Post # 1
Does anyone have experience with digital OPKs that would be willing to tell me what kinds you’ve used, and if you’ve used multiple kinds which one you preferred and why? Also, did you find OPKs to be helpful in conceving if you were already tracking CM and BBT? Or if I’m already charting confidently is that telling me most of what I need to know? The digital OPKs are pricey so I only want to add it in if it would actualy help.
Backstory: I’m thinking I might add in OPKs next cycle after three cycles of trying with no luck, one with super bad timing due to a work trip, and Darling Husband getting tired after long stetches of EWCM. However, I know myself and looking at the OPKs and comparing lines would stress me the eff out, so I’m not interested in that. I’m more interested in the digital ones that take out the guesswork. I was looking at the Clearblue Digital Advanced, but there are mixed reviews on it. Lots of people said it gave long stretches of high fertility before peak, and then Darling Husband and I would have the same problem we’re in right now. The regular Clearblue Digital has better reviews, but there is no warning leading up to the LH surge. When you get peak on that one is it just like, “We have to BD RIGHT NOW!?” I’d love to hear other’s perspectives.
Post # 2
I’ve used the digital OPKs since month 4 or so of TTC. I use the clear blue digital and then the clear blue digital advanced. I prefer the advanced. It tells you when you are low fertility, high fertility and then peak. They are pricey but since i tend to ovulate earlier in my cycle, I only needed to use for 2-3 days to confirm my LH surge. I generally get 1 day of low, 1-2 days of high, and then peak. But, I have a shorter cycle (24-26 days). Did they help? Well, I’m not pregnant, but I’ve also had 2 failed cycles of IVF. If the Dr. can’t get me pregnant, an OPK certainly wouldn’t do it. I think if you already know when you ovulate generally in your cycle, it may not be useful and may not help. If you don’t know that already, it will be useful. If you are charting already, I’d buy 1-2 packs of digital OPKs to confirm that your chart matches the LH surge with the OPK and then discontinue using them.
Post # 3
I’ve used the Advanced Clearblue or cheapies!
Had to get my Day 3 / Day 21 bloods done as I thought I wasn’t ovulating because I was rarely getting the peak, indeed high was hit & miss too.
Used the cheapies & learned I’ve a short surge (hence why I was missing it using the Advanced). So this was helpful as I know I have to test in the evening between 5-7 or I’ll miss.
In October I got my first peak on Advanced & ended up pregnant. Which unfortunately I miscarried. This month I got my 1st peak since the MC so we’ll wait & see.
Basically OPK helped but I’ve deffo found since I started temping & monitoring EWCM I’ve come more in turn with my body. I ovulated 3 days early this month & I knew due to pain & slight EWCM but was confirmed with OPK & temping.
Theyre definately worth giving a go for a month or 2. Best of luck
Post # 4
Thanks for the response! I have been charting for about 3 years, so I know how to track everything, but it’s totally normal for me to O as early as CD13 and as late as CD19, or anywhere in between. I also have EWCM for 5-7 days, and we are not a couple who can keep up a heavy BD pace for a week straight. Its just not us, so my only thought with the OPKs was to try to pinpoint the window a little more exactly. But you bring up a good point, but using them in conjunction with charting would help me pinpoint if maybe there was a specific CM change in quantity or something around LH surge than I could then use later?
Thanks! Yeah, I like the idea of the more info the advanced gives, but it seems like because it does base readings off of the intitial baseline, if you start testing on the wrong day or anything is off hormonally, it probably doesn’t work as well. My biggest fear with it is if it’s giving me the same window as my EW (since it tracks estrogen as well as LH and estrogen is what causes EW), then I can just track that for free. Ha! That’s what was making me lean towards maybe the regualr digital that only looks at LH.