(Closed) How do you know you are ovulating?

posted 4 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

MrsAlvey:  I use the Target brand every other cycle, an OPK is only positive when the test line is as dark or darker than the control line.

Faint test lines will show up on OPKs almost everyday of your cycle because there is always minimal amounts of LH in your system, the OPKs detect the LH surge which is what triggers/informs the ovaries to ovulate.

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 5 months ago by  MrsFNL.
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

MrsAlvey:  I usually use wondfo OPKs. I really like them. They’re cheap and work well – mine are obviously negative before they’re positive (EDIT: it’s obvious the test line is lighter than the control line). I also started using the clearblue digital adavanced opks, which are OK. I don’t think I’ll spend the money on it again. Basically, it has 3 answers – low, high, or peak fertility. I got low fertility for one day (Thursday), high fertility for 4 days (Friday – Monday), then peak yesterday (Tuesday), on the day I ovulated. The reason this frustrated me is because I got a positive wondfo on Monday night. The digital only has you test once per day, with FMU. If I was only relying on those, I wouldn’t have known I actually surged Monday night rather than Tuesday morning, and therefore would have expected O a day later than actual. I also temp BBT to confirm ovulation, but that wouldn’t have told me until after I already O’d. I use fertility friend and a BBT thermometer.

 

Edit: updated for clarity. This is confusing, sorry!

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 5 months ago by  GingerBaby.
Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: City, State

MrsAlvey:  I find my cervical mucus is extremely telling and my best sign. I also use wondfo opks and temp. In the past three cycles I’ve ovulated on CD17, CD8, and CD35, so incredibly irregular. My CM is the best predictor 3-4 days out, opks start to get positive 36 hours out, and my temp increases 12 hours afterwards

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My cycles were soooo irregular, it was really tough to predict my O date. I checked CM and cervix position. That was pretty telling. I also temped to confirm O and stopped worrying about BD after I confirmed. That is the most accurate way to tell for sure!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

MrsAlvey:  I agree with Pollywog: & AOriver:  cervical mucus was a sure thing indicator.  I also used wondfos & temped but CM never left me down.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Agreed that CM is the most telling. Now that I’ve been tracking for a while (I track to avoid pregnancy), I also notice ovulation cramps. Not everyone gets them, but they only occur on the side that you are ovulating…. Kind of by your hip bone.

I also use the ovuview app! If your cycles are consistent and you regularly enter temp and CM, it can help predict ovulation.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

CM should be wetter and resemble an egg white consistency during your fertile period. i always checked internally to see what CM was present that day. if i had fertile CM – i’d BD. around O i sometimes get back pain/bloating/cramping – similar to AF symptoms. other times no symptoms except for the CM. OPK are also very helpful as well. a positive OPK – id ovulate approx 24 hours later.

Post # 12
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Busy bee

I never had a ton of CM, and sometimes I’d get EWCM well before I was ovulating. Not super helpful. Cervical position and OPKs were the most telling for me, although OPKs kinda stressed me out because I never knew how soon after to expect a temp rise. Sometimes it was a little over two full days after my first positive that I’d see my thermal shift. CP, though . . . if I could barely find it to feel it, I knew it was go time.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

It feels like the end of your nose – varies from

position, softness and openess. Google is helpful in telling differences!

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