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July 18th, 2013, 08:55 AM
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What's the dilio with OPKS after the 5 minute time limit? I swear this batch of ICs takes way longer to "develop" than the last batch I had from the same company on Amazon.

At about 15-20 minutes it was +. It didn't even look to be all that dried -- the colors weren't all purple and faded but still had some vibrancy to them. (I didn't take a picture, doh)

So trust it or no? I can't seem to find a decent answer on other forums or searching around.

Sorry if I'm being annoying with this -- it is so stinkin crappy to still not have a normal cycle yet and have to guess at everything!!!
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July 18th, 2013, 09:41 AM
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I know they say you're not supposed to read them after the time lapse, but they take FOREVER it seems like. When the dye spreads across, I wait for that to all disappear and the lines to show up and it takes just as long as the time lapse it seems like!

I dont know.........I have been taking mine and reading them after I get out of the shower. I take about a ten minute shower, then I take a picture of them. Here is my most recent...



Not sure if this helps you at all or not, but I read them after I am "supposed" to too.
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July 18th, 2013, 09:48 AM
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I have been reading mine (wondfos from Amazon) at about 10 mins which is about the length of time it takes the test to run all the way. I think my instructions may say 10 minutes though I cant remember now. In any case I usually keep them all and take pics and compare them long after their "time limit" .

Honestly I haven't been the best at reading my OPKs although I usually see a positive before my temp spike. Some other ladies on here have a lots of experience with OPKs so hopefully some of them will swing by with some better tips for you
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July 18th, 2013, 09:55 AM
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Kel ours cycles are really similar this time --- that's what happened w/ my OPKs, too: lighter than darker again.

Mine definitely say 5 minutes, but I've noticed that even the control line takes longer to fully develop than the previous batch I had.

Thank you both -- this makes me feel a lot better, and that maybe I've been throwing mine away too quickly!!
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July 18th, 2013, 10:00 AM
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I always just keep mine to compare. I know you're not supposed to, but it does help to look at how dark the previous days were...because when you get a positive, it stays DARK even after its been sitting there for days. This way you can see the progression of them getting darker...

I felt like I had a really dark -almost positive on CD7- but now that I have CD12 it looks pretty similar to that. If you can test again, I would do it this afternoon or early evening and snap a picture for us!
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July 18th, 2013, 10:21 AM
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I always wait until the strip has turned white again. Some tests... that takes 3 min. Some.. 13. *shrug*

I tell ya, digital ones are so the way to go. LOL
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I think mine say read after 5 minutes and void after 10 minutes, however I have never seen the results change one way or the other after the 10 minute mark on OPKs. HPTs are another story....
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I tend to look at mine after about ten minutes, cos thats how long it seems for it to develop.
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July 18th, 2013, 11:45 AM
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Ok thanks, all!

I think I'm going to go digital from here on out, even though it's expensive. It's so totally ridiculous how ambiguous these things are. It's causing me too much stress.
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July 18th, 2013, 09:17 PM
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7-16 PM: after 5 min


(no shots of 7-17, I think I deleted them on accident?)

7-18 AM: darker than PM after 20 min.
7-18 PM: after 15 min.


7-19 AM: after 10 min.


a little EWCM at 3 p.m. None so far today. Please good Lord may I actually ovulate sometime soon...
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July 19th, 2013, 09:31 AM
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bump, something weird is going on with my posts, sorry if I"m double posting
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Those don't look quite positive yet but it does look like you are getting close

Come on O!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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July 19th, 2013, 11:22 AM
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I think my ones on 7-17 PM and 7-18 AM were darker than the PM 7-18, b/c they are fading pretty quickly now.
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July 19th, 2013, 12:52 PM
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hmmmmmmm maybe your temp will spike tomorrow then! If not then your body may have geared up to O and not quite made it.

Fx!!!!!!
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