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13/04/2013 at 21:19
OH & I aren't actively TTC as we are getting married in August but have agreed to start as soon as we are married.
I came off the pill in January to give my body time to get back to 'normal' or whatever that might be for me.
At the moment I'm all over the place but would like to use OPKs as well as visual signs to try & figure out what's going on.
As I'll be using a few I'm reluctant to use the premium brands until we're TTC.
Anyone got any experience of the Amazon or eBay ones & whether they are a false economy?
13/04/2013 at 21:48
I used Internet cheapies combined with clear blue smileys. The ICs were perfectly reliable, but I found them a little bit difficult to read, as with opks a line isn't a positive, only a line equal to or darker than the control line. I peed on the ics first, and if I got a line I thought might be positive I confirmed with a digital. That way most of my peeing was on cheap sticks, but I still had easy to read answers.
13/04/2013 at 22:28
I used the cheapie eBay ones and they seemed to be fairly accurate for me even with my dodgy cycles! Only thing I'd say is maybe just enjoy the trying bit without worrying about timings and all that jazz to start with. It's so easy to get really fixated on the whole ttc thing that you can lose the enjoyment. Good luck!
13/04/2013 at 23:54
The amazon ones are very accurate I use them all the time. You will get to know what is a negative and positive pretty easily. Give me a shout if you need any help or advice on using them! X
14/04/2013 at 10:42
I always said I wasn't going to be a maniac POAS & then call the H home from work to DTD! Still determined not to I just want to know if I'm even ovulating because I seem to be getting bleeds every couple of weeks. My age is also against me & recently been diagnosed with endo so may have some issues conceiving so on the one hand I want to enjoy trying but also want to know what's going on without getting too clinical about it.
14/04/2013 at 10:48
I used the internet ones along with the clear blue ones (2 blue lines). I use the cheaper ones first and when I think i have a positive I then use a clear blue to clarify.
I also test twice a day, morning and eve, from day 8 to day 15 to make sure I catch a surge so the cheaper ones are aways best as I go through so many.
14/04/2013 at 10:56
I use cheapies off Amazon and also bought a Clearblue Digital ovulation predictor kit this month so that if it seen a questionable line I could back it up with the digital. I bought the CBD off Amazon too which was nearly half the price than buying in a shop.
I found OPKs really useful when I came off the pill after 16 years as I had no idea what my cycles were like or when I ov'd etc. it's a personal choice whether you use them or not.
14/04/2013 at 11:32
I used cheapie 'one step' ones and loved them... although my levels must have been quite low generally as sometimes my positive wasn't actually positive (just a v dark negative). It only took one cycle to figure out how they worked for me, but I was temping at the same time so got a confirmed ovulation that way too. Remember that opks only tell you if there is a hormone surge, not if that actually translates into an ovulation. Good luck when you start TTC.
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