(Closed) Are ovulation sticks a waste of time

posted 5 years ago in TTC
Post # 16
25 posts
  • Wedding: December 2015

I was literally about to ask this question, so happy I could read all your wonderful answers!  I ordered mine from Amazon last week and I’m hoping they arrive soon because AF should be leaving in the next couple of days. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 17
1309 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I agree with a couple points that previous posters have mentioned.

One, any online calculator, app or anything telling you your fertile week, is basically useless, unless you’re textbook, which you wouldn’t know without confirming.

Two, I agree that expensive ones are a waste of money. Cheapies off ebay or amazon were perfectly sufficient.

Had I not started ovulation tests and temping, I would never have found out that I ovulate at a minimum, 5 days LATER than what every single app was telling me.

I personally think they are totally worth it. Wondfo’s are dirt cheap and do the job. But if you’re gonna base your BD timing on the app/calculators or the ovulation tests.


Good luck ๐Ÿ™‚ Hopefully you don’t have to wait too much longer!!

Post # 18
56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I struggled with the cheapie wondfo ones as I could never get a proper positive! They stressed me out. I use the clear blue advanced now and although they are expensive I now only use 5 a month and they work a dream. Just started bbt and my temps confirm I ovulate when the Clearblue says I do. They also taught me that I usually ovulate on day 15 or 16 whereas I though 13/14 based on my cycle length and cervical mucus. Only a couple of days difference but they really seem to matter.

the month I actually got pregnant though (ended in a chemical pregnancy) I didn’t know any of this so I guess it doesn’t really matter!! 

I just prefer knowing what is going on ๐Ÿ™‚ however, the longer you feel better not tracking anything the better in my mind. Far less stressful ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 19
422 posts
Helper bee

It depends. If your ovaries aren’t functioning as they should, then yes. Total waste of time. For instance, I can get a positive OPK any day of the month. Because my ovaries don’t work. 

Post # 20
56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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Post # 21
2403 posts
Buzzing bee

Just dropping in to clarify – the fertility tracking apps are useless UNLESS YOU’RE TEMPING in which case they’re really helpful. 

Post # 22
755 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

I used them, and tracked my cycle for 3 months before we actually started TTC to get an idea of what was going on. According to my app I should have ovulated on CD 14. By using OPKs I worked out I actually ovulate on CD18. Got pregnant on the first try, now 12 weeks along. 

Post # 23
87 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I was also wondering whether charting and OPKs etc are neccessary. I’m thinking we’ll see how it goes with the relaxed approach for a few months and then if nothing is happening maybe have a closer looks at whats going on with temping etc.

I use an app to track my periods so I’ll probably just use that as a guideline. I was going to go with every other day for the middle two weeks-ish of the cycle? Because surely then you wouldn’t miss the fertile window unless you ovulated after CD21 or immediately after your period?? My cycles are 26-28 days.

Considering how we’re all taught with regards to contraception in school you’d never imagine it would be so complicated once you actually wanted pregnancy!

Post # 24
57 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I used the cheap internet ones and it helped me see I ovulate later than the average which fertility calendars/apps go off of.

I had to test in the afternoon to catch my positive – it’s not the same as a HPT, first morning urine is not necessarily the best

Best of luck x

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