Can You Ovulate Twice In The Same Month?
Can You Ovulate Twice In A Month? Can you get ovulation discharge twice a month? Why am I Ovulating Twice? These questions are frequently asked by couples trying to conceive and get pregnant. This article will help answer if those questions. It is a fact for fiction.
A surge in Luteinising Hormone (LH) is often an indicator of ovulation during your cycle. For many women, testing for their LH peak with an ovulation test reveals a single peak or surge in a 24-hour window during their cycle. That said, it is not that uncommon to see more than one peak in an LH test that lasts over a couple of days. If you happen to see such a result, does it mean that you will ovulate twice?
Several recent studies indicate three types of gradual onset of the LH surge, which may last anywhere from 2-6 days. Some of such surges can lead to positive ovulation tests for more than one day during your cycle. If that happens, you are not alone. Studies have found that up to 57% of women experience such multiple LH surges. This is where the Fertility2family ovulation predictor kits (OPK) can come to your rescue to detect if you are having multi Lh surges and potentially ovulating twice in the same cycle.
It is possible to release 2 eggs, one from each ovary, in the same 24hrs. This is how fraternal twins are conceived. This is considered only one ovulation process. It is a myth that you can ovulate twice on two different days in the same cycle.
Ovulate Twice & Surges & Peaks:
The most common LH surge consists of a single peak. The levels of LH increase gradually and reaches their peak value, and then decline to baseline gradually. Ovulation in such a case occurs just after the LH reaches the maximum value. Such a single peak or spike is observed in around 42% of women.
If you observe that your LH levels are high for several days in a row, such a pattern is called a Plateau. It is advised to keep testing until you see a decline in the LH levels. You will be most fertile the day the LH levels drop down to their baseline. In other words, ovulation occurs just after the last spike in LH levels.
Biphasic peaks (Multiple peaks)
It can be not very clear if you see several ups and downs of LH during your cycle. It is important in such a situation to make sure that you recognize the correct peak; otherwise, you stand a chance of missing your fertility period. Fertility2Family can help you find this correct peak so that you can be sure about the time of ovulation during your cycle. It is highly recommended to test several times after the last predicted peak to ensure no more peaks in a row.
The bigger question here is, why does it happen in the first place? Well, there are many reasons for it happening, and many of them are related to your lifestyle. A lot of stress, a prolonged illness, or even hormonal changes and fluctuations can lead to multiple peaks in LH levels. A consequence of two LH surges can be multiple follicular stimulations and ovulating twice in the same cycle, and this is why you are seeing a positive ovulation test twice in one month.
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What are Multiple Follicular Stimulations?
Ovulation only occurs once in your cycle, for most women. The eggs are produced in the ovaries in structures called follicles. These follicles need to grow and mature before they can release the egg from the ovary by the process of ovulation. At any given time, 15-20 such follicles are starting to grow simultaneously, but all of them die off, leaving just the one most dominant follicle. Just before the ovulation occurs, this follicle swells ruptures and releases the egg from the ovary. Multiple LH surges might indicate that there is more than one such follicle being developed in the ovary. During such a time, your ovary releases the follicle intact without rupturing it. As the egg is never released, there is no chance of fertilization and conception. Once your body realizes this, it releases a second egg later in the same cycle. This is the reason you see multiple peaks of LH in your cycle.
This means that conception might not happen after the first LH surge, and if you just rely on one measurement, you might miss the next time when the ovulation happens. Hence, it is important to keep track of your LH surges even after the first peak, especially if you have seen that you tend to produce biphasic LH peaks during your cycle.
Is it possible to be fertile for more than a few days per cycle?
A group of researchers at the University of Saskatchewan experimented with answering this very question. They observed 63 women with regular periods and found out that all the women had two waves of LH surges during their cycles. According to the lead scientist of the study, Dr Roger Pierson, as many as 40% of women in the study had the potential of producing more than one egg during their cycle. Hence, it is safe to assume that you will be fertile for a longer period during your cycle than the previously assumed few days. Ultrasound techniques might allow the physician to observe the follicle. However, when it comes to eggs, we still don’t have the technology to visualize the released egg as it is microscopic. That said, you can keep track of the ovulation by measuring the LH surge using a quality ovulation kit. An ovulation test can help you determine if you have a biphasic LH surge and multiple peaks. It is even more important that you keep track of your LH surges if you are expecting multiple LH peaks within a cycle. The measurement will allow you to keep close tabs on your ovulation, and you will not miss out on your fertility window.
Hyperovulation and twins
If two different sperms fertilize two eggs at the same time, there is a dual pregnancy, and we get fraternal twins. This happens due to Hyper-ovulation, which is a process in which your ovary releases two eggs during the same cycle. If not, these eggs happen to get fertilized, and you get twins.
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Factors causing hyper ovulation
- One of the most common causes of hyper ovulation is jumpstarting your ovulation cycle. It can happen if you were on birth control pills for a long time and have suddenly stopped taking them. This can stimulate your body to produce more than one egg in a given cycle by a process known as the ‘Twinning Effect.’
- There is a genetic component to hyper ovulation as well. The trait of hyper ovulation runs on the mother’s side of the family, and hence we can see women that have multiple sets of twins in their extended families.
- A hormonal disorder called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) can also cause hyper ovulation along with irregular cycles.
- In-vitro fertilization (IVF) techniques can also have a similar effect increasing the chances of multiple pregnancies by as much as 40%.
Ovulation discharge twice in a month?
Fertile cervical mucus, also known as Egg White Cervical Mucus (EWCM), happens before ovulation for up to five days before ovulation occurs but as little as one day. Still, the most common is 2- 3 days before your peak fertile window.
Some women can have EWCM just before there beginning of their period. Having ovulation discharge at this time in your cycle is not a sign of ovulation will not increase your chances of conception.