I hate OPK's

posted 1 year ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Bumble bee

Ignore the predicted ovulation day because that means nothing. 

You should chart your temps and once you see an increase you know you have ovulated. 

With opks just test once a day in the afternoon. If the line is not as dark its negative and leave it at that. I never have a progression so I just test every day until I get a positive. It could be super white one day and super dark the next for me.

If the line drives you crazy get a digital, then there’s no mistaking a positive.

After three years of this, I still have a hard time interpreting CM. All I know is once I’m totally dry, ovulation has happened. 

Post # 3
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105 posts
Blushing bee

I agree with mrspuppylove. Generally to know that you ovulated you need to see a sustained temp increase. With OPKs I generally only test once a day unless the line is getting close to the control line then I do once in the morning and once in the afternoon just to try to not miss the surge. Even though it can be frustrating I like having something other than temping to use to try to pin point ovulation. However, temping for me is the easiest way to tell.

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

OPKs don’t always get progressively darker. You can have all negatives and then a positive the same day.

What day did you start and stop doing the OPKs? I don’t O until like day 19…

Post # 6
Hostess
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I hated opks too and tracked CM but it was never that consistent. Mainly I became very good about temping. Reading Taking Charge of your Fertility was a game changer for me. 

It took a few cycles for me to feel back to normal after my Mirena was removed. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

nickkifu84 :  What day of your cycle.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

nickkifu84 :  Welcome to the wonderful world of TTC where all the methods are frustrating and your body will endlessly confuse you. I’d keep temping and doing CM checks if you’re up for it. I’ve found that the more cycles I have TTC, the more I understand my various signs and can read my chart easier. Given your temp this am, I’d say you haven’t ovulated. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

nickkifu84 :  how did you predict your o day? It can be overwhelming the first cycle, just make sure you keep having sex every 2-3 days minimum until you know for sure you oed!

my cycle is the perfect “28 day” cycle. However based on temp and opk I don’t usualky o until CD17-19. Initially the apps all say CD14 but that usually isn’t true in reality. 

Keep temping, at the same time every day. I also get a “pre o temp dip” usually… but patterns will only appear if you’re consistent with checking (if you want to be checking, some people definitely elect to not monitor all these parameters – I am not one of those people!). 

As for opk they can really come out of the blue…. myself I don’t count a positive opk unless it’s blaring (because mine will always get blaring positive at some point, which isn’t the case for others). I don’t get progression at all, and my surge will be gone within 24 h.

top – last night borderline positive, bottom – this am positive opk

Keep asking questions, it does get easier.

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

nickkifu84 :  OPKs don’t progressively get darker.  You also normally don’t O on Mirena, so you usually don’t have “pre-O” symptoms on Mirena.  Ignore the predictions and 8/5 POAS day.  You need at least one cycle to know what to expect for your next cycle.  This cycle could be 28 days, it could be 60 days.  You don’t have a way of knowing for sure until you’ve confirmed O via temps.  Just temp, use an app to chart your temps, record your cervical fluid.  The best you can right now is to have sex when you have fertile cervical fluid.

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

nickkifu84 :  If you want to be done with the OPKs then by all means, stop. But in my personal experience I often didn’t get a positive until like day 19 sometimes. Many, many people don’t O on the “typical” day 14.

Plus this is your first month off of any birth control, right? It can sometimes take a bit for things to get back to normal. I wouldn’t be concerned if you have a few wonky months.

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