Post # 1
I just ordered the cheapie opk sticks so I can start testing more than once a day. I have seen many bees with all of the sticks taped to a sheet of paper with the cycle days written out for tacking purposes but am confused… the instructions say the test can not be read after 5minutes and should be thrown out. So why are people keeping them and taping them to a sheet of paper?
this morning I tested and saw a faint line next to the control line. I taped it to the paper and noted the cycle day. About 30 min later I noticed the line had gotten considerably darker.
Post # 2
OPKs don’t progress, there’s no point in keeping them. Are you seeing HCG progression?
Post # 3
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
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 # 5
pinkshoes : I’m not tracking hcg. In regards to LH I have seen many bees who test cd10-cd29 and tape all of their opk sticks to a paper… that’s what I’m referring to. Was just confused about why people did that if you’re supposed to discard after 5min?
Post # 6
financegal87 : no idea, esp since OPKs won’t show any kind of progression either.
Post # 7
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
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
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
- Wedding: November 2015 - City, State
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
- 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
- Wedding: August 2018 - Location
I use the premom app, it lines up all the pictures of your test for easy comparison.
Post # 14
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
Post # 15
Does anyone mind looking at these pics? Since the test line is somewhat dark would it mean I’m getting close to ovulation? I understand the goal is for both lines to be the same color….. these are all from today