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How to Use an OPK

on May 25, 2012

by Lucy Eades

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Sure, you already know the basics of using a pregnancy test. Now see how an ovulation predictor kit (OPK) can actually help you get pregnant sooner.

How & when do you use an ovulation predictor kit (OPK)? Ovulation predictor kits are great in that they pinpoint exactly when you are ovulating by measuring the luteinizing hormone (LH) in your urine, which is present at the time of ovulation. And as you know, unless you are catching the moment of ovulation (when your egg is released & ready to be fertilized), then you will have a slim chance of falling pregnant. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

How do I use an OPK?

An ovulation predictor kit is very similar to a pregnancy test. Just like a pregnancy test, it comes in large midstream applicator size and smaller test strip size. Again, like a home pregnancy test, you simply pee on a stick. One line is just the control line, indicating that you are not ovulating. Two lines indicates that you are about to ovulate. Both sizes function exactly the same, in that they measure the amount of LH in your urine. When an LH surge is detected, you know that you are ready to ovulate in the next 24-48 hours. So if you get 2 lines, it’s time to grab your man and get busy!

When in my cycle do I take an OPK?

Cycles vary greatly from woman to woman, however the average cycle length is about 28 days with ovulation occurring on cycle day 14. Cycle day 1 is the 1st day of your menstrual cycle. Now if you have a typical by the book 28 day cycle, then you want to start testing using these at about cycle day 11. However if you’re like me then you could ovulate anywhere between cycle day 12 to cycle day 22, so there’s no way that I could survive without my ovulation predictor kits. Here is a chart to help you decide when to best begin testing. It is advisable to be conservative and begin testing earlier than later, so you make sure you don’t miss the big O. So even for a 28 day cycle, you wouldn’t wait until day 14 to test. You would start at about day 10-11.



What time of the day to use an OPK?

The next question is when during the day do you even use an OPK? It’s not like a pregnancy test where you use your 1st morning urine. You don’t want to do that. Instead you want to test about midday though. And remember, don’t dilute your urine or you will not get accurate results.

How long will I take OPKs?

You will continue to take your OPKs until the LH surge is detected, and you receive a positive OPK (2 lines). That is why you want to begin testing early enough in your cycle to make sure you don’t miss the surge. In drug stores, you can purchase sets of OPKs in packs of 7, 14 or 21. The reason for the number is of course so you have enough to begin early enough in your cycle. About 90% of women will detect the LH surge within 10 days of testing. So be patient and keep the faith!

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Lucy is a mother of three, who’s passionate about all things AP parenting. When she’s not busy giving tips on keeping babies healthy & happy, you can find her blogging on her popular YouTube channel

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  • SamJackson

    I just want to say that Fertibella is a blessing. I got pregnant not
    even done with month 1 bottle. I got my BFP this past Friday and will be
    seeing my OB this Friday I hope this pregnancy stays with me since Ive
    miscarried twice. Let me tell you Fertibella gave me a positive OPK on
    cycle day 16 WOW that never happens Im a late ovulator usually CD 26-27
    very long cycles, but hopefully this is it…..Thanks Fertibella

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  • CynthiaAmos

     I have been taking this for almost.month and i had a period on the fithbut been using ovulation test still nothing dose that mean im not gna ovulate

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  • Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

    Pinpointing your day of ovulation, either by charting your cycle or by taking ovulation predictor kits, gives you the best chance at timing intercourse to best achieve conception. Ovulation (when your body releases an egg) occurs once mid-way through your cycle. Cycle Day 1 begins the first day of your menstrual cycle. So, you are most likely to ovulate around Day 10-14. Begin testing for ovulation on Day 7 to insure you do not miss your ovulation and continue testing each day until you get a positive result.

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  • Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

    Menstruating regularly tells you that your body is in homeostasis, making appropriate levels of sex hormones optimal for reproduction. However, when you’re under constant stress, your hormones become out of balance. An irregular period is one of its first ways of asking for help. Also, trying to get pregnant again may not be as easy as the first time. Women are born with a finite number of eggs, which can suffer chromosomal damage over time. This explains why a woman’s fertility starts to dip noticeably when she hits 30. I recommend seeing your ObGyn to help you with your plans of conceiving and treat any fertility issues. Best of luck!

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  • Shanee727

    Hi,
    Can I use fertilbella if i use a progesterone 200 mg (vaginal) pill?

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  • Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

    Fertibella is an all natural fertility pills, however we would still suggest to take a seat with your OB for further evaluation.

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  • Monica Scott, RN

    Yes, you can use Fertibella alongside with other medications. Since Fertibella is a 100% drug-free, natural solution and has no side effects, it is considered safe when taken alongside most prescription or non-prescription medications.

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  • courtneyyy

    I’m only 20 years old , and I’m lucky if I have 2 periods a year. I’ve tried many over the counter natural supplements and nothing has worked. When I was 15 I was told I had pcos and would probably never concieve. And once I turned 25 my chance would go down even more ! I’m so desperate on what to do? Should I try thid or get on clomid? I feel like I’m running out of time , and all I ever wanted was to be a mother :/ please help !

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  • JaMesa Cox

    I have just ordered my free trail today. I was wondering when will I start taking it because I haven’t had a period in 2years and I only had one because I was given medicine to have one and me and my fiancée have been trying since 2011 with no protection and still no baby.

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  • Maureen Stephens, RN

    You may begin taking ConceiveEasy® right away at anytime during your cycle, taking one tablet daily with meals. And to ensure a healthy pregnancy, we recommend you see your doctor for a pre-conception visit when you’re ready to begin trying to get pregnant.

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  • JaMesa Cox

    I do not have a cycle so can I start taking it

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  • Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

    You may begin taking ConceiveEasy® right away at anytime during your cycle, taking one tablet daily with meals. And to ensure a healthy pregnancy, we recommend you see your doctor for a pre-conception visit when you’re ready to begin trying to get pregnant.

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  • jr30

    I’ve been off the depo shot for about 3 1/2 months. When will i know if im ovulating or will ovulate?

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