I’ve had a few inquiries (Yes my fellow TTC’ers please keep the experiment ideas coming!) about whether or not the actual CONCENTRATION of urine, can effect the lightness or darkness of a Test Line? So, (seeing as how I’m not currently Pregnant) I thought, WHY NOT TEST WITH AN OPK? (Ovulation Predictor Kit) – For some odd reason during my last cycle I had an extremely higher level of LH (Luteinizing Hormone) and had tested positive the night before!
So we you’re about to take a HPT (Home Pregnancy Test) or even a OPK (Ovulation Predictor Kit) – usually when you’re reading the instructions that come in the box, there’s a reccomended length of time they specify holding the Dip stick in the urine stream (or same difference if it’s a Midstream Test)! Honestly, I never really gave it much thought. Sometimes whenever I’m making these awesome, fun Videos for you guys, I can get a bit distracted, (say if one of my kiddos starts knocking on the door for example Ha Ha) and it may not be until I actually go back and watch the video that I catch something I hadn’t noticed during filming! When I first got the Equate Brand OPK I tested one with PM urine and being as it was a dreadful Blue Dye Test, I was a bit confused by the results! So maybe 15 mins later I dipped another one (in the SAME urine sample) and held it a few seconds longer. Guess what? The T (Test) line was darker than the C (Control) line! Whereas with the Test before, the 2 Lines were the SAME! Soooooooooo I concluded from that experience that it DOES matter how long you actually hold a Dip stick in the urine and (of course) how CONCENTRATED the urine sample is! I highly recommend holding the dip stick a minimal of 5-10 seconds! Anything less, may yield a much lighter result. Now keep in mind (whether it be a OPK or a HPT) a positive result is a positive result as long as the Tests are taken properly and read within the correct time frame. If you have a High enough concentration of HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) a HPT will yield a POSITIVE result, much like a OPK will if you have a high enough concentration of LH (Luteinizing Hormone) BUT – the Line opacity can differ! So, I will be conducting more Tests like this in the near future. But for now, I’m using the Blue Dye Tests and I hope you find this helpful!
I get this questions A LOT! Can the urine concentration effect the outcome of a HPT and a OPK? Yes they can! So I made a short video just to show how they differentiate. Most of us honestly wouldn’t know unless we have been TTC (Trying To Conceive) for a while, and are experts! Lol I hope you all find this helpful.
After multiple positive OPK’s and using 3 different brands, I decided to do a comparison with The Dollar Tree Brand (New Choice) and The Walmart Brand (Equate). Essentially a Pink Dye Test vs a Blue Dye Test! So, which one’s better?
Going on CD35, and 7 days of BLAZING POSITIVES with (First Response – 100m/IU according to consumer studies) The Dollar Tree Brand (New Choice – 25m/IU) I decided to get yet a 3rd Brand! Of course my DH (Darling Husband) went to the wonderful world of Walmart and bought their (Equate – 100m/IU according to consumer studies) Ovulation Midstream Tests. But Yeah, they were the HORRIBLE BLUE DYE TESTS! Eeeeeeek! (Another story for another day!) So I thought I would give them a try……….
This had OFFICIALLY been 10 days of POSITIVE OPK RESULTS!! I am still a bit baffled at this point as to WHY? I am continuing to finish out my 7 day supply of the Dollar Tree Brand New Choice OPK’s. So, is this going to be my 11th positive result?
So this was CD32 going on Day #3 using the Dollar Tree Brand of OPK’s wondering if it’ll be another positive result?
If you read my post about (Why I Began Charting Again after So Many Years!) You’re familiar with that extremely long Menses and cycle that I had. I decided to try to pinpoint my Ovulation so that I could know exactly when to expect my next AF (Aunt Flo). After getting multiple Positives (The TEST Line being equal to or Darker than the CONTROL Line) I was a bit baffled and decided to see if I would yield the same results with the Dollar Trees Cheapie Brand New Choice!
If you read my story on (Why I began Charting after so many years) you know that after a 14 day extremely long Menses, I started spotting after a few days, (which is really odd for me most cycles)! I decided to Pee-On-A-Stick just to see what would happen!
So my friend who had an extremely long cycle and thought she may be Pregnant before AF (Aunt Flo) reared her ugly face, wanted to see if urine CONCENTRATED with Menstrual Blood would affect the outcome of a HPT? Well, just so happened we also had 2 Negative HPT’s lying around and we thought it would be fun to see if AF could (also) effect a Negative HPT?