New here with ?'s...(m)

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Registered: 03-26-2003
New here with ?'s...(m)
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Tue, 04-01-2003 - 3:52pm
Hi everyone. My name is Enid (long E- nid rhymes with lid, can you tell I have explained it before? LOL) I have a dd (Avery) just turned 2 on Saturday.

Anyway, to get to my ?'s. DH and I want to start TTC soon, and with dd it took us 4 months and this time I don't really want to wait that long. With dd I didn't chart or anything. With this one I don't really want to get into charting, I don't think that I would be consistant or good at it, I was just wondering if anyone used OPK's? Anyone have any thoughts on them? I am totally new at all of this. Any input or comments would be greatly appreciated.

TIA

Enid

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Tue, 04-01-2003 - 4:05pm
OPKs would be good to use if you don't want to Temp and Chart. Knowing when you O is very important when TTC.

Hopefully someone else would be able to explain them better than me. I have not tried using them.

Best of luck to you!

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Tue, 04-01-2003 - 5:09pm
Hi Enid (DD ment),

I used an opk to conceive DD (turned 2 3/9, so ours are the same age). They worked great the first month we used them. THey work by detecting the LH surge through LH in the urine. This surge precedes ovulation usually by 12-72 hours (or more likely 24-36 hours). So, if you BD (babydance or intercourse) when you get the positive, you have a good shot at getting pg. The package will give you guidance on what day to start testing. If you usually O on a certain day, I think it's good to start testing several days before to make sure you don't miss it.

Unlike HPTs, OPKs are considered positive only if the test line is as dark or darker (depending on the test) than the reference line. So you might get a faint line the day before you get a true positive. If that happens, I think it is good to BD that day, too, because you can O soon after the positive, or for some people the positive comes late. Given that the sperm can live for several days pre O, but you only have 12 hours post O to catch the egg, better to BD several times in the days prior to O.

I have been using the strips from testsforless.com and they have worked well (for cheap). I've been charting, and the strips tend to go positive anywhere from 2 days prior to O to O date, so there is variability. I've been charting for several months (I think this is mo. 6), but my fertility has been compromised by nursing (we just weaned last week).

Also, you don't want to use FMU (first morning urine) for these--best to test each day at the same time between 10 am and 5 pm I think. I think people say 3 is a good time (there is variability in LH levels during the day). However, as I get the faint test line, I test probably every 12 hours to catch the earliest positive test.

Good luck and welcome.

E, ttc#2.

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Wed, 04-02-2003 - 9:55am
Thank you so much for the info.

Enid