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Hello Ladies! I was hoping that I could get some advice on OPK's. I am getting ready start using the Wondfo Ovulation strips. I know that I have a weird ovulation schedule, but I do not know exactly what that schedule is. So, any advice on when to start using, what time of day to test or any other information would be greatly appreciated!
I have a somewhat regular ovulation schedule, so not sure how helpful this will be to your situation. I start using the wondfos at CD10 (ovulating CD14 or 15). What you want is to start them early enough in your cycle so that you can clearly see over time when they are light/negative, and when they darken.
To start, I use them around noon, every day. I have a bunch of dixie cups under my bathroom counter. I also keep a plastic baggie with some dixie cups and wondfos in it in my purse, in case I'm at work or out somewhere. I catch some of the urine stream, dip the wondfo for 3 seconds, then let it sit for 5 min before I read it. (If I'm at work, I sit in the stall and play solitaire on my phone for 5 min ) If it seems pretty close to positive, with the test line almost as dark as the control line, I test again around 3pm.
They can be pretty infuriating, since there *is* a line almost always. With pregnancy tests, when you get an extra line it means something. But with opks there's a lot of "wait, is that positive?" But in my experience, if you use them for enough days, it's pretty clear when it is positive for sure, when the test line gets as dark as the control line.
To be honest, I've only used them for a few months here and there throughout the past year. I've conceived 3 times in the last year, all ending in loss, but the wondfos have been enough for me to figure out when I ovulate. The first time I used them, I had sex the same day I got a + and the day after, and conceived. The next time I used them, I had sex the day after I got the +, and conceived. The other few times I've used them it was just for tracking, or TTA.
I had never tracked before now, but am curious because after conceiving once, and losing it, DH and I are ready for it to happen now. I am still waiting for AF to show up after the MC, which was almost a month ago. I am not sure if I should just start them now and track continuously? or wait until AF shows, then start the ovulation strips.
since stopping BC at end of OCT, I have had very regular 30/31 day cycles, almost immediately. I had tried the OPK's during the "normal" CD schedule, and I always had nothing, using the First Response Digital. This week, I used the FR and got a YES+ on Tues, AF due Wed. So, I am needing to track now to see if i have this super short Luteal Phase I have been reading about, or if this is a fluke.
Hope I don't bore you all with my ramblings! Just trying to figure out where the right place to go from here!
Totally fine, ramble all you need to! We're here for you!
In my opinion, I'd wait until after a regular AF and then start the OPKs. A loss- even a relatively uncomplicated natural one- can mess with your cycle for some time afterward.
And you got a positive for ovulation with the FR? If so, then I think that's all you need to know this cycle. Assume you ovulated this past week, and count how many days til you get AF. That will be your luteal phase.
Considering this was the cycle immediately after your loss, I wouldn't put too much stock into it of how long your cycles will typically be.
I am not sure I followed all of that but Mel gave some great advice. I would also wait until after a normal AF to start taking OPKs.
I also wanted to add if you got a positive OPK the day before AF is due that could also mean you are pregnant. I am not saying that you are but if you are "late" which is very confusing after a miscarriage you may want to take an HPT as well because pregnancy can cause positive OPKs.
I also wanted to throw out there another way to track your cycles is through temping. That has been the most helpful thing for me and my doctor loves when i can hand her my chart and she can see exactly what is going one. (when I O, positive OPKs, temps, how long LP is, symptoms, CM) I use fertility friend to track everything and it has been a huge help. Just another suggestion
Thanks for the suggestions. And, that is my biggest question, is whether or not id be crazy for going to HPT so soon after my MC. But I guess anything is possible. I was already planning on it, mostly so I had piece of mind that its just delayed AF, rather than risk another MC because I wasn't paying attention :/
But, thanks again for all of the advice! I am thinking I will try the temping as well. Just difficult for me to get much peace in the morning with 4 four-legged kids waiting for me to wake every morning!
I appreciate al of the words of wisdom from all of the ladies on here. Makes me feel a little less crazy! haha..