Post # 1
So I got off the pill in December but didn’t start TTC until this month (so my 3rd cycle off the pill). I got a packet of cheap OPK strips on Amazon and began testing on CD8 in Dec, Jan, Feb. I get totally white strips except for the control line on day 8, 9, and 10, on CD 11 each time i’d get a clearly visible line but not as dark as the control line, CD 12 I get a faint line, CD 13 back to white.
I JUST READ yesterday that for an OPK to be positive the line needs to be as dark as the control line. So have I been stupid this whole time and not actually getting positive OPKs?
Post # 2
- Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom
I don’t think your question is stupid at all! TTC is a strange, and often confusing time for everyone who goes through it.
For what its worth, I tried the digital ones for a few months during TTC. I have a slight hormonal imbalance, and my cycle is 28-31 days long…so I often got more than one ‘ovulation’ according to the tests. After three or four months I stopped using them and stuck to temp charting. I’m not an expert, but I feel like they aren’t “perfect”.
PS: It took me seven months to get pregnant.
Post # 3
- Wedding: October 2015 - Swaneset Bay Resort & Country Club
ladyjd : Technically no you haven’t been getting positives on them. The test line needs to be as dark or darker than the control. Try again! Hopefully you’ll be able to see the shift from negative to positive. I’ll post a picture of one of my positive OPK’s below.
Post # 4
I just wanted to chime in since the same thing was happening to me the first month trying…the second month I did OPKs for the whole month to see my cycle and I ended up ovulating way later than I thought I was. I ended up getting my BFP that month 🙂
Post # 5
You might just be missing your LH surge. I know for a lot of women they get a peak surge in the afternoon. I always get positives between 1-5pm. Try doing a four hour hold and not drinking too much water so that your pee isn’t diluted. The only way to know for sure if/when you’re ovulating is by temping. OPKs can be confusing, I know! I have PCOS and my cycles are irregular which is why I also temp. I got a positive OPK around 2pm (negative earlier in the day) and a nice temp rise when we conceived my son who is now 18 months.
Post # 6
Yep, needs to be as dark as the control line. I think it says it right on the packet? lol
I didn’t usually get a positive until like day 19, but I have longer than normal cycles.
Post # 7
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Thanks everyone! My super cheap internet packet had pretty bad instructions. I know ideally one should hold for 4 hours and not drink too much water, that’s so hard for me but I guess I will have to try!
Post # 8
OPKs are tricky for me. I get the best result when I test around 2pm – so strange to test in the office, but anyway.
I had the same problem that the test line never got as quite as dark as control line, you can see a pic of my OPK progress here: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/february-2017-poas/page/29
Since the timing of ovulation was like in my app and AF came right on time, I think the OPK was an okish estimation.
Post # 9
Technically you aren’t getting positives, but I had such a hard time with all of the line OPK tests (and the cheapies were worse). The 2 lines would get close, but never actually looked darker (plus no matter what brand the test line always was much thinner than the control so there was an optical illusion). My periods were regular so I assumed I must be ovulating. Finally I caved and bought the Clear Blue Digital OPK tests (I didn’t do the advanced and found a good deal on Amazon)- they are SO much better. They give you a clear yes or no- no fuss. And the first month I used them I got a BFP. If I decide to use OPKs once it is time to try for #2, I definitely won’t even consider anything other than the clear blue digitals.