OPK or BBT or Both

posted 1 week ago in TTC
  • poll:
    Tracked LH Surge : (4 votes)
    15 %
    Tracked BBT : (4 votes)
    15 %
    Both : (18 votes)
    69 %
  • Post # 2
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    1152 posts
    Bumble bee

    We haven’t started yet but I’ve been tracking BBT over the last couple of months and when we start (not long now) I’ll have a good idea of my pattern. It’s already showing a clear pattern now being 2 months in. I will also use OPK from the month we start TTC to further confirm fertile window and ovulation. 

    The days you BD sound like a pretty good use of the fertility window. Isn’t the 3 days before ovulation the most fertile period you should be trying? Sounds like you’re doing that?

    Post # 3
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    55 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2018

    I use both OPKs and track BBT. The OPKs can give you a good idea of when ovulation is going to happen and the BBT can confirm ovulation. I have a very irregular cycle so without the OPKs it would be near impossible for me to tell when ovulation is coming. I also have a tendency to not ovulate, even after positive OPKs. With the BBT I can tell if I did ovulate after my positive OPK, or if there a no way it was our month. 

    Post # 4
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    1219 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2017

    Both! OPKs can tell you when your body is gearing up to ovulate (but not guarantee that it’s going to happen, since you can have more than one LH surge within a cycle) and BBT can tell you that you HAVE ovulated but only a few days after you’ve actually ovulated. So my opinion is that it’s best to use both in tandem since that’s the closest you’ll be able to get to pinpointing when you actually ovulate. Good luck!

    Post # 5
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    2142 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I used both most months, but you definitely don’t need to in order to figure out your cycle. They just confirm each other if you like to have all the data. I found BBT to be more useful overall for me.

    It sounds like your timing was great. Even with great timing, your odds of success each month without any other issues is around 30%, so an unsuccessful cycle doesn’t mean that anything is wrong! It’s unclear from your post if you’ve been TTC for 8 months or 1, but I’ll throw this out there: have you talked with your doctor about the implications of this blood disorder for fertility? Your OB may refer you to a specialist who could help you navigate the particular details of your situation and help you figure out what may be helpful for you to get pregnant.

    Post # 7
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    611 posts
    Busy bee

    caitlinbee :  I tracked CM and BBT but skipped OPKs. My CM was always a good indication of my fertile week and my temps confirm that. 

    Post # 8
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    2490 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2017

    caitlinbee :  I got pregnant the first month doing BBT only. It was technically our third month trying but the first two didn’t really count because we missed several fertile days. If it had happened the first two months it would’ve been on a prayer and a wing from days old sperm. Anyhow my chart was like textbook for O, the implantation dip, and the consistent elevated temp once I was pregnant. 

    Post # 10
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    301 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2019 - City, State

    I highly recommend reading Taking Charge of Your Fertility. Combine that with the Clearblue Monitor and you should be golden. Good luck! 

    Post # 11
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    2490 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2017

    caitlinbee :  I did a lot of research on it, you should too because there’s a lot of info. But in a nutshell you can track your temp along with cervical mucus and learn when you’re most fertile. Your fertile days will follow after your menstrual but the exact day of ovulation can vary month to month. If you temp at the right time every morning you should discover a baseline and then fluctuations from there will indicate ovulation and such. None of this will make sense until you research what it all means. 

    Post # 12
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    2490 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2017

    My chart for reference. O on May 2nd, implantation most likely May 8 according to dip, positive pregnancy test May 12; 4 days before my expected period. 

    Post # 13
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    1245 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2018 - Location

    I did both. OPK for a warning that ovulation is coming, and BBT to confirm it happened. It was really helpful for getting a sense of my cycles, luteal phases, etc. I got pregnant the first month TTC after doing this charting for 6 months before.

    Post # 15
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    2490 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2017

    caitlinbee :  just a cheap one from Target.  It needs to be a basal  one not a regular thermometer. They are labeled as such and are next to the pregnancy tests and stuff.

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