Post # 1
So, this is CD6 for me. I bought enought OPKs to test once a day for the next 30 days since this is my first cycle really paying attention to things after getting off birth control. My AF stopped on CD4 and I’ve been monitoring CM and taking an OPK with my FMU.
Before AF arrived, I used a test just to understand how it works. At the time all I had was the dollar store test strips. I tested the 2 days leading up to my full flow and I saw the dark control line, and a faint Test line. It can get a little confusing seeing two lines and then having to analyze which one is darker…
So, during AF, I went out and bought some clearblue digital OPKs. It comes with 20 test strips and a digital reader that will give you a smile face during a high LH read, or just an empty circle when it’s negative.
To not be wasteful, I decided I would use the dollar store OPKs until the test line darkened and then a digital when it started getting confusing. Well, today was a confusing day.
But the results are promising.
I can see that todays test line is still a little fainter than the control line, but I took a digital test, just to be sure.
It was negative.
But I’m getting excited just monitoring for an LH surge. It’s kind of neat getting to know your body and understanding what’s possibly going on inside. My husband was pretty excited with the progression. I’m thinking sometime between the 21st and 30th will be my FW.
No real point to this post, just excited about the impending LH surge and green light for baby making
Post # 3
@Mrs.Metalm: I totally get it! It’s exciting getting to know your body and knowing that it’s doing what it’s suppose to be doing. When I got my first + opk I was sooo excited. I also temped for 3 months to confirm O. Now that I have an idea of when O occurrs I use the opk strips around that time and chart CM … so far so good. Good luck and hope you get your BFP real soon!
Post # 4
@Mrs.Metalm: Ooooh nice strips, thanks for sharing! Today is CD9 and I’m about to go buy my first OPKs ever but was gonna start on CD11 since my cycle is usually 28 days. Since I won’t be using them everyday, I was gonna splurge on the digis too. You really recommend them?
We probably won’t be TTC for at least a few months as Dirty Delete just turned one & I just returned to work but I’m spending an awful lot of time on these boards and getting excited. I’m going to at least try to get to know my cycles a little better in the meantime but tbh, our timeline may or may not change depending on if I get a +opk, lol
Post # 5
@Mrs.Metalm: i was SO excited the first time I got a +OPK. I was like, “this is a great sign, it means things are working!” – and I have a ton of pictures I saved from them too. Happy baby making!
Post # 6
Positive OPK’s are very exciting! Escpecially seeing the progression of the line getting darker! I used to keep all of mine to reference, but now I just photograph them after each cycle and move on. Haha, I love research.
Have fun and good luck!
Post # 7
@MaggieF: I think I like how black and white the digitals are. It’s either yes or no, where as with the strips, you can see the progression from “No….” to “…soon…” It just makes me obsess a little less to have a straight answer. But, on the same hand, I like the strips too, so I can know I’m moving in the right direction. Darling Husband likes the strips. He likes seeing progress. If we only had the digitals telling us “negative” everyday, I’m sure we would get disheartened wondering if I was even getting close to ovulating.
Post # 8
Just a note – you should use the clearblue digital opk monitors everyday! The monitor tells you when your LH is high, and ‘remembers’ your LH level from the day before and compares it to the current day to tell if you are surging. If you only use the digital on the day of your surge you could get a false negative!
you could also try the clearblue advanced, which I like. It gives you a couple of ‘high’ days before switching to ‘peak’.