OPKs. Thoughts on Use?

So my (currently 39 day) chart is mostly based on BBT, because I feel like the worst CM guesser I haven't really been logging my guesses (until the last few days).  It looks like I O (slow climb which FF seems to think is valid), I had high temps and then 11DPO (assuming I O) my temp dropped and I've been cramping with bright red spotting since (and continued cramping today so I'm hoping an actual AF arrives).  Healthy LP is 10-16 days so I'm feeling okay about the 11DPO temp drop.


I figured I wouldn't use OPK's until we had been actively trying for a couple months with no success.  However, since my current chart isn't conclusive and I haven't had a full blown AF yet, I'm wondering if I should have started with OPKs right away...?  I was thinking it would just be a helpful tool for pinpointing ovulation when I want to be PG, not necessarily just trying to confirm I am O and getting on a regular cycle.


When did/do you use OPKs?  How would you recommend they be used?  TIA!

Posted on March 11, 2013 at 1:39 am
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Claire27
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I used them for two months and found it to be incredibly stressful.  My cycles are predictable (I O between CD13 and CD16) and temping is the only definite way to tell if you O'd.  Some women get an LH surge and don't O, only to surge again a few days later and O.  If you are not temping, you may miss the actual surge that has an O because you BD like crazy on the first +OPKs and then you don't worry as much about it and miss your true window.


I know you are temping, so that is not as much of a concern, but I wanted this to be fun, and using OPKs made it not fun for me.


The good news is it does look like you O'd and you have a decent LP.  You can take extra B6 if you want to lengthen your LP - it wouldn't hurt for it to be a day or 2 longer, although yours may have just been short because you are newly off BCP....see what the next cycle does and decide then.

Posted on March 11, 2013 at 2:35 am
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Good to know it wasn't fun!  Especially if the accuracy isn't there.  Part of my turn-off was accuracy, and the other was cost.  While we could afford it, tests are expensive, and if I'm tracking temp and such I don't know if the $ has a great value.  But I may be open to trying it if I think I could benefit.

Posted on March 11, 2013 at 4:47 am
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I thought OPK's were fun :) Haha... Evidently, I like POAS!


I used the clear blue digital when I got my BFP. I started off using the regular dye OPK's and those were not fun to me at all since they would be dark one day, light another, then dark again... I personally found that there is more room for error with those. SO, I started using the digitals & got pregnant that month. There was no guessing. It was go time when I say a :)... I also took my BBT as well, in addition to trying to read my CM, but since I wasnt an expert with reading my chart (totally new to TTC), I figured when I saw a temp change, it would be too late. So I went ALL IN from the start. BUT I swear I am a digital type of girl only... Easy.

Posted on March 11, 2013 at 7:24 am
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Oh no, I didn't mean to say they aren't accurate. But it is possible to have more than one LH surge in a month. An OPK only detects the LH in your body, it can't tell you that you definitely O'd.

I guess I just prefer BDing every day or every other day and confiming my O with my temp.
Posted on March 11, 2013 at 7:43 am
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I agree with Claire - For me EVERYTHING worked all together - OPK tells you when you ovulate, checking CM tells you when you could be gearing up to Ovulate, BBT tells you when and if you Ovulated :)

Posted on March 11, 2013 at 8:07 am
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I like using them all as well, In Novemeber I got pregnant by using opk and knowing my body because i have bad O pains.

Posted on March 11, 2013 at 9:01 am
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At first I was going to stop using them. I prefer the Clear Blue digital ones and they are very expensive. When I was using the cheap Amazon ones I felt like they were not accurate or I just wasn't using them right. The first two months I never got a positive, so I wasn't sure if it was me or the sticks lol. Now that I got the hang of it, I like them, they paint the whole picture. When I got my first happy face I was so excited!
Posted on March 11, 2013 at 9:28 am
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Thanks for sharing ladies!  It's really good to know that it's better to "invest" in the pricier ones - easier and more accurate makes it worthwhile!

Posted on March 11, 2013 at 10:11 am
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Yep, ditto Mar...I like using OPKs just so I know when I'm about to ovulate, since BBT can only tell you that you did after the fact. And the little smiley face just makes me happy:)
Posted on March 11, 2013 at 1:35 pm
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I never used them. I thought I might if it took us several cycles, but they seemed like they would be stressful for me! Since I had been charting for a couple months prior to TTC, I felt like I had a pretty good handle on my O window. So we simply BDed every other day/every day until my temp change confirmed O. I know lots of people rely on the OPKs and love them, though!
Posted on March 11, 2013 at 4:10 pm
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at first i didn't want to use the opks because i thought it would put too much pressure on me. but it was actually the other way round. with the opks i knew when i was oing this was reassuring for me. also knowing that my body is actually doing what it is supposed to do was a good feeling.

Posted on March 11, 2013 at 9:02 pm
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I didnt get the pricey ones, I got mine off of Amazon.  They were $20 for around 30 of them or something like that.  I thought they were super easy to use and understand.

Posted on March 12, 2013 at 4:59 am

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