Post # 1
I’ve been lurking the TTC boards for a while, we’re getting ready to start TTC in a couple of months, and I’ve recently started using OPKs to try to figure out my cycles. I’m pretty regular, 26-28 days, get EWCM for a few days. What i’m wondering is, when is the OPK considered truly positive ie ovulation 12-36 hours later. Is it when the OPK first becomes positive, or is it when the OPK is darkest? I feel like if I keep testing every 12 hours, it may get darker after my first positive OPK (I haven’t done that before, just thought of it today…). I don’t temp, and don’t really plan on temping, so I can’t really be SURE when I ovulate after the positive OPK.
Also, what do you guys count as O day? The day after OPK is positive? That question I guess is more for people that don’t temp. I know it would be easier if I temp but my schedule and sleeping habits are all over the place lol.
Post # 2
I heard it’s best to DTD a day before your OPK is blazing, and the next couple of days after, up until the week after. After a blazing positive it’s then to-3 days after to ovulate but it’s never an exact science , can take longer to implant etc
Post # 3
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TLDR, for me it was the day after I got the solid smiley (I used the ClearBlue Advanced OPKs so I’m not sure about the two line type of OPKs). Knowing what I know now, I wouldn’t even bother with OPKs and would just BD every other day from days 12 – 18 if you have a regular cycle. It worked for me after a lot of stressful tracking. Longer story below 🙂 Good luck!
I temped for a few months and also used OPKs. Since my cycle has been regular, I stopped temping once I realized that my OPKs and temping lined up pretty perfectly – the day after my solid smiley was generally the day I ovulated based on temping. After speaking to my RE about temping, OPKs and timing, I stopped using OPKs altogether and we just BD every other day from around day 12 – 18. This “worked” and I got pregnant on the second cycle doing just that alone, but unfortunately that ended in a CP. I’ve been pregnant 3 times (all ended in loss, long story) but weirdly enough I temped, checked CM, used OPKs, tried preseed, tried SMEP and everything under the sun (it felt like!) for several months before I got pregnant the second time (which was right after an HCG, so that helped boost my chances too) whereas the third time I got pregnant I didn’t do any of that and still got pregnant only on my second try by following the every other day on days 12-18 method.
Post # 4
There’s no way to really confirm ovulation without temping, so I recommend doing that for a few cycles. I temp and use Premom to track my OPKs which has helped me figure out my own personal patterns.
I always ovulate the day after I get my PEAK OPK. It’s super useful to know for sure.
Post # 5
OPKs don’t really progress. You can have faint lines and then a super strong positive in the same day.
The test line has to be AS DARK as the control line for it to be considered positive.
As pp said you would have to be temping to actually confirm ovulation, but generally most people would start dtd that day and for a few after.