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07/01/2015 at 14:22
Very new to all this. Haven't started temp tracking or the like yet.
I've looked into OPKs and was wondering which one you recommend? Thinking of the Clearblue one, but there seems to be a few to choose from.
Any help would be appreciated
07/01/2015 at 14:33
I've tried two types - 1. the cheapie sticks that you pee on and have to read the line yourself like these ones (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ULTRA-HIGH-SENSITIVITY-OVULATION-FERTILITY-PREGNANCY-URINE-HOME-TEST-STRIPS-/150894789563?pt=UK_Health_HealthCare_RL&var=&hash=item232207c3bb)or 2. the Clearblue ditigal opks with dual hormone indicator (http://uk.clearblue.com/clearblue-ovulation-test-range/clearblue-digital-ovulation-test-with-dual-hormone-indicator) - these work by showing a blank circle when you're not fertile, a flashing smiley when you're approaching ovulation or a static smiley when ovulation is imminent <24-36 hours away. I prefer the latter as they are easier to interpret but they are expensive. I have loads of the cheapie ones if you wanted to try them out - I can send you a bunch?
07/01/2015 at 15:03
My experience is the same as tayto's! I tried the cheapie ones but couldn't really get on with them and moved over to the dual hormone Clearblue ones. I really like them, they tell me exactly what's what. But like tayto said they are pricey, and I always begrudge buying the box with 20 sticks in, in case that month is my month!
I do now occasionally use the cheap ones as well as the Clearblue, but they took me a while to get used too.
07/01/2015 at 15:04
Thanks for your quick response Tayto. The clear blue ones are the ones I'm tempted to buy and considering my age not sure want to take chance with the cheaper ones. Thanks for the offer though. Will let you know if I change my mind.
07/01/2015 at 20:02
Just to throw my speak in again, it's worth noting that any opks will only detect the LH hormone - they will not confirm you have ovulated. In some cases, if you have high stress, an operation or various other illnesses, your body could gear up to ovulate (so you get your positive) but then it stops. Only temping will show you have ovulated (only home method anyway). I use both the cb digi opks and temping as, that way, I can be certain I have ovulated. I've had 2 out of 15 cycles where I got positives on opks but didn't ovulate until much later.
08/01/2015 at 15:56
Thanks Tayto. Your advice is much appreciated.
Yes I plan to use temping too. Just ordered cb opk and a digital thermometer.
12/01/2015 at 20:28
I'm clearly so naive but I actiually didn't know that the OPK could show the surge but then you don't ovulste until later.
Tayto - how do you temp?
13/01/2015 at 08:54
Morning Pook! In a nutshell, temping involves taking your temperature at the same time every morning after at least 4 hours of uninterrupted sleep with a basal body thermometer. After ovulation, the increase in progesterone causes our BBT (Basal Body Temperature) to increase slightly and continue to stay elevated until AF arrives. You use a chart to record the temperatures - either an app/website (I use Fertility Friend) or you can download a chart to print and record it there. If you use temping along with checking your Cervical Mucus or OPKs, it can be even more accurate to know where you are in your cycle. New thread here: http://mumdrum.com/f/29/t/19886.aspx
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