Post # 1
I’ve been reading a lot about TTC because I’m planning on TTC in about 7 months. Everyone is really knowledgeable here, so I want your opinion.
I just started charting my temperature, and I’m wondering if I should also start using OPK’s.
Should I start using OPK’s, or is it still too early?
Should I just track my temperature longer? When should I add OPK’s?
Also, which brand is best value for money?
Post # 2
I don’t think it’s ever too early to get familiar with your cycle. I didn’t temp, because my sleep schedule isn’t consistent, but I have been doing opks since the beginning. definitely showed me that I ovulate all over the place!! Helps you get the window of time right when you do start! Alot of ladies on here use wondfo opks that are purchased on amazon. super cheap!!
Post # 3
It’s never too early to start! If you do decide to do OPKs, I second the recommendation for wondfos from Amazon. Otherwise it will get really expensive quickly. If you’re temping, OPKs might not help that much, but they can be useful if you want to have some more warning right before O. I found them useful because I learned I was having multiple LH surges in every cycle, which helped me realize something was wrong. Personally I think tracking CM is better, but it’s a little harder as well.
Post # 4
I agree with both people above! It’s never too early. I wish that I had started temping/charting/using OPK’s before we started TTC. I have also used to Wondfo brand from Amazon. Not sure where you are, but I paid $20 for 50 LH/20 HCG strips (US). I have also used the Equate (Walmart) brand OPK’s and didn’t have much luck with them. Once you are activeley TTC, I totally recommend the Clear Blue Advanced Digital. They are pricey, but in my opinion the best OPK and easy to read. You don’t have to try to decipher the two lines. Clear Blue tells you when you are at low, high or at peak fertility. I used those once a day with FMU starting at around cycle day 10. I used the Wondo’s multiple times a day when I was at peak fertility (Clear Blue “locks” you out from testing multiple times a day once you are at peak) to try and pin point my LH surge exactly. I paid $30 at Target for the holder (digital reader) and ten tests. The Wondfo’s are def the best for your money.. And if you’re like me and want to POAS multiple times a day you won’t feel bad 🙂
Post # 5
Never too early to get to know your cycle. I also highly suggest the Wondfo brand opks on Amazon. In the beginning I was temping/charting and using OPK’s. It was nice seeing the + OPK’s and having my ovulation date confirmed with temping/charting. After a few cycles I saw a clear pattern. That’s when I ditched the temping/charting and just used the OPK’s. Besides TTC it was nice being nsync with my body. It always makes knowing when to test less stressful. You’re not guessing if you’re late or not because once you’ve confirmed O and your luteal phase length it’s like clock work at least most cycles.
Post # 6
Looks like I should get some Wondfos from Amazon. I’ve already gotten lots of good information from charting. I’m glad I’m figuring this out right now before TTC. It’s a lot more complicated than I realized.
Post # 7
I agree with others: Wondfos from Amazon! They’re super cheap, so if you go through, I don’t know, three in a day, it’s no big deal.
Post # 8
I went off BC in May and even though we weren’t TTC until August I used OPKs to get familiar with them and my cycle, in addition to temping. I used the cheap strip ones from Amazon, and after our first month of TTC with no success (I am impatient) I bought the clear blue advanced digital tests and used them when I got a positive on the cheap ones.
I like the cheap OPKs because I didn’t feel guilty using more of them every month and they worked well!