OPKs - Need advice

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OPKs - Need advice
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Wed, 02-08-2012 - 9:11pm
I'm starting opks this cycle. I know nothing about them...,

How do they work, when do you use them, what kind should I use? Any other pieces of advice?

From all my poas testing I have a stock pile of first response coupons. Should I start with that brand? Was going to pick some up Friday (cd3), is that ok timing?

I feel like such a newbie!!

Brooke :)

 

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Thu, 02-09-2012 - 11:20am
This is all really wonderful input, thank you!!

 

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Thu, 02-09-2012 - 10:24am
I used the Target brand ones last month and they seemed to work fine. I tested first thing in the morning, but maybe will try to test 2x daily this month. I personally wouldn't use the expensive ones twice a day, maybe just to confirm when you think the cheapie is positive.
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Thu, 02-09-2012 - 10:23am
That is certainly a good strategy, so long as DH doesn't have a low sperm count.

I guess most people, in general, are less interested in sex anyway in the beginning of the cycle (right after AF) than when they are around ovulation time because of the influence of the hormones on the cycle (we are meant to want to get it on around the mid part of our cycles naturally so libido is lower during the first part, generally), and sometimes when TTC, sex seems a little less spontaneous and more planned than usual. Maybe the break from DTD gives you something more to look forward to around the time when you are most fertile? I don't know.

Obviously I can't speak for everyone, but for us, personally, we're a family with a crazy schedule (with travel and work), so knowing the optimal time helps so that we're not so stressed trying to fit everything in the rest of the time. Yes, we have to schedule BD. Also, knowing the cycle just helps me personally with knowing whether or not I'm ovulating at all, given my menstrual past. I have a history of anovulatory cycles. So, if I can pinpoint when ovulation occurs, I can at least know whether or not I'm likely to conceive at all. I guess it just makes the most sense for us right now. If I'm not ovulating, it may be time to visit the RE again.

I'd be interested in what your doctor thinks. Good luck with your results!!

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Wed, 02-08-2012 - 11:35pm
Thank you, great info!!

Question. So why not just bd every other day after AF for a week or two instead? So you don't miss the window? We did that for ds. Do most people only bd at O?

We've been bd'ing every day after AF, stopping a few days before presumed O. Trying for a girl. Doc doesn't really know that.

I'll talk to her Friday when I get pelvic US results so I'll ask her about it then.

Can't wait to try the opks. And I think we will go back to the every other day method as well :)

Thank you again!!! Great info :)

 

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Wed, 02-08-2012 - 10:52pm
CD3 is fine. Most of them say to start using them right after your period ends (for the cheaper two line tests). The digital ones that are more expensive will tell you to wait a little longer before testing. You could always start out with the cheapies right after AF and then use the digital tests as backup when you need to confirm whether or not the test line is actually as dark as the control on the cheaper test. That is what I'm doing this month. Best time of day is between 10am and 8pm, according to what I've read. Unlike pregnancy tests, opks work best mid-day.

I don't know if I have enough experience with them yet to recommend a brand. I've used the cheapo ones from Babyhopes and Walgreens generic brands. I picked up the Answer ovulation test kit this month because it was on HUGE discount at Walgreens and cheaper than their cheap ones, only 6.00 for 20 tests. They seem to be working so far. We'll know if I can catch my window. And then I'm using the Clearblue smiley face digital tests to confirm if I get a response that I can't read using the other tests. They're so expensive, so I don't want to use them everyday.

Some people test twice a day to make sure that they don't miss the surge, so I guess that would mean once around 10am and again around 7pm, for instance. But you are supposed to test at the same times every day, so you don't miss it.

Does that cover all of your questions? I hope that helps anyway, to get started.
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