Well we are TTC and Ive had a few issues I guess. I will give you a short timeline and then ask my specific question.
Wednesday July 7th- unprotected sex
Thursday July 8th and Friday July 9th - positive OPKs (clearly darker than the control line)
Friday July 10th- felt ovulation cramping and had unprotected sex again
Saturday July 11th through Tuesday July 13th- negative OPKs, very very faint light lines
Wednesday July 14th- took a random OPK and it was dark dark dark positive, one of the darkest ones I have ever had.
Since Wednesday July 14th which would be 4DPO for me I have had mild twinges and cramping in my lower abdomen, nothing close to my ovulation pains, not really painful just am aware of them, headaches which I don't normally get and bloated/gassy feelings, nipples are a bit sensitive. Also since Wednesday I have done an OPK once a day and no matter what time of day I do them they are always dark dark clearly positive.
Today I have a mild burning sensation around my left ovary (the one I usually ovulate from) and I took an early pregnancy test that was negative but another OPK that was positive, that makes 6 positive OPKs in a row after I have already ovulated. I am 9DPO today plan on testing again on Thursday when I will be at 12 DPO.
My first question is, do consecutive days of positive OPKs after an ovulation possibly indicate a pregnancy? I know it is not likely to be picking up HCG but I thought that LH also helps sustain a pregnancy until the HCG levels are high enough to take over. So is it possible thats why I have had so many positives in a row (Ive never had this before). And my second question, is the mild burning sensation possibly the corpus luteum on my left ovary and is that also a possible indicator of pregnancy? Ive never had this sensation before with or after an ovulation. Any information would be a great help. Thanks so much Carrie. And thanks for volunteering your time to help us all!
The short answer to all your questions is that very soon you can take a regular home pregnancy test, assuming you do not menstruate, and then you will have your answer.
You don't mention when your last few menstrual cycles began, which would have been helpful information, or what your basal body temperature chart is saying. So that means that you will just need to wait a few more days to be sure, sorry!
The OPK is not a sure thing.
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