Advice on using OPKs?

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Advice on using OPKs?

I'm going to use OPKs for the first time...any advice or things I should know? I got 5 of them at the Dollar Tree and according to the instructions I should test starting tomorrow for 5 days. Is there a time of day that's better?

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"kramsgirl" wrote:

I'm going to use OPKs for the first time...any advice or things I should know? I got 5 of them at the Dollar Tree and according to the instructions I should test starting tomorrow for 5 days. Is there a time of day that's better?

Thanks!

Test twice a day to make sure you catch your surge. Also, don't use FMU because it can give you a false positive. Hope this helps!

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My tips and tricks -

1. I usually took mine at 11am and 3pm.

2. Use urine after a 2-hour hold and before lunch / dinner drinks as they can dilute your urine.

3. BD every other day when you tell yourself "I think it's positive!" for the next 7-8 days. You never know when you technically O until your temps rise - by then it would be too late to BD and result with a BFP Wink

4.Don't be afraid to post pics and ask thoughts about the OPK!

5. Have fun with :sex: !!

They all worked for me. Wink

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I agree, twice a day can help.
I do use FMU. I often get a "false positive" with FMU a day before getting a real positive. I test twice a day because sometimes I fade-in during the day. 10-11am is the time I've seen recommended. Also, the line really does need to be as dark as or darker than the control to be positive. For me, matching lines isn't positive, my test line has to be a lot darker... like today

Some women have longer surges before O than others, so make sure you DTD even before getting a positive. good luck!

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If you don't normally have O pains except right at O, then definitely do not start using them before you get O pains. If you only are going to use 5 OPKs per month, you could definitely miss your surge, but if you are a "regular" person and have a typical O day per month, you could also very well get a positive with only 5 tests. Wink

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So when I have a test line that's darker than the control line - does that mean that I've already ovulated or that it's coming soon?

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When you get a line that is dark as or darker than control, your body is "surging". This means it released a bunch of LH (Lutenizing Hormone) which triggers the ovary to release the egg. The positive OPK is before the O time.

Some people have a long surge before O, whereas I have a short surge. My OPKs can go from negative to positive to negative all in the same day. A negative OPK doesn't always mean O has occured though, as you can O anywhere from 12-48 hours after a positive OPK, but if you have a longer surger, you could O later.

I think you will need many more than 5 OPKs. I use about 12 a month when I use them.

I hope this helps!

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I got a positive this afternoon!

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Time to start BD!