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Blank circle then static smiley? Please help!

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danielasummer Wed 12-Feb-20 07:49:12

Hi, could use some advice please - first cycle using the clear blue dual hormone advanced digital (purple one). It went from blank circles for 7 days then this morning got a static smiley (peak) has this happened to anyone else? I thought I was meant to go from blank circles (low) to flashing smiley (high) then static smiley (peak).

Also we DTD yesterday morning (blank circle - low) and planning on DTD tonight and every day until my temp rises. I'm worried that between DTD yesterday morning and tonight I would have missed the ovulation window! 🥴 I know sperm can live up to 5 days but...I'm a natural worrier haha. Any and all advice welcome! Thanks x

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itwasalovelydreamwhileitlasted Wed 12-Feb-20 07:59:45

I've had it happen a few times - just means your LH has risen really quickly and maybe your estrogen levels are a bit low (that's the hormone which causes the smiley face to flash)

If you got the static smiley this morning then ovulation day is counted as tomorrow

If it was after 4pm then it's not the next day but the day after that

Little known fact is that it takes sperm around 10-12 hours to go through a process called capacitation before it's even capable of fertilising an egg. This is why most people fall pregnant by having sex in the 2 days BEFORE ovulation rather than ovulation itself (eggs are also only able to be fertilised for Max 12 hours after ovulation so really you need sperm to be there ready and waiting for the egg rather than the other way around)

paintfairy Wed 12-Feb-20 08:11:05

Ooohhh didn't know that. You learn something new every day!

itwasalovelydreamwhileitlasted Wed 12-Feb-20 08:28:10

Ha! Google has been my friend over a disastrous 4 years 🤣 - although I'm sure my IVF Doctor must dread my appointments with him!

paintfairy Wed 12-Feb-20 08:31:48

@itwasalovelydreamwhileitlasted I can imagine the doctors face. 😂 They must love it!

I've got my static today so told DH that despite him being late home tonight, he's got a job to do. 😂

danielasummer Wed 12-Feb-20 08:33:26

@itwasalovelydreamwhileitlasted thank you so much for your reply! smile Is it an issue if I have low oestrogen? I have conceived naturally before (sadly ended in miscarriage) but if low oestrogen is a problem then I guess I need to get it checked out..unless it's normal? My mind is going 100mph at this moment!

So we will DTD until my temp has risen starting from tonight..then I'll be sure to catch ov. Thank you for that info re sperm, so interesting and I never knew that! Doctor Google is also my main man haha!

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danielasummer Wed 12-Feb-20 08:34:35

@paintfairy oh I'm totally the same.. my DH is out until late tonight but he knows it's on the cards - I wasn't exactly being discreet when I was screaming with glee and waving the stick around this morning! :D

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itwasalovelydreamwhileitlasted Wed 12-Feb-20 08:36:39

Low estrogen can cause problems as it's the hormone responsible for thickening up the lining in preparation for implantation but just because it didn't flash this month it doesn't mean your levels are low - it might just be one of those months where your hormones have risen really fast really quickly

Good luck! 🤞🤞

paintfairy Wed 12-Feb-20 08:37:33


I already had warned him I was sure it would be today. But I've sent him a photo of the stick. 😂

itwasalovelydreamwhileitlasted Wed 12-Feb-20 08:41:58

I used to do that too! and say test has a smiley face so if you want me to have a smiley face you best put the effort in! 🤣

danielasummer Wed 12-Feb-20 08:45:12

@itwasalovelydreamwhileitlasted ok thank you, fingers crossed it's just a quick surge! I've had a full blood count etc done so surely it would've been picked up on that..?! Good luck for you, too - I've just read back that you're undergoing IVF so sending you luck and strength x

@paintfairy DH was about to leave for work when I got my smiley today so I was pretty much willing him to be late for a few minutes..oh the joys! Sending photos of the stick sounds a much better idea haha!

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paintfairy Wed 12-Feb-20 08:57:20

@itwasalovelydreamwhileitlasted Ah good tactic! 😂

I do feel sorry for the men. They must think we are bonkers.

sabtom Wed 12-Feb-20 09:05:16

I've used these for the past year (not every cycle cause they're expensive 😕) but on every occasion I've had a peak it's always gone straight to static. I've never had a flashing smiley. But then again, I'll only use them when my cheapies show quite a highish reading and then I dip the digital one just to confirm.

danielasummer Wed 12-Feb-20 10:27:04

@paintfairy my OH absolutely thinks I am bonkers...

@sabtom ahh it's not just me then. I thought my holder/I was broken!

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Chelshirey Tue 07-Apr-20 02:54:49

@danielasummer any update? Same thing happened to me today - so of course I’m taking to the internet to figure this out. Lol

danielasummer Tue 07-Apr-20 07:19:18

@Chelshirey hi, yes I did ovulate (confirmed by temping) so it’s fine to go from blank to static smiley - that happened this time around too (one day of blank then static the next day) and I fell this cycle ☺️

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