How long were your TTC before using OPKs?

posted 6 months ago in TTC
  • poll: When did you start using OPKs?
    Right Away : (19 votes)
    48 %
    Second Cycle : (10 votes)
    25 %
    Third : (8 votes)
    20 %
    Fourth : (0 votes)
    Fifth : (0 votes)
    Sixth : (1 votes)
    3 %
    Between Cycles 6 & 12 : (1 votes)
    3 %
    After a year : (1 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 2
    Member
    1221 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    I was really curious to try them so I started using them right away! If anything, I wanted to learn more about my body and when I could expect to be ovulating, when to expect AF, when to have sex, when to avoid it, etc. It could be fun as long as you make a point not to obsess over it!! 

    ETA: I just recently quit the pill after 13 years and was very serious about regulating my body after being on BC for so long. 

    Post # 3
    Member
    3495 posts
    Sugar bee

    I used them with the fertility friend app for the first two months. Then, I stopped using OPKs and kept using the app. I didn’t temp, so I was just winging it.

    ETA: I used them right away because I had been on the pill for many years so wanted to see what was what right away. 

    Post # 4
    Member
    1443 posts
    Bumble bee

    MsGinkgo :  We started with them right away and I also temped so I know almost every cycle we had great timing and it still took us 13 months.  That being said after using them a little while my cycle became somewhat predictable so I knew when they were going to be positive. 

    Post # 5
    Member
    1221 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    I also use the Fertility Friend app to track things! I love it. My DH even asks now after we BD- “Are you going to track that in your phone now?” HAHA

    Post # 6
    Member
    2475 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    We started using them month 3.  I started by just using a cheap blue dye generic OPK line test- those opks were impossible for me to tell when it was positive and caused more stress than anything else.  On month 4 I bought first response opk- those were a little easier to read, but still confusing.  I finally invested in the clear blue digital on month 5, got a clear positive smiley, BDed, and got pregnant

    Post # 7
    Member
    432 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I went straight to temping because I wanted to confirm I was ovulating after 10+ years on birth control pills. I also wanted to know when I was ovulating, as I had long cycles. Opks only suggest whn you might ovulate, it doesn’t confirm ovulation like temping does. 

    Post # 8
    Member
    1726 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I highly recommend using them right away. The first few months for us were likely a waste because I ovulate very early, usually days 9 or 10. That was the first day of my fertile window as predicted by the apps, so we likely missed our chance the first 2 months. I started OPK in month 3. Going on month 13 and still no positive, but I’d much rather know sooner rather than later if we are even heading in the right direction. However, once i tested for 3-4 months and knew I ovulated from days 8-10, I didn’t keep testing every month. 

    Post # 9
    Member
    2093 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Right away 

    Post # 10
    Member
    6065 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: July 2016

    what can I say, I like peeing on sticks.  I started last cycle and we’re gonna start TTC next cycle.  

    I am pretty happy I did–I found out that my body tries to ovulate few times before successfully managing, which likely explains why my cycle varies anywhere from 28 days to 45 days, with a few clear clusters rather than a continuous distribution.  I also found out that my luteal phase is only 9 days (or at least, this month it was only 9 days) and so I’ve started taking vitamin B6, which may help lengthen the LP (and increase the likelihood the egg implants before menses) and is also supposed to help with energy and metabolism so yay for that too lol.

    Post # 12
    Member
    6045 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I started using them about two cycles in.

    I’d been tracking my cycles with an app for 2 years prior to TTC so I had a general idea of when I’d ovulate. After a couple of cycles with no success I started using OPK’s. I’ve been using them since, and am currently on cycle 10.

    Post # 13
    Member
    4231 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    I’m on my third cycle and still not using OPKs, and I still won’t next cycle of we need another cycle. I started temping right away and I’ve slowly started recording my CM. My EWCM is almost always super obvious, but I wanted to record my entire cycle to get a feel for my own body.

    Honestly, OPKs seem extra stressful to me. I don’t want to have to spend time dipping a stick or POAS and waiting for results daily or even twice a day during what should be my fertile window. I hate even taking a pregnancy test because I get so nervous that I’ll be disappointed.

    Temping is easy for me. I just reach over to my night stand when I wake up in the middle of the night (bathroom break is like clockwork), and it takes a minute. I can read the results when I get up in the morning. It tells me I’ve ovulated and can tell me something the natural cycle of my body. As a scientist… I’m a huge fan of quantitative analysis 😉

    Post # 14
    Member
    38 posts
    Newbee

    Hey! I know how you feel – I had the same concerns when we started. I am one of those people who need to research EVERYTHING about something when I do it. So after finding out about OPKs and temping etc I decided to start right away. My logic was that I would have been really annoyed to find out that we’d been ‘trying’ on the wrong days in the mistaken belief that that would be our fertile window. 

    I started out temping AND OPK-ing and then once I confirmed I was actually ovulating every month (about 3 months’ worth of temping), I dropped temping because frankly, I found it a bit much and I didn’t want to become obsessive. Then I just used OPKs.

    As luck would have it, the only month I didn’t use OPKs (we were travelling and not really bothering that month), I fell pregnant! The month we conceived we BD-ed about every two days, probably because we were on holiday and feeling in the mood!

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