Post # 1
so do these really work? i bought a pack of 7 – i think they are early response brand. they are supposed to give you 2nd pink line when you are ovulating 24-36 hours from the time of the test. this is my first month off BCP – we are in the “not trying not to” stage and mainly i was using these just out of curiousity. but now i am past the time when i should have ovulated – i never got a 2nd pink line and i’m freaked out a little bit. so i guess i’m wondering if they are reliable or if its possible i’m really not ovulating? is this a side effect of years on BCP? should i be worried? anyone have experience (good or bad) with these predictors? i was told that your body should get back to normal pretty quickly after you stop low dose BCPs….
Post # 3
I’ve used them for the last 8 mths but have switched to the digital ones per recommedation from my doctor. Sometimes it is really hard to tell if one line is darker. FYI not everyone ovulates every month and everyone is different when coming off bc. Some have regular periods pretty quickly and some take some time to adjust no matter what the level of hormones were. I think they are really helpful and helped us discover some things. Don’t freak out so soon, just take it easy!
Post # 4
I just bought some too so Im glad you asked this question!! I got the digital kind, but I bought two different brands (generic and clear blue easy). I got them like 3 days past my “time frame” so I have to wait till next month to try em. 🙂
Post # 5
This is my first month of BC also and my OBGYN told me that I could ovulate this month, or it would be a few months, but by 3 months out I should ovulate in a normal cycle.
Just like MissGreen said, some people ovulate on different schedules… like only once every 60 days or whatever. If you keep getting “no” results on ovulation after a few months, I’d make a drs appt.
Good luck 🙂
Post # 6
Even if you have regular periods you can still ovulate at slightly different times each month. I’ve been using kits the past few months (got pregnant the first month using it but miscarried) and my ovulation day has varied from day 15 to day 22 of my cycle.
I made the switch to digital this month too, they are more expensive but worth it because there is no question and no staring at lines trying to decide if it’s really darker or about the same or maybe a little bit lighter so I should try again tomorrow…ACK! I couldn’t handle the inner OPK dialogue anymore. Clear Blue Digital is your friend.
Lots of girls swear by charting (I’m too lazy) , some swear by letting it happen naturally (I’m too Type A), but for me, I like knowing that we definintely did our part on the right days and letting nature take it from there, so long live the OPK.
Post # 7
I would give it time, and don’t worry. It took me 3 months to the day to get my period after I went off the pill, and I was on low-dose bc too…so I most definitely didn’t ovulate “on time” after I went off! After that, it took me 1.5 months to get my period, and I’m pretty sure I ovulated about 16 days before my period, which means it took a full month to ovulate that time. This month is the first month I’m charting so I’m hoping that my period gets a bit more regular/cycles get shorter, and that charting can give me some info about when I’m ovulating. I would suggest not trying to figure anything out for at least a cycle or two. Good luck!
Post # 8
I am using the Clear Blue Easy Fertility Monitor. Its more $ up front but I love it and it monitors both the increase in estrogen and the LH surge. Good luck to everyone and I hope we all have BFP soon