OPK question: Visible line, but not as dark as second line–am I ovulating?

posted 2 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

MrsMeowton :  OPKs can be confusing! it will be considered positive when its as dark or darker than the control! They will typically fade in from light to positive over the course of days….how many depends on the person. It sounds like its not quite there yet.  What cycle day are you? Please don’t hesitate to post the pic! it may be helpful and we love pee sticks here on the bee lol

Post # 4
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Busy bee

It’s negative. Your line will be clearly as dark as or darker than the control line if It is positive. 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

MrsMeowton :  You are correct on CD15 but definitely still negative. I have irregular cycles as well and i found it was really helpful to write the CD on the stick and line them up to see the progression (my husband absolutely LOVED this addition to our bathroom 😉 ) 

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

that’s negative.. but it doesn’t say much about what will happen tomorrow.

Here’s a pic of my cd  14, 15, 16, and 17.. (notice on the 17th the test line is darker than the control!)

you should also know I tested at 2pm on the 17th and it was still negative–fainter than the 16th in the evening in fact.  I also have a 2pm from the 18th that was negative. Moral: test 2x per day right around when you think you’ll ovulate!  If I had been testing only at 2pm every day I may have missed it.  (I didn’t want to take a photo of my entire series of strips for the month.. because it’s an embarassing amount lol.. also because this is a clearer illustration of a pos vs negative and how quickly they can progress.)

 

 

Post # 7
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Honey bee

I use the exact same ones- it needs to be as dark or darker, like the bees said. Trust me, you will know when it’s positive. This probably means that it’s coming, though…my tests get progressively darker until they’re positive.

Post # 9
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Honey bee

Oh, and FYI- you count your cycle from the day your period begins, not the day it ends. So you are probably not on day 15 if your last period ended on the 12th.

Post # 10
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Honey bee

Oh, and also (lol, because I had so much trouble with these things when I started using them so I understand how big of a guessing game it can be), they just detect a hormone in your urine- this hormone typically surges before you ovulate (which is what the test looks for) but it’s my understanding that it could be present at any point, which is why you may be getting faint lines.

Anyone else, feel free to correct me!

But yes, you’ll get a positive eventually and you’ll definitely know for sure when you do.

Post # 12
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Honey bee

Girl, let me tell you.

When I started using them, I had read Amazon reviews and one lady was like “don’t saturate them too much or they won’t work” so I was super paranoid about not getting them too wet. To the point where I only let the urine climb up to where the “max line” is, very careful not to get any in the purple part. The part where of course, you need to get wet to work undecided I must have gone through like 20 of the damn things (and a new box purchased in case the first was defective) before I figured it out.

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

ClaudiaKishi :  everything you posted sounds right to me 🙂  OP we always have some LH in us

here are some example LH graphs:

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