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October 18th, 2005, 08:37 AM
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I would really like to know how many ladies on here have used opks or the saliva scope.I want to kind track my ovulation. Ivenever used them before so wanted to knowwhat everybody else thought and should I buy them?
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October 20th, 2005, 03:56 PM
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I haven't really used either. I know with PCOS it highly possible that you will get positive opk's for several days because of the inbalance of fsh/lh.

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October 21st, 2005, 04:57 PM
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I don't use them either. Sorry.
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October 30th, 2005, 03:23 PM
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I've done some reading on this topic and found that for some women with PCOS OPK can be misleading. With OPK's you are measuring the hormone LH. Normally when you ovulate your LH level "surges" or goes up and your OPK is positive. Women with PCOS have elevated LH levels naturally which can either a)give you a false positive or B) your test line will always be kind of dark.

With OPK's your test line has to be as dark or darker than the control line (unlike pregnancy tests) for it to be considered positive. I used OPK last month and although initially it was a little unclear to me if it was negative - when it was positive it was very clearly positive. My readings suggest that for some women it can be misleading but for others it can work out okay - it really depends on your LH levels. Perhaps give it a try for a cycle and see how it works out. If you find you are getting multiple positives it probably won't be a good way for you to track your ovulation.

Hope that helps a little
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