LH Levels??

posted 3 months ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

I’m still tracking my cycles in preparation for TTC, but I think some people have OPKs where they see slow progression, and others where it’s clearly negative until it’s blazing…I think it depends on how long your LH surge is and when in it you happen to test. You might get a couple days of positives or a steadily rising OPK if you get as its beginning to rise, but say it starts rising at 9pm…at 4pm it’ll still be clearly negative, but by the time you test at say 10am, it could be blazing! As an example, here are mine from yesterday afternoon vs this morning – basically went from barely there to very positive!

I also included a google graph to show how short and sharp an LH surge is, so you can see how it makes sense you’re not getting rising levels yet!

Hope that helps! 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

winencheese83 :  when I used those strips to track, I found that I had a couple days of darker (but not positive) lines, followed by much lighter lines, and then back up to positive. I also learned that I ovulated 5 days later than I “should” have based off the default two weeks after period estimation. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee

Honestly that all looks normal to me. I never saw progression at all. It was very faint and then the next day blazing positive. 

But dont go off your app! Your app has no idea when your fertile. It uses averages. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

Totally normal. You can have multiple surges before you get a true positive, and everyone’s progression is different. Don’t trust your app for your fertile window though. They’re simply going off a CD14 ovulation instead of what your body is actually doing. Once you get a true positive OPK you can BD every day for about 5 days and that should get your fertile window. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016 - City, State

campingbee :   winencheese83 :  May I ask which app you’re both using to determine LH levels/progression?

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

winencheese83 :  I used Premom too because I loved the photo comparison from day to day. I also used Fertility Friend to chart my temps and CM. I would recommend waiting until like CD10 to start using OPKs, and only use one a day in the afternoon, especially early on, or you’re going to be going through a lot of negative sticks. Once you learn your normal O day you can plan accordingly with when you’d like to start using OPKs so as not to waste too many. My average O day was CD19 give or take a few days, with OPKs not turning positive until a day or two before that. And yes they can get a little darker and then go back to barely there and they can go from very negative one day to BAM positive the next day. Once you get a positive OPK the general rule is you will O within 12-48 hours so DTD for three days starting the day of your first positive will definitely hit your fertile window. Bonus points for any days you hit up to 5 days before O as sperm can live for 5 days in good fertile conditions. Good luck! 🙂 

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

lantana :  I use Femometer for LH levels. I use Fertiity Friend for temping and all other tracking, but I like Femometer’s “intelligent recognition” feature!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016 - City, State

winencheese83 :   campingbee :  Thank you both! I have been using FF for regular charting but I am not logging OPK results in it

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