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

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

Timing is everything in regards to conception. Your chances increase if you have sex within five days of ovulating; but they also do decrease as more time passes away from your ovulation day. Therefore, you will need to know before you ovulate so that you can time sex correctly to increase your conception chances.

The Ovulation Test

The popular health website, 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 in the urine. This hormone is an indicator of the body’s readiness for fertilization. However, it is more likely that the egg will be fertilized within three days after the ovulation test has turned positive. Medical professionals recognize this as the day of ovulation, that is, the day in which the egg is in the optimal position to be penetrated by sperm. 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.

Time to Conceive

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.

However, it is also 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 increase your pregnancy chances. Make sure you time sex to coincide with the first positive ovulation test that you receive.

You should also 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, it may be prudent to visit a medical health professional in order for further testing to be done.

Helping the Process Along

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 cell traveling from the vagina into the uterus. By lying down with your feet raised, the journey becomes easier for the sperm and thus, conception may be more likely. This technique is one recommended frequently by gynecologists and midwives.


Last modified: March 19, 2014


The information provided here should not be considered medical advice. It is based on the average experience of women trying to conceive and may not be what you may be experiencing. It's not meant to be a replacement for any advice you may receive from your doctor. If you have any concerns about your cycle or our ability to get pregnant, we advise you to contact your doctor.