Post # 1
So I started off using a digital OPK (the one with the blinking and then solid smiley face). I got a ton of blinking smilies and then finally got a solid smiley on CD20. I tried to confirm with the non-digital test strips but they showed negative. I kept testing with the non-digitals and got what looked like the closest thing to a positive on CD24. I was able to get a pretty good test line twice that day. Since then it has been lighter. I happened to have a doctor’s appointment on CD24 and she said it didn’t look like I had ovulated yet. So now I’m really confused. Is it possible I got false negatives on both the digital and non-digitals? This is my first cycle off BCP…is it possible my cycle is crazy and I haven’t ovulated yet? I’m just not sure if I should keep testing? I’m now at CD29, have had cramping last night and today and am really confused. Any Bees have any similar experiences or thoughts?
Post # 2
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A positive OPK doesn’t mean that you actually ovulated. It means that your hormones are surging in preperation for ovulation. That surge can occur a few times before your body succeeds in ovulating. So it’s possible that the digital, the non-digital, and your doctor are all correct. The only way to confirm that ovulation did occur is by charting your BBT and seeing a clear thermal shift. It can take several months off of HBC for your cycle to regulate. You may just need to give your body some time to regulate.
Post # 3
Ali-oop: What was your doctor basing her opinion on? I ask because I went for my annual right around the time I thought I was set to ovulate and asked my doctor if he’d be able to tell if I’d already ovulated. My doctor made it very clear he would not be able to tell if I had already ovulated, but there as a chance he’d be able to tell me if I was about to ovulate. After finishing the exam, he said he couldn’t tell. I trust OPKs. I have never temped and the OPKs have been correct in my case- have a dd to prove it.
Post # 4
I got two false positives on those OPKs and then just chucked them and stopped using them. I use the cheapies now. Turns out I was never ovulating. I have post-pill ammenorhea. Went off BC in July and have yet to ovulate or have AF (and no I’m not pregnant).
Post # 5
celticbride: They did an ultrasound and she said she would be able to tell if one of the follicles had ovulated or was about to. I’m assuming it looks different from the rest?
irishphoenix: This is my fear…that I’m going to be waiting months for my period and that I’m really not ovulating at all.
I’ve read about Vitex. Thinking about giving that a try. Anyone have any good/bad things to say about it?
Post # 6
How often are you taking OPKs? As it gets closer to your estimated O date you probably want to take them twice a day, as your LH surge might only last 12 hours, so you could miss it.
The only real way to confirm your o (sans doctor) is to also temp, so you may want to consider that going forward…
Post # 7
sara_tiara: I’ve been doing them twice a day. This is my first cycle off BCP so I’m not even sure when my estimated O date is. I might try temping next cycle.