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November 7th, 2012, 01:51 AM
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So I decided to jump on the band wagon recently and start charting. I noticed at the store though that I can purchase a fertility monitor that has 7 sticks vs a pack of 20 OPK sticks for the same price, which is easier for a complete newbie? I was leaning towards the FM just because I want to be sure I can read the result clearly but then I read that testing around when you think you should be ovulating can sometimes require more than 1 pee stick test per day to ensure you catch the surge when you're first trying to figure things out. So which do you guys recommend, pee on a computer or pee on 6 sticks a day and go through the whole box in one cycle =P (Okay, not really. Hopefully I don't get that addicted to peeing on things)
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November 7th, 2012, 01:56 AM
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I am pretty new to this and I went with OPK And am happy with the choice I feel like I know what I need to without the cost of the monitor. Not to say Hugh I won't go to that if this doesn't work. Best wishes hope you get your bfp quickly. Oh yeah NS as it gets close I have po 4sticks in one day : tmi: just to make sure I caught the surge.
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November 7th, 2012, 03:16 AM
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I never used a FM, went straight to OPk's but i never brought them from a store as they were really expensive. As you rightly say (joking or not) you could go through a whole pack in one cycle! Alot of us here get our OPK's from amazon as they're loads cheaper! I tend to buy 50 in one go and they last me a while but i am using less each cycle now as I know my body better, with you starting out you will use a lot!

either way and KUP
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November 7th, 2012, 05:02 AM
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GL sweetie. Never used a fertility monitor, just OPKs. I've heard mixed reviews from those that have used the monitor, but many of us haven't used it.
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Me (33)-LP on the short side, but no other abnormalities
DH (37)-slightly subfertile morphology and motility


Natural cycles-August 2011-July 2012
August 2012-October 2012 clomid and progesterone
November 2012-IUI
December 2012, cysts from IUI, on bcp

January 2013-February 2013, long protocol IVF
15 eggs retrieved, 11 mature, 7 fertilized with ICSI
All 7 made it to 5 day transfer, 2 were transferred
Only 1 frozen snowbaby
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November 7th, 2012, 06:19 AM
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Awesome Thanks for the advice ladies! I'll have to pick some up from amazon now. They're definitely cheaper. Let the pee-fests begin!!
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November 7th, 2012, 05:38 PM
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Actually you might miss your surge with just the monitor because it is ONLY 7 days so you might have to buy another pack. Usually the instructions tell you to start testing on a certain day but everyone's cycles are different and your O date may not be the avg as per what the instructions use as a start date.

Also, usually those types of tests are once a day and they do measure other hormone levels as well, but as lots of girls know, only testing once a day can be misleading. When I learned my body, I knew when to start testing and I could always tell by the color when it would go positive either the next test or next day. On the days where I knew it should be going positive, I'd sometimes have to test 3 x's per day...Sometimes, morning and afternoon would be - but close, evening would be + and then by the next day - again. So if I had only tested once I would have missed my surge.

I agree with looking for good deals online! I'm in Canada so bought my tests on ebay and would spend like $6 including shipping for 50 tests which also included some HPT's So even if I didn't need them all it wasn't a huge waste, for me the ones in the store were 7 OPK's for like $45!!! And the ones you get online are just as good as the name brands in the store, like Answer or FRER, etc. Good luck!!
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