What have you found to be more helpful to TTC – OPK or Basal Thermometer?

posted 2 years ago in TTC
  • poll: What is more helpful - OPK? Thermometer? or Both
    OPK : (5 votes)
    25 %
    Basal Body Thermometer : (6 votes)
    30 %
    Both (thermometer & OPK : (9 votes)
    45 %
  • Post # 2
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    1896 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    There will be lots of waxing poetic on here over BBT, but I’ll just put it out there.  I think it can make some ladies a little crazy and give the impression of control (only causing an even larger feeling of being out of control if they don’t get a BFP straight away).  I’ve been OPKing and the testing for a few days is enough for me right now. I think if I hit a year trying I would temp just to get more data to help my doctor, but right now at 6 months (5 cycles trying, 2 of which resulted in BFP, then MC) I feel the OPK has been treating me just fine.  Actually technically what I use is closer to a monitor than an OPK, as it measures estrogen surge so you can start BDing in advance of the positive LH surge.  To me, temping is  actually wild card because you don’t know when you ovulated until after it happened. Seems counterintuitive to me!!! 

    Post # 3
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    2839 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    For old folks like me who are no longer in the honeymoon phase and have tired husbands who work weird hours, I think both are important. Because we are no longer up for regular every night or every other night sexxin, it was important for us to know when we should be concentrating our efforts. The OPKs have us warning that “now is a good time to knock some boots” and the temping confirmed that I did, in fact, ovulate – and so I could stop taking OPKs and give poor DH a couple of days off. 

    But if you’re still getting your shag on frequently, I don’t think you really need either. 

    Post # 4
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    3756 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I avoided temping because I thought it would make me crazy like PP said, but once I actually started, it actually made me much more calm and happy knowing exactly what was happening. And discovering that I was ovulating early!! (Thought I had a short LP, nope, I had a short follicular phase.) I think BBTs are confusing and even when you get a positive you still don’t know for sure if/when you actually ovulate. Temping gives you a much clearer picture, and if you have issues conceiving it’s something you can show your doctor.

    Post # 5
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    124 posts
    Blushing bee

    I agree with jny1179. I thought temping would make me crazy and take romance out of our sex life. Then my husband decided he wanted to play a part in every thing. We have been reading, “taking control of your fertility” together and he asks what my temperature is each morning. There is something kind of intimate about that time in the morning for us, trying to make our baby dreams a reality. The OPK’s were really confusing for me. The month I used them, I never got a really solid second line. This is my first month temping, and I too found that I ovulated early! Having the extra knowledge makes me feel more optimistic than I have in recent months.

    Post # 6
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    3538 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I have yet to use OPKs.  I didn’t start out temping my first few cycles TTC, all I did was track when AF started and I tracked CM changes that I noticed externally (on TP).  I temped for a cycle or 2 just to show myself that I am actually ovulating and to get an idea of how that lines up with my CM so I knew that I actually had fertile CM while ovulating and therefore I didn’t feel I needed to try the Mucinex or pre-seed route.  With all this, I feel like I have a good 2-3 day window of when O should occur, so I don’t feel the need to use OPKs.  

    I did start back temping last cycle, and will again this cycle because we are now moving on to seeing a Dr. and I want to have some data to show for it.  

    Post # 7
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    It’s sort of two different things. If all you did was temp (not track CM or use OPKs or track CP), then you’d only know you O’d after the fact. I’ve had some times where FF is confused because my temps were all over the place, and without the + OPK, it would have pinpointed my O date way off. So I think they really go hand-in-hand. Watch for fertile CM, start testing with OPKs, the use your temps to verify you O’d after.

    Post # 8
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    2725 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    …more helpful for what?

    Temping, in my mind, is more accurate and reliable, because there is little room for error. You can misinterpret an OPK, or even get several positives throughout the month. Your temp is what it is.

    But it’s not going to predict ovulation, and really doesn’t confirm it until you’re already out of your FW, so it’s not necessarily “helpful” to make sure you BD in time.

    Ideally, you use both together, and in conjunction they give you the most accurate picture.

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