OPK testing questions

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - backyard in the woods

It’s true that the LH surge starts in the morning so it’s best to test after 10. I’ve never had an issue getting +’s with FMU personally, but I test in the evening too so that I’m sure I don’t miss my surge, and I have a long surge.What CD are you on now? Why do you think you O’ed on CD12?

Maybe you O’ed early this month and would have had a + on CD9? Or maybe you had a short surge and missed it by testing once with FMU? Maybe you will O later this month? It’s hard to say. I suggest you keep testing this month using second morning urine, and next month begin testing a few days sooner and test 2x daily, late morning and early evening until you can pinpoint how your surge works. Later months (if neccessary) you can then fine tune your testing a bit and test less, once you are more sure when it will happen.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - backyard in the woods

@octoberbaby:  With the new info I think it’s you probably haven’t O’ed yet. I know have a long surge because I get + OPK’s for 1.5 days testing 2x daily. Morning, that night and next morning, then they go -. Some women have a quick surge, so short that if they don’t test 2x daily they can miss it. Both are perfectly normal.

I stared out just using OPK’s but I began temping last month. I find that my temp confirms that I O the day of or the day after my first + OPK, depending on whether I get it in the a.m. or p.m., so I’m pretty sure I O at the shorter end of the  ‘typical’ 12-24 hours after my + OPK.

I find temping extremely helpful. I’m a worrywort (who loves data since I’m a researcher) so by temping I can confirm what my body is doing, and it helps me stress out less. It’s quite simple and only costs the price of thermometer. I’d highly recommend it, at least for a few months so that you can confirm when you O. Once you know approximately when you O each month if you find it stressful you could stop, but still have the knowledge to plan BD accordingly. Feel free to join us on the Charter’s thread if ever decide to temp:)

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - backyard in the woods

@octoberbaby:  You can start temping mid-cycle, but if you are this close to O it may not tell you much this month. it’s be good for practice though. The main thing is to take your temp at the same time evryday, after a solid block of sleep- 3 hours minimu, 5 hours is better. Make sure to take it before you get out of bed or move around too much for any reason, as these things may affect your temp. You can get a basal thermometer (it has 2 decimals instead of the usual one, so it’s more precise) at any pharmacy. Fertility Friend has a free website for charting and when you sign up it gives you a email course where it sends you a lesson every day for a week or so. The book Taking Charge of your Fertility is also helpful. The book has a website also, but I findthe site a bit slow to load things.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - backyard in the woods

No worries- good luck!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - backyard in the woods

@octoberbaby:  Well, not much you can do about it if you did- fingers crossed:)

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