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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.  Using ovulation predictor tests will help you know when you are ovulating and increase your chances of getting pregnant.   A positive ovulation test signals that it’s time to have sex now!

Timing is everything if you want to get pregnant. Your chances increase if you have sex within five days before you ovulate.   Your chances decrease as the hours pass after you have ovulated as well.   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 indicates that an egg, also known as a ovum, is about to be released from the ovaries.  Once released, it will be  ready for fertilization.    Ovulation tests detect the luteinizing hormone (LH) that your pituitary gland releases right before ovulation.

Once the LH surge is detected, your ovulation test will show 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.

Timing Sex for Conception

Once you have received a positive ovulation test, you will most likely ovulate within the next 12 to 72 hours.  The time frame of actual ovulation varies from woman to woman.  Having sex the day of a positive ovulation test result and again for the next two days will allow the sperm to be where it needs to be when you ovulate.

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.  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 result in pregnancy.   Monthly charting  of when you get a positive ovulation test will help you pinpoint when you typically ovulate in your cycle.    If you know that you usually ovulate on day 14 of your cycle, you can plan to have sex starting on day 11.  The sperm should still be alive and able to fertilize your egg at ovulation.

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.


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Increasing Your Odds of Getting Pregnant

There are a few extra changes that you can make to your lifestyle to increase your odds of conception. Reducing your intake of caffeinated drinks, stopping smoking,  and cutting back on alcohol can improve your chances.    Finding ways to destress  and making sure you are getting enough sleep will also help improve your overall fertility.

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.