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Question on using OPKs

Hi ladies! I have never used OPKs before. I haven't had AF since my loss yet but I stopped bleeding yesterday and figured I'd see if  I ovulate before AF shows up... I took my first wondfo OPK this afternoon and there is a faint line not as dark as the test line yet... should it be getting darker day by day or will it stay super faint and then just one day get dark?  I'm not really sure what I should be seeing after today
Me: 36 years old   DH: 42 years old
Married: 05.2012  
TW:
TTC #1 Since April 2016
HSG/FSH/AMH/E2/SA all normal DX: unexplained IF

spontaneous BFP 01/01/2017-  Alexander was born sleeping 04/13/2017 at 19w1d  ic/chorio
September 2017 HSG #2 & Gonal-F/Femara/Ovidrel/IUI #1 = ep (Salpingectomy of left fallopian tube)
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Re: Question on using OPKs

  • I only ovulated once while using OPKs, but for me they were all over the board instead of gradually getting darker. It was very obviously much darker when I ovulated though. 
    Good luck
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  • thank you!
    Me: 36 years old   DH: 42 years old
    Married: 05.2012  
    TW:
    TTC #1 Since April 2016
    HSG/FSH/AMH/E2/SA all normal DX: unexplained IF

    spontaneous BFP 01/01/2017-  Alexander was born sleeping 04/13/2017 at 19w1d  ic/chorio
    September 2017 HSG #2 & Gonal-F/Femara/Ovidrel/IUI #1 = ep (Salpingectomy of left fallopian tube)
    spontaneous BFP 01/02/2018  EDD Aug 30th  It's a GIRL!
    Cerclage placed on 03/02BabyFruit Ticker  Cerclage removal 08/02
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  • katekate628katekate628 member
    edited May 2017
    @harleyquinn0621 I got so aggravated with the wondfos & all the guessing. It stressed me out! I ended up getting the ones with a smiley face, that way it was yes or no. The wondfos should be as dark or darker than the control line. I didn't notice any gradual darkening of them, I don't know that would be an indicator. The way I understand it is you either have the LH surge or you don't. 

    *edited to fix typo 

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  • @harleyquinn0621 I don't think I've ever gotten a true positive using Wondfos (in which the test line is actually *darker* than the control line - except for when I was playing with them as pregnancy tests when I was pregnant since they pick up hcg too).  I used them the cycle that we got pregnant, then I've used them my two cycles between IVF cycles this year to determine whether I could start lupron for suppression (subsequently confirmed with progesterone test).  My RE's office suggested that I get digitals to confirm, and that seemed to work okay for me (using Wondfos then confirming with a digital once I thought I might have a positive).

    Mine didn't really get progressively darker closer to O day or anything, and they haven't been terribly predictive for me.  Back in July, I did appear to ovulate the day after I got my LH surge positive, but my temps for this past March and May (and I didn't get the + till almost 10PM!) indicate that I ovulated the days that I got the positives, so who knows?
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    Married 6/18/16 (Me 42, DH 44), TTC #2
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    Natural BFP 8/10/16 --> mc our NIPT-normal little girl at 11w5d on 10/1/16 :(
    As of 12/2016:  AMH 1.42, FSH 6.1, AFC ~10
    Self-benched Nov-Dec 2016 for
    IVF #1 Jan-Feb 2017 (OCP, testosterone primed antagonist w/HGH - ER 2/2/17 - 12R, 7M ICSI'd, 3F, 0B)
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    IVF #3 May-Jun 2017 (testosterone primed agonist/luteal lupron w/HGH - ER 6/4/17 - 14R, 5F, 3B, 0 normal)
    **New RE**
    IVF #4 Sept 2017 (natural start microdose lupron flare w/HGH - ER 9/28/17 - 33R, 18F, 10B, 4 PGS normals!)
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    Jan 2018 - Natural cycle ERA (normal/receptive) & stimming for
    IVF #6 Jan-Feb 2018 (natural start microdose lupron flare w/HGH - ER 2/3/18 - 17R, 6M, 4F, 0 blasts)
    IVF #7 Feb 2018 (natural start microdose lupron flare w/HGH - ER 2/26/18 - 19R, 9M, 9F, 4B, 2 PGS normals)
    FET #2 Apr 2018 (natural cycle w/o trigger, w/P4 support) of one PGS normal 4AA- XX 4/5/18 - Beta #1 4/14/18 (67), Beta #2 4/16/18 (231)
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  • I didn't have wondfos, I had some other off brand that were basically the same thing and mine got progressively darker after a certain point (usually after CD 12). I could always tell the day before positive OPK because it would be nearly as dark as the control line. This was extremely consistent for me even though my ovulation wasn't "strong" enough to release a mature egg (post O progesterone was 7.5 before Clomid). 
    Me: 39 SO: 36

    Dx: low progesterone, possible DOR - officially "unexplained"

    TTC#1 since November 2015
    9/16/2016 IUI#1 - BFN
    10/12/2016 IUI#2 - BFN
    1/21/2017 Clomid/IUI#3 - BFN
    March 2017 IVF: BFP! (beta#1 191, beta#2 378!) - it's a boy! DS born 12/6/2017

    TTC #2 since July 2018
    May 2019 IVF #2: BFP! (beta#1 346, beta#2 646) - vanishing twin at 8 weeks. Baby B still going strong - due 2/8/20!
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  • Mine always stay faint until it gets really dark. With Wondfo mine was never darker, just as dark. 
          
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