Positive Ovulation Test and Still Not Ovulating?
When you’re trying hard to conceive and running into some problems along the way, it can be hard to not get discouraged. Many women turn to using an ovulation predictor kit (OPK) to help them pinpoint when they’re going to be ovulating so that they can time intercourse for when they’re most fertile. However, it is possible to have a positive ovulation test and still not be ovulating.
Your Period and Ovulation
Just because you’re having your period on a regular basis doesn’t mean that you’re ovulating. There are some women who have what is known as an “anovulatory” cycle. What this means is that while you may be having a period it’s not really a period at all. It could be caused by a drop in your estrogen levels or because of a buildup in your uterine line that needs to be cleared out. For this reason, many women turn to ovulation predictor kits so they know for certain if they’re ovulating or not.
Getting a False Positive
Using an OPK is a good way to predict when you`re most fertile during your cycle, so that you can increase your chances of getting pregnant each month. It’s important to remember that these tests can only predict that you’re going to ovulate but they can’t confirm it. Ovulation tests work by detecting the LH (Luteinizing Hormone). If the hormone is detected, then you’re most likely going to be ovulating in the next day or two. These tests aren’t always accurate and can even give you what is known as a false positive. What this means is that you’re not ovulating even if the kit is telling you that you are. There are times when the LH levels in your body will have a little surge for a shorter amount of time but this rise is shown in the test results. Yet another reason for a false positive is because your LH levels have become more concentrated overnight, and therefore the levels are high in your morning urine.
Failure to Ovulate
Getting a positive on your OPK and not ovulating actually happens a lot more than you think. For some women this can be a sign that you have PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome). PCOS can cause higher levels of LH when really you’re not ovulating at all. You may also have a positive OPK test result when you’re sick or undergoing a lot of stress. Your body may prepare to ovulate but then illness or stress will prevent an egg from being released. When the egg isn’t released your LH levels will drop and then your cervical mucus will decrease and dry up. In some cases your body may try again right away to ovulate, but for most women ovulation won’t happen until their next cycle and then only if they’re less stressed. This is why there is so much emphasis placed on reducing stress when you’re trying to conceive.
Clomid and Ovulation
If you’ve been diagnosed with infertility problems your doctor may have prescribed Clomid for you to boost your fertility and to stimulate ovulation. Along with taking Clomid you may be required to use an ovulation predictor kit to know when you’re really ovulating. One of the side effects of taking Clomid is that for some women it will lead to a positive ovulation test when you’re not ovulating at all. If this keeps happening to you be sure to talk to your doctor. Perhaps Clomid isn’t the right fertility drug for you.
Since it’s possible to have a positive ovulation test and still not be ovulating, it’s important that you use multiple ways to try and pinpoint ovulation. Consider keeping track of your basal body temperature (BBT) for a few months. There will be two different levels of temperatures on your chart: pre-ovulation and post-ovulation. When ovulation has happened you’ll notice a rise in your BBT. After doing this for a few months you’ll be able to quite accurately determine when you’re next going to be ovulating. Noticing the changes in your cervical mucus is another way to figure out when ovulation is going to happen. As your body gets closer to ovulation the cervical mucus will go through some very obvious changes. As ovulation nears your mucus will become what is called EWCM (egg white cervical mucus). This change in your mucus occurs because your reproductive system is preparing to have an environment that is sperm friendly.
Dealing with Not Ovulating
Along with using an ovulation predictor kit, why not add charting your BBT and tracking your cervical mucus changes to your fertility program? This way you might be able to know for sure whether you’ve ovulated as well as when you’re going to be ovulating. If you’re still not conceiving and aren’t pregnant after about one year of actively trying, then it’s time to talk to your doctor. Providing your BBT chart and data about your cervical mucus is very helpful information that your doctor can use in diagnosing why you’re not getting pregnant.