(Closed) OPK question

posted 4 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

From what I’ve read on here, you can have a few surges of LH before you actually ovulate, so keep testing and BDing until you get a definite positive 🙂

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

is it possible to have no line at all on an OPK? I know that it needs to be darker than control, but anytjme I’ve used it this month I’ve had no test line (or veeeeeery faint) and very faint control lines. Is it something I’m doing wrong? I’d have though like a pregnancy test, the control linw would always be quite prominent. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

linz09:  thanks! Maybe the whole packet is dodgy as it’s happened to a few of them. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

This is what I am getting! Definitely not past their expiry. Whereas for the 3rd time (in 6 days) I have gotten a solid smiley on a digital. I’m super confused.

Does the below test even look normal for a negative?

 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

linz09:  If you really ovulated, you won’t have another LH surge in the same cycle.  If you have two LH surges in one cycle, that would mean that you didn’t ever really ovulate after the first surge, and your body was just gearing up to and your ovary wasn’t successful at pushing out an egg, if that makes sense. Therefore, you would have more than one surge that cycle. If your test lines were getting darker and then all of a sudden disappeared, you may have missed your surge. Some women’s surges only last 6-12 hours, so if you tested at let’s say 2pm one day and then didn’t test again until 2pm the next day, but your surge was from 7pm to 7am, you would have missed it. Some women test twice or more per day for this reason. OPKs are great if you’re able to catch the surge, but I agree, they can get pretty confusing and frustrating, especially if you have irregular cycles. I would keep testing if I were you and maybe start testing twice per day and see what happens. Remember that both lines have to be equally as dark, not just close, to qualify as a surge. The cheapie tests are great to save money, but they can sometimes be difficult to read, so I would suggest buying the digital clearblue OPK and then using one of those to confirm that you are actually surging once you think you have a positive using a cheapie one. That way you’re not blowing a ton of money and it’ll be less confusing 🙂

 

mazzoffee:  I would test again.  The control line shoudl be pretty dark.  Remember that you don’t want to drink a ton of water or anything before testing too bc you want your urine to be concentrated enough to pick up on the hormone, and if you drink a ton, it will dilute the sample and the test might not read correctly.  Also make sure that you’re following the directions to a T; if you plunge the test strip past the max line or don’t hold it long enough or hold it too long in there, that will over or undersaturate the test strip and it won’t give you an accurate result.  Hope this helps!

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