*Do read the directions on your specific test!!! Every brand is different!!!
*For the HPT, test as CLOSE as possible to when AF is due. The earlier you test, the better chance you have of seeing that heartbreaking BFN.
*For the HPT, FMU (first morning urine) will be your best shot at getting that BFP. It holds the highest concentration of HCG (the pregnancy hormone.)
OPK DO'S and DONT'S:
*OPKs are most reliable if used twice a day at the same time of day. But not with FMU, So say every 12 hours. You test at 9am and then again at 9pm...this way you are more likely to pick up your surge.
*With OPKs just because a line appears doesn't mean you are about to ovulate. The line MUST be as dark as or darker than the control line.
*Depending on your cycle length is when you should start using OPKs after AF leaves. Usually on a 28 day cycle I think the best is right after AF leaves.
*With Dollar Tree OPK's, it has been suggested to test between 10 and 2 pm.
TIPS FOR GETTING THE BEST PIC OF YOUR TEST!!!:
So, you see a line, and your camera refuses to pick it up!!! Happens all the time! Here are a few tips that may help!
*Try natural lighting! Indoor lighting sometimes refuses to show the line... try going outside into natural sunlight, or even by an open window.
*Hints for photographing tests: you will get best results by setting your camera to macro mode (the "tulip" icon.) Position camera approximately 10-12'' from test while photographing.
*Use a photo editor program. Playing with the contrasts and hues may help bring that line out of hiding. Another popular method is changing it into a negative format. All of these are available for free on many online photo sites, such as Photobucket.
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Last edited by Alissa_Sal; 09-08-2012 at 08:10 PM.
Reason: Fix Broken Link
I was using the dollar tree OPK's last cycle and there was a very light line, so I thought I would be ovulating within the next 24 hours.....now I"m not sure if I did b/c my HPTs are coming out negative.....so that helps explain why the OPK may have been wrong. I also didn't know about the timing. I was using morning urine, so next time I'll do afternoon between 10 and 2pm.