(Closed) First time charting/opk

posted 7 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

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Chloeeee:  Welcome to charting! I would suggest joining the Charters of the Hive thread. It’s an excellent group of ladies who are wonderful and experienced at charting and can help. I would also suggest reading Taking Control of Your Fertility. It gives great information on your body, charting, etc. to help you with your TTC efforts.

If you have not gotten a positive OPK (test line the same darkness or darker than the control) then you are not ready to ovulate yet. Once an OPK is positive, your body should typically ovulate within 12-48 hours of that positive. If your temps are declining and no positive yet there are a couple of possiblitiies. You may have missed your surge (take the OPK mid-morning or early afternoon, not with FMU as it can be a false positive) or are still gearing up to have your LH surge and then ovulate. I’ve had cycles with bouts of fertile CM that early, but I do not typically ovulate until somewhere between CD20 and CD24. You may be the same or may be having a weird cycle. Keep testing once a day in mid-morning or early afternoon until you see the test line darken.

Are your OPKs stark white or is there a line that is just faint? Is it getting darker, even if still negative?

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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

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Chloeeee:  It is a great read! Okay, well it’s good they aren’t stark white. Did you just come off BC at all? Are there any artitifical hormones that may still be in your system that would mess with your cycles?

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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

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Chloeeee:  Okay. Good to know it isn’t any artificial hormone messing with things. Once the line begins to darken a bit, I would test twice a day in case you have a short surge. Also, try not to get frustrated (I know how hard that is) if this cycle isn’t smooth using OPKs and charting. It’s hard to start both at the same time and get it down. I started charting 9ish months ago and just used OPKs this cycle as we are in our first cycle TTC.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

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Chloeeee:  Huh…okay, a couple of things. Either your surged super early and missed it and are seeing the OPK returning to stark white or it was a false LH surge and your body didn’t, for some reason, O. Have you taken any today that are more recent to compare to?

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I’d recommend you keep going with the OPKs. Since it is your first month. It is possible you ovulate later, even with a 24 day cycle. If you ovulate later and have a 24 day cycle, you might have a shorter luteal phase. Don’t give up hope just yet. Just look at it as trying to get a better complete picture. 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m posting to follow because I am new to this all, as well!! 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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Chloeeee:  Absolutely! This cycle I just tracked my symptoms, CM, and used OPKs, but if I come up with a BFN, I’m starting to temp as of CD1. We’ll see what happens!

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