Using OPKs With PCOS
OPKs are usually not recommended if you’ve been diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). But OPKs are one of the best tools you can use to increase your chances of getting pregnant! So how do we solve this problem?
By educating yourself and knowing exactly what to expect when you’re using OPKs and have PCOS!
Let me try to help…
Women with PCOS have a higher baseline level of LH. Some even have a baseline level that is higher than what women WITHOUT PCOS have when they start their LH surge!
These high levels of LH may cause your OPKs to become positive even though you’re not about to ovulate!
What can you do about it?
For starters, you could stay away from digital OPKs (like the Clearblue digital or the Clearblue Advanced). Clearblue warns women with PCOS not to use these products because high baseline levels may give you inaccurate results.
Instead, try simple line OPKs (or “cheapies”, as we call them in the TTC-community 😄) because it allows you to SEE relative changes in your LH levels.
The most important thing is to know what YOUR baseline level looks like… and the only way to do that is to test early in your cycle! Do you see a dark test line? Is it already as dark as the control line? Chances are you’re not about to ovulate just yet. What you’re looking at is probably your (high) baseline LH. A true LH surge will often push the test line wayyyy darker than the control line. While for someone else, it may look completely different.
We’re all unique. Our bodies are unique. And yes, even our LH levels are unique!
But with a little bit of testing, you can learn a whole lot about your unique surge!