For those of you who chart- ovulation timing question

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

It’s really hard to say what’s going on without having temperature data.  However, yes, it’s totally possible to have stress push back ovulation or cause an anovulatory cycle.  For me personally, I’ve seen ovulation occur about 2 days after getting a positive OPK.  I know there are other people on here, however, who have gotten a positive then not ovulated.  If you stopped testing after that first positive, it’s impossible to know if/when it happened without temps (meaning, maybe you did ovulate 10 or more days after that positive – it just means you had more than one LH surge – but you didn’t record that second surge).

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

People generally O within a day or two of a positive OPK. There are a couple things that could be going on:

1) are you sure it was a +OPK? The test line has to be as dark or darker than the control line. 

2) it could be a fake out. I’m guessing you stopped testing after you got the +. There are a few people on the boards who have had an early + and then get another one days later 

3) an OPK only detects the surge in hormones. It doesn’t confirm that you actually ovulated. You could be producing the hormone but not actually ovulating. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I always Oed the day after my positive OPK

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@yougotme:  Depends on your personality, of course, but I find that temping actually helps keep me from obsessing rather than increasing it.  I spend 10 seconds in the morning taking my temp, another 15 entering it into Fertility Friend, and then I look at my chart to see what state my body’s in.  I also monitor cervical fluid and cervical position which is another thirty seconds or so at some other point during the day.  If I wasn’t temping, I would be spending a lot of time trying to decipher symptoms.  With temping, though, I see a clear temperature shift and get confirmation of ovulation in three days.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@GearBride:  that’s just what I was going to say!!!

i also find that temping reduces my stress it take about a minute and is so reassuring! I know what my body is doing and when. It’s so informative!!!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@GearBride:  I totally agree!

@yougotme:  FWIW, I actually feel like OPKs make me more obsessive and stressed than temping does – so I don’t use them anymore.  It’s going to be different for everyone, but I’m able to chill out a lot more about my cycle knowing exactly when I O’ed or where I am in my cycle.  Plus, once you get used to temping, it’s just habit – I wake up, pop the thermometer in my mouth, take it out when it beeps, and fall back asleep.  It’s super easy.  I’m not TTC yet, but I know I’ll appreciate all my temping data once I am (for example, being able to know when a pregnancy test should be accurate, instead of just wondering about when I ovulated and how far along I would be if I had in fact conceived).

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@yougotme:  I’m on my 3rd cycle charting and I have O’d the day after an opk positive each time. However as everyone else has stated, without temps you can have a positive but then not o due to a variety of reasons. I get why temping might seem like it will make you crazy but I feel like maybe you might find the opposite, I feel like with temping  I have a much better handle on what the heck my body is doing. You might like temping, and if not you can always stop 🙂

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@GearBride:  +1 me too! I’m so much less of a crazy pants now that I temp. i was so afraid we’d have trouble and something would be wrong. While that could theoretically be true, my charts suggest everything is fine and we’ll be ok when we actually start TTC.

 

@yougotme:  Fertility friend has a 20 part series they send by email every day for 20 days. It’s pretty good and basic. I reccommend the book “Taking Charge of Your Fertility” It’s pretty much the charting bible. It’s long, but it’s a quick read and you can skip parts that don’t apply to you. ; )

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

@yougotme:  If you decided to join Fertilityfriend.com, come and join us over on the Charters of the Hive thread! I stopped temping and ended up stressing MORE, so back to temping it is. I’ve gotten a + OPK and then another + one 5 days later then O-ed 2 days after that. I agree with ther other girls, chart and keep testing with the OPKs!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@yougotme:  +1 to @Mrs.LemonDrop’s suggestions.  I really enjoyed Taking Charge of Your Fertility. I thought I was pretty knowledgeable about my body and there was SO MUCH that I didn’t know.  I found it really fascinating.  And if you want to track, definitely sign up for Fertility Friend (FF) – their lessons are really thorough and broken up into digestible chunks.  And there’s nothing better than just taking a minute or two a day to put all your data into your phone and then not have to worry about anything else – it does all the calculations and identifies your fertile period/day of ovulation/when you should test based on your info.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Chart! Chart! Chart!

I wish I had started charting LONG ago before TTC so then I wouldn’t be dazed and confused as I am now while charting my first month. (Which, also came with a lot of stress, by the way!) So I have NO CLUE wtf is going on. Frown

And ready Taking Charge Of Your Fertility by Tony Weschler. That REALLY helped me a lotttttt.

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