How do YOU use OPK's?

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@wandering_gypsy:  I use them twice a day.  First thing in the morning with fmu and then around 6sh I the afternnon.  I do this so I don’t miss my surge and I star using them from CD7 or 8 because I usually O around CD13 or 14. 

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I use them after work once a day.  The last 3 cycles I started at cd20, and used them until it was positive, but as after the last 90 day cycle and going through 30+ I stopped and started using it after the first day of ewcm.    I’ve been able to catch a positive twice that way, so that’s my new method… Saves a ton of disappointing opk for me.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

I used them 1x a day until I got an almost + then used them twice. I do NOT use FMU (as directed) but hold & use 5 hrs after fmu & then would go again after 4 hr hold in the evening. We got pregnant first cycle.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Well you need to have a rough estimate of when you usually, or think you might, ovulate. I used my first OPKs this cycle so I tested from CD11 right up until CD18 I think. I got positives on CD15 and 16, I think. I tested up to three times a day but that was probably wasteful. Next month I’ll test twice a day from CD13 to CD17, probably. I use a urine specimen pot to collect urine (not the first pee of the day) and follow the manufacturer’s instructions (dip for 10 secs and wait 5 mins for results) On my OPKs, a positive is when the line is darker than the control line. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1998

They usually suggest when you should start testing according to your cycle length. I know with me (28 – 29 day cycle), they suggest I start testing around CD11 (assuming that I’ll ovulate on the 14th). But, I’ve noticed that I tend to ovulate between CD14 and 16 (got my first positive the night of the 14th and my last positive the morning of the 16th; by that night, I got a negative).

Like the others are saying, testing twice per day (morning and night) is ideal. I usually test between 8 and 10 in the morning, and then around 8 at night.

 

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Baby boy 12/2015

@pinkshoes:  I am with you. Having long cycles myself, I think it will be smart to start testing when EWMC appears. Once I notice they are getting darker, maybe twice a day. I find it better for me to test around noon or night.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I have a 27-29 day cycle and start testing at about day 10. I test at about 4 PM.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

This may sound silly, but what is the point of continuing to test multiple times per day once you’ve recieved a positive OPK?

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

@laa320:  I got a positive OPK and then didn’t O…. I had not continued using OPK’s, but from my second set of O symptoms (cm & cp) and my bfp date I know I O’d later…

Your body can gear up multiple times a cycle to O… so testing until you’re sure you O’d would be ideal.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I use OPKs because I cant chart. I have a pretty standard 29 day cycle. I started testing this cycle on CD11 and didnt get a positive till CD17 which is a bit late for me. Im 7DPO now. I use them twice a day once with FMU and again around 5pm

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