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October 16th, 2009, 11:16 PM
Lolly13's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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Hi Ladies!

I have 3 children ages 9, 7 and 10 weeks. I use NFP and am very familiar with ccl's sympto thermal method. Before I got pregnant with my last child I was using opks with success for many months. They always had a faint line leading up to the positive to indicate O. I am not breast feeding (despite taking Reglan I produce NO milk ) My first AF came at 9 weeks PP and was normal except I had many days of spotting afterwards which is VERY unusual for me. I have been taking OPKs and they are STARK WHITE! I have done some research and have read that opks may not work post partum. Any experience out there? Thanks for any info!
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October 17th, 2009, 09:52 AM
ShawnaCAN's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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You can certainly use OPK's PP, in conjuction with the CCL rules you are familiar with because OPK's alone don't give enough advance warning of ovulation for avoiding pregnancy.

The first few post partum cycles can be irregular, even though you're not breastfeeding. They can be annovulatory, or ovulation might happen much later than it did before baby. It's not unusual to take up to 6 cycles to normalize after having a baby.

To save money on your OPK's though, don't worry about testing if you are dry. If you're dry or are experiencing a Basic Infertile Pattern of Discharge, it's normal for the OPK to be blank because no CM indicates that your hormones are sitting at a very low level and your ovaries are inactive. Once they become active, hormones will rise, and the mucus will begin. Just save your OPK's for when you have cervical mucus.
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October 17th, 2009, 02:48 PM
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Thanks for the response... I have been taking the opks mostly out of curiosity. Prior to getting pregnant I always had some kind of line. I guess my hormone levels are just very low right now. In a typicaly cycle I would be due to O cd 16 to cd 18. Today is cd 15 and still no line at all on the opks. I am having some cm that is fertile in quality so I am using the stm rules for avoiding. (We are actually NTNP) I guess only time will tell! My body must just still be getting back to normal. Thanks again!
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October 17th, 2009, 08:33 PM
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I replied to this earlier...guess it ate my post...but I wasn't going to say anything that Shawna didn't say.

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