Help me understand OPKs and cycle days…

posted 2 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
3360 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Your estimation of when you O from an OPK is always going to be a rough estimate – the only way to be exact about it is by charting BBT.  When you get a positive OPK, you will generally O within 12-48 hours.  If you want to not drive yourself crazy and test too early, I’d say to count the next day (CD19) as your O date, then wait until 11 or 12 DPO to test.  Since you’re at CD29 now, I’d say you could reasonably start testing tomorrow or Saturday.  Good luck!

Post # 4
248 posts
Helper bee

The olulation kits work amazing. Thats how i had my first two kids and will use them when I try for my first with my new husband, were starting on honeymoon. I always got a strong positive day 11 so I would ovulate day 12 or 13.worked like a charm.So much easier then charting!

Post # 5
2047 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

sara_tiara:  I’ve only done charting/temping because I bought an expensive OPK and ended up starting it too late (said no more then CD5 or else it may not read levels properly) and I ended up screwing it up lol. I just took my temp and plugged it into FF… recorded when we BD and thats it. I found that easy rather then guessing as I heard from other bee’s OPK’s can be hard to read/figure out when its actually positive rather then justa  “strong” read. Charting you get your temp spike and there you go lol. I guess the main thing with OPKs thats good is you get an indication of when its happening so you can go ok….I think I might be so we better BD for a few days.

I had a digital where it was just a “yes or no” and I think I would have liked the lines better. Im currently pg so I dont need it but if we were to go for another one I’d probably try the non digital opk just to see.

But as far as I know its hard to tell whether you did or didnt O for sure unless your temping :s

Post # 6
1847 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I really hope this is your month!! But if for some reason it’s not, I would highly suggest charting BBT in addition to OPK’s next cycle… then you’ll have a much better idea of when you O..  Good luck!

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