Post # 1
So this is our first month TTC. Im a little confused about the whole thing and would like your opinion…
I have been on the pill for about 7 years. I went off the pill for a few months about a year ago and had a pretty regular cycle. The month before our wedding, I was really afraid of the two weeks (one week of period and one week of non period) I would have not be on bc becasue I get really bad acne when Im not on BC. I was out of town and forgot to bring my pills with so I start my bc pack 3 days late. So, I figured that it would work out well since I would have 3 days longer of peace for my skin. So, I was suppose to get my period on feb 12 (i ended the pack on feb 11) and my period didn’t come until feb 15 and lasted until feb 18. We got married on feb 23 and BDed every day or every other day since then. I thought I was ovulating on feb 24 so I went out and bought a cheapo ovulation kit. This is the pic of that test on feb 24:
This looked pretty negative?
So, I continued taking the ovulation tests every morning. March7-march 11, I’m pretty sure they were all positive…
Question1; do days march7-11 all look positive to you?
question 2; why do I have 5 days of positive tests?
question 3; is this normal?
question 5; if the tests are correct, when should I expect my period?
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!
Post # 3
Some of them are hard to tell because the lines are so light overall, but it does look like a bunch of positives/close to positives. Usually, you ovulate within 12-24 hours of getting your first positive, but that doesn’t always happen. Sometimes your body waits a little longer, sometimes it delays ovulation for a week, and sometimes ovulation never happens. The stress/excitement from your wedding and getting of BC can screw with your cycle, so it’s highly likely you will ovulate late or not at all this month. Remember that if your period is late.
Are you taking these with first morning urine (FMU)? I ask because FMU tends to be more concentrated, so you might be getting false positives on some days. It’s best to test a couple of time throughout the day, once in the early afternoon and once in late afternoon/early evening to try and catch your LH surge throughout the day.
OPKs do not guarantee ovulation, but if you did O, it was likely soon after getting these tests. From the pics, I’d say the March 7 and March 8 ones are your darkest, so you could mayyyyybe guesstimate O around March 9 or 10. If your period doesn’t start two weeks from those days, take a test and see. If you get a negative and your period still doesn’t come, wait a few more days and test again. Eventually, you might want to check out charting (read Taking Charge of Your Fertility) to help you pinpoint ovulation better. Good luck!
Post # 4
Thank you for the information! Yes, I took them all with FMU. I figured we’d be layed back about charting this month. If we don’t concieve this month, I will start charting. Thank you again!
Post # 5
She’s completely right, and it’s definitely not weird to get so many days of positives. A positive only shows you that the concentration of LH in your system is very high. Very high levels of LH are indicative that you will O soon, but it’s not a guarantee. You usually will ovulate though as long as nothing interferes and pushes your O back (illness, lack of sleep, stress…). Having 5 days of positives just says that you had a big surge of the hormone and that surge lasted awhile. If you’re not charting it will be hard to pinpoint the exact day that you Od, so just remember that you don’t know how long your LP is, and you don’t have the exact O date recorded when you’re waiting for AF. For testing, I’d say you can start testing 10 days after your fourth day of positives, if you haven’t gotten AF.
Post # 7
- Wedding: November 2007 - Radisson Hotel
Is this the Target brand? I think some people have had false positives with them, if I remember correctly.
I’d say March 8th looked the most positive to me. It’s possible to surge and surge but not release an egg until later, your body just tries again and again. I’ve had four days of very positive OPKs before.
Also- FMU is not recommended for OPKS. Pregnancy tests, yes. http://www.fertilityfriend.com/Faqs/Ovulation-Prediction-Kits–OPKs–.html
“Follow the manufacturer’s instructions about the time to take your OPK. First morning urine is usually not the best for OPKs since your LH surge usually begins in early morning when you are still sleeping and may not be apparent in your first morning urine. If you test in the early morning, you may miss your surge entirely since LH levels may already be reduced by the next morning. Late morning or early afternoon is usually best unless the instructions suggest otherwise.”
I tend to test in the early afternoon when I get home (4ish) and then again at 10pm or so when I’m getting closer to O.
Post # 9
Yes, it is the target brand. That’s interesting! If we don’t conceive this month I plan on using a name brand. The directions said to test first thing in the morning. I’m a Stay-At-Home Wife so my FMU is usually around 10 or 11:) thanks for the advice! That definitely makes sense to test a few times a day. Thank you!
Post # 10
@idaho1745: Ah yes, the first time I used OPKs, I used the Target ones and got a bunch of days of positives. That hasn’t happened to me since, and I’m not sure if it was due to defective/ultra sensitive tests of the fact that the instructions specifically said to use FMU.
If you normally get out of bed at 10 or 11, do you wake up before then to pee? If you get up around 6 or 7 and use the bathroom, I’d consider that FMU, and your 10-11 pee as a four-hour hold. You just don’t want to be using urine that’s too concentrated because otherwise you can get a false positive.