Post # 1
I just started using ovulation tests. i went off the pill after only taking three pills that cycle. I immediately began using ovulation tests to start tracking. The first two were a lot lighter than the test line. Then yesterday it was darker, but not quite as dark. I took another today, thinking that yesterday was negative, but todays was lighter again. I’m not sure if that means I am ovulating right now, or if there is variation, and the line really should be just as dark as the test line. Has anyone else had a positive test that was still lighter than the test line?
Post # 3
I’ve never taken an ovulation test, but I recommend starting to chart your temperature. Then you’ll see for sure when you’ve ovulated. It will tell you after the fact, but none the less, if you use it in conjunction with the ovulation kit it should all make sense!
Post # 4
Ok, when was the first day of your LMP? Also, for it to be positive it has to be the same color as the control line or darker. Having a line lighter than the control is a negative. Are you just randomly testing or using the chart with your average cycle length? Doing OPK while coming right off birth control maybe tricky since your cycle might be different coming off the bc.
Post # 5
I’ve used OPKs for two cycles now. I agree with MissGreen that it has to be as dark as or darker to be a positive. It seems like LH sort of ebbs and flows for your entire cycle, never totally gone. Both months I confirmed ovulation though mine was just as dark as the other line. I was sort of waiting for it to get even darker, but it didn’t really. It has a lot to do with the time of day you test, how much water you’ve consumed, etc, so can be misleading. It helps to test twice a day – once in the am, once in the evening. Also, helpful to track other fertility signs so that you have some context.
Post # 6
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Totally agree with the previous commenters, the OPK must be as dark or darker than the test line to be considered positive, lighter is always negative. Also, it is better to test more than once a day, and you are NOT to use FMU (first morning urine) or morning pee to test because the LH is synthesized in your body early in the morning and will not appear in your urine until the afternoon. The ideal time to test is in the afternoon, around 2pm, though testing may safely take place from 10am to early evening. When I got the positive test for my pregnancy it was at 6pm. I used these and charting to get pregnant. It helps if you keep an eye out for cervical mucous that is like egg whites as well as other signs you usually have, although it’s hard to know right off the pill since your body techincally isn’t back to normal, and many symptoms you have this month might not be the same for your normal cycle. Good luck!
Post # 7
I’ve read on a few sites that the tests can vary, and that getting a test line that is significantly darker than your typical test line is usually a positive. It’s amazing how unprecise all of this is. I am pretty positive that I ovulated, though we’re still getting busy frequently in case I missed something.Our fingres are crossed though!
Post # 8
I think that having sex a lot can make it less likely for you to conceive depending on when you are having sex because it decreases the amount of sperm each time.
Post # 9
Not really true in all cases MissAB but that can be true for someone who has low sperm count. The rule of thumb is to have sex more frequently the week leading up to ovulation and peak times for someone with healthy sperm. But MissTilly as long as it is darker than THE CONTROL line it is positive.
Post # 10
I found it took a few cycles with the OPK to really know when I was ovulating – then it became easier to read. I had early “spikes” that in darkness that I mistook early on for ovulation but weren’t – just keep track of it for a few cycles and then it gets easier to figure out! I am sure charting is the surefire way, but there was no way for me to do temping every day at the exact same time….Keep in mind it is likely going to spike around 14 days after your LMP one you are regular