Post # 1
No baby last month, so this month we are pulling out all the stops! I am happy to know that, even though AF came, my cycle is back to normal after the pill. This month we are trying preseed and going to try OPKs because I honestly have no idea when I ovulate or if I even did last month. We BD almost every day last month, so that’s why I am not hesitant to try OPKs this month. I am on CD 8 today and curious when I should start testing? Any advice is greatly appreciated! 🙂
Post # 2
Kld37: I would start testing about now. Just be aware that you can get false positives (only happened me twice) so keep testing every day until you’re more sure of your cycle. Also, I’d try bd EOD instead of ED. OPKs have always been really accurate for me but some don’t get positives.
Post # 3
phoebephoebo: thank for the advice! I’ve heard the EOD rule but wasn’t sure of the logic behind it?
Post # 4
Also curious if the second line means anything??
Post # 5
Check out the Sperm Meets Egg Plan (SMEP): http://spermmeetseggplan.com/smep-step-by-step/
It gives you a “schedule” of when to BD and when to do your OPK’s…
As for the second line on the OPK, you will always have a second line, just sometimes VERY faint, because you always have some amount of LH in your system – so you’re just waiting to detect the surge… The second line needs to be as dark or darker than the control line in order for it to be positive.
When I used OPK’s, I tested three times a day (I also used cheapie wondfos though) – once in the morning, once in the afternoon (like 1-2:00), and then once in the evening around 6-7:00… I really wanted to make sure I caught the surge!!
Post # 6
Kld37: you BD every other day to give his sperm time to regenerate
Post # 7
Kld37: The test pictured is a digital OPK. Just ignore the lines on those and wait for your smiley face, (the instructions actually say not to pay attention to the lines on the test stick of digital OPKs).
On a non-digital, that’s when you pay attention to the lines. Ideally, with those, you want the test line to be as dark or darker than the control line. However, many women ovulate without getting a “true” positive on those OPKs.
Be aware that it’s also possible to get a postive OPK and NOT ovulate. OPKs detect the LH surge that preceeds ovulation, but your body can have a surge and not actually release an egg. Paying attention to secondary signs of ovulation like cervical mucus, ovulation pain, etc. can help, but the only way to confirm ovulation actually happened is through temping or ultrasound.
Also, pregnancy doesn’t occur the first time around for MOST couple. Yeah, there are some couple who are very lucky and get pregnant the first try, but it can take six months for normal, healthy couples to conceive, even with perfect timing. So don’t get discouraged if it takes you a little while.
Post # 8
I would start testing now since you’re not sure when you O.
Post # 9
Thank you all so much for your help and info!! Yesterday I tested around 3:30 and got a negative reading. I’m using the Clearblue digital which says to test with FMU. I tried that when I woke up this morning and got an error. Great – so I had a cup of coffee and tested about an hour later. I am so impatient sometimes that I can’t help myself lol. Well I was a little bummed after that, and decided to do a four hour hold, only drank a few sips of water, and when I tested again I got a flashing smiley 🙂 Now I have two questions – 1) Was this a legitimate reading? and 2) When I test tomorrow, should I test with FMU or around 2pm as I did today? Thank you sooo much!!!