

        • Faviola Hsu


      • Baby

        Hey did u get a positive Hcg test

      • Gem bob

        This looks negative as the test line is lighter than the control line

        • Faviola Hsu

          Wow. I’m so sorry for your loss. I have a friend who had a similar story. And after 7 years they got pregnant! Fingers crossed for you!

          • Gem bob

            Ahhh thanks. Tbh I hope it happens soon. I can’t take anymore heartbreak. I’ve just told my husband if it doesn’t happen this month I’m getting a surrogate. He’s not happy at all about that!

          • Faviola Hsu

            absolutely nothing wrong with that. It works great for many people. I think maybe he’s just hopeful it will come natural for you guys. Keep me posted on your journey!

          • Gem bob

            Who knows but he’s said hands down no way will be be a part of surrogacy. So I’m faced with staying with him and not having more children, or leaving and doing surrogacy alone xx

  • Gem bob

    When do you find out if you’re pregnant then? 🙂

    • Faviola Hsu

      I wish it was that easy! My period is due in 4 days.. But I’ve read it takes a few tries… We’ll see. Fingers crossed! Are you trying? Or pregnant?

      • Gem bob

        Fingers are crossed for you…..I’ve been trying 6 yrs. Fell pregnant Oct last yr, lost the baby the following month. Been trying since but nothing. 🙁

        • Sarah Phillips

          To be honest, I can understand your husband’s perspective about surrogacy, but I can also see where you’re coming from. I know babies are awesome, but is having your own child worth more to you than your husband/partner? Would you guys consider adoption?

          • Gem bob

            Honestly Sarah yes it is worth more than my marriage

          • Gem bob

            And he won’t adopt, I would but he says he can’t love someone else’s child which I think is rubbish

  • Sarah Phillips

    Super positive on a 1-hour hold (the test line should be at least equal in darkness).

  • Sarah Phillips

    Good luck! 🙂

  • Laura

    Is this positive? All the symptoms

  • Saraharron Hammond

    Is this a possative test pleas help me

  • Chantal

    need second oppinion , this is my first time teying to use ovulation test and think its possitive but not certaine

    • Monica Jackson

      Yes it is positive

  • Meagan Leana Swanner

    Guys need help do you think this is positive?

  • Dowelt

    I am going to include a few pictures the two separate ones are from yesterday and the one where they are together is from today sry about the flash lol. do you think my Peak was yesterday?

    • Dowelt

      Here they are

  • Ericka Cooley

    Pos or neg?

    • Aimee


      • Ericka Cooley


  • Carolina Robert

    I kinda need help asap. Is this positive or negative??

    • Srphotos


      • Srphotos

        The second line should be just as dark

      • Carolina Robert

        Aww. Bummer. Thanks anyway.

  • Kayleigh

    Positive or negative ????

    • cathyvalenzuela82


  • Dawn Elmore

    Is this positive?

  • Bobbi

    Is the bottom one positive?

  • Bobbi

    bottom one.. Positive or negative?

  • Neha

    Can anybody help me to understand whether the result is positive or not

    • Hopethishelps

      You want the line to be as dark as the control test line or more so. But keep testing as it may be soon.

  • Jess Seigel

    Hey could anyone help first time using opk.

    • Vik Sainsbury

      that’s a negative result, the test line has be as dark or darker than the control line 🙂

  • disqus_h2nfIfhifj

    Question??? So I bd from tues to fri morning. Opk test positive fri night, no bd on sat. Opk test positive sat morn still…Opk test neg sund morning. Not sure if I’m going to be able to bd today because of him being out of town. Do I still have a chance this month

  • Hannah Le

    Can someone help which ones are positive? Starting from the 5th from the top?

    • I’d say the 5th one from the top is the first time the test line was as dark or darker than the control line.

      • Hannah Le

        Thanks, Vickie!

  • Cherish

    Are any of these positive? First is Thursday evening second friday morning and last Saturday.. if not a positive does this mean I need to keep testing because it’s not darker or is my surge maybe over..I’m cd 19 today

    • None of those look positive yet. You need to keep testing until the test line is as dark as the control line. When did you start testing? It is possible that you started too late and that the surge is over. If these are the only tests you took then that is a possibility. You really want to start testing at about cd 10 or 11 as ovulation will usually occur at around day 14 (unless you have long cycles or irregular cycles.)

      • Cherish

        I started at cd8 the middle was the darkest it got

        • If that’s the case it would appear that you ovulate very early in your cycle and you should probably be testing twice a day from cycle day 7 to make sure you actually catch when the surge happens. Keep in mind that a positive test result means that you will typically ovulate within the next 24 to 36 hours.

  • Jay

    Are these Positive?
    Just took them today?

  • Pomai

    Is this a positive ovulation?

    All new to this

  • Pomai

    Is this a positive?

    • It looks like it is positive.

      • Pomai

        I took this in the morning along with the clear blue digi test and that gave me just a circle and this one looks to me like a positive, don’t know what to do

  • Courtney Condo

    I’ve never ovulated in my life. I had weight loss surgery, and got my period for maybe the 9th time EVER. (I’m 32) So I decided to start randomly with and opk, just to see. As I expected, NO test line at all. A couple weeks after daily testing, it showed a faint line.. On day 19 and 20 of testing, a darker line. Could it be possible? Or could I just be detecting an LH surge with anovulatory periods?

    • Leah Mckevitt

      They look negative

      • Leah Mckevitt

        The 4th 1 looks possible

      • Courtney Condo

        The test line is the one on right side.. I made this collage of photos with four different days.. The bottom 2 days are definitely positive. According to the directions.. The test line is way darker than the control line. I was just wondering if you can get a positive for an LH surge with anovulatory periods. Like, yes, the opk was positive, but the LH doesn’t necessarily mean ovulation..

        • Leah Mckevitt
        • MrsMuffin

          The positive means you’ve had an LH surge, but thay does not mean you are definitely ovulating. After the egg is released from mature follicles, there is a spike in basal body temperature, and that is the only way (other than an ultrasound) to confirm ovulation. I had long cycles like that as well (usually get a positive anywhere from day 20 to day 30) and was not ovulating regularly. Since I have been temping I have been able to track it and learn a lot more about my body! Try fertility friend app if you’re just starting out!!

    • M

      That’s def a poistive good luck x

  • Leah Mckevitt

    R these positive I think they r I took one Wednesday and there was only 1 line the other was not really clear then took these to today

    • Lindsey S.


      • Leah Mckevitt

        It sure was as I’m now pregnant 5 weeks my first time of trying the ovulation test and got pregnant am so happy

    • Cassy A

      Hi , which day or how often after this did you “try” in order to get pregnant?


      • Leah

        I had sex 2 days befor and on that day twice and to days after and I ended up getting pregnant straight away x

  • Ashley

    Are these positive ?? Well the bottom one . I’m trying and praying so hard to concive again !

    • Johnna Deloach

      There will always be a faint line, when it is super dark like the last one, that is a positive one

  • A

    Is this a positive ovulation test?

  • Lucy

    Does this mean I’m ovulating I’m so confused it’s my first time using ovulation test

    • The last test on the right looks like a positive. That would mean you would ovulate 24 to 36 hours after you got the positive result.

  • Christy Smick

    Would you ladies call this a positive?

  • Allison

    Is this positive? Please help

    • Well, it looks like it is pretty close. My guess is that you would have a full positive in about 8 hrs. A positive test results means you will ovulate in 24 to 36 hours. Sperm can survive up to 5 days after ejaculation so if you have had sex in the last day or so and have sex again soon, you will have pretty good timing to get pregnant. 🙂

      • Allison

        Ahh ok so we’ve had sex pretty much every day for like a week and again after the positive OPK I’m praying that this will work! Should we again tonight just to be safe??

        • Allison

          Also how long should I wait to take a test? They need to make tests that can tell immidiately haha the wait is killer!

  • Gloria Kroon

    New at this suff, currently taking ” Easy @ home” tests would this be a positive ovulation? if so what should i do next?

  • nancy

    after i get a positive ovulation do i stop trying for a girl or its when i start im confused??i have 4 boys help

  • nancy

    i had a positive test yesterday and today ist faided color??why

  • Tricia

    I took a opk yesterday morning. It was almost positive but not quite yet. Then yesterday (Friday) at 9pm took another and positive. Took the digital and sure enough, smiley!!! I drove up to my husband who is working and got here at 530am Saturday and tested the digital Again and it was back to the circle. Had sex just in case. Took the strip a few hours later and that shows positive still. Just curious if I missed my window or not? We will do it again before I go home Sunday morning @ 6. I hope I didn’t miss it since the digital went back. Anyone know??!? I’m stressing!!! Tia

    • Ovulation usually occurs 24 to 36 hours after you get a positive ovulation test. Sounds like you had sex within that time frame so you didn’t miss your chance 🙂

      • Haley

        I had sex the day my ovulation test was positive but I didn’t the day after… can I still get pregnant?

        • Yes you can. Sperm can survive up to 5 days after ejaculation. A positive ovulation test means you will ovulate 24 to 36 hours later.

  • SeraM

    Hiya, new to this ovulation timing thing… just wondering is there also a sign when ur ovulating? I’m like super super horny… lol and I’ve done 2 ovulation test that are both positive. I just had sex this morning and tried the ovulation sticks later today for the first time. I’m just curious, when u get super horny is that a tell tale sign ur ovulating? I mean I know that u can get horny but this is soo unusual for me to be super horny… like need it all the time horny. Lmao oh geez now I sound like a nymphomaniac – welp!

    • 😀 Yep, Your fluctuating hormones can seriously increase your sex drive. If you are trying to get pregnant, it is an added bonus 😀 though if you aren’t, it can be a tough urge to avoid. 😉

      • SeraM

        Oh wow I was wondering if it could be. Thanks for your help. And yes we are trying for baby number 2! Do u know if the signs and symptoms of pregnant the 2nd time round differs? I honestly don’t know what to expect this time round

        • It will vary from pregnancy to pregnancy. The only thing that stayed the same for me, with my three, was massive indigestion. I NEVER have indigestion unless I am pregnant.

          • SeraM

            Hey Vickie, I am expected to have my period in 2 days. I took an ovulation strip and it came back negative. Do u think I can take a preg test now, before my period is due? Or should I just wait until I’ve missed my period for a week?

          • Most pregnancy tests would show a positive if you are 2 days before your period. Testing now should be okay.

          • SeraM

            Hi, I’m confused with my body. I’m trying for bub number 2. I took a preg test on Monday late evening because I was feeling slightly nauseous and had a headache. I brushed it off as oh no its a head cold. And the test was negative. Not disappointed I just needed to see which is it – pregnant or the cold/flu. I was only 2 days late. Days went on headache/cold still there with stiff neck and nauseous symptoms. Fobbed this off as flu again. Plus it was only relieved when being active and busy. When resting for short-long periods it would return. Today was extremely worse nausea and the robbing headache too. I thought it was my perfume so I removed all fragrances and wore new clean clothes – no difference. It’s now day 4 late period. Should I take a preg test first thing again even thoe my result from only 4 days ago was negative? I plan to take the test tomorrow first thing in the morning for a better result but wondered if it’s too early to? If negative then I would go see a doc about my symptoms to rule it out. Anyone one else experience this?

  • SeraM

    Hiya, new to this ovulation timing thing… just wondering is there also a sign when ur ovulating? I’m like super super horny… lol and I’ve done 2 ovulation test that are both positive. I just had sex this morning and tried the ovulation sticks later today for the first time. I’m just curious, when u get super horny is that a tell tale sign ur ovulating? I mean I know that u can get horny but this is soo unusual for me to be super horny… like need it all the time horny. Lmao oh geez now I sound like a nymphomaniac – welp!

  • Nicki

    Hi guys am new to all this ovulation testing thing.. I will be ttc this month.. And am using the easy@home ovulation strips..wish me luck guys.. Baby dust to all those TTC. <3

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