Hey Bee's!!! TTC going to start OPK after this months cycle

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
375 posts
Helper bee

Nickig_4:  how long are you cycles normally? 

I use the clear blue advanced ovulation test & I’m normally on a 31 Day cycle so I started testing at CD12 didnt get a solid smiley until CD16. Honestly the best thing that has really helped me is temping using a basal body Thermometer. You can really pin point when you ovulated after a postive OPK. I’m on my 7th month TTC and I’ve only now started really temping on the dot and it really has helped me a lot.

Post # 4
1936 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Nickig_4:  Like PP said, the best way to know when to start is to know how long your cycle normally lasts.  If you have a 28 day cycle, assuming a 12 day luteal phase, that means you O on day 16.  So in that case I would start testing on Day 12.

I use the advanced ovulation test too, and I only test once a day with the first pee after my longest sleep.  You should have sex at least every other day once you see a flashing smiley, but a bit of warning that sometimes your hormones can surge very quickly or very slowly. For example, I’ve had months where I had 4 days of flashing smileys before a solid smiley.  This last month it went from an empty circle to a solid smiley, no flashing days at all.  So basically, if you know you’re nearing your normal ovulation time, I would probably do it every other day while you wait for the smiles to pop up, just in case.  Oh, and once you get a solid smiley, stop testing.  They stay on the test for 48 hours.

There are going to be a lot of bees who encourage you to temp, but personally speaking I’ve avoided temping and I got pregnant 2 out of 3 cycles trying (unfortunately both miscarriages, but that’s not due to my method of confirming ovulation at all).  I’m super happy with the  smileyface tests, but I have read warnings that it may not work for those with PCOS which is why some folks report having issues with them.

Post # 6
375 posts
Helper bee

Andthepupmakes3:  do you know what the cause maybe if it goes straight  to solid smiley instead of flashing first?  

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