My opks are never positive

posted 4 months ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee

alicebee123 :  You might be having an unusually long cycle or an anovulatory one. Perfectly healthy people can have those now and then too. Is this your first time using opks and temping? I wouldn’t worry too much unless you have several months with no temp shift or + opks.  Feel free to post your chart if you want some random internet speculation on it though!

FWIW, opks took me a long time to figure out. I didn’t get a real positive until my 6th or 7th month using them. I really don’t know why, but they weren’t all that user friendly for me. I found cm and temping were much more useful for me.

Post # 3
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Busy bee

My RE told me that some women don’t have a high enough LH surge to get a positive OPK. I’ve NEVER seen a positive either and my RE confirmed my LH surge was just not high enough for an OPK to read.

Some other women are just not testing enough. I recommend testing at least twice a day to make sure you don’t miss your surge (assuming you have one).

I ended up having to start temping in order to figure out my ovulation date.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

alicebee123 :  I never got positives with the kind you can buy in the store, only the wondfos from amazon.  I am not sure if they are better, or if I was just better at using them because I wasn’t afraid of wasting them.  So my suggestion would be get zillions of the cheap kind, and test multiple times per day.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

How have you been using OPKS? Are you using them multiple times a day in the afternoon? 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

I would do once in the morning and once in the afternoon. If you have a short LH surge, it might be missed with the 20 hour space.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

alicebee123 :  honestly there’s a much higher chance that you just missed your surge instead of concerns about being infertile at cycle 4. My positives were always on FMU, and the other pp are right – some people just don’t get urine levels high enough to show a blazing positive. Also just FYI – your temp needs to be taken at the same time every day in order to be accurate at confirming ovulation (even being a few hours off can dramatically affect chart analysis). Good luck!

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I would test once in the morning and once in the afternoon.  I usually got positives in the morning.  Sometimes my OPKs (I used wondfos) were not as dark as the control line but they were almost there and they were much darker than the surrounding tests/days.  Those were positives.

Are you taking your temps at the same time every morning?

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

To echo PPs, I would take it once in the morning then right when you get home from work.  Also, BBTs should be taken at about the same time every day, within a one hour window.  For example, I typically wake up at 6am for work, so I should be taking it between 5:30 and 6:30 every morning.  

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

alicebee123 :  I never got a positive OPK and I am currently almost 24 weeks pregnant. Sometimes you dont test at the specific right time and it just doesnt show up. I obviously ovulated, as the kicking little girl in my belly is proof 🙂

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee

alicebee123 :  I’ll echo PPs about opks & temps. You may have to use them differently for them to be effective for you. I’m not sure how different your wake up times have been, but that can wildly impact temps. Some people find a temp adjuster to be helpful. If you’re curious, I’d google one and put in the adjusted temps for a same wake up time and see if more of a pattern develops. I found it to be an okay approximation for me, but it’s obviously less good than testing at the same time every day.

And fwiw, some people’s bbt is more impacted by changes than others like alcohol, lack of sleep, room temp, etc. I found bbt to be the best for tracking my cycles, but it does take some getting used to and learning about your body.

Same is true with OPKs. My peak was almost always in the late evening. Officially, it’s supposed to be in the afternoon, but as others have said, their regular was different. Some people get days of +s and some people have a very narrow window for their peak. Super frustrating at first, but once you figure out your normal, these things can all be helpful tools.

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