Temp Vs OPK

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Lin - December 17

I've been doing a bit of charting this month for the first time, and I don't know what to make of the last couple days. I'd appreciate any help. Last month, I had about four days of cramping before I noticed a big glob of ewcm, and I assumed that the ewcm indicated O-day, which is probably a reasonable estimate since AF started 15 days later. I didn't do any temping or opks at all. This month, I started opks on cd 12, and for three days my temp stayed a constant 97.7. Last night, I started getting some cramping, particularly on the right side, and I noticed some ewcm. Since this was on cd 13, one day before my cramping started during the last cycle, I figured I would O in about four days, as happened last month. But then this morning I took my temp, and it was 98.2 - 0.5 of a degree higher. Does anyone know what to make of this? Does that mean that I probably O-ed yesterday?

 

Lin - December 17

Oops, I forgot to mention why this is confusing. I've been taking opks since about cd 11, and they've always been negative. In the last couple days, I started seeing a veeery faint line, but it was significantly fainter than the test line. This is why I'm confused. I thought I would get a pos opk before ovulation and then a temp rise after. I seem to have skipped the pos opk (though I haven't yet taken one today - it's too early).

 

krob - December 17

if you are only doing OPK you could be missing your LH surge try testing twice a day as it takes 6 hours for LH to enter your urine lets say you ttst at 10 in the morning and it is a faint positive ok no surge but it is not in your urine yet but it would have been if you tested at noon then you test the follow9ing day and its negative -- no LH surge seen at all all cycle. You have do it twince a day because if you dont you may miss it

 

Lin - December 17

Well, at least I won't be upset if I missed the LH surge, because we fortunately did bd last night. I guess I'll just take opks for the next few days, and if the faint line goes away, I"ll know it's pa__sed. Thanks, krob.

 

Lin - December 17

Ok, now I just took an opk, and the line is *exactly* the same color as the test line. Anybody know what I should make of this? Of course, hubby and I will get busy either way, but I wonder if it means that I tested on the downswing of the LH surge or if my temp went up prematurely. I'm guessing it's a good thing we did the deed last night!

 

Grandpa Viv - December 17

The temperature rise is the best indicator of O as I understand it. The OPK simply measures the luteinizing hormone surge which stimulates follicle activity and hopefully ovulation in short order. I don't think you can expect your body to perform in the same way like clockwork month after month. There is some variability. Sounds like you hit the nail on the head, anyway. Good luck!

 

Lin - December 17

Thanks Grandpa Viv! I certainly hope I did. I've got the fingers crossed and the legs not. ;-)

 

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