Post # 1
Hi everyone! I’m a long-time lurker, first time poster. So some background, I have PCOS so timing ovulation is a bit tricky. I’ve tried BBT, but I’m not consistent enough so I am doing OPKs. They’ve actually helped tremendously with tracking my ovulation. Anyway, this month has been a bit wonky for me. Earlier this week, I started feeling cramps and sore breasts but it was way too early for a period, and I had not had a positive OPK. I did not get a positive OPK until cycle day 22 (yesterday). This morning when I woke up, I wanted to take another OPK just to double check, and I had a nagging feeling telling me to take a pregnancy test since I had cramps and sore breasts. Well, the pregnancy came back positive! So, obviously I’m over the moon, but I’m also wondering if it’s possible that the pregnancy test is picking up LH instead of HCG and that’s why that it’s positive? Not sure if that’s even possible but thought I would check. I don’t want to get my hopes up and I know my best bet is to make a doctors appointment, but wanted to see if anyone has words of wisdom on this. Thanks!
Post # 2
- Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL
Not possible for HCG tests to pick up LH – that’s a positive pregnancy test, congrats!
I did hear that during early pregnancy you can have an LH surge, so you can get a positive OPK.
Your line is faint so I would guess you’re very early – maybe like 10-12 DPO (so if you had unprotected sex in that time frame I’d probably say that’s when you ovulated!).
Post # 3
Definitely a positive pregnancy test! HcG is only produced when the placenta has implanted, so yay!
Time for that doctor’s appointment!
Post # 4
DrAtkins : MsPlucky :
thanks so much!! So excited 🙂 do you think the cramps are something I should be concerned about?
Post # 5
Pregnancy tests cannot pick up an LH surge but an OPK can pick up HCG to make it look like a positive OPK! Thus, getting a positive on both!
Post # 6
Congratulations! LH and HCG are similar so OPKs can pick up HCG as well. But pregnancy tests only pick up HCG so you are definitely pregnant! Cramps and light spotting are perfectly normal as well. Nerve wracking for sure, but implantation often causes PMS like cramps.
Post # 7
My guess is implantation. When the embryo attaches to the uterine lining, it can cause it to cramp a bit. Some women have “implantation bleeding” along with the cramps. I did with my son, it’s very light and doesn’t have any flow.
If the cramps come and go I wouldn’t worry too much, but if they are constant and never let up, may be cause for concern.
Definitely make a doctor’s appointment! But as hard as it is, relax! It’s really super important right now! You’re pregnant Momma!