(Closed) OPK help!

posted 4 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
702 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

It just means you have to keep testing until the test line gets darker then the control line.  As days pass the test line should become darker from the day before

Post # 3
1915 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - backyard in the woods

Unlike HCG, you always have a little bit of LH in your system. Your LH surge is what leads to ovulation, so until that test line is equal or darker than the control line, from a surge of increased LH,  the OPK is negative.

Post # 4
128 posts
Blushing bee

I had a really faint line when I did one before and I was pregnant. Maybe try a different test in a cpl days, could just be too soon for the test to give a reliable result. However all tests are different. 


Post # 6
11068 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Lara_Ashley: Yes good to go! I’m sure you have already though.

Post # 7
2190 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Lara_Ashley:  While that is promising and getting close to positive, it is not considered positive yet. The test line must be AS DARK or DARKER THAN the control line. Some women don’t ever get a full blown positive though. At this point make sure you are testing 2x a day to not miss your surge. And get to the BDing. You want the sperm waiting for the egg. 

Post # 9
378 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Lara_Ashley:  I got lines like that and thought they were dark, but i kept testing at different times throughout a few days, and got a blazing positive.  I usually get my positives between 5-10 pm.  Never in the morning or even early afternoon.  Keep testing!

Post # 10
3798 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

this might be gross to some, but the first few months i used opk’s, i taped them to a piece of paper and wrote the cycle day beside it. after a few months i was able to see a pattern and was able to clearly see when they were positive and when they were not…it can be hard at first to pick up a pattern/know when they are positive, but after a month or two it’s like..oh yea! THAT’s what they mean on the package! (just helped me to have a few to compare…because sometimes they are questionable but not quite positive)

Post # 12
2195 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Keep going, they will often get lighter and darker thoughout the cycle… they won’t always follow a pattern of light to positive to light again. 🙂 Where are you in your cycle?

Post # 13
3039 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Lara_Ashley: I used OPKs for three of the five cycles we tried before we got out BFP and I never got a positive result. Sure, the test line got noticeably darker through the cycle, but it never became as dark or darker than the control. To be honest, they just stressed me out beyond – I was sure something must be wrong, as I wasn’t detecting ovulation. Well, I never did through the last cycle either (despite testing twice per day and not using first morning urine) and I still ended up pregnant. If we ever decide to go for a second (so not feeling like an option after 1 month of non-stop morning sickness…) I’ll definitely skip the OPKs and just go with temping. 

That said, some people have huge success with them – I just posted my experience so that you at least know that there’s no need to stress out completely if you don’t get a positive.

Post # 15
2195 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Lara_Ashley:  Ah! Ok, that helps. First off, don’t stress about them. A lot of people miss their surge or have a very short one (me!). I could only get a positive if I tested around 11am (and usually would do 11am/2pm/5pm) and by 5pm it was negative again. It’s tough. If you never catch a positive it doesn’t mean that you are not ovulating. You migt just miss your surge. My best advice is to to test a couple times through the day (they usually say not to test first thing in the morning, so skip that one) and see what happens. If you are CD13 and usually have a regular cycle, you should probably be able to catch a positive in the next couple of days. Mind you, if you have a regular cycle and would “typically” ovulate at CD14, you would have likely snagged a positive OPK around CD12. <br /><br />Either way, keep at it. Check your cervical mucus too as that can help (if you aren’t sure what to look for, take a read through TAking Charge of your Fertility). Creamy/sticky CM usually means you are not in your fertile window, but eggwhite/stretchy CM is a good sign! <br /><br />Any quesitons please feel free to PM me. I charted for a long time before I got pregnant with my son so I had a ton of experience lol. 

Good luck! 

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