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My DD is 20.5 months. She nurses, at most, 4x a day.<br><br>
My DH and I have been TTC for several months; I bought some ovulation test strips...I'm now pretty late into my cycle, with no positive test. (AF is due in 7-10 days)<br><br>
I'm going to do the test strips again next month, to see if maybe it was just user-error that missed the positive LH surge, but I'm wondering - is it possible that DD nursing is preventing me from ovulating? Like I said, she nurses *at most* 4x a day.<br><br>
I'm fairly certain that if I go to a DR about not ovulating, I will be told to wean DD. I don't believe she's ready to wean, so what other options are there? Should I see a dr anyway, in case there is something else going on?
 

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Are you taking the OPT late in the afternoon after abstaining from liquids at least 2 hours? LH is metabolized late in the day after activity, unlike HCG which is an FMU kinda thing. You could try testing around noon and then again in the evening with concentrated urine to a get a really accurate picture. If still not getting a positive reading you may have missed it this month (it snuck up on you, but you still ovulated) or your daughters nursing may still be supressing ovulation. No advice on the latter.
 

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I'm taking it at 11 am after 2 hours of no liquids; I get up at 5 am every day...does that affect when LH is metabolized?<br><br>
Next month, I will try to do it later in the day, closer to 2 or 3 pm.
 

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Next month, I will try to do it later in the day, closer to 2 or 3 pm.</div>
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I would start doing it 2x a day if you can.. usually between 10-3 and then again in the evening before bed like 7-10.<br><br>
I nursed Aidan until he was 18 months. I was ready to start TTC and he was ready as well. He only wanted to nurse when it was nap or bedtime so I weaned him over the course of a month and noticed it did delay my O a little. My first 2 months of charting were wacky and my first true month of O was after he was weaned. BUT there are moms here who still nurse and O just fine. I have no advice on that but I weaned because we were both ready.<br><br>
Are you charting and checking CM as well?
 

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I second testing at least 2x a day about 12 hours apart. Your LH surge may not always last 24 hours. Also, charting/temping can help determine if you are Oing after your LH surge as it is possible to surge, then not O. Finally, some women just never see a positive OPK because their LH levels don't get high enough for the test to think it's positive, but they still O.<br><br>
Check out <a href="http://www.peeonastick.com" target="_blank">www.peeonastick.com</a> for more information on OPKs (HPTs too.) This is an awesome site; I keep going back to it over and over and learn something new everytime.
 

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WOOOT!!!!!!<br><br>
I got a POSITIVE on the ovulation stick!!!! On Day TWENTY SIX!!!!!!<br><br>
Since I average a 33 day cycle, that means I have a very short luteal phase, doesn't it? I had heard that a short LP can lead to difficulty conceiving, because the fertilized egg doesn't have enough time to implant...is there any truth to that?
 

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Just start counting your days now to see about your LP. It's possible all your other cycles had a normal LP, with you O'ing earlier than CD 26. Then for some reason, your O was just delayed this cycle and you'll just end up having a longer than normal cycle.
 

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You get a positive OPK 12-36 hours before ovulation typically, so if you want to count your LP, I'd start counting tomorrow. Usually your LP doesn't vary much, so hopefully this is just a late ovulation and you will get AF later than anticipated!
 

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YEAAAA! Congrats on your positive OPK!!!<br><br>
Like others have said, in future months you could always try testing 2x a day. If I hadn't done that last month, I would have missed my surge.<br><br>
I have heard that a luteal phase of 10 days or less can be problematic. Getting your period late doesn't necessarily mean you'll have a short LP. You may just have a very long cycle this month. LPs tend to be about the same length from month to month, but the time leading up to your period can vary more.<br><br>
Good luck - I hope you catch that egg this month!!
 
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