Ovulation Testing - 17 Days into My Cycle and Still No Smiley Face :(

Updated on January 14, 2009
A.H. asks from Clinton Township, MI
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My husband and I have been trying for the last three months for Baby #3. With my last three pregnancies, I became pregnant the first month that we tried. This time, my period was late a week the first month. No luck the second month, so this month I started using an ovulation kit. I am 17 days into my cycle and still no smiley face (ovulation)! The instructions (and my doctor) told me most women ovulate 7-10 days into their cycle. I am not under any great deals of stress, nothing really big is going on in our lives (just raising my two lively girls!)...I'm curious if anyone else has had this happen? I'm becoming concerned, and I am really excited to add another little blessing to our family!

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P.K.

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7-10 days into the cycle seems kind of soon to ovulate. I think the average is considered Day 14. I'm 6 months pregnant and when I was charting, I noticed I usually ovulated around Day 19 or so.

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L.S.

answers from Grand Rapids on

The average CD for Ovulation is 14, but many people don't o till CD 16-20. So hang in there. The other thing is I was never able to use OPK. I didn't have enough of a surge to register on the tests. Also they say you should not take the test in the morning, maybe try around 1-3 and you might get different results. I found I had to do BBT charting and that was the only way I had any idea on when I O'ed. There is a great site to teach you about BBT charting it's fertilityfriend.com Best of luck to you.

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M.H.

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Hi A.,
I too run a small home daycare and am happy to be able to be home with my children. I have question for you though. I am thinking about trying for #4 in the fall and just wondered how much time I should take off for the pregnancy. What do you tell your parents? I took off a month with my second pregnancy and lost all my kids. It wasn't too hard to replace them, but I really don't want to lose the ones I have right now as they are so good and the parents are wonderful. I wouldn't worry about your cycle..sometimes we are just off. I know from time to time I am a few days late.. BEST WISHES!! It's so exciting :)

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M.C.

answers from Detroit on

Hi A.,

Yep, that happened to me. Keep trying with the ovulation kits. Eventually, the kit will detect ovulation. I found I ovulated differently each month, but not all my eggs were good because of advanced maternal age (40), that's what my doctor told me. My husband and I tried for 2 years for baby #2 and finally got pregnant two months ago. Don't fret--you're still very young and have time, just keep trying.

Good Luck and Best Wishes.

MC

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D.R.

answers from Detroit on

Hi A.!

I'm not sure what type of ovulation kit you are trying, but I've always heard/read that the average woman ovulated around day 14; I think 7-10 days sounds a little early. I'm not saying it's not possible, because of course it's possible! I just don't think that's the "average"...

That said, my cycles (when NOT on the birth control pill) were always inconsistent. Sometimes my period would happen around 40 days, sometimes 60! That's why I had to use the ovulation kit because obviously, I was not "average"!

It turns out, I ovulated on day 16 with my son, and day 21 with my daughter!! So keep trying!!

I used the kit for both my pregnancies. I got pregnant the very first month with my son, the 3rd month with my daughter. By the way, my doctor said I could use the generic ovulation kits, as they really do work as well as the name-brand. Normally I wouldn't trust something generic with such a huge thing (trying to conceive a baby!), but I figured if the doc said it was okay, I was good to go. I used the CVS brand both times and it only cost $17; I believe it was half the cost of the name brand, and it obviously worked!! :)

So don't give up and good luck!!

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K.S.

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I always ovulate around day 17 or 18. If that's your normal cycle I wouldn't worry about it.

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J.H.

answers from Detroit on

I ovulated like "textbook" with my first pregnancy but with this one (I'm pregnant with my second right now), it was a bit later in my cycle. So I think it's common for it to vary month to month. Those smiley face ovulation kits worked like a charm for me both times so I highly suggest you keep using them :) Just make sure to use them at the same time every day and try not to use them on a very full bladder.

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A.H.

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I've only heard that you should start to try beginning day 10 and up. 7 - 10 sounds early. I wouldn't get overly anxious about it though. Be patient it will happen when the time is right. You were lucky to have it happen so quickly your first 2 times. Our little love took a nice 17 months and nothing is wrong with either of us. I'll be really excited if our second try happens within 5 months!

C.B.

answers from Detroit on

But the body can play tricks on you. What I would do is follow the first 2 pregnancies' patterns. If you got pregnant without the use of an ovulation kit do that this time. Because THINKING about it, and trying to perfectly plan when and if etc IS enough to throw things off balance some so that it doesn't work in your favor.

I would forget about the ovulation kit. Using it is causing enough body chemical imbalance and it isn't working for you. Toss it.

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B.B.

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Any research you do online tells you that YOUR actual ovulation depends on the length of your cycle. Noone can say that (based on a 28 day cycle) every ovulates on day 14. Some people have 35 day cycles and some longer... Some shorter. The only thing they know for sure is that you ovulate 14 days BEFORE you start your period.
Were you on Birth control?
Have you kept track of how long your cycle is while off birthconrol a few months?

It always seemed for hubby and I that it took about 3 -4 months with lots of "fun".
Try doing some google searches on ovulation. And relax. Its only been 3 months... Tension and worry doesn't help. It will happen when it will happen. :-) And have "fun"...

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N.O.

answers from Detroit on

This happened to me as well. Guess what, I was pregnant! I have no idea when I concieved. I must have ovulated way sooner than i had thought and then all the tests in the meantime told me i wasn't ovulating. I was very regular with my cycles and used ovulation tests with my first son and had no probs with them for this time until the last one kept coming up negative. Yes maam I was preggers. Not to say that you are, but i guess it's a possibity.

good luck!!

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A.P.

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It's not uncommon to ovulate later. The actual average day is 14, so 17 is NOT late. If you have a condition like PCOS (which I have) it's not uncommon to ovulate even later. I think I ovulated somewhere in the 30's when I got pregnant w/ DD.

When I was undergoing clomid and femara, even then there were times I would not get a positive OPK meaning either didn't ovulate or it was a weak ovulation.

Good Luck.

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K.H.

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My girlfriend did the same thing and found her ummm "friend" was not technically at the right time in her cycle when she tried the kit at what she thought was the right time no smile. She tested a week later (14-21 days)into her "cycle" and there it was. I know that my cycle changed completely after both of my children and breatfeeding. GOOD LUCK!!

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P.K.

answers from Detroit on

7-10 days into the cycle seems kind of soon to ovulate. I think the average is considered Day 14. I'm 6 months pregnant and when I was charting, I noticed I usually ovulated around Day 19 or so.

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R.W.

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I ovulate on Day 20 of my cycle. I have 32 day cycles. Day 1 is the first day of your period. It's possible that your Dr. was saying that most women ovulate 7-10days after the last bleeding day (spotting etc) which for "me" wouldn't be accurate. That would still put me 2 days off from when I know I ovulate.

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