(Closed) When to start OPKs?

posted 5 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Well, my doctor actually told me that i should start opk’ing once i start a regular cycle…some friends and family said that it doesn’t really matter, but if you read the box of the opk its says (on some of them) to start it on CD5 or CD7, since you havent have a period since you got off the pill maybe you should wait until you get your period to start opk’ing or you can also do what some bees here do, start temping…i am not sure yet how that works, i just started using opks last month.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@mrs_zamacal:  I am a charter and start my OPK’s on day 14/15. But I know I don’t ovulate until day 19. If I were you I would order some Wondfo’s from Amazon and start testing on day 12 maybe?

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I agree with both PP.  Start at CD12 (12 days after AF starts). Once you get an idea of when you usually O, you can adjust the day you start testing.

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper

A fellow TTC bee recommended that I start using OPKs on CD 10.  I know I usually ovulate on CD15/16. You’ll get to know your cycle soon!

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I recommend starting CD10 – I’d miss my surge if I started later than that.  You’ll probably O later than normal since it’s your first month off the pill (I know I did as well as many other TTC ladies around here), but in case you don’t, start the OPKs early so you don’t miss the surge.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

i went off the pill the same day as you, and while for me it wasn’t mid-cycle, i basically got what seemed like my period mid-cycle and didn’t really have a withdrawal bleed. so i’m all over the place.  i decided i’d start OPKs CD10 and see how it goes, keeping in mind i may not get a + for a while as my body adjusts.  and yes, i’m using the first day of my placebo week as CD1, not the day when i actually started bleeding. i dont know why, but i think that’s the right way to do it.  Good luck!

 

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@mrs_zamacal:  No that is not correct. CD 1 is the first day you have your period. So you really shouldn’t waste OPK’s at all until you have your first period off BC.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@mrs_zamacal:  If you start using OPK’s your first cycle off of BCP you might be looking at negative results for a very long time!  I did not ovulate until around CD40 when I stopped the pill (CD1 I counted as the first day of my withdrawal bleed), so if I was using OPK’s starting around CD10 I would have been testing for 30 days!  Talk about fustrating.  Then again some ladies do O right on time when they stop BC – FX that you are one of them!  I really like charting.. it’s not difficult to do and it’s the only way to know for sure that you’ve ovulated (after it happens).  I’ve heard some bees talk about the fact the a + OPK is not a sure sign that O happened (you can have an LH surge and then not ovulate).  

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