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Signs of Ovulation and When to See a Fertility Doctor
The average length of a menstrual cycle is 28 days with ovulation occurring about halfway through the cycle. In the presence of ovulation disorders or luteal phase disorders, however, your cycle could run much longer, shorter, or be absent.
So, how do you know if you are ovulating? When should you consult a fertility doctor?
- Use an Ovulation Prediction Kit (OPK). Start using the OPKs around day 10 of your cycle, for 5 days. You will see a positive ovulation test if an LH surge has been detected, about 12-48 hours before ovulation. However, conditions like PCOS or the use of fertility drugs may cause inaccurate test results.
- Chart Your Basal Body Temperature and Cervical Mucus. Monitoring your basal body temperature and noting any spikes plus looking for changes in your cervical position and cervical mucus will help you understand when you ovulate. It will take approximately 3 months to notice a pattern in order for you to predict your most fertile time each month.
- Pay Attention to Physical Signs. Slight abdominal pain, breast tenderness, and increased sex drive are just some of your body’s ways of letting you know ovulation may be near. Keeping a mental note of how your body communicates will help you plan for future cycles.
If you are tracking your ovulation and having well-timed intercourse, but still not getting pregnant, it may be time to consult a fertility doctor. If you are over the age of 35 and have been trying to conceive for 6 months, under 35 and trying to conceive for one year, notice unusual patterns in your basal body temperature charts, or suspect inaccurate OPKs, give us a call at 1-855-955-BABY (2229) or fill out a Contact Fertility Doctors Near Me Form to find a fertility doctor who specializes in ovulation disorders or luteal phase disorders.