OPK says peak fertility… But I'm only CD 7?

posted 2 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

hollyberry4:  Hmm, it seems very early. It’s very unlikely but it is possible. It did happen to me once and it was a false alarm. I Od as normal mid cycle. I’d suggest you keep using them and bd EOD. If you can, I’d suggest temping. That’s really the only thing that will confirm you Od. Opks are just an indicator. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I thought you weren’t suppose to use FMU.. So maybe that’s why it’s saying peak? I would test again this afternoon

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee

hollyberry4:  Which OPK are you using? The ClearBlue digitals and some of the cheapies do require FMU so you are probably doing the right thing. If it’s a digital, you shouldn’t have done it in the afternoon…just once with FMU each day. Without knowing the OPK, I can’t be of more help, but I will say that with the digitals I have received early false positives due to either over saturating (like 5 seconds instead of 3), letting it rock while it’s running, and not storing it vertically. I always check the lines on those to make sure they aren’t super smeared, because if they are, I generally get a false positive.

I would BD just to be safe though!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

hollyberry4:  The instructions say not to read the lines, but after false positives, now I always do. Whenever mine have been false, the lines are super smeared and you can’t read them. I have noticed when I have a true positive, the line on the left farthest from the test holder is always darker. I don’t know if that’s a safe rule to go by, but it’s been true every time for me. Yours to me look very positive, so I would imagine they are legit. Do you generally have short cycles? TTC can also make your cycles really wonky from just the stress of it, and being super aware of everything going on, so it’s possible if this is strange for you that it is your body going nuts in this process. I would def BD the next two or three days, but I would also continue to do the OPK once the solid smiley clears off in two days.

 

Editing to say, I just realized that I think the lighter line on yours is the one farthest away from the test holder. In that case, they look negative, not positive. Sorry this is confusing…the pics are sideways!

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 4 months ago by  whitums.
Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

OPKs do not test for/confirm actual ovulation.  They detect the hormone surge (LH) that happens before ovulation.  BUT you can have an LH surge WITHOUT ovulation.  So it’s possible that this is an early surge but that your body won’t actually release an egg at this point.  Or it could be that you ovulate early in your cycle, (either this cycle, or always).  

Read “Taking Charge of Your Fertility” (reasonably priced on Amazon, especially for the vast amount of valuable information inside it – it should be REQUIRED READING for all women) if you haven’t already done so.  Are you charting/temping at all?

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee

hollyberry4:  I know its confusing, so I tend  not to let OPK’s stress me out. I think in your situation you got a false reading from testing in the afternoon with a low concentration of hormone. My best advice would be to BD the next couple days, and then continue doing the OPK’s. Those things will make you crazy…I’ve had 9 days of flashing smileys, gone from negative to peak with no flashing, you name it. So don’t put all of your faith in them, just listen to your body and use them as a helpful tool, not the end all be all to when you should do eet. I’ve finally learned to just have sex and not overcomplicate it, although some people like more control by temping. My doctor advises against it because it can be stressful, but plenty of people swear by it. You’re just starting out, so I would lean towards not temping and just keep a calm cool approach to everything.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

whitums:  My doctor advises against it because it can be stressful, but plenty of people swear by it. You’re just starting out, so I would lean towards not temping and just keep a calm cool approach to everything.

Not trying to be rude, genuinely trying to understand what’s “stressful” about temping??? I don’t understand why a doctor would advise AGAINST temping, (except that many still subscribe to the theory EVERY woman ovulates on CD 14).

Temping and keeping track of CP and CF are a great way for a woman to get to know her body and her cycle.  Short of an ultrasound, temping is really the only other way to confirm that you are in fact ovulating, (and when).  With the OP having irregular cycles, it might be a good way for her to see if there is a pattern to her cycles, and to be sure that she’s actually ovulating and not just having LH surges.  A friend of mine had a hard time getting pregnant, and later found out that while she was getting postive OPKs, her body would never actually release the egg.  It can also be a great indicator of other issues, like low progesterone, etc.  

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 4 months ago by  Miss Apricot.
Post # 14
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Buzzing bee

Miss Apricot:  My doctor is not unaware of how the reproductive system works, and she does not believe that we all ovulate on day 14, so let me get that judgement out of the way.

I do not want to threadjack, and I don’t have any desire to get into a debate about temping, because well, to each their own. I will just say that my doctor’s point was that too often we assume there’s something wrong with us, we assume we need all this intervention and science, and all that plus the internet can make what is supposed to be a joyful process that much more stressful. Her point was that you should not assume you need to do those things, and you shouldn’t assume you’re broken and must prove that you ovulate. I have had every test and procedure known to man in order to get pregnant, and I personally hate it, and sometimes wish I had left well enough alone. That is why I suggested that the OP try not to worry about the OPK or the temping just yet…let this be a fun adventure until it’s decided more intervention is needed. That’s my opinion, and I have absolutely nothing against how anyone leads their lives and I have no negativity towards temping whatsoever. She expressed she’s confused, I was trying to help make it less confusing and not add to it. 

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