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Q&A: Using an ovulation predictor?

I’ve been trying to figure out when I’m ovulating so I can get pregnant. Do those ovulation predictor kits really work?

Re: I’ve been trying to figure out when I’m ovulating so I can get pregnant. Do those ovulation predictor kits really work?

The Bump Expert

Yes, they do. According to the American Fertility Association to release an egg. And that spells , the best over-the-counter kits measure luteinizing hormone (LH), which can be detected in your pee stream. The presence of LH means that the brain is telling the ovaries j-a-c-k-p-o-t.

These kits aren’t like Twinkies, though -- they won’t last forever. They’re usually only effective for two years, so be sure to look at the expiration date. Prices range from about $14 to $25, depending on brand. Most come with a five-day supply of sticks, to be used in as many days. Your job: Pee on the stick, and wait for a line to appear. If its color is the same as the shade indicated by the instructions, ovulation is imminent (within 24 to 48 hours). If it’s too close to call, retest within the next 12 hours.

If you’re having a hard time with the ovulation predictor kits (is it the exact color on the box?), try a small electronic monitor. It can read the results for you, and tells you even earlier when to expect a surge in LH. The monitor can get expensive, though, (you have to keep buying new sticks to pee on) so weigh the pros and cons before you open your wallet.

Paula Kashtan

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The digital ovulation predictor helped me. We tested for ovulation the first month and got pregnant the very next month!

amie_jones_22 |

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If used accurately and you have no known issues that can give false, or unclear results. Yes they do work.

Jae.Mi |

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How soon after you use a predictor kit should you TTC? That is what I have been problems with. Also can anyone recommend a good test to use?

pasteldunn |

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Clear Blue Easy Ovulation Predictor Kit is great with an easy to read digital answer. Once you get the smiley face it's time to try. It even gives examples of when to start testing based on the length of your cycle (so make sure you check that out first).

Erin925 |

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According to my doctor, the ovulation kits only work for women TTC without taking any medication. Unfortunately for me, while taking Clomid and Progesterone to "jump start" the process, the ovulation kits will NOT predict with accuracy. I wish I knew that 5 months ago when I started using the kits and spending $25 a month on the sticks. I was SO frustrated because the stick would show a false positive every month that I ovulated, when I did NOT, as it was the medication that altered the results. What a disappointment and waste of time and money! I would recommend consulting with your doctor first if you are taking any medications.

CindySioux |

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I purchases a saliva ovulation kit that you use every day and its reuseable. It basically is a slide and microscope. You look at the saliva and if you see a fern pattern than you are ovulating and if not then you are not obviously. Its suppose to be 96% effective or something. They cost about 100.00 and its good for life as you just wash the slides and reuse them. I haven't started using it yet as I am waiting to go off the pill next month. The company I bought it from is called Ovu-trac. My docotor is interested in finding out if it works for me as I am her first patient to try this technology. She said it makes sense from a biological reason as your mucas and fluids change as your cycle changes. I will let you know if it works....

michie04 |

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I have been using a fertility monitor called Ovacue that has worked perfectly for me as long as I've been consistent in my testing. We've been using it to help us avoid pregnancy for about 5 months now, and plan to use it to help us conceive in the near future. It has both an oral sensor and a vaginal sensor that connect to it. While you don't have to purchase both sensors, the combination of testing your saliva and cervical mucous gives far more definitive results. The device even makes adjustments for medications such as clomid. It can also be connected to a computer so you can upload and review the data with their software. The Ovacue cost me about $400, which I think has been a good investment - and far less expensive than either birth control or using the ovulation kits for very long.

nateandmaren |

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Has anyone tried the Target Brand? I was to start the ovulation testing 7 days after day 1 of my period, but I started on day 8. Anyways, everytime I take the darn test, I get negative results!!! So annoying, since I'm now in day 15 of my cycle...what gives? I'm starting to think I don't ovulate...which I know can't be possible.

Michelle |

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Make sure you really read the insructions completely before you use them. If you follow step by step they work well. It clearly states on all of the brands, that if you are taking any medications to aid in fertility, these will give you false positives.

Shydog |

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I have been using Answer brand ovulation strips because I did not get a period when I stopped using the nuvaring. I wanted to figure out my cycle! Answer brand is about $20 for 20 strips. Many other kits only give you 7 or 10 strips and are more than about a dollar a day. I am only on my second box so I have to see if using these will help us get pregnant! I feel that it gives me something to tell my OBGYN if I never ovulate or don't become pregnant by the recommended timeframe!

nurseJK |

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We got pregnant the second month with the ovualting predictor!

vernab |

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I used the First Response kit and got pregnant on the first try! I would HIGHLY recommend it!

jesmckenna |

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I used the Answer kit too along with all the natural family planning stuff (tracking CM, temperature) we conceived that month. Kit works!

missyc3 |

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I've used the Target branch and got a positive result the first time I tried. It was really easy to use and the least expensive, $14 for 7 sticks. A friend of mine said the ovulation kit worked for her so I gave it a whirl. This is only the first month we've been trying but I feel early signs of pregnancy, a lot like my first pregnancy, but have to wait a few more days to take a pregnancy test. Fingers crossed!

amault |

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I think they do, I used clearblue easy with my first pregnancy 3 years ago and with this one, we started trying in September and we didn't get pregnant, then tried it again in October and just found out a few days ago we are pregnant with baby #2!

mandokiffin |

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Yes!!! Got pregnant right away with the Clearblue Ovulation Predictor.

jeweliewoolie |

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We used the Answers Ovulation Kit and got pregnant during the first month of trying. We are expecting boy/girl twins in April!

chelitoz |

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This is the second month trying with an Ovulation Kit and I can't seem to get a smiley face or positive sign that I am ovulating. My husband and I are still trying every other day but I also can't figure out the signs with my cervical fluid, I don't know if the fluid is me or my husband...?

Michelle & Victor |

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We are trying for our second. Haven't had much luck these past 2 mths even though I have a regular cycle so we are trying the Clearblue Fertility Monitor...12 days in and still no sign of ovulation.

greenjeans10 |

Q&A: Using an ovulation predictor?

I used the CVS store brand version ($18.99) of the Answer 20-stick ovulation test kit, and it worked for me. This was the first month I tested daily, and it did seem to detect the LH surge over a 2-day period. DH and I TTC the day before my first positive ovulation test result, and even though DH was away on a business trip for the next 3 days, apparently the tests were correct. I just tested positive with a home pregnancy test this morning 14 DPO.

maggiewang@gmail.com |

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I used the Target brand kit and it worked well! I had longer cycles than normal, so it worked really well to pin point the exact day. Now I am 7 weeks pregnant!!

shanky9 |

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It worked for us! After almost 4 months of trying I finally did it the "right" way by using the ovulation kit and only having sex every other day!

Shayleighsmom |

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Yes! Although I would also suggest using charting along with it to make sure all of your signs are agreeing. The first month I used it is the same month I got my BFP! I was so excited. My chart also agreed with the ovulation predictor.

Micelle78 |

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It worked for us! We got pregnant on our first try.

ilovemochas |

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Work for us. We were TTC for 4 months with out doing anything special. We got frustrated and decided to try the clear blue easy ovulation kit, worked first month!! :)

Starfly13 |

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I used ovulation predictor kits when TTC for a few months. I used no meds or anything that would affect the results. Most worked fine, but unfortunately, one entire box of them did not work at all. We still TTC using other fertility signs, so I know it wasn't my body that wasn't cooperating. I know it was the kit's fault as well because that was the month I got pregnant with our bebe who is now due in March!

jetskreemr |

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using the Clear Blue Easy and hasn't been so easy! 2 pkgs later (in one month) nothing. No smile face. Don't think I am ovulating.

maiceo |

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The test worked for me! We had been trying for 3 months and on the 4th month I decided to figure out for sure when I ovulated. The test showed me and I got pregnant in my 4th month! I think it's important to get to know your body and the ovulation predictor's are a great way to help. I think it's more important, though, to trust God's timing and His plan for your life. <3

coryandsuzanne |

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I bought a digital that told me that I was ovulating, but I was already three weeks pregnant.

ChicNotGeek |

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We have been TTC for over 12 months and for the first ten months the kits didn't work for us. Our obs didn't seem surprised as I probably wasn't ovulating, but for the past two months we've had a positive reading!!! No news yet, but fingers crossed. We're still hopeful, but the obs has suggested we commence IVF.

lizzee2 |

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I got a generic test kit from Walmart with 20 strips for about $10 (a little less convenient, have to pee in a cup first, then dip the test strip in) and I'm so glad I did... turns out I don't ovulate till day 20 (a 5 day kit would not have worked) and we got pregnant the first month we were testing. I definitely recommend it!

Emily123UCD |

Q&A: Using an ovulation predictor?

Using an ovulation kit was the key to helping us conceive. I hadn't been using birth control for months and hadn't gotten pregnant. I thought I would have to go on Clomid. My gyn suggested that we try an ovulation kit first. I was doubtful it would help, but I gave it a shot. I have polycystic ovarian syndrome, so I have never had a regular menstrual cycle. The number of days in my cycle could fluxuate by as many as 10 days. Therefore, the 5 or 7 day kit would have not worked for me. So, I also got a generic test kit from the pharmacy with the 20 strips to test my urine. The first month was definitely a learning experience to be able to see exactly when I had ovulated. It helped us know how to time things the following month. To our great surprise and delight, I was pregnant in the 2nd month of using the kit!

astorprime |

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I used the First Response kit and it worked for us the first month we tried. I was amazed! The only drawback is that you get a bundle of 20 and have to seal the bag after each use and they only last for 30 days after the seal of the bag is broken. It is also a lot harder to read the ovulation sticks than the pregnancy sticks. Even when it finally did detect my LH surge I wasn't 100% sure that I was reading it correctly. Good luck!

skolvereid |

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I am pretty sure they work! I am having twins and we used the ovulation test kit for a month! I should be on the commercial!

schlacar |

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I tried an ovulation test kit and nothing happened. The strips didn't read any 'surge' for me. I decided it really wasn't worth the money and decided to just wing it the next month. I did and am now nearing the end of my first trimester. The best way for us was to space our TTC to every other night. Another hint is to watch your vaginal discharge and when it is clear and thick, go for it. It's just my opinion, but yeah. Don't think the ovulation kit is worth the money.

marin8da |

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If money is an issue, don't spend your money on the predictors...I did and they didn't help. What was better for me was to watch my vaginal discharge. When it is clear and thick it's the time to TTC. Also, spacing sex to every other day helps.

marin8da |

Q&A: Using an ovulation predictor?

After TTC for 2 months I started to use an ovulation predictor.(the CVS Brand) I know I should give it more time but I got pregnant with my daughter the first month. Not so lucky this time. Hopefully it works! All the feedback has really help me decided to use a predictor! :)

klmerch1023 |

Q&A: Using an ovulation predictor?

We have been using the answer strips, 20 for about $20. I think they are great since my cycle has been off since our miscarriage. I found that I ovulate way later and the strips have been helpful when our doctor told us to avoid and now we have the go-ahead!

Jillwithani |

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WE TRIED THE CLEAR BLUE EASY OVULATION TEST FOR A MONTH AND IT ALWAYS READ NEGATIVE.

msole729 |

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After 11 cycles with no BFP we tried the Clear Blue Easy Monitor . The first month it worked and we had our first BFP yesterday!!!

MrsAJB |

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I just picked a couple sticks from Dollar Tree...think those will have the same effect?

mrscookie1121 |

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We just bought the 20 strip stick yesterday and started using it the same day. We are going to keep track of it every day since the Charting w/checking muscus didnt work, niether did having sex every day or every other day. Hopefully we are as lucky and get it the first time. We will let you know. I must say it seem very picky about how you use it so be sure to follow instructions very carefully and not get too excited by forcing you to give you an answer.

alvaradojerrica111 |

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I am not on meds, and have been off BC pills for a while. I tried using it for a couple of months and didn't work. So I went back to the old charting method, and I'm now 8 wks pregnant.

h2babe |

Q&A: Using an ovulation predictor?

Yes!!! I went of BC, waited one month to get the pill out of my system and used the First Response ovulation sticks the next month! They worked the first month! I definitely recommend them. I was a 28 day cycle while on the pill and off the pill I discovered I was a 30 day cycle. The ovulation tests helped me confirm the 30 day cycle and we knew exactly when to try. I am now 23 weeks and would recommend them to everyone! Good luck!

BahamaMama110 |

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I just bought a Clear Blue Easy fertility monitor last week. I will let you know what I think in a few weeks =-). My fingers are crossed!

susie3454 |

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if you end up using them for multiple months it can get expensive. i bought a bunch online for really cheap. they dont have the big plastic part, just the inside test strips but they work just the same. easy to use, easy to read and won't break the bank. i bought mine at http://www.saveontests.com/ . for many months i didn't ovulate, then the second month that the tests indicated i was ovulating, i got pregnant!

epaashaus |

Q&A: Using an ovulation predictor?

I tried just the strips in the past and I found that they were hard for me to read. Last month I splurged and bought the $40 Digital test with the smiley face :) and it worked! Good Luck!

kelly.voran@gmail.com |

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Yes they do! We used one and got pregnant on the 1st try!

GirlyGirl514 |

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I used the "Answer" brand. It took 4 months, but it did work :)

mparrella@bridgew.edu |

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we had been trying "on luck" for six months...we finally got pregnant with our first month of using the Clear Blue Easy Ovulation Pred. Kit- we were very excited over the great success in using the kit. We found it cheapest at Walmart as opposed to CVS, Walgreens, and Target.

mjconsey |

Q&A: Using an ovulation predictor?

I am on my 2nd month of trying with the ovulation kit. My cycles have gone crazy and ranged from 29 days to 36 days over the past 4 months since we had our miscarrige. I use to be faithfully at a 28 day cycle. Now, not so lucky. I hope these test work for us.... 1st month on test strips showed ovulation but we didn't conceive. Now we are on 2nd month with test strips... praying it will happen for us this month! Good luck to all you ladies as well!

dgurl9 |

Q&A: Using an ovulation predictor?

Absolutely! Using a predictor kit, I got pregnant the first time I tried. Unfortunately, I miscarried. I kept using the ovulation predictors and now I'm pregnant again only three months later. I recommend the digital ones, though, because sometimes it's hard to read the ones with the lines.

lisacohn |

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The ovulation kit does not work if you have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). And I'm starting to believe that it does not work for those who are taking Provera and Clomid. Ugggh, so disappointing:(

nee-nee0708 |

Q&A: Using an ovulation predictor?

I was on Provera and Clomid and it worked for me....the 30 day ovulation kit (7 day kit did nothing). I pin pointed my ovulation on the first month of using the 30 day kit and now I am due with my little boy in April. I used Answer (that is the only one I could find that was a 30 day kit). Good Luck to you all, I tried for 10 months before I got pregnant.

dkbraswell |

Q&A: Using an ovulation predictor?

With my experience it did "HELP" but did not exactly pinpoint the day for me. I used a kit from Walmart that lasted I think 21 days. It was about $18.00. The kit had you pee in a cup and then dip a stick into the urine for so many seconds. Then lay it flat and wait for the line. If it was as dark as the "test line" then you were ovulating. For about 3 days it was as dark as the line but there was only suppose to be "one" day. So I went online and found a couple various "ovulation calendars" where I put in my last period date (first day of) and it figured it out the best 5 days. 2 being "maybe" 1 being "yes" and the other 2 being "maybe, keep trying just in case" The day of ovulation I actually knew just with the help of the calendar and ovulation tests and we got pregnant. Good luck to everyone!

snickybugg |

Q&A: Using an ovulation predictor?

I had a positive opk twice in one cycle, once on day 12 and then again on day 25 - maybe I"m messed up but I also got BFN's so I'm not sure if they work or not - unless I have undiagnosed cysts or something..... i also read you can have multiple lh surges so don't rely solely on the opk's. Chart and take temps and do other stuff too.

MrsPCallahan |

Q&A: Using an ovulation predictor?

YES. Read it carefully, though, because it predicts 24 hours in advance; it doesn't indicate that you are ovulating right at that moment. There are also physical signs you can watch for, like body temperature (and more personal things, just type "ovulation signs" into a search engine), though those take a few cycles to figure out.

lalalalindsy |

Q&A: Using an ovulation predictor?

I tried using the ovulation predictors when we first started TTC. They didn't seem to help me but I think it was just that my body wasn't adjusted to being back to normal. Its just starting to regulate itself and I think I'm going to try them again! So fingers crossed that they work this time around!

sparkle49 |

Q&A: Using an ovulation predictor?

Let's just say I started using one and poof I am prego! :) The clear blue easy fertility monitor is a great monitor (expensive) but has worked for many friends of mine. I am currently 4 weeks and used the monitor for the first time. I also found out by using the monitor that I am not a normal 13-14 days like most doctors will tell you. I was more like 20-21. Good Luck!

Nascimentofamily |

Q&A: Using an ovulation predictor?

I was just informed by my RE, based on a sonogram yesterday, that OPK's don't seem to work in my case. Yesterday was my surge, but they think I ovulated several days ago. And I think I've yet to ovulate based on my own bloated & painful ovaries (on femara). So, I always thought they worked, but it turns out they can have false positives.

N.CarolinaGirl |

Q&A: Using an ovulation predictor?

We used the Target brand ovulation test kit and it worked for us. It took only 2 months after we started testing to get pregnant. Once you get a positive you should TTC within the next 24-48 hours. The positive reading means you are about to ovulate, but you haven't yet.

akhoberg@msn.com |

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It worked for me. I conceived my son by using one. However, I couldn't wait until the ovulation window to start testing. It finally worked when I used one each day for the entire month.

Notthemommytype |

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We tried getting pregnant for a few months before trying an OPK. Finally we decided to splurge and buy one and we are so glad! We found out that I ovulate 5 days later than the average woman and the month we used the kit we got pregnant! :) I'm due June 18, 2010!!!!! I say they are TOTALLY WORTH IT AND YES THEY WORK!!!

racheldelaine |

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Did NOT work for me. I used them the entire week I expected to ovulate. Also took my basal body temperature. All week the OPKs came back negative. My temperature did however, indicate a drop and rise. Turns out I definitely ovulated that week (presumably on Thursday as evidenced by my temps) and got pregnant that week! But unfortunately, through no help of the OPKs.

lbanderson |

Q&A: Using an ovulation predictor?

I am getting ready to start Clomid next month, and my doctor recommended I try the OPK along with it. I am glad you asked this, because I was going to. Good luck--thanks for all the advice, ladies!

KTSmithKing |

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We have been using the daily ovulation predictors for two months now and I just found out I am pregnant! These things are totally worth the investment. I would highly recommend them for any couple TTC.

jenw916 |

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We tried using using the OPK's on 2 separate cycles they did give us a positive result, but with no luck (we were unable to conceive). I am thinking about trying the OPK again before my appointment in February to see if we are having any fertility issues so I have some information for my doctor. Good luck to everyone and hopefully some day soon I will have my BFP!!

steph_nicole_01 |

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We have been ttc for a few months. The kit helps in telling you when and if you are ovulating. READ the directions, it says right in them not for use if you are taking some rx drugs and it gives you a big 'o list. I have used almost every brand out there. After having been on bc for 10 years. We tried 2 months with no testing and then I heard about the opk. I got a positve from the opk the second month I used it, nothing the third, and a positive this month AND my cervical mucus was what it needed to be. I think the kits work, but pay attention to everything else as well. I test all month. Sometimes I'm a day 15 sometimes a day 16. And remember even with everything perfect there is only a 20% chance. Just have fun! Best Wishes to us all!!!!!!! May 2010 be our year!

crazy4disneypooh |

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So we are giving it a go starting this month - and I've been reading all the comments out there on all the brands. But I'm still not positive on what is best. I'm Leaning toward the Clearblue Digital Ovulation test, as it seems much easier to use? Does anyone have any suggestions? I have very very irregular periods (been charting for a few months), some times I have 28-30 day cycle, But then it could be as long as 40 (so weird I know). Anyways, really looking for some suggestions from other out there who have been down this road already.

chiquita115 |

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I recently came off BC after 14 years and used the Clear Blue kit and it was really easy to use and read the result. The first month of being off the pills, I had a positive read out and the second month I tested when I could actually feel the ovulation (some women can feel when ovulation is about to occur...not a bad pain but you can feel it. See you doctor if you have bad pain as this could be a potential problem) and when I tested I wasn't surprised to see the little smiley face. I'm planning on picking up another kit (I'm out of testers) but I'm confident it's pretty accurate and not only that, it's very easy to read.

jessicandavies |

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My husband and I had been trying for over a year with no luck. I used the First Response kit back in August. It worked on the first try, but sadly, we lost the baby in the later part of October. We started trying again in December with the First Response kit, but it never showed I ovulated. I think my cycle is different now since my miscarriage. I am thinking I ovulated earlier than when I started my tests. I am trying again this month with the Target brand. I decided to start the testing early and just test every day until I get a positive test. Wish me luck!

moonmermaid83 |

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To those who are using the kits and receiving negative results at 12-20 days in. Have no fear! I just used the Answer kit this month and found out that I do not ovulate until day 27 in my 40 day cycle. For those like me, I wouldn't start testing until day 16 or 17 (too early). The FAM of family planning is an excellent resource for more information. Take a look at the book "Taking Charge of your Fertility". Good luck!

EKyser101 |

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Michelle, it is possible to not ovulate. Also, I have been using the Target brand for 3 months and it has helped me learn my cycle to the point that I probably won't have to use it again next month, even if we don't conceive this month. The first time we used the kit, we got preggers immediately. Unfortunately, I miscarried at 8 weeks, but we are back in the game and this will be month 2 of TTC post-loss. The first time, though, I had to buy 2 kits because I started testing on Day 11 and it turned out I didn't ovulate until Day 18. My cycles are not the same each month, so it has been very helpful. So, if I were you I'd bite the bullet and buy another kit. If you never see the dark line, then call your doctor. Hope that helps!

EmQMommy |

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Should also mention that for some women, their LH surge does not last long enough to test only daily. Some women, for that reason, need to test twice daily (every 12 hours) to catch their surge.

EmQMommy |

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my hubby and i have been TTC for a few months now and decided to try an ovulation test this time around. i purchased the Clear Blue 7 day supply of the pee on the stick tests and began testing on day 9 as the test suggested. i went through all 7 tests with no sign of the lh surge so i purchased a second box and finally got the 2 bold lines on day 18 (day 10 of peein on a stick!) just curious if these tests can be wrong because i thought most people ovulate around day 12? can some woman ovulate on day 18 with a 26 day cycle??!! im hoping for some good news next week :)

DorkiePie |

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ok update! We have been using the Clear Blue Easy Fertility Monitor for two months! I urge people to try it because the doctor told us try around the 13-14 day. Well we are more like the 19-21 day. The first month we thought we were pregnant when I got two positive test in one day. Only to be followed by my period two days later! The doctors call it a Chemical Pregnancy and say that the pregnancy test now a days can detect pregnancy way too early. So basically it means the egg and sperm met but never implanted. I am happy to report our 2nd month of using the Monitor we are now 5 weeks pregnant and a blood test to confirm it. I have had many friends that were unsuccessful getting pregnant and started using the monitor and got pregnant on their 2nd month trying! So good luck to everyone TTC and lots of baby dust!

Nascimentofamily |

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DorkiePie, I was wondering the same thing... I stopped taking the pill in October. My first cycle was 30 days, my second cycle was 26 days, and my third cycle was 27 days. I bought the Answer brand OPK this month. I was getting so frustrated because I hadn't gotten a positive result, then yesterday (day 17), I got a positive. :) So...it will be interesting to see when/if my P comes. I have read that most people start 12-14 days post ovulation. That would make my cycle 29-31 days, according to the OPK. We are just so ready for this to happen. Good luck to everyone and know that you are not alone in your endeavors! :)

beccole82 |

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I'm in the same boat with the OPK. I used several different kinds (over the past year) to try and gauge when I ovulated, but never got a positive result. My blood tests, however, confirmed that I was ovulating. This month I tried the Clear Blue Easy digital monitor and like DorkiePie, I went through an entire box (7 days of testing) with no positive. I decided to buy another box and keep testing. I actually got a positive on Day 21! My cycles have been pretty consistent from 29 to 31 days long and like everyone else, I thought I ovulated 14 days before the next cycle. Turns out I ovulate later (or at least I did this month). It's a relief to get a positive test, so now I'm hopeful for a positive pregnancy test. We'll see!

TriClancy |

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Yes they do work. They read the hormones that are present in your urine stream pretty accurately. However, they are pricey.

CMoul001 |

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Well...we just tried it today! I am using the Clear Blue Easy Test and I am on my 18th day and finally got the smiley face... so more to come! Keeping the fingers crossed! ;)

ksizem916@aol.com |

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Do you have to take the ovulation test at a certain time of day? First thing in the morning? I've read conflicting information. One said to take it between 10-8 and another said right after you wake up. ???? Help!!!

karen822 |

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I used the Clear Blue Easy tests....my cycle is about 36 days and I started testing on day 19. A couple of days later I got a positive result. So now I'm not sure if I'm pregnant but I think I'm feeling some symptoms...like swollen breasts and slightly tender, a little crampy and I was three days late with my period until today I have a very slight spotting...not bright red. So I'm not sure...I'm going to wait a few days to see if I get a full blown period. If not I definitely plan on testing...fingers crossed I get a Big Fat Positive!!!

sparkle49 |

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My husband and I tried to conceive without success for 8 months. i finally broke down and bought the Clearblue fertility monitor and got got pregnant the first month I used it. It is expensive, but well worth it.

jordanebeaulieu |

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Is it possible to have an LH surge two times in one cycle? I am using ovulation predictor kits (First Response). I had a "positive" LH surge on Sunday. The next three days were "negative" and now on Thursday I have another "positive". Am I ovulating now or did I ovulate on Sunday? I am confused.

Lutece |

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I am not sure about having the LH surge twice. The tests confuse me too. I took them for months and never got a positive and then this past month I finally got a positive last weekend. I think I had been stopping the tests too early because my positive was on day 18!!!! If we don't get pregnant in the next two months I am seriously considering the fertility monitor. I've been off of the pill since Jan 09 and am 34 yrs old.

karen822 |

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I have been BBT charting and my temp is not consistent enough to really make sense of the chart. I have just started to use an OPK to help as well. I am also learning how to read my cervical mucus but that can be difficult at times. I have been charting for 2 months before we started TTC so that I could get to know my cycle and allow 2 months to get normal after BC. Last week was the first time TTC while ovulating! Good luck everyone and OPK's really help.

chicklit828 |

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We recently tried First Response Ovulation Predictors and it never told me I was ovulating. I actually thought something was wrong with me so I decided one more month of testing before I talked to a doctor about it. Well, come to find out I am pregnant! I must have ovulated sometime in Feb. because I found out I am 5 weeks along on Sunday! So, lesson learned - ovulation kits don't work for everyone :)

JKM51207 |

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I am going to a fertility clinic which is testing to find out my LH surge. I decided to also use the ovulation tests at home to see how closely they match up in timing. Well the clinic phoned on day 11 to tell me the surge had started and again on day 12 to tell me it was still getting higher. I have been doing the ovulation tests which are still telling me that I have not surged (day 13 now). In the past they have given a + on day 15. Not sure what is up with that, but now I know that the tests are not always exact. Fingers crossed for a BFP this month!

SallyAnneS |

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This is my second month of officially trying. Period is due Monday, but I'm not feeling like I'm pregnant. I'd like to use an ovulation monitor this next time around. My quesion is if you used an ovulation test, did you have sex every day or every other day? Which was successful for you?

shindo796 |

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I have been TTC for about 8 months and have become frustrated. We have tried the tests, if this line is the same color or darker than this line thing and felt dumb. I am a nurse, this can't be hat hard! I felt that someone needed to invent an ovulation predictor kit for dummies. I switched and used the Clear Blue Easy digital test I found that I did not ovulate until day 17. Going by other methods I was thinking it was day 14-15. The hubby travels a lot so we have to be able to pin point it. Got the Smiley Face on Sat, so wish me luck. I will let you know how it goes!

malychi1 |

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I have been TTC for 8 months as well and the last two months I started using the CVS brand strips. The first month I was on a business trip away from husband on D day, but this month we used the strips and basically had sex every day in the areas where the pink lines were questionably close. The problem is, on the darkest pink day, which matched the control line about 97%...we tried that day....well for the next 7 to 9 days the strip didn't get any lighter. I suspected I may be pregnant and that be why it didn't change so I took a early pregnancy test on day 32 of my usual 30 to 32 day cycle...came back negative...we're into day 34 and still no period, but I am scared to take another pregnancy test and be disappointed again. Bah, this is an emotional roller coaster. I'll probably test on day 36 if still no period. If it's not the right time, that's fine...I totally trust my life and my future child's life to the timing of my Lord...sometimes being patient is the hardest thing to be obedient at!

Prayhard08 |

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Well, here is the update: First month of the Clear Blue Easy Digital tests, no prego. Will continue to try, on month 2 of tests now, will update. Does anyone know the reason to by the reusable clear blue easy test that is over $100? By the time you buy the strips and the monitor, it is cheaper to buy the digital monthly kit. Does it work differently?

malychi1 |

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Im thinking of trying one next month!

LauraS1123 |

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ok ...... well i can tell you that they do tell you when your having that wanted LH surge, but i have a question if someone may know? why is it that i did the kit then when time i went at TTC & well ( curious i was ) i did one & it seems i am making LH ALL the time? anyone know whats wrong with me?

RootsterMommy |

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First morning urine is usually not the best for OPKs since your LH surge usually begins in early morning when you are still sleeping and may not be apparent in your first morning urine. If you test in the early morning, you may miss your surge entirely since LH levels may already be reduced by the next morning. Late morning or early afternoon is usually best unless the instructions (or your doctor) suggest otherwise. i read this today from FertilityFriend and got a OPK smiley face from Clear blue easy test after adjusting the time i tested. It was my second month using the OPk tests I hope this helps others TTC.

MamaBear1976 |

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I believe they work. That's how I got pregnant with my son.

Jen1016 |

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I siad I would let you know how month 2 of the clear bloe easy fertility monitor went.... Well, we are 7 weeks and 5 days pregnant! Found out I did not ovulate the same day every month, The second month we got the smiley face on day 21! Never would have guessed that! So, yes they do work, and I would strongly reccomend the aif you have been trying for a few months and nothing has happened, give it a try! I did not like the other nondigital type test though, they were too hard to get a def reading. Good luck to everyone!

malychi1 |

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i have used the clearblue easy digital test, and it has been really helpful. it's really easy to read. once you get the smiley face, you're good to go! i will continue to use it until we conceive. :-)

brandioohoo |

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when you guys say that it worked, did you get the LH surge positive and have sex that day? I recently got a reallllllly faint line and dint even realize it on friday, then saturday still faint, but darker than the day before so I tested again in the PM and it was a definate line. I hope that having sex the day I got the definate line and the day after are enough and I didn't miss it!!

krystal41083 |

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thanks for the tips everyone. i have been trying unsuccessfully for a little while now with the pain i feel in my abdomen around ovulation. that must have been inaccurate though because something i read says the pain could be before or after ovulation. i will buy a kit this weekend as my period is due on sunday. my period is usually accurate - 25 days after and i feel the pain accurately on the 11th day. besides the kit, do i need anything else?

raregem4eva |

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Also want to thank everyone for all the tips! DH and I have been trying for about 6 months...getting a little worried. We've decided to try an OPK this month. After reading all the responses, I think I will get the clear blue brand. Hope it works for us too! Good luck to everyone TTC. Hang in there!

dkp1202 |

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I bought the ClearBlue kit as it was on clearance (because of the expiration date being September of this year presumably). I am on day 10 of my cycle and on a hunch/out of curiousity I tested today and it came back with a positive LH result which surprised me as I am so early in my cycle. Does this sound off? Has anyone else experience this?

doglover4 |

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Hey ladies! Just wanted to let you all know that the Answer brand ovulation kit is at walmart right now. $18.54 for 20 sticks, but here's the kicker.....they have a $7 mail-in rebate attached! So that will take the price down to $11.54!! I just bought them today so I can't give any input as to how well they work but I heard a few of the others on here mention that brand so I thought I'd give it a shot. Good luck ladies and happy ovulating! :)

Wideyedbubbles |

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I've been ttc since feb. I'm using opk for the 1st month...hoping for a bfp :)!

AshleyV1981 |

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doglover4: I have been charting for the first time this month(fertilityfriend.com) and also reading "Taking Charge of Your Fertiliy" by Toni Weschler. She says one can ovulate as early as day 8 and as late as day 22 and beyond. According to my chart on fertilityfriend.com, I was probably going to ovulate anywhere from day 10-12 in my 26 day cycle. So I used Clearblue Easy digital and got the smiley face on day 10! So yes, it is possible, esp if your cycle is under 28 days. : )

heidiannd@hotmail.com |

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we've being TTC for 3 months and I just bought the "First Response" OPK. *fingers crossed*...praying for that BFP

JillyMarieSchafer |

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We got the Clearblue Easy ovulation kit that detects LH surge. It was about $40-50, but if you're charting and you know when to use them, they can last. A friend recommended it to me. She had be trying for nine months and was about to seek the help of a fertility specialist when her OB/GYN told her to try an ovulation kit. She used the same one I'm now using and said she got preggo the first month she tried it. I'm hoping for the same results! We've been on this same kit for 4 months now and haven't needed to purchase another yet. I got smiley faces every time, but on different days, so it's important to chart also. This was our first month actually trying, so we'll see! At least I know my LH is surging and have an idea of when to try. My cycles are shorter (about 23-26 days), so I start testing usually on day 9 or 10, and I've always gotten a smiley face within two to four days. If you chart and follow the directions, you shouldn't need to keep purchasing a new box every month.

EstellaJMV |

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I used an ovulation predictor when ttc the first month and it didn't work. The second month I didn't use one and got pregnant. Now 10wks pregnant! They are so expensive and don't always work. I say save your money for the pregnancy tests instead.

jenmillard23 |

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OPKs are very helpful, but you have to test multiple times a day in order to catch your LH surge. They don't have to be expensive either! They're super cheap on Amazon; I bought a pack of 40 for 5 bucks this week. :) Peeonastick.com has lots of helpful, easy to understand info on OPKs as well.

Bubs101 |

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Im assuming this is an American site becuse in Canada that Clear Blue test is $60.00 and they dont have smiley faces but blue strips. My LH surge started yesterday as i will see in two weeks if im pregnant i guess!

kconnors84 |

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i have a question for you guys...i bought a clear blue easy smiley face ovulation kit with 20 strips. last month i used it and ovulated on day 15. i'm using the same kit this month (since i had leftover strips) and i'm on day 19 with no positive yet although i have had thick clear stretchy cervical fluid yesterday...no spike in temp yet on charting. do the kits read positive twice...or do you have to use new monitor?

razzlepuff |

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It definitely doesn't work for everyone. I have PCOS and it feels like I have been flushing my money down the drain. It has been six straight months doing daily tests, and I still have yet to see a positive. However, the doctor won't do anything for me unless I continue to test for a year. I know some people have had great successes with them, I just am not one of them.

bloosea@aol.com |

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razzelpuff- im using the same kit as you and yes, you can get a positive read twice (i got the smiley face 2 days in a row) and do not need a new monitor. It could be that you missed the smiley face by a few days or even a few hours! good luck!

taraneil |

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After 2 months of trying with no success I bought Frist Response Ovulation tests and they worked the first month using them!!!! Got my positive result this morning!!!!

megmatt |

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I'm thinking about picking one up for this month. I've been keeping track of the length of my cycles since May but there is no conformity to the length. I'm ranging from 26 days to 36 days this month, which is making it really hard to time sex just right. So my question is, if I get an OPK, do I use it based on the shortest cycle, the longest cycle, or the average?

momofaprincess |

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momofaprincess - i would use the opk based on the shortest cycle, better to use it too soon and make sure not to miss it, then to late and miss it!

tdalep |

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I have PCOS, and we've just started TTC. I've been on Metformin for a little over a month to jump start ovulation again after being off the pill since we got married in May, and just got my first (two!) positive Ov tests last night. (Ironically, DH takes Metformin to help control his diabetes! It works for both!) I know that PCOS can cause Ov tests to be a bit inaccurate, but I'm still really happy! SOMETHING must be going on, right? At any rate, we're crossing our fingers and having faith. I bought a bulk package of Ov and Pg test strips for around $30 from babyhopes.com, a site recommended by a friend. They also sell PreSeed lubricant which is safe for TTC. We LOVE the preseed. My friend got pg with her 2nd baby after just two months of using it, hopefully it helps us out too! Good luck gals!

piksychik |

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I have been off the pill since April(for 6 months) and have been using the ClearBlue ovulation Predictor... I got only 1 Smiley face and that was last month. I was lucky enough to get my period twice this month, a week apart no less... Needless to say, still not pregnant. I'm getting frustrated.

kristyliz612 |

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just got the first responce ovulation kit.... its 21 test strips for the month i liked that choice better than just once..... i have been of the depo shot for almost 1 year and have had a consistant period since april. this month is our forst official TTC month.... wish us luck :)

brenda12141978 |

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As follow up to my post in June... We have still not seen a BFP :( I have used an OPK for three of the last four months. It does help to know we are at least getting the timing right. I had a hysterosalpingogram last month, which didn't show any blockage. We have heard that our chance of getting pregnant is much greater after having the HSG...so we used an OPK this month and crossing our fingers! I had a positive LH surge the last two mornings when I tested. We have a good feeling about this month :)

zfa061309 |

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I am using the Clearblue easy monitor, finally ovulated on day 17! Hoping for some good news in a couple weeks!

jobolee |

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I am using the Clearblue easy monitor as well, I am on day 19 and still no smiley face. Hopefully in the next couple of days! Good luck everyone TTC! I can't wait to be a mommy! :)

jessss05 |

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JUST got my first ClearBlue monitor as well. Hopefully I don't have to buy lots of packs, 7 tests cost me $50. Ouch. I'm just wondering if its (if so why) necessary to test at the same time for every test?

LanaLoves |

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I just bought the generic Walgreens brand with 20 strips (17.99 on sale), and have been using them for the past week. Question... is it extremely obvious when the two lines are the same color? My second line is definitely getting darker, but I can't tell if it's going to be the exact same color as the other. Thanks for any insight!

camille61309 |

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I have been TTC for over a year, we haven't been taking it to serious and have been tracking my P for the whole time using online calculators. I am on day 7 of my cycle and started testing with the clear blue monitor, no happy face yet but keep your fingers crossed. I had the HSG test done and it was clear, by husband had the SA also down and his was also in the clear, we will see....

insgirl81 |

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I finally got a + on the First response OPK on Monday (which was day 17 for me), well, I decided to keep testing and for the next 3 days it was + and the line got even darker..i'm so confused!

kcarroll1009 |

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When i got pregnant in July i used the EPT ovulation kit to chart my time and it worked great the first time out of the park. Sadly we are back to trying but again i am using the kit so it works you just have to be consistent.

fairyofoy1979 |

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just started my kit last night. i havent had a "period" in over a year after stopping the depo shot in may 2010. i finally got my period friday so even tho i didnt know when i was ovulating we still tried this in october. but hopefully i will be able to pin point it now. we are trying now so early in our "marriage" life because they day before our wedding (oct. 1 2010) is found out the i have stage 2 cervical cancer. it was so easy 7 years ago to get pregnant with my son and now i'm kinda scared it wouldn't happen.i want to say good luck to all TTC.

Krisann1983 |

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This was the first month we used the Clearblue easy tests. I started on day 9 of my cycle, on day 13 my CM was present so I tested at 7am on it was negative. I tested again at 4pm and it was positive and I received the happy face on day 13 in the afternoon. Know your body, I could see my CM was present and knew that I should test again. Today is day 15 of my cycle and we are still trying! I hope I don't have to use the kit next month! I have a regular cycle of 28 days that last for 5 days....

insgirl81 |

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I used one of the more expensive brands when we first started getting pregnant and bought the 7 day supply; thinking I'd ovulate within the time frame they suggested. I didn't. I ovulate about about 1 week after the time frame on the box so I had to buy more strips. We got pregnant that month, but unfortunately had a blighted ovum. Now we are trying again and I opted for the less-expensive Answers kit. Just got my positive result yesterday which seems to be about the right time frame. If this is your first time using the kit, I'd recommend buying the full month supply to really figure out when you LH surge hits. Start testing the day after you period ends and keep in mind you can ovulate a few days before/after you actually get a positive result.

rami.monika |

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Not sure. I bought some off of earlypregnancytests.com, they were very economical. I just got off the pill and wanted to see when I ovulate. No positives yet, but I have not checked cervical mucas.

pineapple86 |

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They work!! Buy them off earlypregnancytests.com they are $ .55-1.10 (same prices for early pregnancy tests) depending on the quanity you purchase. They have sets with pregnancy tests as well that are even more ecomonical. Got my first positive ovulation strip on CD15....they work!

pineapple86 |

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Camille, we used the ovulation kit last month (didn't get pregnant) but I had the samr question you did. I wasn't sure if I was seeing lines that were similar or juuuust different enough to mean something else. When I did see the positive for ovulation, it was very clear and I kind of went "oooh THATS what I've been looking for these past few days!" You will definitely know when it comes up positive. :) We're trying again this month with a kit and I'm more confident in reading it this time around. Good luck!

MissMusic |

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I have read that some women rent an ovulation predictor. Anyone know of any recommended sites where I can out renting options?

gladdysu |

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I actually have been using the digital Clear Blue Easy Ovulation test kit and on day 15 at 6 am, I had the smiley face and then the next morning at the same time I tested again and no smiley face. What does that mean. It says after you get the first smiley face, you do not need to test anymore, but I was just curious if the LH surge was still there the same time the following morning. The box also says to TTC within 36 to 48 hours after the LH surge. I didn't just ovulate one day from 6 am to 6 am the next morning did I? I thought you are fertile for 2 full days after the LH surge. Please advise.

jend88 |

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I just got off my BCP (on Dec 29th) so me and my husband could TTC. I got my period I few days after I stopped taking the pill. When should I start testing for ovulation?

HDMAC |

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track your body temp every morning as soon as you wake up-regardless of time. when you notice a drop use an ovulation test. if you are going to ovulate the test will show positive for LH surge.....then your body temp should go up the following day significantly if you actually do ovulate. try to have sex the day before your temp drops, the day it does drop, and the day it goes up.......at least :) hope that helps!  Trying to Conceive Ticker

noellemason11 |

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jend88- the ovulation predictor doesn't actually measure when you ovulate. it measures an LH surge in your body that happens right BEFORE you ovulate. So in essence, you only need one smiley face and then you have free reign to do the deed :)  Trying to Conceive Ticker

noellemason11 |

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we have been using the clear blue ovulation kits for a little while now and every one has been negative!! it is a little frustrated because i know how long my cycles are and i have even altered my diet (which is hard for me haha) is there something else i should be doing (besides my man ;) ) that would help in a positive ovulation test?? please help!

grimmeaa |

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I had been on birth control pills since I was 18yrs old. I had not had a normal period since 2001. I went off BCP October 2010 and had one period. I used a fertility test that tests for almost the entire month after that one cycle. I was puzzled since each fertility test came out negative except one with a very, very, VERY faint positive for ovulation. My hubby and I had intercourse the next day. I was three days late for my next period and took a pregnancy test- and it came up POSITIVE!!! So- I believe in store bought fertility tests considering I had not had a period for ten years, have chronic hypertension, and kidney disease- and in less than one month of "trying" I came up prego.

Duplexcream1@yahoo.com |

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I started using the Answers brand with 20 sticks this month. I got the surge on jan 29th (18 days after the 1st day of my period). We did the BD for 4 days. I kept doing the OPK test after the 4 days and got a + surge on 2/1 and 2/4 too. Anyone know why so many surges after the initial +?

sanddollar25 |

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@ grimmeaa, are you using the test everyday beginning the day your period ends and every day until you get your period...or hopefully a +? If not, maybe that will do the trick. good luck!

sanddollar25 |

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I've been using Answer's brand too and last month on the 8th day of my cycle I noticed the clear strtchy cervical fluid, unfortunately we didn't concieve, I've been testing this cycle and am now on day 11 and still haven't gotten a positive! I checked the box and the exp date is next month do you think that could have anything to do with it?

MissTiff89 |

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@ MissTiff89, it might. It also says that once you open the flip container that it expires after 30 days. You are suppose to open it and shut it quickly. So, maybe it's old and not as sensitive. I found mine at walmart for just around $14 and did the mail in rebate for $7, so it makes it much less of an economical hit than some of the other brands.

sanddollar25 |

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@MissTiff, I am having the same issue you are!. I chart as well as do the OPK (First Response) and even though the sticks don't "expire" for a week, I'm getting unclear/flat results even on the days I'm expecting to get a positive (I'm on cycle day 11). Either these sticks go bad too fast or I'm ovulating really, really late. Since more than 1 person is having this issue, I'm guessing the OPK's that come in a bag vs individually wrapped are not reliable.

MissMusic |

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They do work!! I didn't go back for my next depo shot in the beginning of December. i"ve never had a normal period, so I don't know when I might ovulate. So i bought a $20 pack in CVS and it had a mail in rebate for $7. I started using them that same day and every day after. I started looking online for cheaper strips and I found some on www.early-pregnancy-test.com and found them super cheap there, about 60 cents each one. Anyways back to my story, I got a positive result yesterday and also this morning. I'll have to take a prego test in a couple of weeks to find out if we concieved.

vanessaipadilla |

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According to Consumer Reports, Clearblue Easy brand is the tops. I'm ordering mine now and plan to try the ovulation predictor next month. Fingers crossed!

SherryRD |

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I have bought 2 store brands and both have worked great, except for one stick that was a dud. This is our second month trying and I am crossing my fingers that we will be pregnant!

roxieTB10 |

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Answers worked on the first try for me. I figured out I ovulate around 19 days after the first day of my period and I am now 5 weeks pregnant!

sanddollar25 |

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I used the Clear Blue Easy brand and it worked for me the firt time using it. After 6 months of trying, I finally got a BFP yesterday! =) Good Luck to you all!!

quincoon |

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I went off the pill a couple months ago and my cycle is really long and irregular - 36 days, 31 days, etc. Last month I decided to try the Clear Blue easy kit. I started early, day 10 and saw the smiley face on day 15. So even if you are not regular, you can still be ovulating. I recommend for those whose cycles are still off. Good luck everyone.

Cecilia612 |

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I used the Answer kind for a few months but drove myself nuts trying to read those lines. This month I splurged and bought Clear Blue Easy digital kit and I loved it! No questions, there's the smile face! Keep your fingers crossed, I'll be testing in a week to see if we lucked out. If yes, I'm buying stock in Clear Blue Easy :)

cnogal |

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I bought the "Answer" opk and found it too difficult to read the results. So I bought the Clear Blue digital and I got a smiley face last month but no BFP. It's only our second month of ttc and I'm starting to feel slightly discouraged. We'll see what April brings.

Roo711 |

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The smiley face ones are a must!

shmatty24 |

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I personally wouldn't recommend the 30 day testing, you just need to learn how your body works. Around your 14th day after your first period you will see you are loosing some transparent mucus. That's when you are ovulating! So go for it. I tried the 7 days ovulating kit and it was only when I was trying the last one and when I was loosing some mucus that it tested positive. I must say that the two lines were not very bright. Now we will see in 2 weeks if it worked. I don't think i'll use them again as I thought that I was loosing money. I just prefer to save for when I get pregnant and buy cute baby stuff.

alexandrineblanc |

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I stopped taking birth control after being on it for about 10 years. My cycles have been ranging from 26-31 days, so I started testing on day 9 using ClearBlue Easy Ovulation Predictor. I got a smiley face on CD 16. I strongly recommend using these predictors if you are just starting out TTC and want to make sense of your cycle. I also checked my CM starting on Day 9. Now the 2 WW begins!

AmyChristine5838 |

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Hi everyone. My husband and I got our first postive pregnancy test this morning. Very excited! I highly recommend getting the Clear Blue Easy Predictors (gotta love the smiley face!). I have longer cycles, 33-34 days, and had I gone with the ovulation calculator, we would have totally missed my ovulation time. It came 5 days before the calculator said. Using the ovulation predictor, we got pregnant on the first try just over a month after I had my ParaGuard IUD removed.

kebarnes06 |

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I have never had a regular period so when my husband and I decided to start trying after stoping my depo shots I started using the Answer brand ovulation kit. It costs about $20for 20 test strips which is ideal for someone who has no idea when they ovulate! I used the ovulation kit and it told me I was ovulating on 11/8/10 and we immediately got pregnant!!!!!!! Unfortunately, we m/c in January but we have started using the ovulation kit again!! Let the waiting begin! Fingers crossed I don't start my period next week!!!

soon2bMrsBerens |

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Hi, I am 35 and already have a son (14) from a previous relationship that was completely unplanned. I have always wanted 2 children and haven't been on bc since my son was born in 1996. Don't know if it was GODs plan to make me wait or what. I have gone to a fertility doctor to make sure I was good to go and got the YES!! According to the the ovulation app my highest fertility days are the 3rd -8th this month, with ovulation on the 9th. I purchased the ANSWER Ovulation Predictor last night at WalMart so we will see what happens this month.....More to come....

michellebobby6912 |

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I have been using 2 different ovulation kits for the past few months. First month I use Clearblue, tested once a day in the morning, never got a happy face. Second month I bought Clearblue again AND the Walgreens brand, both to compare if one was better and to see if they gave me results at the same time. I used one in the morning and one at night. By testing twice a day I pinpointed when I had my LH surge (day 16) and got positive results for both tests. But, and this is why I did what I did, when I used Clearblue one morning it was negative, used Walgreens that same night and it was positive!! For this reason, I suggest testing twice a day because you can juuuuuust be missing your surge by even a few hours. We have been TTC using the OPK for 4 months now and still no positive pregnancy tests, But what I have done to save money is this-buy the Clearblue 20pk (usually on sale at Walgreens for $37.99) and if you know by know when you think you surge, test twice a day but only for maybe 4 or 5 days around that time. That way, one kit will actually last you 2 months! But don't do this with the store brand since once you open the container and all the test sticks are exposed, they will only be good for 30 days (according to the package). We are going into month 5 now, and the frustration is increasing...

RN Bride |

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I've tried a lot to get pregnant and finally I visited a doctor who told me about ovulation test kits.He also explained to me that it is very important to know when I am in the ovulation period because then is when we are supposed to get pregnant.After three months I've got pregnant and I was the happiest person in the world.I had a beautiful baby girl and a year after I've got pregnant again and I had twins.

crazysony |

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I've been using the First Response 7 day kit for 2 months now and still no positive!! I've been testing once a day in late afternoon (between 4-6). Not sure what I'd doing wrong. My cm is thick, clear eggwhite, but the test line is lighter than the reference line! Any advice?? Also, I just started taking progesterone this month, doctor told me to start it when I get a positive opk, but since last month I didn't get a positive, she said I could start taking progesterone when I think Im ovulating (by checking cm). Does anyone know if prometrium will interfere with opk tests?? Thanks a bunch!!

bam6582 |

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I used the first response ovulation predictor both digital and strips but always ended up with a negative. Been off the pill since March 2010 ever since my periods have regular except these last two months have been irregular. Me and the hubby haven't really been ttc but have been at times careful. I stopped the testing because it was making me upset and disappointed.

tinkerbell0409 |

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Just got my first positve result on the OPK! I really like the clear blue easy digital test...really easy to use. I read on FF that it is more effective NOT to test first thing in the morning when you wake up. I tried it today at 6 pm....after about 4 hours of not peeing and finally got that happy face I was looking for. Anyone know when to time intercourse after getting the smiley face? that same day and again the next couple of days?

RachelD158 |

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I have used the OPK kits for 2 months now and have positives both months... We have been doing the BD the day before, on the day of a positive and the day after and nothing yet. I'm supposed to get AF tomorrow... Any suggestions on what we're doing wrong?!

LINEWIFE |

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i have been using the clear blue strips for the past month and the strip told me i was ovulating and i know i was due to really bad cramping. i recommend!

alysha822 |

Q&A: Using an ovulation predictor?

we used an opk for the first time this month! we will know in a little over a week if it helped! we decided to give it a go since so many of you said it helped!

mizz kathryn |

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I downloaded a free app on my android phone "pink pad". You enter your information on the calendar, such as when you start your period, and when it ends, and it tells you what days you are ovulating. I just started using it last month. We've only been TTC for a month, after being on BC for 10 years. I'm hoping this month it will happen!

cyrstl17 |

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Hi! First time posting. I bought the generic brand opk and I don't recommend them. My friend convinced me to buy the clear blue digital smiley face ones and I love them! Completely worth the price!! I was feeling ovulation pains Saturday night October 15 (CD 11) and tested that night at 2 am negative and then 845 am (CD 12) and got my smiley face in the airport on my way home thank goodness! We bd Sunday morning Monday night and Tuesday night. I also am using pre seed and taking prenatal vitamins and mucinex and evening primrose oil. Been off the pill since may 2010. Had an hsg this month ( crazy painful thought I was going to blackout) and had clear open tubes. Also my bloodwork came back good and my husband has borderline low sperm count and mobility. Struggling and obsessing over my 2WW. I will keep everyone updated!! I rec testing in the mornings and frequently!!! It's expensive but worth it. We might try the easy fertility monitor next month and I'm going to start chartin next month.

Efeusner |

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we used our opk for the first time this month and it told us when i was ovulating but i'm pretty sure i'm starting my period. :-/ had spotting yesterday and today but it seems like it's more than what implantation bleeding should be even though it's the right time (day10dpo was yesterday) don't think it worked for us

mizz kathryn |

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Can being pregnant give you a false positive?

jennyfulton |

Q&A: Using an ovulation predictor?

I just started using the predictor tests for the first time this month. I started testing about 9 days after the 1st day of my last period. The first few days came out negative. Then just last Thursday I saw a clear positive. The issue is...it's been showing up positive every day since then (so 5 consecutive days now). I've been doing a lot of research and of course, find conflicting answers/explanation. I'm not sure if it's a good or a bad thing, if I'm ovulation at all, etc. Any thoughts?

spencer_griffiths2010 |

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I have noticed that since my surge using my OPK that I am still testing positive that I am ovulating and it has been 4 days. Could I be pregnant?

rikkileetie |

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I used the Clearblue Easy digital test & got pregnant the first month having sex for three days straight once we got a smiley face. I got smiley faces two days in a row (days 7 & 8), the kit tells you to start testing on day 10, if you do that you could miss your fertile days. I ovulate early, so I started testing the day my period ended (day 4). Also, you need to do them in the afternoon, this is when your LH surges. Hold urine for 4 hours beforehand. If you test everyday with first morning urine, you will not get accurate results. Baby dust!

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jerryms |

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Hello! So I use the predictor kits and I am pretty accurate with them but is it possible for them to give me a false positive or tell me I am going to ovulate more than two days in advance. I have been very accurate with these and according to some ovulation symptoms, it seems like I am ovulating 4-5 days after the sticks say positive..is this possible? how do I know for sure?What should I do now?

dmariepetro |

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This is the 2nd month hubby & I have been trying to conceive. My cycle ranges from 32-40 days so I decided to buy an OPK from Target - the one with 20 strip tests. On Day 23 I finally got a positive result for LH surge & my cervical mucus was definitely indicating it was go-time. Hubby & I have been having sex every other day since my period stopped and we kept the cycle going through my ovulation time. I'm crossing my fingers it happens for us this month!! I never thought I would be so anxious & impatient about conceiving. I have a dr appt on the 6th so hopefully I can have my blood tested at that time. =)))

melissab0124 |

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Day 15, no smiley face...getting frustrated!

akraxner |

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My hubby & I started trying for a baby 3 months ago: 1st month - we just did it often but no luck getting preggers. 2nd month - I bought an OPK: the one w/ a bunch of dip sticks at Target for $14. No luck again. The 3rd month I splurged & bought the $40 Clear Blue "smiley face" kit. I was surprised to get a smiley face on just the 14th day as my periods are irregular (31-40 days). So we did "it" for 2 nights in a row. 10 days later I took a HPT and got a VERY faint pink line. Did another test the next day & there was no mistaking it....we are pregnant!!!! I'm just 5 weeks today! =)))

melissab0124 |

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my last periods was 02/24/2012 and i started using the clear blue monitor the one that shows the smiley face from feb 29 onwards i tested every morning when i woke up and got smiley face on march 5th & 6th and i stopped testing after those days my husband and i did the deed on march 4th ,7th, 9th its the 15th of march and i am keeping my fingers cross i am getting some symptoms but not sure can't wait to test next week my periods is due march 25th i am really hoping that i am pregnant if i do this will be my first try with the fertility monitor...i will keep u guys informed

Cindy1179 |

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i do wanna add this,... cuz i know they can get expensive, so i wanted to share this with u guys <3 You can get 50 ovulation tests for about 17$ ( including shipping.) Value Pack of 50 Ovulation Test Strips and 20 Pregnancy Test Strips All Tests FDA-Approved and over 99% Accurate Allows you to pinpoint when ovulation occurs - the time you're most likely to conceive! Provides earliest detection of pregnancy - 4, or more, days before your period is due. Quick, discreet, free, first class shipping. u can get them at amazon .com. they are Wonfo brand. works great, & my freinds who have used them love them too. They also have pregnancy tests. good luck!

bufferdoodle |

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oh and ps,.. does anybody know why im getting a positive ovulation test for 3 days now?? Iv used the wondfo & the clear blue easy,... im STILL getting a "LH surge detected" answer.... what the heck? i r confused

bufferdoodle |

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I used the ovulation predictor kit back in June 2010 and got pregnant the first month! Now our daughter is a little over a year old and we are trying for number two. Hoping the predictor kit works just as fast this time. I had my LH surge on May 2nd and am planning on taking a pregnancy test on the 14th, 15th/16th!!

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linsa518 |

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The tricky thing with those kits is that the LH surge can be very short-lived. So, if you don't test at exactly the right time in the day you can miss it. This happened to me. The kits said I never ovulated on a cycle and that cycle I conceived so I had obviously ovulated. Good Luck!

cellokiwi |

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You can buy a pack of 50 OPKs on amazon for just $14. I have read on several sites that say they are more sensitive than the digital tests. I just started using them and they are very easy to use.

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Q&A: Using an ovulation predictor?

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juliaware3 |

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The Walgreens strips were a waste of money. Even when I knew I was ovulating (CM and then temp shift the next day) the lines were never the same color. They would get somewhat close, but never clear enough to know. I saw many great reviews for Clear Blue digital strips. About $60 for the 20 pack, but worth it if they actually show when you ovulate! I have irregular cycles, so knowing the fertile days is not easy.

nicolinab |

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Yes, they absolutely work. I was on BCP for two years and last month (Oct 24) I stopped taking them, but had no clue as to when i would ovulate. I began using OPK's the day after AF stopped (Oct.30th) And got my first positive OPK on November 11th. I researched how they work though, and just so you know...OPK's cannot tell you when you ovulate, they detect the LH surge that hits right before (12+ hours before ovulation ocuurs) AND after you ovulate. DH and I have been ttc #1 cycle 1, so we have been BDing every single night. (Which in fact, does NOT lower the sperm count, contrary to what people may think.) The day after I got a positive OPK (CD18) My ovulation cramps hit. Now, today, they're gone...And now I'm in the 2WW, Ugh! So, good luck to you! I would advise you to get a pack of at least 20 OPK's for $15 and start the day after your period ends. BABY DUST! -CG

caseygulley89 |

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We've been TTC for about 6 months, and I've tried with and without OPK. I think one of the most important factors is testing first thing in the morning. I've been using Clear Blue, which is very helpful and ... clear. ha. I'll be at my peak tomorrow, wish me luck!

LizabelleMcL |

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I ordered "Wondfo" off of amazon. 40 ovulation test strips and 10 pregnancy test strips for $29.99. Much cheaper than the pharmacy. They're supposed to arrive in a few days. Can't wait to try them out. The reviews seemed very positive. Just be careful ordering and read the reviews. Looked like some people had trouble with ordering from certain sources. (different brand name arriving, extremely late deliveries) Good luck everyone!

3197lisa |

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yes, it works. My wife got pregnant after using http://www.ovulation-predictor.org/. we were trying to get pregnant for many years. Now we will have a baby very soon. Try this you will love it.

passionlab |

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I used the "Answer" brand. It took 4 months, but it did work :)

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