How sad... only CD 9 & only day 3 of using OPKs... I forgot how much I hated using them... and very quickly remembering why I ditched them and used temp, CM, etc the first time around! I can't seem to figure out the right time of day to use them. The boxes say first morning, but pretty much everything I'm reading online says 2pm-6pm... Aggghhh! Starting to get nervous that I'm going to miss my surge and screw up our first IUI!
No it doesn't hurt at all to do it twice a day.
I personally always did my opks about 1400 each day.
Sometimes they would fade in sometimes they would just be a blazing positive one day!!
The bonus with them is that they are so cheap so you can pee away!!!
I HATE OPKS. With a burning passion.
I would do twice a day, bcs your surge can last only 12 hours, and you could miss it, doing it once per day.
Just don't use FMU, it can mess them up. (not sure how, that's what my dr said!)
ETA: I will say that my hatred is probably based on hundreds of unchanging sticks bcs of my annovulatory cycles. If they worked for me it would be fun!! lol
I love OPKs, but my cycle is super regular and my window seems to be regular as well. As soon as I start to get crampy O symptoms (usually CD 13, sometimes CD12), I do an OPK daily in the afternoon or evening. I usually get a positive on CD14 or CD15.
Do you get O symptoms? In the past do you recall missing O/surge with an OPK before? If you are worried about missing it, I would do one test before noon (like 11AM) then one again around 4-5PM.
Honestly, I think I've only ever used OPK successfully once or twice... I wasn't real consistent with them in the past because of several reasons. A) We were trying naturally, so I didn't have the added pressure of planning around an IUI, like now. B) I am a big drinker. I am always sipping on water or green tea, so it was very difficult for me to remember to stop drinking and consequently, I was unable to hold my pee for 2hrs! C) I work an 8-6 job and it makes it very difficult to find time to get away to POAS!!! I would often times forget and by the time I would remember, it would be too late... forget trying to do them same time every single day!
But, I am a firm believer that if you want something bad enough, you will make it happen... So I will find a way to make it work! One way or the other! I don't know what I'm so worried about... I typically don't O until around CD 15 anyhow... I need to relax!
Thanks guys for your advice!
I don't think you need to take an OPK at the same time each day for a cycle. I work rotating shifts and sometimes I take them at 11PM at night! It's totally random for me. I have the kind that you are supposed to dip, but I read that you can hold them in your stream too and they are just as accurate. I just pocket a cheapie at work, head to the washroom, pee on it, discard the little "desiccant" package, put the pee stick back inside, and go back to my desk where I lie it flat and look at it later. Maybe not the best idea, but it works for me.