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By OBGYN Dr. Gleaton

Knowing your “fertile window,” those special few days when you’re likeliest to conceive, can help you get pregnant faster. This month, Dr. Gleaton answered all your questions about ovulation tracking. 

Is it possible to never get “positive” results on an ovulation test but still ovulate? 

This would be unlikely and would clearly indicate that you’re somehow missing ovulation or have a hormonal imbalance that is affecting your ovulation predictor tests. Discuss this with your OBGYN provider and see if blood work can help determine if you're ovulating. 

Drinking post ovulation pre-period/positive ovulation pregnant test? Seeing mixed messages. 

If you’re ttc, my general recommendation is to limit drinking in the post ovulatory phase of your cycle since pregnancy isn’t detected until one to two weeks after conception.

Ovulation testing...helpful or more anxiety producing? 

I think ovulation tests are a great way to get to know your cycle and pinpoint your fertile window! But if they are giving you anxiety, then I would talk to your doctor. 

Is it normal for BBT to be all over the place? No clear temperature shift this cycle around ovulation. 

BBT tracking is not my favorite tracking method because it is laborious and error prone. Also, your BBT will increase right after ovulation. This means that you can’t use BBT to identify your fertile window for your current cycle. I would suggest ovulation tests as an easier method. 

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How often should we TTC while ovulating? 

When TTC, it's helpful to identify your LH surge through ovulation tests to increase your chance of pinpointing ovulation. I recommend having sex every day during this time. 

Chances of getting pregnant during the fertile window

I’ve received 7 consecutive negative ovulation tests for a week. What does that mean?

When did you start testing? You could have ovulated early or late in the cycle and missed your window. Try starting earlier in your cycle next month, and keep testing until you get a positive.  

Does ovulation test sensitivity matter?

Great question! It does, because you want to make sure you don’t miss your ovulation surge. I wrote an article about that here

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