Ovulation

Patient

Q: I have 2 very faint lines on my ovulation test. Im confused if im ovulating or not because I gpt a trigger shot at my obgyn and she.said I would ovulate within 42 hours and its been past that

Doctor

A:   The trigger shot given to you contains human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) hormone that has an activity similar to the luteinizing hormone (LH) which is the hormone responsible for causing ovulation in the body. Ovulation prediction kits are based on the principle of detecting a rise in the LH levels thereby indicating that ovulation is about to occur. These kits do not indicate whether or not ovulation has actually occured. As you took the trigger shot, thereby ensuring the LH surge, you need not have used the ovulation prediction kits. The fact that it is faintly positive means that the LH surge has already occured and most probably you must have ovulated in the 42 hours as your doctor suggested.
A better way of documenting ovulation is to check serum progesterone levels 7 days after presumed date of ovulation or to chart the basal body temperature. In the basal body temperature method, you need to use a BBT thermometer to chart your temperature daily. Around ovulation, you will see a dip and then a rise in the temperature that stays high throughout the later half of the cycle.
Wish you all the very best with your fertility issues. Hope you complete your family soon.

Related Q&A

Q: My wife and I are both 44 years old. We previously did not want to have babies. However we are now thinking to have b...

Q: Is 300 total testosterone normal for a 30 year old male?

Q: As long as when I produce semen when I masturbate that means I can have kids. Correct?

Q: Would like to get a professional's advice on my blood work results. I'm mainly looking to find out if anything on her...

Q: My wife and I are trying to have a baby and are using a fertility monitor to pinpoint the best dates each month to ha...

 
DOCTOR ADVISORY BOARD
218

Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician
173

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician
138

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist
98

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon
CNN
BBC
MSNBC
CBS
abcNews
FoxNews