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09/03/2015 at 12:51
I am wondering if someone can help. I've just started using OV tests (this is my first month). I have quite a short cycle c.26/27 days but last month was super short (23 days). I started using OV tests on Day 9 of my cycle and am not on Day 15 and have not had a positive reading at all, at best a very very faint line.
I am now really worried I am not able to ovulate. I'm 38 (but healthy and fit), is it possible to skip an ovulation? I am not sure what to do if you don't get an LH surge, I've read the instructions but its doesn't advise anything as it presumes you always get one.
I am using Boots own brand, I am also wondering whether the positive line if you have one appears at the same time as the control one, does anyone know? Its says to read the result after 3 minutes but to confirm a negative result at 10 minutes (although I've been discarding them after about 3.5 minutes as I have to do them at work!)
I am testing at midday each day and don't pee for 4 hours beforehand.
Any help, will be much appreciated!!
09/03/2015 at 13:02
Hi LuckPlease, I didn't want to read and run. There is a thread hear that might be worth posting on too, as I am sure one of the ladies there will be able to help. http://www.madeformums.com/forum/trying-to-conceive/ovulation-test-strips---part-2/169920.html
Wishing you all the best! x
10/03/2015 at 10:30
I have been doing the OPK's for a couple of months now and would never get a result within 3.5 minutes. I have to leave mine AT LEAST 10 minutes to get a result, at 3.5 minutes they are all negative, its unbelievable the difference in result in those extra 7 minutes.
At work I tend to do the test and then put it back in the packet and then keep it in my purse to read the result later. (I use the tiny but very cheap internet one's from ebay)
So you could have had your surge just not left it long enough to read!
Hope this helps
10/03/2015 at 10:31
Having said all that, I believe the clear blue ovulation tests can be read instantly.
What do the instructions say?
10/03/2015 at 11:23
Jos, i completely agree with you
I have only started using tests this month and am a regular poster in the link sent to luckplease.. I use the amazon ones for better value for money and I also find that I only get a good reading after at least 10 mins, some day it can be really faint and then on my surge day it also comes through faint and then Ive had my strongest ones after 10 mins..
It obviously is possible to skip ovulation but just keep track. x
10/03/2015 at 12:11
Wow thank you guys - I feel so much better already!
Great idea to put it back in the packet and keep with me.
Just to be clear though, doe the control line come up straight away on yours? mine comes up instantly or within a minute.
10/03/2015 at 12:28
My control line does appear, but the actual strength of the line as in what I feel is its full potential inst available until about 10 mins.
Its also hard to determine when your line is strong I remember in the weak leading up I was like " oo today is my surge" and then the next day would be darker and then eventually I reached a day when my control line matched the existing line and I always take this as my real day of ovulation.
I find that buy purchasing 50 odd for £3 on amazon I don't feel as bad wasting them lol. Good luck with testing. I am currently 9 days post ovulation in limbo as to if this is my month!! x
10/03/2015 at 12:52
Alba B - thank you and good luck this month!! x
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