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dorey56
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I had a few questions about opk's. If you don't test at the exact same time every day, will you miss the lh surge? For example can you test an hour and a half later one day than the day before and not miss the lh surge? Also, if you dont had to urinate too badly when you're about to test and there's ony a little urine in the cup, will the test still be effective if you tilt the cup and testing strip so that the strip is submerged enough in the urine? Thanks!!!
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Yes, you do need to take the the test at the same time every day.

And as long as you submerge the strip as directed, you're fine.

Have you bought a testing kit yet? If not, why not start by charting your cycle yourself? You can do so by taking your basal temperature and checking your cervical mucus daily. That way, you can see if you're up for the challenge of sticking to it every day before you invest in one of those tests, which can be quite pricey.

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dorey56
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Yes I already bought it and am using it. I ask these things because I tested at the same time today as yesterday but accidentally waited 8 minutes to check the result and the package says after 8 minutes you shouldn't interpret results so I went to test again but obviously didn't have to urinate much so only a little was in the cup and so I had to tip the cup and strip so I could submerge the strip in the urine up to the test line. The directions say to keep the strip as straight as possible so I didn't know if I could count on the result of the second test I did. Do you think I can trust the results of either test I took today? Should I try again?
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do you have any thoughts? Sorry I would just like to know what to think about the test I took.
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It's really hard to say. Personally, I probably wouldn't trust the result if I were not able to follow the directions exactly. OPKs are notoriously finicky. The window to actually catch the LH surge is actually really small (this is why OPKs are not as accurate, on whole). You need to follow the directions exactly.

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