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wondermum1 Thu 10-Jul-08 11:28:41

Hi - new to this so excuse me if am not good at it!

Have tried two ovulation kits - so far nothing showing up (should ovulate in next few days) - yet have regular periods every month, got one child (easy to conceive) and had a miscarriage a few months back (accidental pregnancy - we weren't even trying!) - do these kits work or should I not take it to heart?

WorzselMummage Thu 10-Jul-08 11:35:43

they have always worked for me, i use the cheapes of the cheap ebay one step strips but i do them twice a day as sometimes i have a short surge.

i wouldnt worry about getting the expensive ones, buy cheaper and use more.

good luck

wondermum1 Thu 10-Jul-08 11:41:26

Thanks, can you just explain a short surge? Does that mean that I could have ovulated and missed it? the stripe was darker two days ago (although not as dark as stripe in control window) and yesterday/today it's very light - my cycle is short, only 25 days or thereabouts.....!

Thanks for replying!

GordontheGopher Thu 10-Jul-08 11:44:06

Appparently it's best to do them sometime around midday as the surge is usually in the morning and takes a while to show in your wee. I also use internet ones - babymad.com is really cheap and v quick delivery.

AttilaTheMeerkat Thu 10-Jul-08 11:48:46

The problem generally with using such kits is that these kits assume that women only have one rise in LH every month and that such a rise is immediately followed by ovulation. Both of these are simply not true.

Ovulation is not an exact science and even women with regular periods can have a month in which ovulation does not occur, it is quite possible to have a period without ovulating.

I would only use these if periods are spot on regular every month (i.e no degree of variation in day at all) and then only for say two or three months at most. However, if this is not the case I would avoid using them altogether.

The surest way of knowing whether ovulation has occured or not is to have a blood test done around day 21 of your cycle.

wondermum1 Thu 10-Jul-08 11:52:54

Brilliant, thanks, I've just ordered some from babymad.com - any tips for improving chances of conception - apart from obvious!

GordontheGopher Thu 10-Jul-08 13:09:38

Stick your legs up in the air!

wondermum1 Thu 10-Jul-08 13:17:06

;-)

Tinasan Thu 10-Jul-08 19:50:27

I used the clearblue digi ones and didn't get a postive at all - imagine my surprise when I discovered I was pregnant at the end of that month! I don't think they are as accurate as they claim...

dinkyboysmum Thu 10-Jul-08 20:10:39

i tried lots of old waives tales with ds1, something must have worked...

grapefruit juice from cd1 until O (not sure why?)
green tea from cd1 until O (again, not sure why!?)
evening primrose oil from cd1 until O (improves quality/amount of cm)
dh had oranje juice (vit c excellent for little swimmers)
and finally...had a couple of sessions of reflexology (lots of mners recommended this)

slightly obsessive, but dont knock it all...it worked & we have a fit & healthy ds!

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