Post # 1
So I’m trying really hard to keep my lifestyle the same while TTC. This includes being extremely active. My problem is that in order to do that I HAVE to stay hydrated.
Testing OPKs at a decent time make it really difficult. No way I can do 4 hour holds with as much water as I drink. If I stop drinking water it can really screw up my body/workouts!
I know some Bees really stress holds and not diluting while some say it doesn’t really matter.
Does anyone have any tips?
Post # 3
@Mars62312: I work out a lot and haven’t had any issues whatsoever.
I typically test in the late afternoon (say 2-3 pm) and then at night before going to bed (11 pm). Again, I am a serious work out freak and eat/drink all day and still there is always an opportunity to test. Drinking a reasonable amount of water has never created an issue for me testing, I still get a postive OPK around that time.
Post # 4
@Treejewel19: Perfect…Glad to hear you don’t stop drinking water and are still having positive tests. Thanks!!!
Post # 5
I get positives no matter how much I drink, and I usually try to drink a few bottles of water a day. There may be some truth to the “diluted urine” thing, but it hasn’t been much of an issue for me.
Post # 6
@Mars62312: I had the same dilemma! I’m very active and I love to drink a lot throughout the day- I hate being anything less than hydrated and I pee frequently, too. I cut back my water/liquid in the afternoon and I also called a “close to positive” a “positive,” which I know you’re not supposed to do, but I’d only held my pee for 2 hours. Anyway, it didn’t matter because I conceived that cycle (we’d been trying a few months before that but that month was the first time I used the OPK. When in doubt, have sex, it worked for me! Best of luck to you!
Post # 7
@Elayne51: I appear to be the opposite of previous posters. I drink a lot of water usually but if I do when using opks I don’t get a positive. I’ve tried one month drinking water like normal and no positive , next month drank nothing from when I woke up to 2/3 pm and got a positive. Tried drinking water like normal again next month and no positive. So my system now is from cycle day 13 to 20 I drink a lot less, I start my water after I test at 2 and when I see it getting darker to almost positive then I drink very little water and test usually 2-3 times a day. Usually it’s only 2 days of seriously cutting back on my water intake. It’s worth it for me though because I will not get a positive if I don’t.
Post # 8
I drink a crap ton of water too and don’t bother with that holding stuff. I would for a HPT, but not an OPK. What I’ve found is that positives are just both lighter if my sample is more diluted. Still positive though.
Post # 9
I drink a ton of water, so I don’t get + OPKs that are darker than the control line. My +’s are usually the same color. So that and the fact that I’m temping, I know that I ovulate. I say stick with drinking the water – its good for you. Not drinking a drop for 4 hours is not.