Opk line progression question

posted 2 weeks ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

OPKs don’t progress, there’s no point in keeping them.   Are you seeing HCG progression?

Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

financegal87 :  When they dry, they will look darker.  I did keep mine every cycle, but I didn’t pay *too* much attention to them when I kept them. 

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2018

I agree that the paper could be inaccurate. There are apps that do it for you. I use PreMom. You take the picture within the time window, but you can also see each day. It tells you what CD, time, etc. 

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

financegal87 :  no idea, esp since OPKs won’t show any kind of progression either. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

There’s no reason to keep them. OPKs don’t necessarily progress anyway. You can have a negative one day and a blazing positive the next.

Not sure why people keep them. I only kept my HCG tests.

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

You don’t need to keep them.  They don’t progress.  Some people may find it useful early on to see what one a couple days ago looked like compared to today (if they don’t know what a positive looks like) but they do darken up a little so it’s not as useful.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I used OPKs regularly for the first time this past month.  I kept them.  I was taking them because I had a weirdly long cycle last month (51 days) during which I had multiple weeks of fertile cm.  I was just curious to see what the OPKs would say.  Was my body not trying to ovulate?  Was it trying to ovulate multiple times and failing?  Just ovulating really late? I knew OPKs couldn’t answer all my questions, but could give me more information about my hormones.  I wanted to see what OPKs looked like at various points in my cycle, whether I got no positives or multiple positives or one positive etc.  It was easy to track that by taping them on a paper.  In my experience they do appear slightly darker when dry, but not enough so that I would forget which ones were positive or not.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee

I didn’t keep mine! I just snapped a pic of each one with my phone and would scroll through them to see the progression but after each cycle I deleted those photos. I found this to be helpful since my iPhone shows the date/time of the photo. I only used OPKs for that full week before my apps would say I was going to ovulate. When the lines started to get a noticeably darker is when I would test twice a day, at lunch time and before bed otherwise it was just once per day.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016 - Montego Bay, Jamaica

I only keep them after I get a blazing positive just so I can test it back to negative. If that makes sense? I like to know how long I surged for. But really, you only need to test until you see that postive then BD BD BD! 🙂 

Post # 13
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Busy bee

I use the premom app, it lines up all the pictures of your test for easy comparison. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

financegal87 :  everyone’s cycles are different. Yes you can’t read them after the fact they dry, but I’ve never seen a negative dry to actually look like a positive. Often some women have a smaller LH surge early in the cycle before the actual LH surge. 

Also, some people find that opks progress and others (like me) the blazing positive comes from nowhere 

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