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mforrey
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This month was my first month using OPKs. The test line was never darker than the control line. Could I still have ovulated? Right around when I should have there were two lines (test line ALMOST as dark as control line). Before and after there was only one line. My other question is does the test line need to be a solid as the control line? When I would test I couldn't really tell if the test line was as dark as the control because it wasn't quite as solid.

rabbitbaby
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Make sure you test in the afternoon, and also don't have too much dilution in your urine. Don't make yourself get dehydrated, just don't guzzle a gallon before testing Smile) If you have periods, you most likely ovulate.

Good luck!

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mforrey
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I make sure I don't use the bathroom for at least a couple hours before and try not to drink much. I also don't test in the morning. my periods are perfectly regular but according to the tests I'm not O'ing.

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OPKS are tricky. I do start baby dancing as soon as I see light positive in order not to miss the surge but I still keep testing becuase they will be positive eventually. Also test two times a day like when you get home from work around 5 or 6 and then again before you go to bed. Most times my positive LH surges occur at about 10pm or 11pm. But I also have a feel for when I normally ovulate because I chart. So I really don't need opks but hey why not. I also bought an Ovacue which I really like because of the vaginal wand that confirms ovulation. If you do end up buying a fertility monitor that is a good one because its the only one that actually confirms ovulation. You do have to buy the vaginal wand seperately.

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butterfly99
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You are most likely ovulating if you have regular periods, but the only way to truly confirm it is with BBTing (BBTing doesn't predict but it will confirm you have after you've ovulated). Also, you may have a shorter surge... you could try OPKing 2x/day (like noon and 6pm or 11am and 5pm or something like that) and do it for several days in a row to make sure you catch the surge. Good luck

cara
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What brand of OPK's are you buying? I read an article about which ones are the most reliable and only bought the clearblue brand....not the digital with the happy face, but the regular ones. I also had luck with First response if I couldn't find the others. The line has to be as dark as the control line but not as thick. I started testing from around day 8 and eventually could see the line getting progressivly darker each day starting with about day 10 or 11 and ended up OVing around days 12-14.

I also tested around 11am everyday.

rabbitbaby
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I use the ones from this site, they seem pretty reliable, but I don't do temps b/c of my work schedule and crappy sleep.

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mforrey
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Cara, Thanks. Thats what I was wondering. I've only been testing the last few months. The first month I got no positives (but I think it was the brand I was using. They were really cheap ones). The last two months I thought I was getting positives but not sure. The line was definitely the same color but wasn't as thick and looked kinda choppy.

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Hi there, I've used OPKs for a couple of cycles now and I have yet to see a positive. I think I must be missing my surge??? I have a 26 day cycle. Any tips for when I should start testing, or how often I should test. Thanks!

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You should start testing on CD9/10, but if that doesn't work you may want to start testing earlier and continue testing later to see if you can figure out when you O. Test mid-day, not with FMU, and you can even test 2x/day if you want (like 11am and 6pm or something like that). Make sure you haven't consumed massive amounts of liquid a good hour before testing so that the hormone isn't diluted. Do you BBT? If so does your BBT confirm ovulation? If it does, then you have a guideline as to when you should start using OPKs. hope that is helpful. good luck!