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Does LH Surge mean my body is releasing an egg?
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by Nimbus12, Nov 23, 2009
I have been tracking my ovulation with the Clearblue Easy Fertility Monitor as well as using the Clearblue Easy daily testing sticks.  My cycles are about 32 days long, but I get a positive LH reading usually on day 14 of my cycle.  My husband and I have had intercourse on both day 14 and 15, but still have not managed to get pregnant.  
We do have a 1 year old daughter, so this method did work for us once before.  I'm not sure why it isn't working now.  I just read an article about infertilty with a second child, so I'm very concerned now.  Does a positive LH surge really mean that I am ovulating, or could I have an LH surge but no egg?  I am 34 years old and my husband is 32.  After our baby was born, we don't have intercourse as much as we used to.  Of course, my husband thinks that his sperm count is now low b/c we only have sex about once a week.  Could that be true?  
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by mommyin10, Nov 23, 2009
Hi. Using the monitor & predictor tests are very helpful catching your lh surge, but that is 24-36 hours prior to when you ovulate. So, be sure to keep up the bd'ing (sex). It's a good idea, too, to bd every other day between the end of AF (your period) and a couple days after your lh surge. That way, you're covering your bases & yes, it's better for your husband to "release" more than once per week ;) Congrats to you for having your beautiful daughter & best wishes as you ttc! (try to conceive)
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by Nimbus12, Nov 23, 2009
Thanks.  I will try again and on more days.  So, if I have an LH surge by body will release an egg 24-36 hours later?  Is it possible to have an LH surge an no egg?
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by ita17, Nov 23, 2009
I understand your frustration;)  But to answer your question, yes, you CAN have a surge & not have an egg/ovulate.  
Maybe it would be a good idea (peace of mind) to get an internal ultra sound done right before you are supposed to ovulate, & then about 24-36 hours post ovulation, just to confirm.
Even if you have to pay out of pocket, it might be around $100.00  per US, it would be worth it.
Just a suggestion;)
Good luck!
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by mommyin10, Nov 23, 2009
I can't answer the question on whether you can get an lh surge & not ovulate, but I wouldn't disagree with ita.  She has a great suggestion.  If you have an ob or fertility doc, see if they can monitor you more closely.  Good luck! =)
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by Nimbus12, Nov 24, 2009
Thank you both so much for the advice.  I will try to find out where I can get an ultrasound outside my clinic (I have to wait about 3 months for an appoitment)  What will an internal ultrasound show before and after ovulation?  What should I look for?  
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by ita17, Nov 24, 2009
Well, HOPEFULLY you can get in just before you normally have a surge, or the day you get your surge, & they will measure your follicle's inside your ovaries, SHOULD be between 16mm-25mm anything over 18 is great.  Then POST ovulation, the ultra sound will CONFIRM that your follicle released an egg.  Insuring that yes you DID ovulate.

I bet you do ovulate, but sometimes are bodies get off track for a bit;-/
I just suggest this cuz this way you will have some answers, answered;)
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by Nimbus12, Nov 24, 2009
Thank you so much for all the information.  
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by DMarie919, Nov 24, 2009
I am starting to wonder this about my body also.  Will a regular OB do any of this kind of testing or do i have to seek a RE??
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by ita17, Nov 24, 2009
Well, I think some OB's will do it, but usually it's an RE.  If you have a good relationship w/your  OB, they may be willing.