Our Infertility Journey

3 EXTREMELY Helpful Tips for Using Ovulation Predictor Kits

My first several Ovulation Predictor Kits failed to tell me anything about my ovulation.

In fact, Brett & I were convinced I was not ovulating because there was no pink, blue, or any colored line that was telling us so.

What I didn’t know is that I was actually testing the wrong way — my first fertility specialist gave me some bad advice.  HOWEVER, once our new fertility specialist gave us these 3 EXTREMELY helpful tips for using Ovulation Predictor Kits, we were able to successfully see positive results (and had our first pregnancy that month)!

Three Extremely Helpful Tips for Using Ovulation Predictor Kits:

1: DO NOT USE YOUR FIRST MORNING PEE.  

I swear to you, I thought and was told that the first pee you have in the morning is the “most potent.”  That’s actually wrong.  The SECOND pee you have in the morning is the best to use for an Ovulation Predictor Kit.  The reason is because the LH surge that is being tested in your OPK is synthesized in your body in the early morning, so when testing immediately in the morning you may miss, “the surge.”  Using your second pee – which generally happens in the later morning, is great.  Testing in the early afternoon may even be better.  We used the second morning urine sample (usually happened around 9am if I woke up at 6:30am) and BINGO.

2: DO NOT RELY ON ONLY STANDARD “TWO PINK LINE” TESTS 

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Positive Clearblue Digital Ovulation Test

Our second issue was that we were only using the standard “two pink lines” Ovulation Predictor Tests.  Our new fertility specialist recommended the digital tests, which are MUCH easier to interpret.  A clear smiley face is worlds more convenient than comparing the shade of faint pink.  The price is significantly higher, but WELL WORTH IT.

The best Ovulation Predictor test in our opinion is the Clearblue Digital Ovulation Test.  Here’s the proof:

3: DON’T SHORT THE RANGE OF TEST DAYS

Though it’s true that most women ovulate between days 10 and 17 of their cycle, women can ovulate much earlier or much later.  In fact, a study completed by the National Institute of Health concluded that, “In only about 30% of women is the fertile window entirely within the days of the menstrual cycle identified by clinical guidelines—that is, between days 10 and 17. Most women reach their fertile window earlier and others much later. Women should be advised that the timing of their fertile window can be highly unpredictable, even if their cycles are usually regular.”

Brett & I found (through basal body temperature charting) that I wasn’t actually ovulating until after cycle day 17 most cycles.  When we test, we start on day 7 and end only when we see a smiley – which seems to be different each time even though my cycle length is very regular.

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