Hello all! I have been dying to write about Ovulation kits for the last 8 months! Okay maybe not dying to but I have really been wanting to share my experience with everyone, but I have had to keep mum about it.
As some of our readers know, I have one little girl, Jael who will be 2 this week. What you may not know is we found out in July that we are expecting baby #2 in March and we are so excited! I got off of birth control pills October of 2013 and at that time my husband and I decided we would wait till December to start trying for another baby.
When I was trying to get pregnant with Jael it took me 8 months to actually become pregnant. Getting off the pill messed my cycles up tremendously and I was having cycles of upwards of 65 days. With the help of two prescriptions of Provera (progesterone medicine) and ovulation kits, I finally was pregnant with my first.
When we decided to get pregnant again, I was hoping for a less stressful time at it. I mean you hear the sayings, “Oh it’s easier to become pregnant after the first one.” and “You will be fertile Myrtle this time.” Gotta say wasn’t the case for us. Yet again cycles out of whack, had to take the Provera again, luckily only once this time, and using tons of different types of ovulation kits, and the last month Vitex, which is a natural supplement that is supposed to help regulate cycles. After 6 months of trying I was just ready to throw in the towel. Many of my friends were getting pregnant so easily and I believe the stress of trying for our baby was making me depressed. Looking back I feel so bad for the jealousy and anger I was feeling about those friends being pregnant. In July I was about 55 days late, the latest I have been in about 3 months and something inside me pushed me to take a pregnancy test. It was probably the fact that I was going out with some girlfriends that night and knowing I would probably have a couple drinks I thought I should probably take one just to make sure. If I wasn’t pregnant the plan was to call my doctor to get in to see what the deal was. Sure enough 4 minutes after peeing on that stick I got the word “Pregnant.” I was in complete shock! After all this stress I was finally going to have my second baby!
Now, on to the point of this blog post. The ovulation prediction kits (OPK) I used. With Jael I used only the First Response ones (I believe). With baby number two I used the First Response for one month, the clear blue digital for a month and then for the rest of the time I used what people on the forums call “Amazon Cheapies” the real name is Wondfo ovulation kits. Now there are many, many more types of ovulation kits, they all do the same thing, they measure your Luteinizing Hormone or LH that is in your body between 12-36 hours before you ovulate. A positive on the test is supposed to indicate that you are in your Peak Fertility window and should probably “do the deed” in the next 12 hours to conceive. Now please remember I am NOT A DOCTOR and this information I have told you I have only read on google and on the directions that come with the ovulation kits.
Now here is the experiences I have had with the 3 kits I used this time around, First Response, Clear Blue Advanced Digital and Wondfo.
First, was the First response Ovulation kits, you can find these at pretty much any grocery store (that has a pharmacy type section) or pharamacy and also online on websites like Amazon. They are not the priciest of the 3 I have tried, on amazon right now you can find a 7 day test kit that also comes with one pregnancy test for about $20. There is also larger quantities too. I bought mine at my local Kroger just because it was close by and I really wanted to get a pack asap. I liked these ones because they are easy to read. If the two pink lines were the same shade of pink it was positive. Easy.
Now the second one I tried was the Clear Blue Advanced Digital Ovulation Kits, you can get these at the same places that the First response ones are at. I found that at the stores they are a little more pricey than the one above. I think I bought these because I ended up going to Walmart and they were out of First Response. These work a little differently. It still measures the LH in your system but also measures the estrogen in your system too, which increases in the days before your LH surge. They say on their website that because they measure both of these hormones they can identify 4 peak days instead of the normal 1-2 days the other ones do. This test will show a blank circle which means you are not in the fertility window, a blinking smiley face that means “high fertility days” and then finally a solid smiley face that will stay on your window even after taking the pee stick out of the monitor for 2 weeks and will not let you test again for those two weeks. If you get a solid smiley face it means to “do the deed” within the next 12 hours. In my opinion this was the most confusing of all 3 tests. I would get blinking smileys for days and days and then never have a solid smiley. I searched all over for information about these kits and many people were having issues with them doing the same thing, having duds or saying that it takes at least 2 months for the test to figure your cycles out. I just couldn’t see the point of spending so much money for one of these and it being so confusing. So unless you have cash to burn I would just keep away from these.
Finally, my personal favorite, Wondfo (aka Internet cheapies or amazon cheapies). I believe the only way you can get these OPK’s is through the internet. I bought mine on Amazon. They have a pack of 40 of them with 10 pregnancy tests for $19.49 or a pack of 50 of them 20 pregnancy tests for $21.99. I think I used up a giftcard I had and bought the bigger pack. It is a great deal. These are just little strips and they are smaller than the other ones. You have to pee in a cup and dip the test strip into the urine for 5 seconds and then let it sit for 5 minutes and then if it is positive the second line will be as dark or darker than the first line. They do not recommend urinating right onto the strip…I had a difficult time getting a result at all doing it that way. You can always use a throw away cup like a solo cup or a clean regular glass if you would like. I used a solo because I could just throw it in the trash instead of having to clean out a glass that I just thought was yuck. I thought these were easy to read, each package had a picture of what your test results should look like either positive or negative so you had it right there. If you had to use them as you were traveling they are in small packaging not a box that you have to bring with you. The price was really what got me because I wasn’t sure I was even ovulating some months I was able to use more through out the month so I wasn’t afraid of missing my ovulation if it was happening. Also, it came with pregnancy tests so you don’t have to pay even more money for seperate boxes! It was also sent in a amazon box so no one knew what you were receiving. Very discreet. Only con was that if I needed more I had to make sure I ordered them in enough time for them to ship to my house but that was it.
I hope this post was helpful for anyone who is looking into OPK’s and if you are trying for your own little miracle, albeit your first, second or whatever number good luck!!
Thank you all for reading!
Busy Being MOMS co-blogger,
Where to buy on amazon:
First Response Ovulation Test, 7-Test Kit Plus 1 Pregnancy Test” title=”1st Response”>
Clearblue Advanced Digital Ovulation Test 20 Count” title=”Clearblue Advanced Digital”>
Combo 50 (LH) Ovulation & 20 (HCG) Pregnancy Test Strips (1)” title=”wondfo Opk”>