Tuesday, August 11, 2009

So about those magic opks...

Remember the new OPKs I bought that turned out to be not so magical after all? Here's how that worked out...

Since I've been getting positives on CD10 lately, I started testing on CD9:

Honestly, this one confused the hell out of me. It's mostly lighter than the control line, but there is a dark shade on the left of the test line, and that's the same shade as the control. I'd read conflicting opinions on this - some say to count it as a negative, others to count it as a positive. Eventually I just marked it as a negative - since I knew it was unlikely that I'd be ovulating this early anyway, I figured it wasn't a big deal.

CD10 was more solid, but I still wasn't sure about this one - the contrast is clearer in the photo, but in person it was hard to tell if it was the same shade or not:

I decided to confirm with the last digital OPK I had in the house, too. And voila! Confirmed positive!

On CD11 I didn't expect to get a positive at all - for the last couple of cycles, it's been a +OPK on CD10 and then nothing for the next several tests before I finally ovulate on CD13. But look!

The test line was waaaaaaay darker than the control! That meant I had two positive OPKs in a row for the first time EVER! There was a lot of happy dancing around the Bibliosaur house that day, believe me!

And then on CD12...

ANOTHER positive OPK! I was in so much shock over this that I actually called Mr Bibliosaur to the bathroom to ask him whether he thought the first line was darker or not.

I have to say, three positives in a row have severely shaken my confidence in my beloved digitals - they're obviously waaaaay less sensitive than the regular strips if they've been returning negatives this whole time when my surge has actually lasted for far longer.

That said, although I think I might go with the regular double line OPK again next cycle, I'm not sure I'd buy this brand again - gotta love the pink holder, but the control line is so light that it's sometimes hard to tell if the test line is dark enough to be a positive or not (these were much fainter in person than they look in these photos).

So where am I now? It's cycle day 14, and it looks like I ovulated a day earlier than expected, on CD12 instead of the usual 13:

I'm expecting to see this confirmed with a third high temp and crosshairs tomorrow morning, so wish me luck for this cycle - I'm two days past ovulation and officially in the two week wait!

5 comments:

  1. Glad you've done this litter experiment, since I know you were thinking you might have a really short LH surge. Turns out it was those pesky digital OPKs! So, yes, cheapie internet strips may be the way to go...or as I have touted...a CBEFM! I swear! It takes ALL of the guess work out. Maybe I can lend you mine? I won't be needing it for at least 2 more years!

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  2. Ugh...that should be LITTLE experiment. Although it could result in a LITTER! LOL!

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  3. Very exciting! I'm crossing my fingers and toes so tightly it hurts!

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  4. Really hoping that this is your cycle! Sending lots of baby dust your way. GL on your 2WW!

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  5. Looks like your experiment worked! WOOT!

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