Post # 1
I’ve been trying to get more info about the following but couldn’t find any
We’ve just started ttc – a week ago I had what I’m certain was a positive cheapie opk strip as the second line was as dark as the control line (possibly darker) I had all the ovulation symptoms even though it was a week early (according to my cycle)
But I still did a Clearblue advanced test just in case as it was so early for me to ovulate. At first I had two circles then a day without testing and now a flashing smiley face has appeared 3 days in a row . I’m confused about last week’s result
Is it because I have high estrogen levels that the flashing smiley is appearing. I know the LH is only detected with the solid smiley face
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Post # 2
im not an expert and most of the ladies on the TTC forums will be able to answer this a lot better than me! I used this Clearblue advanced opk’s to fall pregnant with both of my pregnancies so know a little bit about them.
it’s really important that you start using them on the correct day of your cycle (this is laid out in the instruction booklet), as starting late can alter the results. The first day will always be a blank circle as the test reader is establishing a baseline hormone level. From there it can detect your rising hormones that give the flashing smiley, then the peak reading solid smiley. Also, for what it’s worth, the ejected test sticks are not designed to be read like normal OPK’s so please do not rely on the colour of the lines as you usually would.
I hope this helps a little bit and good luck 🤞
Post # 3
thank you I really appreciate your reply, today marks the 9th day of testing so I assume that means it’s time to stop!
Post # 4
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so you can get a hormone surge that would make an OPK positive and then not actually ovulate. …annoying, I know! In my experience, those clear blue circle smiley tests are garbage. The dollar store pink OPKs are the best. What you want to look for is a dark positive followed by physical ovulation signs (wet CM, crampy, etc) and then BD! 😀 and when all else fails, make sure to BD whenever you’re feeling extra wet down there. That was always the easiest way for me to know when I was close to O.
Post # 5
thank you! I’ll just assume I wait for next month
Post # 6
I tested with easy @ home sticks and a Clearblue digital for a little over a year and I don’t think my digital was near as accurate as the sticks. I downloaded the premom app to take the guess work out of the strips and much preferred to track that way. There were several cycles where I got a solid smiley a week or so off from my positive OPK and I didn’t get a smiley at all the cycle I actually got pregnant.
Post # 7
I don’t know how involved you want to be in TTC, but i was using OPK’s, checking my cervix position and opening, and charting my BBT, vaginally, to confirm ovulation happened. Also read the book “It starts with the egg.” That book helped me a lot!!
I only say this because using OPK strips alone doesn’t confirm ovulation. You can have multiple lh surges in one cycle and not actually ovulate. For some that’s all they need, but for some it’s not and for me it was more comforting not leaving any mysteries and learning my unique and individual cycle.
Post # 8
I used clear blue digital advance and I got pregnant on my second cycle. Never used the cheapies. I just waited for the blinky smiley and then went to town with hubby! Hahaha I’m also 35 and a half.