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Will an OPK ALWAYS test positive if you are pregnant? I know that according to peeonastick that it will, but... is this the always the case, or are there exceptions to the rule?

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I believe it will always test positive. I know mine did. I think my internet OPKs were actually more sensitive than the internet pregnancy test because the line showed up darker and faster on the OPK.

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I didn't get a positive (not even a faint second line) on an OPK until I was 6 or 7 weeks past my LMP, but my HPTs were always positive and very dark.

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I have some questions regarding opks as well. The nurse at my doctor's office said that I will need to start taking opks. I am on 200mg of clomid and next month they want me to take a trigger shot and possible iui and that is why they want me to do the opk. I decided to get some opks so I would understand how they work. I bought the Answer brand with twenty tests. So I took one on day 29 and the test line was definetly darker than the control line. I called my doctor and they said they wouldn't expect it but it could be possible. They said that it should be correct. The test has been the same for three days. I thought it would only be postive two days. The test says that injections can affect the test so why would they tell me to start doing them. I haven't have an injection yet. Also it says to ask your doctor how clomid can affect the test. I hate to keep calling them and asking questions. I know time will answer all the questions but I am so anxious. I don't fully understand cm because I rarely o. I do think that normally it would be creamy by day 31 but now it is clear and very watery. Any answers?
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They worked for me* i was using target brand opks* for what ended up a 2nd m/c ... i was missing temps and doubted my O date so i was taking opks at what was 9 til 13dpo on 14dpo i took a internet cheapy hpt and got a nice dark + .


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I may have to test this out - considering Im out of preggo tests...but I do have several OPKs still.

I've tried this in previous months, and it didn't work. OBVIOUSLY - I'm still TTC.

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yeah..so i tried it. didn't work. DOH!
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I have some questions regarding opks as well. The nurse at my doctor's office said that I will need to start taking opks. I am on 200mg of clomid and next month they want me to take a trigger shot and possible iui and that is why they want me to do the opk. I decided to get some opks so I would understand how they work. I bought the Answer brand with twenty tests. So I took one on day 29 and the test line was definetly darker than the control line. I called my doctor and they said they wouldn't expect it but it could be possible. They said that it should be correct. The test has been the same for three days. I thought it would only be postive two days. The test says that injections can affect the test so why would they tell me to start doing them. I haven't have an injection yet. Also it says to ask your doctor how clomid can affect the test. I hate to keep calling them and asking questions. I know time will answer all the questions but I am so anxious. I don't fully understand cm because I rarely o. I do think that normally it would be creamy by day 31 but now it is clear and very watery. Any answers?
Jen - I've read that OPKs don't always work for us PCOSers since our hormones can be so out of whack.

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This is true. Women with PCOS may have elevated levels of luteinizing hormone (the "LH" that the OPK looks for), so you might always get a positive OPK, since your level might be high all the time. Clomid itself should not effect the test. It might, though influence when you ovulate, so if someone is used to ovulating very late, for example, and used to starting their OPKs at CD 20 or something, and they took Clomid at the beginning of their cycle, they would want to start using the OPK strips sooner in their cycle.

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I tried out the OPK as HPT thing when I became pregnant with my two three years ago and it actually did work for me. In fact, I checked first with an OPK because I still had a box left over from my pre-IVF days and didn't want to "waste" my HPTs if that cycle was a failure. I tested first around CD12, and the OPK turned positive immediately. I followed up the OPK with and HPT and it was also positive. Of course my beta was pretty high a few days later, I'm sure because it was twins, and I think this was the reason that the OPK also showed a positive.

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I know peeonastick says you won't necessarily get a progressively darker OPK if you are pregs, but I have been experimenting since I O'd, and I have getting a progressively darker OPK for the past 3 days. I'm getting a - HPT and am only 8dpo, but check it out:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/2458376...n/photostream/

So... I know, I know, I might not even be pregs, and maybe there is just more dye in the bottom one (from this AM) and none are actually positive, but it is helping me keep the hope alive.

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