Jump to content
Do OPK's gradually get darker before a positive?
5 replies to this topic
Posted 06 December 2012 - 02:32 PM
Just a quick question for some experienced peops out there :-)
I have just started using OPK's. My cycle is all wierded out as I recently had a MMC and D&C 6 weeks ago. I am yet to have a proper period and my FS did a scan and blood test on me yesterday and thinks I will ovulate "soon".
I started doing OPK's this monday. On monday I got a very faint line and it has been gettin darker but still not a positive.
Just wondering if these means that I should have my LH surge soon or do you just fluctuate with your levels until you get the surge?
Also - when is the best time to test girls?
Thanks in advance!
Posted 06 December 2012 - 04:22 PM
The best time to test is late afternoon/evening as LH builds up during the day (unlike HCG which builds up overnight).
Sometimes OPKs gradually get darker, other times the test line becomes suddenly darker. Hormone levels can fluctuate between cycles.
Just keep testing.
Posted 07 December 2012 - 06:44 AM
Assuming that you have nothing that throws your hormones out of whack - yep, there is a build up (so you will see it gradually get darker before a true positive).
As PP kinda mentioned, aim to take OPKs around the same time of day. Your urine might be at different concentrations throughout the day, so the more dilute it is - the more faded your result will be, and you might think you're seesawing all over the place. Just compare the same time points.
Hope this helped!
Posted 07 December 2012 - 06:53 AM
In my experience they get darker.
I do IVF and I ALWAYS rush down for my blood test too early because I get too excited when The line gets a tiny bit darker.
They are very understanding though. Missing ovulation is a big (expensive) deal 'if' it were ever to happen...!
Posted 07 December 2012 - 06:55 AM
Yes mine did. I think I must have a very short surge, too, as I was only able to catch it and get a positive if I tested 3 times a day.
I would have tests that were barely there, then gradually darker, then one that was pretty much the same as the control line (and that coincided with the beginnings of ovulation pain and EWCM) and then the next one a few hours later was back to much lighter, negative again. I'm pretty certain I ovulated 24 hours from the positive test every cycle.
Get some cheapies and test frequently, more than once a day. Good luck.
Posted 07 December 2012 - 12:55 PM
I have a short surge like Lozoodle too. If I dont test three times a day I miss my surge. For example: one cycle I tested at 10am, it was negative, then I tested at 2pm it was positive, then I tested between 7pm and 8pm and it was negative again. I was charting at the time too so my I had a temp rise the next morning to confirm ovulation occurred.
The very first time I bought OPK's I tested every day three times a day from the day my period finished (silly i know, but hey I was excited :-) ) And the test line did gradually get darker. Though I must admit I have never really had a really faint line or no line. My test lines have always been darkish.
I read on a trying to conceive website that the best time to use an OPK is at 2pm after not urinating or drinking for four hours. That way the urine is nice and concentrated and you receive more of an accurate result.
Good luck and I hope you get a BFP soon :-)
Reply to this topic
0 user(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend have celebrated their 11-month-old baby Luna's first word with an adorable Instagram post.
A new mum shared a hilarious photo of her partner during labour that lots of dads will relate to.
From the world of super obvious science comes the news that you can never hold your baby too much.
Two mums gave birth in adjoining hospital rooms a few hours apart. They had never met, and had each chosen their baby's name earlier in the pregnancy.
It's hard to believe than in 2017 mums are still receiving flak for breastfeeding in public, but that's what one US mum claims happened in IKEA.
Author Jancee Dunn hopes her new book will help mums deal with the stresses that parenthood can place on an otherwise happy relationship.
They imagined that while I was away, I would be glued to the couch, beer in hand. In no way would I actually be helping my wife.
How hard can it be, you think?
The prettiest and most unexpected maternity shoot for a much-wanted rainbow baby.
If you've ever been in possession of a toddler, you'll know that it's next to impossible to get anything done.
My three-year-old daughter is one of the strongest little women that I know. As I watch her grow into this amazing person, I can't help but feel accomplished and proud.
Singer John Legend has opened up about supporting wife Chrissy Teigen through postnatal depression.
The question, "Did you sleep well last night?" should be easy to answer. Either a yes (if you're lucky), or a no.
Tammin Sursok has written an essay sharing her personal experience with postnatal anxiety.
Whether breastfeeding is going well or you are finding it harder than you expected, taking care of you needs to be a priority.
Being pregnant at the same time as your best friend means double the excitement.
Actor and comedian, Dax Shepard has given a hilarious recap of the lengths he'll go to get, and keep, his kids asleep.
A new life is brought gently into the world with tender and expert hands.
Every parent knows toddlers can move fast, now one mum is warning about the dangers of allowing small children anywhere near vacuum cleaners.
Top 5 Articles
Who loves Peppa? We have 10 packs to give away - including family passes to see the brand new movie, in cinemas March 16!
Free ticket offer