First and foremost, this thread is a work in progress... we need all members to help us out and get this board rocking! Any ideas or suggestions? Post them HERE!
Here are a few links onsite to answer the basic questions!
And some offsite links:
Peeonastick.com: This site has done some great research on sticks! I am hoping that in a month or two, we will have gathered as many pics and stories!
Pregnancy Loss Info Praying that no one here ever has to use this link, but if you do it has AWESOME information about TTC after a loss, when AF should arrive, etc... very easy to understand!
A Fascinating article/independant study about the sensitivity and Quality of HPT's and OPK's! Read this! You will be surprised!
POAS DO's and DONT'S:
*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.
For Info About the Infamous Blue Dye Tests!