ClearBlue OPK-First Time-Blinkey Face Day 9?

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Honey bee

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newchapters2018 :  I used to get like 10 days of blinking smileys before a solid. The blinking is only measuring elevated estrogen, and can happen for any number of days. If you have regular cycles, it should help you with knowing how close you are, but don’t panic about those blinking guys. They’re a bit pointless. 

Also, do NOT read the test strips on digitals. They are completely useless and will make you crazy if you try to interpret them.

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Bumble bee
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You could also ovulate earlier in your cycle  days 12-14 is average but I usually ovulated on day 10, occasionally as early as Day 8  unlike PP I never got more than 1-2 days of blinking smiley faces before the solid smiley. Are your cycles shorter than 28 days? That can be indication that you ovulate a bit earlier in your cycle  

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My first cycle off BC was only about 23-24 days, I didn’t test ovulation but I’d assume that means it would have been fairly early. Also my first cycle after my first period postpartum was the same, 24 days I think. So you easily could be ovulating soon, and your cycles might still adjust and become longer eventually. 

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Bumble bee

I used the clear blue advanced this month for the first time and did a bit of research. So your first test will always be negative because it establishes a baseline (unless, according to the box, you have a LH surge, then it says it WILL be a solid smiley the first test). Then the next time you test, it will detect a rise in estrogen (if it is rising, which happens a few days before the LH surge) and give you a flashing smiley. This can be several days before the LH surge is detected (and the solid smiley is shown). I got two days of flashing smiley before a solid smiley, BUT I didn’t test until day 12 because I bought it late and also didn’t realise the first day will generally show a negative as it is the baseline, so could well have been a blinking smiley that day too if I tested earlier. 

If your got a blinking smiley on day 9 then a solid smiley on day 12, that gives you 3 extra days, that seems within their research results. Also do you know you O on day 12-14 based on other previous tests?

I think the idea of the digital one (the one that detect two hormones that is) is that you get more advanced notice and get to start trying earlier so that you’re not religiously trying to find the exact time of the LH surge and also not miss it by testing at the wrong time. Say I use FMU, and the solid smiley didn’t show up until day 15, but that’s 6am, so it could well have been the day before that I had the surge but just didn’t test in the afternoon so didn’t see this result, but that doesn’t really matter, because it was flashing, we had sex anyway, so wouldn’t have missed an opportunity.

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Bumble bee

I see, so my cycle is generall 27 days but can be 26-28, but I don’t ovulate till day 15-17, which means I have a shorter luteal phase of 10-11 days. So when you see it stated that if you have a 28 day cycle expect ovulation around day 14, that’s just a general statement, it’s good then now you’re using the tests to find out exactly when ovulation is. I’d recommend also meansure your BBT simultaneously, to get a more accurate picture. 

Also when you get a solid smiley, that doesn’t mean you are ovulating at that time, it’s likely 12-48 hours after the LH surge (where the solid smiley comes from) that ovulation happens. So the day of the solid smileys and the day after would be prime time for action haha…

Anyway the instruction leaflet in mine showed their study of 87 women, 66% got 0-4 days of flashing smiley and 25% got 5-9 days, so totally normal.

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Bumble bee
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I used the Clearblue advanced this month! I have a 30 day cycle and I started getting blinking smileys on day 11. They continued for three days, and then my solid smiley came on day 14. I think it worked really accuratel, as I got my first blinky on the first day of EWCM and my EWCM dried up the evening of the 2nd day of solid smiley. I’ve also heard of many people getting like 5-7 days of blinky smileys… Which could cause serious exhaustion if you are trying to BD every blinky and solid smiley! lol

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Bumble bee

I wouldn’t say BBT is the only accurate method though, I don’t seem to get a real dip (or the day seems off) when I ovulate and then the temperature surge seem to happen not the next day but the day after or maybe even later than that. But the app will register the day before the temp increase as the date of ovulation. I’ve read that a lot of women don’t get the temperature increase the day after ovulation as suggested so that can be misleading. So I find the OPK definitely helps verify the O date.

Like this month, I had a dip on day 15, same morning I got the solid smiley. Which means that I should be ovulating that day or day after. Today is day 18 and my temperature is still below the baseline so the app isn’t registering whether I’ve ovulated yet!    

Aaaanyway, will be interested to see how many Blinky days you get before a solid 🙂 

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Yea we BD’ed 4 days in a row where we got the blinking smiley and solid smiley, and that was pretty exhausting lol…can’t imagine doing 5-9 days plus the peak days! 

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