Please whitelist our site to get all the best deals and offers from our partners. Last month I got a very clear positive OPK on day 11 (about 2pm in the afternoon).
I am pg again and picked up the surge this time (CB digit). I found them too hard to read so like slinky I got a CB digital which gets it every time and excitingly predicts the fertile days leading up to the surge.
I have a very regular cycle (AF and ovulation) but I never seemed to catch my surge on of sticks. I looked for other signals (mucus, of pain etc) and that worked for me.
Sometimes if your pee is too dilute the test won't pick up the LH hormone. I drink tons of water and pretty much nothing else, so my urine is always clear and never yellow and very often my OPK won't pick up the surge, but I know from ECM that I am ovulating.
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The RE (reproductive endocrinologist) told me I should be using 2nd morning urine so this month I started doing that. Now I don't know if I can trust all those other month's OPK (ovulation predictor kit) results.
The OPK's always pick up the surge in the evening and then the next morning the monitor will show it. I guess because I paid so much for the darn thing, I feel like I have to use it.
My RE (reproductive endocrinologist) said that most people get the best results later in the afternoon. When I test at other times of the day I miss the surge.
Kathleen, do you follow protocol and hold your pee for a min. OP, I had 2 out of 3 misses with Clear Blue OPK's, and I was charting and showed obvious O. I bought the monitor and had a peak the first month.
The Best advice is to BD (baby dance (sex)) every 2-3 days :) I miscarried that baby, but nonetheless it showed me that the LH can sometimes me missed on those OPK's either by human fault or whatever reason.
I finally got my positive the following morning at 7am and confirmed it with the CB digital. So if I had not tested with first morning urine and had used only the CB digital, I may never have caught the surge.
I just started taking video again this cycle too which should have helped things. I took fertility blend for a while in the past that had the video in it and didn't have issues then.
I find that with twice a day testing I don't have to worry as much about my urine being diluted. Last month it told me I had peaked but the OPK's and temps confirmed it was wrong.
I actually got my positive on a cheap Wonder test this morning at about 5:30 am! I already called to book my GUI (intrauterine insemination) for tomorrow morning.
Ovulation, put simply, is the release of a mature egg from one of your ovaries each menstrual cycle. Contrary to popular belief however, this crucial event does NOT always occur on Day 14 of the menstrual cycle.
These hormones are involved in the intricate and complex process that results in an egg being released from one of your ovaries each cycle. At the beginning of your menstrual cycle, in each ovary, about 15-20 eggs enter the final stages of development before ovulation.
This critical level of estrogen eventually triggers a surge of luteinizing hormone (known as the ‘ LH surge ’). It is this brief but dramatic rise in LH that triggers ovulation, causing the egg to be ejected from its follicle and released from your ovary.
Colored bands (or lines) will appear on the stick or test strip to let you know whether the LH surge has started. This is because LH is synthesized in your body early in the morning and may not show up in your urine until later in the day.
However, if you do choose to use an OPK test to provide additional information, this can easily be recorded on your fertility chart. Urine-based Oaks are generally highly accurate in detecting the LH surge, though interpretation of the results isn’t always easy.
A saliva based OPK detects the increased estrogen levels that occur before you ovulate. As your estrogen levels rise due to the developing follicle in your ovaries, so too does the salt content of your saliva.
When this saliva is put on a slide to dry, the salt crystallizes to form a pattern that looks like ferns. A saliva-based OPK is basically just a small, transportable microscope that typically looks like a lipstick case.
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions closely as these can vary, depending on the kit Try to avoid getting air bubbles in your saliva sample Do NOT test after eating, drinking, brushing your teeth or smoking (but if you’re trying to conceive you’re not smoking right…?). However, if you choose to use an OPK test to provide additional information, this can easily be recorded on your fertility chart.
Research has found a high correlation between estrogen levels and crystallization of saliva. However, although they are quick, easy to use and relatively inexpensive, the saliva OPK tests don’t work for everyone and interpreting the slides can be difficult.
Used alone or in conjunction with Oaks, fertility awareness provides numerous benefits when you’re trying to get pregnant. This includes helping to overcome the problems experienced with Oaks (see the gray boxes below).
OPK manufacturers state that ovulation normally occurs between 24 and 36 hours after a positive test. Charting your cervical fluid and BBT together, will give you a more accurate identification of ovulation day and your fertile window.
Charting basal body temperature is a simple means of confirming whether ovulation actually occurred. Women with PCs (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) can continually produce false LH surges.
Charting your basal body temperature will confirm whether ovulation has followed your LH surge and whether you need to continue testing. For this reason, an OPK can show a positive result after your peak fertile day has passed.
Because ovulation can occur as little as 12 hours after the LH surge is detected, much of this fertile time can be missed. Observing and charting cervical fluid will give you ‘advanced warning’ of impending ovulation and more time to plan baby-making sex.
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Anyway, I did lots of research on why I might have missed it, and many people told me that their surge only lasted a few hours and may be at night. The following month I ordered Oaks online (cheaper) and tested more often- 3 or 4 times a day.
I don't think you need to go nuts, but I would suggest testing two times a day Incas your surge is short. The test like has to be equally dark or darker than the control line to be positive.
Digital ones are easier however to read the result cos sometimes the fainter line makes you still believe you are ovulation when in actual fact you aren't cos if you look at the instructions it does state that if test window is fainter than control window line then you aren't ovulating. You will always have some LH in your system at all times, and sometimes it will faintly register however it is the surge you are looking for.