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If you have PCOS, READ this before purchasing.
Reviewed in the United States on May 26, 2017
I am writing this review, because I have PCOS & I wish I knew this before. So, the process of trying for a baby can be hectic and frustrating, especially if you have PCOS. Therefore, like myself, you might go on and try to purchase an OPK to track your ovulation. Now if, you have PCOS, irregular crazy cycles (40+ days) & have the symptom of HIGH levels of LH (luteinizing hormone), then OPKs (not just this), but in general might misguide you.
This is how OPKs basically work, they track the increase of your LH hormone, which is a hormone that is released just before ovulation. But for women with PCOS, we generally have high levels of LH, all the time. So when using OPKs you might find MANY strips to give you positive/almost positive, and you'll find yourself confused. Here's my trick to know if my positive is a PCOS positive or a REAL positive, so when you have an LH surge (very high increase of LH just before ovulation) you might find your OPK SUPER positive and dark (more positive than your usual dark OPKs) so you might be actually ovulating! But, another thing about PCOS, you might release more than one LH surge throughout your cycle, so say you might get a very dark positive CD 20, then you actually get another very dark positive CD 45 and that's when you ovulate. (This is what happened to me). Therefore, these kits give you a slight hint you might or might not be ovulating, but you need to confirm it throughout tracking your temperatures or an ultrasound at the Doctor. But again, since you'll be getting a lot of positives, it will be quite hard to point out which is the darkest positive of them all and is a real LH surge.
Now, it's not the brand's fault I have PCOS and their kits aren't working so well for me. But, the reason I have a 3 star on is for general reasons:
1) Some of the OPK strips turn out very wiped out and you can't see the lines clearly. So you need to reuse another strip. Which isn't a huge issue since there are a lot of strips in the box.
2) The pregnancy tests almost ALWAYS give me false positives due to evaporation lines, even within a 5 minute wait not longer. So if you're addicted to analysing lines, you might interpret positive results while they are just evaporation lines.
Good things about the OPK strips:
1) There are a lot of strips.
2) They work as good as a clear blue digital. Whenever I got a positive OPK, I got one on the clear blue as well.
Will I purchase again? Yes, I already purchased a 2nd box. Understanding this kit's flaws and my PCOS problems, I manage to KIND OF benefit from this kit.