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Jesica Dolin, Licensed Midwife wrote at 2006-11-07 19:53:44
It seems bizarre to me that you could assuredly say that something couldn't happen.  Can you cite a study where women with these symptoms have been studied and performed daily ovulation tests and were found to NOT be ovulating twice?

In my practice, I feel I have seen women who ovulate twice, and it isn't even all that rare.  It seems most of them ovulate the second time while on their period.

Not all women follow the usual 28 day cycle.  In fact, MANY women do not follow the usual cycle.

Jenny wrote at 2007-01-04 04:47:47
I beg to differ. It IS, in fact, possible to ovulate more than once a month. I am ovulating for the second time this month, as we speak. I know this via Cervical position & mucous, as well as Ovulation Scope (a saliva ovulation test). On the 18th of December, there were ferns. On the 2nd of January, packed full of ferns (meaning fertile). This means that in a two week time frame, I have ovulated twice. I have read that stress, the phase of the moon, etc. can trigger a "spontaneous" ovulation.  

Christina wrote at 2008-01-09 14:54:51
I disagree with people saying you can only ovulate once per month. I've been trying to get pregnant for 4 months and with this delay, I've started using ovulation kits to help. I took an ovulation test on January 2nd and the positive line was a medium pink which meant that I was already within the 12-36 hour period for ovulation. When the line is a very dark pink, it's go time! So this means that if I had taken the test a day earlier, it would of been very dark pink. The next day (3rd)I took the test again and it was very light pink almost not visible, so my chance was pretty much over. I had most likely ovulated by that point. Then, on the 8th (5 days later), I felt slight cramping (mittlesmirtz). I thought nothing of it because I new I had already ovulated the week before. The next morning I woke up an hour early and had butterflies, excitement, and a really strong desire to have sex with my husband. I decided to take another test just for the heck of it and shockingly, it was bright pink again. This means that the test had detected a second LH surge during the same cycle. I did some research online immediately and found many sites where research has been done and proves that ovulation can indeed occure twice in one cycle and sometimes more. It's very rare, but it is possible.

Adriana wrote at 2009-04-21 04:12:46
I track my ovulation through LH strips, BBT, and cervical mucous and I ovulate consistently twice per month. I've also noticed that I have one day of bleeding about 3-5 days before my period. Its almost as though I have two cycles. I've tried looking this up on peer reviewed journals as I am a Pre-Med student and it has been studied and occurs in about 3% of women. I guess I'm one of the lucky few. It can also result in twin pregnancies that have differing conception dates.

twintastic wrote at 2010-04-14 19:21:19
hi there id also like to say you can ovulate twice...i took a test a week ago and was a strong result...wk later i tested again out of curiosity, to my surprise another positive result!! Now im starting to undertand why i have 2 sets of twins. but also confused why 16yrs ago i had to use Clomid to concieve!!....i did a pregnancy test this morning but was negative, but im deffo ovulating again tonight!

J. wrote at 2010-07-28 01:53:00
Wow.. this is crazy I had an lh surge on cycle day 6 and 7 then on cycle day 8 and 9 both negative results and so then cycle day 10.. to my surprise another positive! I really believe in ovulating twice.

disagreed wrote at 2010-09-15 03:40:13
I have to say the 14day rule is a myth and i am a proven fact that some women, in rare cases do ovulate twice a month and it is not necessarily the 14th day! Think twice on the information you give out on answers, as i have been tested and release an egg from each ovary every cycle and i have had 2 sets of twin pregnancies that have been concieved between a wk-2wks difference

alicia wrote at 2011-04-26 16:23:27
I also agree that one could ovulate twice in one month. I was ovulating 14 days past my last period. I had the slimy discharge, cramping, etc. 3 days LATER I took an ovulation test and it was bright positive. I believe I ovulated again 5 days after the first ovulation.  

lalola wrote at 2012-05-13 10:44:40
i think it would be fantastic that most of us were to ovulate twice per month, but there would be more twins in the world than what are out there already.

i am using OPK strips to monitor my ovulation time, and the strips register the production of LH Hormone of your body to prepare for ovulation (LH surge) but THEY DO NOT IN FACT TELL YOU WHETHER OR NOT YOU OVULATE. Therefore, it could be that your body prepares for ovulation, fails to ovulate, and the pituitary gland send again "the request" to try to ovulate again, therefore, the second "sign" of ovulation is the one that prevails as normal ovulation.

However, occasionally, a woman can possibly release two eggs at the same time or in a period of 24-36 hours... but that is it, and it is not quite common!

lyn wrote at 2015-09-09 00:16:59
I have experienced the same phenomenon and questioned the same. Here is an article that I found that says women MAY actually ovulate more than one time per month. It makes sense to me that with fluctuating hormones there would be a physical affect to our reproductive system. Hope this helps.  

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