(Closed) newbee & confused… what do these symptoms mean?

posted 6 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
1245 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

It sounds like implantation cramping to me. The most you can do is hold off for a week or until your period is due & test. Sending you good thoughts 🙂 good luck!

Post # 4
4583 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’ve never used OPKs so I’m not sure how they work. Are they meant to be used after you’ve already ovulated? I thought they were supposed to tell you when you’re about to ovulate, not that you already have? But maybe I’m mistaken.

It’s possible that you’re experiencing implantation cramping but I wouldn’t get my hopes up too much yet. I was a total symptom spotter from the time I got off the pill until the month before my BFP. The month of my BFP? Nothing.

Post # 5
2398 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I am curious about the OPK’s too, what are they? 

I am going through what you are right now. I am 6 dpo and I am feeling crampy, bloated and my breast ache. I usually start pmsing a week before my actual period comes so I dont know if that could be it. 

Post # 8
5109 posts
Bee Keeper

@kelly105:  I wouldn’t worry about the OPK’s too much. I wouldn’t start taking them until after next cycle. It was probably lighter because one urine was more dilute. I don’t mean to be a downr, but I think it’s too early for some of your symptoms, like dizziness. 


As far as your LH goes, yes I think it does go up in pregnancy, which is why pregnant woman can get apositive OPK, but I’ve heard it doesn’t happen until 6-8 weeks gestation. I would disregard your OPK’s until you get a positive HCG test.

Post # 10
1652 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Double post!

Post # 11
1652 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Are you trying to use the OPKs as pregnancy tests? You can get cheap preg tests on Amazon, which would give you a more certain result. Test again in a week with a HPT. Good luck!


Post # 12
441 posts
Helper bee

@kelly105:  I hate to say it, but I highly doubt your symptoms are from implantation. Implantation is a process that typically doesn’t start until 8DPO, so you’re still too early presuming you ovulated when you think you did. Most women don’t experience pregnancy symptoms like dizziness until 6 weeks or so, I think, but tender breast/nipples seems to be a common early sign. If you ovulated this weekend, and you were dizzy on Saturday, that definitely is too early to tell. Maybe you were dehydrated or something. All that being said, you could definitely still be pregnant! It doesn’t sound like you’re charting or anything, but tracking your BBT is the only way you can confirm ovulation without medical intervention.

FWIW, OPKs are pretty useless after you’ve ovulated since they’re supposed to detect LH surges.

Post # 13
2538 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

@kelly105:  Your LH surge is super brief so if you are pg you won’t see LH, BUT…HcG, the pregnancy hormone is very similar in shape to LH, so an OPK can tell you if you’re pregnant (but a pregnancy test cannot read LH).  

I think symptom spotting is impossible.  You’ll have every symptom in the world and not be pregnant and then be pregnant when you suspect absolutely nothing.  

That said…I had one hypoglycemic episode (where I got really faint) when I was actually pregnant.  I think it was after I already knew so around 5 weeks, but I don’t remember exactly.

Good luck!

Post # 14
1675 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I guess my first question would be are you doing anything to track ovulation (charting CM/CP, temping etc.)? How long was your first cycle off BCP? I would think that if you still have LH in your system that you may not have ovulated yet or may have just ovulated. The cramping could be ovulation pain. Despite the long-held assumption that women typically have 28 days cycles and ovulate on day 14, this actually isn’t the case for most women. For example, I have 30 days cycles and, on the cycle I conceived, I ovulated on CD 18. If you haven’t done so already, I highly recommend that you read Taking Charge of Your Fertility – it offers awesome insight into our monthly cycles.

It is, of course, also possible that you could be pregnant, but this would be incredibly early to see symptoms. Implantation generally doesn’t happen until 8 of 9 DPO, and it then takes a couple days after that for your body to produce enough hCG to get a positive pregnancy test and notice any symptoms at all.

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