Post # 1
I have been using OPK’s for a few months and began using them this month again. I should have O’d on Tuesday,but I didnt’ get my usual smiley face. I started testing on Friday and still have not had one. Im not sure whats going on. Could it be delayed? Could it have happened earlier? I started working out again, so im not sure if that has something to do with it. Im hoping to see something soon. If I go out past Saturday, I will only have a LP of 10 days or so, and I dont think thats long enough.
Has anyone had this experience before? Could I not ovulate at all this month?
Post # 3
@Addiecat: Your ovulation could be delayed, or, if you only take OPKs once a day, it’s possible to miss the LH surge, which can be as short as 4 hours.
I wouldn’t worry about delayed O shortening your LP. LPs tend to stay about the same length. Say your LP is usually 14 days. You would expect your period 14 days after O, no matter the length of your regular cycle. Make sense?
It’s also possible that you aren’t going to ovulate this month. That happens sometimes. But don’t count yourself out of the game yet! 🙂
Are you tracking CM/cervix position or temping at all? That can also give you a good clue as to when to expect ovulation. I find my CM to be particularly accurate. Once I get some EWCM, I start taking my OPKs at least twice a day to make sure I catch the surge on a test.
Post # 4
I’m totally not an expert, but I will tell you what I think. I’ve never used an OPK, but I have read Taking Charge of Your Fertility, and I don’t think ovulating later affects your LP – I just think your cycle will be longer. It is possible that you haven’t ovulated yet, and it is also possible that you might not ovulate this cycle. I wouldn’t get too worried about taking a couple days longer to ovulate.
Best of luck!
Post # 5
@bunny: I didnt realize that the LH surge could be so short. I usually test in the morning, around 5:30, right when I get up, becuase I was under the impression that I needed the most concetrated urine. I guess I could have missed it!
Were BDing every other day, so hopefully we will be lucky….
Its just one more thing that I have to worry about…. wonderful!
Post # 6
@Addiecat: Actually, OPKs are best taken in the afternoon. Crazy, right? You’ll want to hold it for 3-4 hours beforehand, but they say anytime between 10:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. is ideal. I used to test around 2 p.m. when I worked from home, but now I’m doing 6 p.m. when I get home from work.
Post # 7
@Addiecat: everything bunny is telling you is correct. You want to take an opk sometime between 2 and 6pm. First thing in the morning more then likely wouldn’t give you a correct result.
Late O won’t change your LP stage either.
Lots of things can impact when you O. The month I conceived I didn’t O until cd32. The waiting game on that sucked so much I just gave up and didn’t even realize it.
Post # 8
Thank you ladies, you learn something new everyday!
I will start using the OPK’s after work!
Post # 9
I second everything Bunny said, she’s right on the money 🙂 If your ovulation is delayed it can be due to lots of things, but it’s not a big deal. The cycle I got my BFP I didn’t O until cd 28, so there is hope even with late ovulation.