New to OPKs – Question

posted 7 months ago in TTC
Post # 2
231 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

MsGinkgo :  Welcome to the OPK world! Unlike pregnancy tests, OPKs are only positive if the control line is as dark if not darker than the control line. I would test once a day until it looks like you are getting close to a positive then maybe twice a day to confirm your surge.  There is no way to know how quickly your line with darken to a positive on your first month, but you may be able to spot a trend if you start tracking it over time. Hope that helps!

Post # 4
231 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

MsGinkgo :  In my experience, i used the cheapies as well.  I tested first thing in the AM (i drink so much water throughout the day the afternoon/evening never worked for me) and only once per day.  When it was getting close to approaching the darkness of the control line, we started BDing and I added a test in the PM.  This method may not work for everyone but it worked for us – Icaught my surge each month and I’m pregnant!  FX this is your month!

Post # 5
6682 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

MsGinkgo :  there are so many different “typical” LH cycles–it really depends on you.  Your first cycle, it’s not a bad idea to test 2x a day around when you think you’ll ovulate–you’ll pretty quickly figure out if you’re someone who ramps up slowly or not.  I, for example, peak twice (turns out 30% of women do this, roughly!) and my first peak (first always is the one that results in ovulation–after the first there’s nothing more to ovulate cus an egg isn’t ready!) happens so quickly that if I don’t test 2x a day I can easily miss it! From here on in, now that I know, I’ll only test 2x a day around when I expect to ovulate, obviously.  I actually DID miss it the first cycle I was testing, so I only caught the second peak!  woops.

I can link some papers if you’re curious to read up on research re: LH cycles.  

Post # 8
1193 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

MsGinkgo :  My positives last 1-2 days but i don’t think that is the normal for most.  I’d test another day or 2.  My understanding is you ovulate 24-48 hours AFTER a positive opk.  So it makes sense that your peak day to have sex would be before you ovulate so the sperm is there when the egg releases.  I’d keep charting and see what happens.

Post # 10
2505 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I know others have had more success with the cheap OPK tests, but I found them stressful and frustrating.  I tried 3 brands of cheap ones and on all 3 the control line would be thick and the test line would be thin- making a color optical illusion.  It was never clear when I had a positive versus an almost positive and I drove myself crazy obsessing about them.  I finally bought the clear blue digital (found them on amazon for like 17 bucks), got a smiley face, BD, and was pregnant.  

To me in your pictures the top one looks positive and the bottom looks negative… but I remember the same frustration you had.  Just remember if they cause more stress than anything else, that can prohibit your ability to get pregnant, and OPKs aren’t a great solution for everyone

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