OPK confusion. HELP PLEASE!!

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Registered: 08-20-2006
OPK confusion. HELP PLEASE!!
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Thu, 04-22-2010 - 8:41pm

Hello!
I am a week shy of 41 and TTC with my H for our first baby. I have a question regarding OPK, but first some info on my situation.

I have been on the pill for many years and had just one cycle off of it last month. It was 25 days and we did not get PG. I am not entirely sure when I ovulate.

This month, we started trying, and today - 18 days into my cycle, I feel lower belly twinges and fatigue, so I took a preg. test and it turned up negative. I don't know if I am PMSing or what. I have no clue as being on the pill for so many years has me out of touch with what was normally a regular cycle (but now I ma in my 40s so who knows?).

OK here is where I NEED SOME HELP:

I bought an ovulation predictor kit today and peed on the stick - 18 days into my cycle that I have no idea how long it is. The OPK came up POSITIVE as an LH surge! First time I ever tried this.

Here I am thinking I am PMSing and perhaps I am ovulating??

Here is my question:
Since I started the OPK 18 days into my cycle, and not the recommended day after my period ends, and this first test showed up positive, could I really be ovulating?

Do OPKs remain positive long after the ovulation has occurred???
Did I totally screw myself by beginning my OPK test 18 days into my cycle?? Or am I really ovulating??

I really need some clarity and am wondering if there is a good chance the OPK showed positive but that I may have ovulated last week. HELP!!!

Do OPKs remain positive long into the cycle or become positive late in the cycle??

Thank you for all your help in advance!


-Dianne, 41 yo
DH 37


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Registered: 08-19-2008
Fri, 04-23-2010 - 1:05pm

First, welcome to the board!

 

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Registered: 10-20-2009
Fri, 04-23-2010 - 2:00pm

OPKs do NOT stay positive long into your cycle.

Susan L.



Robert Edward Xavier Lin - Born July 31, 2010 at 5:56AM, 6 pounds 4 ounces and 19 inches long. He spent 2 weeks in the NICU but he's doing great now!
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Registered: 01-27-2009
Fri, 04-23-2010 - 2:10pm
I used to ovulate around day 18-19. Would feel the "twinges" you described. Sounds like you are in the window! - martha
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Registered: 08-20-2006
Fri, 04-23-2010 - 4:05pm

THANK YOU guys, for the very informative and reassuring replies. :)

I think what is confusing me bigtime is my CM vs. the OPK:

So far I haven't had EWCM - but I have had very clear, wet CM both months around Day 12 / 13 of my cycle, and high libido.

Day 19 I got the positive OPK but no EWCM--more like sticky, almost dry and white.

This is a big contradiction isn't it?? Not sure which one to trust.
What are your thoughts?

Thanks again :)


-Dianne, 41 yo
DH 37


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Registered: 08-20-2006
Fri, 04-23-2010 - 4:56pm
by the way Ruth, Congratulations on your pregnancy!!!! <3

-Dianne, 41 yo
DH 37


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Registered: 08-19-2008
Fri, 04-23-2010 - 10:22pm

Thanks for the congrats!