A positive ovulation test is generally a good sign that indicates an LH surge and normally ovulation should occur within 36 hours. But in some women ovulation may not occur and LH surge may be because of conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), pituitary disorder, or perimenopause.
Does positive ovulation test mean you are ovulating?
Since ovulation kits test for LH, they may yield positive results all the time or on several days. These positive results are false-positives—they dont mean youre ovulating. They can signal that your body is trying to ovulate, but they cant confirm that ovulation happened.
Can I have a LH surge and not be ovulating?
Some women may have a surge in the LH hormone without releasing an egg. This condition is known as Luteinized Unruptured Follicle Syndrome (LUFS). Other women may experience false small peaks in the LH hormone before it fully peaks, commonly seen in women with the polycystic ovarian syndrome.
Can an ovulation test tell you if you have already ovulated?
But take note: OPKs do not test for ovulation. Ovulation predictor kits measure the LH surge that precedes ovulation, but cant confirm whether you have actually ovulated.