Ovulation Tests

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carrot top - February 28

Hi Ladies! My hubby and I have been TTC for 2 years now and finally decided that we wanted to take an ovulation test to see if I am ovulating when I think I am. So I thought I was suppose to ovulate on Sunday and I have been taking the tests from Saturday on.... and nothing. Just light lines, but no positive. I have a very regular 26 day cycle. My question is this... can a women have a regular period and not ovulate? It's just that we have been trying for a long time now and I'm wondering if maybe I'm not ovulating.... but I thought that since I'm so regular everything would be in working order. Also what do you ladys think.... should I go out and buy more tests (I used the last one today) or should I just wait until next month to start testing again? Any thoughts?

 

Lin - February 28

I'm pretty sure women can have periods but not ovulate. It is also possible to ovulate and never have a positive opk. The only way you can be sure whether or not you're ovulating is to monitor your basal temperature. If you buy more tests, buy them online or at Dollar Tree (if there's one near you). They're a LOT less expensive than what you'd buy at the pharmacy (<$1 each). I recommend buying a basal thermometer as well.

 

Bebita_Linda - February 28

you sould write down when u get period and go to a site and see wat it tells you and check with the ovulation test

 

ashley - February 28

when do you think you ovulate? What day in your cycle. Chances are you may ovulate earlier or later. You could be ovulating on day 12 since your period cycle is so short. 2 years is a long time to try and have no results. It maybe time to consult a doc.

 

ashley - February 28

By the way, i would start temping, and looking at cervical position and the egg white cervical mucous is a good sign too.

 

Lin - February 28

Everyone's luteal phase is different, so even if you can input the average length of your cycle to the calculator, it can easily get the ovulation day wrong. They also can't tell you whether or not ovulation actually occurs. As for the ovulation tests, I tested twice a day this month and STILL missed my peak, and I know from my temps that I ovulated. The only way to determine ovulation for sure is to temp.

 

carrot top - February 28

Thanks for all the quick answers ladies! Just to fill you in and hopefully answer everyone’s questions.... I haven't been charting my temperature... I started about a year ago but I just kept forgetting to do it every morning and finally gave up... maybe I should start again. I'm on a site that calculates ovulation (been on it for about a year and a half now). I keep track of my cycles on there. It says that I should have ovulated Yesterday (Monday, Feb 27th). I do watch for cervical mucus and I know that I get that every month... but for some silly reason I haven't been putting that information on the site. Something else I guess I should start doing! 2 years is a long time... and I always said that I would go to the Doctor after one year of TTC but the year just came and went and now here I am at 2 years! Time pa__ses so quickly. I guess I'm just wishing it would happen for me without all of this stuff, but maybe I need to get over that and see a Doc. It doesn’t help that I HATE going to doctors! Anyway, thanks for listening everyone! Oh… does anyone know of a site to get cheep ovulation and pregnancy tests? I live in Canada so if someone has a Canadian site that would be awesome as well! Thanks!

 

Lin - February 28

If I were you, I'd just try any old site. Just Google "ovulation tests," and you'll find something right away. They're very light, so the shipping difference between US and Canada is only like US $0.50 or something. It's not much. There are lots of great sellers on ebay, and they often do combination packages of both ovulation and pregnancy tests. I have nothing but good things to say about most ebay sellers as far as ovulation and pregnancy tests go. Just DO NOT buy from the Australian seller who sells Pregnow pregnancy tests. They're obviously just other internet cheapies that they cut in half lengthwise and repackage.

 

Bailey - March 1

Carrot Top - Yes, you can get your period and not ovulate. It's called anovulatory cycle. You can read about it on line. As for OPK's each test should give you at least 7 strips - and you need to start using those earlier than the day before you think you ovulate. If you think you should have ovulated on Monday and tested on Sunday with a negative result you might be ovulating earlier than you think. How old are you if you don't mind me asking? 2 years is a long time to be trying - they say anyone over 35 if it takes longer than one year then you should consult your doctor to find out what is going on. As for the ovulation kits - I have found one that indicates a smiley face when you have your surge - it's much easier to use than the lines and waiting to see if the color gets darker etc... The smiley face one gives you a circle if there is no surge and with a surge a big smiley face appears. Best of luck to you.

 

Lin - March 1

You mentioned the ambiguity of the line tests before, and I don't really have a problem with it. If it's ambiguous as to whether or not it's positive, then you might as well just consider it positive. In my experience, there's no more than about a twelve hour difference between just lighter than positive and positive. In fact, last month I tested twice a day and got two tests that were just lighter than positive. The next test was fainter, so I must have peaked in between those two previous tests. If you never get a "positive" but have obviously dark tests, then once they start getting lighter, you still know you've got <24 hours to ovulation. You know what I mean? Anyway, can you get the smiley face ones for as cheap as the line tests (i.e. less than a dollar each)? If so, I might try them to see if I like them as much as you do. Otherwise, I'll just stick to the cheapies.

 

Bailey - March 1

Lin - the faint/dark line is a guessing game for me and when it is so CLEAR with a smiley face and I'm not second guessing anything I just buy those. I buy them at a local drug store and they're expensive - $38.00 for 7 strips. If you don't have a problem with the lines then keep using them.

 

Lin - March 1

Hm. That is very expensive. Maybe I'll check around and see if I can find them cheaper online. I'll let you know if I do. Thanks!

 

Bailey - March 1

Thanks - that would be great if you find them cheaper. I'm actually hoping by this time next week I'm celebrating over a pregancy test and not needing any OPKs.

 

Lin - March 1

Good luck! I hope so too...big fat vats of baby dust to you!!!

 

carrot top - March 1

Hi again Ladies! I'm 24 years old so I'm not thinking my age has anything to do with it. My hubby is 25 so no problems with age there either. I was reading my last post and realised that I didn't explain very much about why I haven't been to the doctor yet. I should have mentioned as well that my husband and I are Pastors with The Salvation Army, and part of the reason why we haven't been to see the doctor is that we believe that with everything that has been going on at our church and family services in the past 2 years (We had a flood that destroyed our church and two fires that destroyed our family service office and Thrift Store), a baby wouldn't have been right anyways. I couldn't imagine being pregnant or having a Child through all that. So we were actually thinking that maybe God was actually blessing us with not getting pregnant yet. Anyways, I will be testing tonight at 6:00 so I will let everyone know then whether I get a positive test or not. Thanks again everyone!

 

Lin - March 1

I personally would have seen a fertility specialist a long time ago, but then again I don't believe in a conscious god. Sorry to hear about all your horrible troubles! I hope the future is brighter for you!

 

Bailey - March 1

20Questions - Sorry to hear about all that went on - you are both very young so that may not be a factor but you never know. However, I do believe there is a reason for everything - I'm not always happy with some of the things that happen but I always believe something else will come of it. If you're seriously trying at this point and go another 6 months without a +++ then I would call the doctor. I'm saying a prayer for you tonight though - hoping for a +++ - Baby dust to you.

 

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