Post # 1
Okay, so we are not TTC just yet. We will start this March but I wanted to get a good jump on determining my ovulation date and fertile window. I have an app that tracks Aunt Flow and guesses my ovulation day (which according to the app is today). I took the ovulation test and today is NOT my ovulation day because the pink line was lighter than the control line. Does this mean I missed my ovulation day or I will ovulate soon? I have read contrasting theories about how if you test after ovulation you don’t get any line except the control line and if you do see a light pink line it means ovulation could be in the next few days. What are your experiences with ovulation tests? Thanks bees!
Post # 3
This varies from woman to woman. Some women get no test line shortly after AF, then their test line gets gradually darker until it becomes positive, then it fades away again. However, I always have a light pink control line throughout my cycle except for the days it goes positive (so my tests right after AF look identical to my tests a week after ovulation – I don’t test after ovulation is confirmed but I did once to see what it looked like). I believe we always have some amount of LH in our system throughout our cycles, so a light pink test line may not mean anything. I don’t have a fade in of any kind, one day it will just suddenly turn positive but I don’t get a darker tests leading up to the positive. It’s just light pink, light pink, super dark, super dark, light pink… It helps to take the ovulation tests every day with afternoon urine starting a few days before you expect to get a positive, and continuing until you see one. A light pink line in your case could mean you will ovulate soon, but it could also mean you missed your surge already or that you are still nowhere near ovulation. You will have to keep testing to know for sure. Good luck!
Post # 4
There’s no way to tell if you missed it or if it is coming up, other than by continuing to test. Most kits suggest a day to start testing – like on the 7th day of your cycle, with the 1st day being the first day of your period. Those ovulation apps are guesswork – they assume ppl have a 28 day cycle, and that you ovulate in the middle. So, you could have already ovulated, or you could be getting ready to ovulate. Keep testing, and you’ll figure it out.
Post # 5
We won’t be able to tell you if you’ve ovulated yet or not. You should start testing the day after your period ends, not just around the time the app is telling you you’re fertile. Also, just to clarify…when you get a positive on the OPK, it doesn’t mean you’re ovulating right then, it is just detecting your LH surge.
Best of luck!
Post # 6
Ovulation predictor kits do just that: Predict ovulation. Your LH surge indicates that an egg will be released within 9-51 hours. You should test at least once per day for several days to detect your LH surge. After it goes positive, you should BD every day for three days. Good luck!