Post # 1
Have been TTC for 7 months now but have a few issues (high prolactin, not ovulating, dialated Fallopian tube).
My appt with my fertility specialist is not until Dec 10th (fully booked) and I have some questions I am hoping I can get answers to.
I am CD 15 and since CD 11 I have been taking OPKs first thing in the morning EOD with negative results. However there is always a faint pink line. Does the faint line mean anything at all? It is not darker than the control. Thought maybe there is a hint of something happening? In the summer I used Clearblue Digital which I found easier to read and would get some positives.
Lastly, can lubricant affect sperm? We use one called PJUR. I discussed this with Darling Husband and he would like to use it but I wondered maybe if that affects things?
I am trying to gather some info for my appt especially if I have ovulated at all. It’s been a tough TTC journey.
Aside from the most important ovulation factor, is there anything I can do differently in the meantime?
Thanks for any replies! 🙂
Post # 2
I’m so sorry you’re having a difficult time:( the light pink line only means that by our body has LH all the time which is normal, doesn’t mean there’s a surge though. Also sperm can affect lube. Pressed and conceive plus are sperm friendly! Also the cycle I got pregnant we used coconut oil as lube lol jesrs great things so gave it a shot and bam! Good luck!
Post # 3
You will always have a second line on OPKs. You want the test line to be as dark or darker then the control line. And I believe lube can cause so e problems because the sperm can have issues getting through it if it’s not a water based one. A lot if ladies use pre-seed, with great results.
Post # 4
You will most likely always see that second line, but when you’re gearing up to ovulate, the line should get progressively darker and eventually be darker than the control line. I would use an OPK 2x a day around when you think you’ll ovulate…you could totally miss your surge only doing them EOD.
I second using preseed. Most other lubes aren’t sperm friendly.
Post # 5
To add to the other resposnes, the OPK’s are more effective when you don’t use them first thing in the morning. I get up around 6 and I usually test with the first one around 10am.
Post # 6
weightwatchers152: definitely switch up your lube ASAP! Unless it says it’s TTC-friendly, assume that it’s not. I really like preseed and think it works as well as non-TTC lube; there are a couple other brands out there as well that are TTC-friendly. It’s expensive unfortunately ($20/tube), but we use far less than they recommend so it should last a while.
Post # 7
I was just in a local sex shop looking at lubes. We ran out of our pjur silicone lube, and we love it. No other lube we’ve tried has compared. I saw that the shop had preseed, and I’ve read a lot about it so I picked up the box to read it. An associate came over to see if I needed help. I know he’s probably not an expert or anything, but he assured me that using “regular” lube will not affect your chances of getting pregnant. His opinion was that you only really need to use pre-seed during extreme cases, either if your CM is really low or your Darling Husband sperm count is really low. I’m pretty sure regular lube won’t hinder your chances, but preseed may enhance your chances slightly.
I went with the pjur again. We only use a tiny amount when we need it, and since we’re not always “in the mood” during the fertile window, we might as well make it as enjoyable as possible! I could be completely wrong about this, but I thought I’d at least share my experience!
BUT, if you don’t have lots of fertile CM and/or your DH’s sperm count is low or slow, I would probably try the preseed.
As far as OPK’s go, I’m pretty sure you need to see a bold, dark line.
Post # 8
MissKayDee: Regular lube can actually damage the sperm and prohibit them from getting where they need to go, similar to how non-fertile CM would. You definitely need a water-based luricant if you don’t want to affect sperm quality and mobility, which I would think anyone TTC should try to avoid.
Post # 9
Thank you ladies, this is great and very useful information! I will make some changes. Definitely learned something new! 🙂