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    Hi, what is the best way to find out if I am ovulating and ready. I hear the basal thermometer is quite good. Where can I buy it in HK? Also, what other ways can I find out when is the best time to try?

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    You need the Basel thermometer to get an acurate enough temperature to track your pattern.
    These are available at the pharmacies. I got mine at my local Mannings. There are some excellent free web sites to collate your temps and 'tell you' once you have ovulated. I'm not certain if it is OK to post the details here, so PM me if you'd like my reccommendation for an excellent one.

    Temping is a great way to show that you are ovulating, but don't show you until after the fact. I used it in conjunction with ovulation predictor kits {OPKs}. These let you know ahead of time when your ovulation will be.
    Again, these are available at Mannings etc, but they work out to be very expensive over the counter. Get some to try and then if they suit you look to buy them cheaply on line.

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    The clearblue OPK worked for me (first time) :)

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    Gidget,

    Do let us know which sites you used.

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    Gidget, I sent you a PM 2-3 days back. Would appreciate your reply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rani
    Gidget,
    Do let us know which sites you used.
    Rani
    Oh good, thanks!

    So Long, I didn't realise you had PM'd so sorry for not replying until now.
    here are the sites I find useful:

    For tracking your temperatures the site I used is http://www.fertilityfriend.com/.
    It is free to use and automatically creates a chart showing your temps and also works out for you when you have ovulated.
    You can enter other data you may be checking such as cervical mucus, ovulation pains, OPKs etc as well.

    Using temps is the only way to actually tell that you are ovulating. Even my fertility specialist took the word of Fertility Friend, used over a number of months!

    Trouble is that you can only tell you have ovulated, AFTER it happens. That is why I used them in conjuction with Ovulation predictors.

    You will find various contraptions for doing this if you research a bit on line. I find the easiest though are the disposable Ovulation Predictor Kits. OPKS.

    They are called this in the stores when you are looking for them, and can be found in any Mannings et al, in the same place that they keep their pregnancy tests.

    I reccommend buying some over the counter first to try them out, but they work out terribly expensive this way, so if you decide to give them a go buy on line in bulk, for about US $1 a test, depending on the type you choose.
    A site I have found that is cheap that provides delivery to Hong Kong is: http://www.saveontests.com/Ovulation.htm but there are literally thousands of sites on line, so do shop araound.

    The OPK tests work buy testing your urine on a 'stick' for LH hormone. This can be present in your urine at any time, but when you ovulate it 'surges' a day or so before hand. This will show up on the test as a darker line than the control line. Once you get that 'positive' result, you have approx a 48 hour window around your ovulation so you can time your intercourse to coincide.

    They can be a bit tricky to get the hang of, so let me know if you want more 'instructions' about how to get results. I advise using them twice a day around the time you THINK you may ovulate to ensure you don't miss the surge as they are time sensitive. Aso keep going until you are SURE you have a positive result, a line lighter than the test line, is not a positive result. This is why you will want to buy them cheaply on line, I would use 10 or more each cycle.
    Not everyone ovulates on text book day 14, so persevere. For me it changed each month from day 13 to about day 30 as I had very irregular cycles!!

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    Gidget, thank you so much for this detailed post. I couldn't check this forum for the longest time.

    I guess I should first get those over the counter OPKs. My doctor told me that no test is more accurate than the cervical mucus test. I agree....except sometimes it is difficult to tell.

    Thanks you again, for your reply....

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    solong, i used ovulation kit and take my temperature and observe the cervical mucus at the same time. my ovulation is usually about 32-36 days. sometimes, i need two boxes of opk as one box only has 5 sticks. it's very important to know when is the best time to do it, that's why i find opk to be very important. i was trying for 3 month and on the 3rd month, i started using opk and lo and behold, i just found out that i am pregnant yesterday. i still remember when i was ovulating last month, i had the text book case of egg white CM. you just can't miss it. good luck and dont give up. when you are finally preggy, it will be worth the wait.

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