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Ok so I am new to this & just had a few questions about opks? First question (not trying to sound stupid) do you use them ? Okay second question is there any certain brand or will the elcheapos work just fine such as $ store? Third question when using them when during your cycle do you start? & when is it going to show positive? Actual ovulation day or ...? & once positive do you Dtd when it shows only positive for you to have better chances of concieving? I don't use opks yet but in the next few months if no luck we may try? Just typical me planning ahead lol thank you in advance!
Ehh the word "how" was supposed to be in the first question. Sorry!!
The cheapies work just fine. I get mine online for super cheap and you just pee in a cup and dip the strip and wait a few minutes and the test line has to be as dark or darker than the control line to be positive. When I order, I get like 50 at a time so I generally start testing around CD6 or CD7. Some ladies don't start testing until later in their cycle depending on when they normally O and how long their cycles are. Mine is a 28-29 day cycle and I normally O around CD15 or so but I like to see a progression and since they are so cheap, I don't feel guilty for doing so. Normally an OPK will show positive 12-36 hours prior to acutal ovulation. This cycle we started BDing every other day the week before O and once I got my + OPK, we have BDd every single day just to be safe (I think I O'd yesterday).
Hope this helps!!! I can't remember, did you say you were temping as well?? OPK's only tell you that you have surged or are surging, they don't actually confirm ovulation. This can only be confirmed by temping. A lot of women surge several times throughout their cycle but never actually ovulate. So it's really best to use OPK's in conjunction with temping and charting.
My favorite cheap ovulation tests are the wondfo. My favorite name brand tests are Clear blue easy digital. If you have trouble figuring out the line tests I highly recommend these. You can get them about 1/2 the price on ebay.
Once you get into the habit, you will LOVE temping... give you so much information. Oh, and get used to Peeing on sticks all the time! Its the norm. I use the wondfro OPKs off the internet. Super cheap, so you can test a couple times a day during your entire cycle if need be! Also, make sure the test is AS DARK AS or DARKER than the strip. It says so in the instructions and its true!!
Thank you,helpful information! My s.o & myself are just now really "trying"! We have Dtd & haven't prevented but I am pretty sure this cycle for me is just norm & Aunt Flo will be here tomorrow naturally! I am not bummed though because I'm going to use this time wisely to educate myself a little more!!