The hormone that ovulation tests are looking for, luteinizing hormone (LH), peaks right before ovulation, but is present throughout your cycle. So a faint test line means a little LH was detected, but not enough to indicate an LH surge which happens right before ovulation.
Can you still get pregnant with a low LH surge?
If your LH levels are low, you may not be getting your period. Because LH triggers ovulation, low levels of LH can prevent ovulation, and thus pregnancy.
What does low ovulation mean?
Anovulation is the lack or absence of ovulation (the release of an egg). It is a common cause of infertility. Anovulation is often the result of an imbalance of the hormones that cause a woman to ovulate and may be part of the condition polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
Can you get pregnant if ovulation test is low?
An ovulation test isn’t as sensitive as a pregnancy test, so it won’t pick up hCG as early as a pregnancy test will, and it requires higher levels of hCG to turn positive. In addition, there is no way to distinguish whether the test is detecting your LH or HCG levels.
Why are my LH levels always low?
Low levels of LH may be a sign of “secondary ovarian failure,” which means the problem starts with the pituitary gland or hypothalamus (a part of the brain). In men, high levels of LH in the blood are a sign of a problem with the testicles and can be a sign of primary testicular failure.
How can I increase my LH levels naturally?
A B6 supplement, along with B-vitamin rich foods, can also help to increase progesterone. Abnormal levels of FSH or LH can be balanced with daily vitex or white peony supplements, and they work best when prolactin hormone is also elevated.
What happens if my LH doesn’t surge?
If you test your urine every day during your mid-cycle and do not detect an LH surge, you also may not be ovulating. In these situations it may be more difficult to determine when you are ovulating, making it harder to plan conception.
What are the signs of a woman not ovulating?
The main symptom of infertility is the inability to get pregnant. A menstrual cycle that’s too long (35 days or more), too short (less than 21 days), irregular or absent can mean that you’re not ovulating.
What should I do if I’m not ovulating?
If you are overweight, losing even 10% of your current weight might be enough to restart ovulation. The most common treatment for anovulation is fertility drugs. 4 Clomid is the first fertility drug that is usually tried. If Clomid does not work, your doctor might want to try other fertility treatments.
How do I know ovulation is over?
As you get close to ovulation, your cervical mucus will become copious, clear and slippery—like egg whites. It stretches between your fingers. Once your discharge becomes scant and sticky again, ovulation is over.
What should LH levels be to get pregnant?
women in the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle: 0.5 to 16.9 IU/L. pregnant women: less than 1.5 IU/L. women past menopause: 15.9 to 54.0 IU/L. women using contraceptives: 0.7 to 5.6 IU/L.