Post # 1
Hoping some OPK experts can help me… It’s my first time using them, and I’m TTC after miscarrying. So I’m not exactly sure when I’ll O because I don’t know if my cycles will be similar to what they were before. ANYway….. I started taking OPKs on Monday:
Monday 9pm- Negative (seemed close, but not quite as dark as control)
Tuesday FMU- Positive
Tuesday 9pm- Negative (lighter than Mon night)
Weds FMU (5:30a)- Positive
Weds 9:30a- Positive
Weds 12:30p- Negative
What’s going on?? I’m reading lots of places now not to use FMU, but the directions with the OPK said to (target up&up brand). Has anyone else used FMU successfully, or should I only test in afternoon/ evening? Am I getting false positives?
I don’t think it’s leftover hcg from the miscarriage because I tested with a FRER yesterday and got a stark white BFN. Right now I’m 15 days post mc. I KNOW this is why Dr’s say to wait one cycle, but I did a lot of research and DH and I decided to try.
If anyone can shed some light on using these OPKs, I would be VERY thankful!!!!! I’m going crazy over here trying to figure it out. TIA :):)
Post # 3
@MCC919: Something similar happened to me using the Target up&up brand! I’m charting, so I had a good idea of when I would ovulate, so I started doing the OPKs about a week before I expected to ovulate. The first three days, I got negatives with FMU (there was a distinct line, but it definitely wasn’t as dark as the control). I got my first positive the day before O. I continued to test after my temp shift just in case something weird happened, and I continued to get positives on the day of O and for six days after. That didn’t seem right to me, so I started doing OPKs in the evenings as well on 3DPO, and I got positive in the morning, but a definite negative (barely any test line) in the evening. Same thing happened on 4DPO. Today (5DPO) my OPK was finally negative with FMU, but it was still a pretty dark test line. I even made a post about this earlier this week, so maybe it’ll answer some of your questions http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/opk-help-1.
I’m beginning to wonder if the brand we used is defective because it’s clearly not working correctly.
Post # 4
@twofortheshow: Thank you, that helps. I came across that thread when I was searching about OPKs! Definitely confusing :/ I’m thinking I will continue to test w FMU until I get a negative. I don’t know what I’m doing!
Post # 5
@MCC919: If you have enough test strips, you could always test with FMU and in the afternoon. I’d say if you get a positive both times OR if you get a positive in the afternoon, you should probably schedule some one-on-one time with your husband ASAP 😉
Post # 6
@twofortheshow: OMG! I came on here to post about the Target up and up brand! SO- I bought a box and I am just getting off birth control. On my period or withdrawl bleed right now. So I wanted to see if I was one of those lucky few who would ovulate right away and bought a box and started testing yesterday even though I am bleeding. So yesterday, it looked almost positive- today it was DEFINITE positive. Brighter than the control line! I was so upset, worrying that I was ovulating while I was bleeding. So I decided to buy digital and got a no. I think in this case, it’s worth the extra $$ for Digital if you want a clear picture. I had problems with this up and up brand before. I think it’s TOO sensitive and always gives +++
Post # 7
@Cwoodward: Good luck on your TTC journey. OPKs won’t actually tell you if you’re ovulating. You can have an LH surge without ever ovulating, and some girls go through really long cycles and/or annovulatory cycles where they have several surges but no O. If you want to see if you’re ovulating, I recommend reading Taking Charge of Your Fertility (TCOYF) so you can start charting. You’ll see it mentioned a lot on the TTC boards, and I found it really helpful.
ETA: In case you don’t know, the only way you can confirm O is with a shift and sustained increase in your basal body temperature (BBT), which is one of the things you track when charting.