Friday, July 11, 2008


We've been out of town this week (I may try to post some pictures later!), and I realized yesterday that I needed to buy some OPKs. I went over to the nearest drugstore, and they didn't have the kind I usually use. They did have one of the 20-packs I saw advertised on TV lately. I really don't watch much TV (we watch our Netflix DVDs usually), and I haven't for the last few years. It amazes me how much not seeing commercials makes a difference. So, I may be a little slow on the uptake on this one. A few weeks ago, I was at the pharmacy, and the TV was on with the sound low. I could see that it was a F.irst R.e.sponse commercial for OPKs, and they had a calendar with question marks on all the days, and then advertised a monthly supply. It seemed to be saying that you should test every day (not entirely sure because the sound was down). It just really ticked me off! Anyone who is charting has a reasonable guess at when to begin testing. Of course, any given month may be weird if ovulation is late, and PCOS or other issues can complicate matters, but it just seemed to me to be capitalizing on most women's lack of information about their fertility! It really ticked me off!

So, yesterday, I was in the drug store, and there were very few choices. I picked up one of the 20-packs, seeing that the price was actually pretty good per test--and that 20 would probably last me 2 or 3 months, too. As I was walking toward the register, I read the side of the box, which indicated that all 20 tests are in one pouch, and once opened, the pouch has to be discarded within 30 days. What a total rip-off! I checked another brand, and it was the same. I went back and got the store-brand 7-pack. Does this annoy anyone else? And does opening the pouch really do anything to make the tests "expire" faster?


Jen said...

I did the same thing! I planned to use one of those monthly packs for several months. But mine didn't say on the outside that they expired once opened, so I bought it and discovered the waste when I got home. (I used two at a time that month. Hehe.)

Hafsa said...

I stumbled upon your blog and my first was "wow, very similar experiences." My husband and I are struggling to conceive our first child. Your blog is definitely helpful for me to realize that there are other women like me out there.

Hope2morrow said...

Visiting from IComLeavWe...

Yes, I agree that those OPK take advantage of those that do not quite understand their infertility. Guess not everyone researches everything the way I do. LOL!

Good luck with your OPK testing this month. I wish you much luck and success!

Lisa said...

Here from ICLW. Yep, I had the same reaction. I have actually never used them. For the first 6 months, I used the CBEFM and then went right into IVF's. But, for this IVF cycle, I have to monitor for my surge. I haven't used my CBEFM for over 2 years and didn't feel like figuring out how to reset it, so, I figured I would just buy OPK's. Even the RE's office told me to begin testing on Day 10, but, yep, had to buy the 20 pack, more than half of which will go to waste. Totally annoying!!

Good luck to you!

momofonefornow said...

You are right, it is all about the money.

My suggestion would be to buy them, and then reseal them in a zip-loc. If it is an airtight thing wouldn't that be similar?

Greedy people!

Anonymous said...

Here from IComLeavWe.

Greedy people. I remember reading somewhere that a large sample of women were given a 13 question test about their fertility and only 1 person got every question right.

Dreams Come True said...

Here from ICLW.

I agree completely. I think it's pathetic that they would take advantage of such lack of information. They'll do anything for money these days, and because there are so many people who just don't know any better, they get away with it.

It's just horrible.

alicia said...

that is insane!! I had no idea they did that, I have never looked! ha ha, I can't use those things though, my hormones are so out of balance I have to have u.s. to moitor when I ovulate! fun fun

here from ICLW

Arpee said...

I did buy this kind - once. I thought that since my cycle was very long that I would be able to use them all.

I turned out not using them all because I that thing is difficult to read - you have to compare colors! Like litmus paper!

Anyhow, on the other type of OPKs (7 pieces with single/double lines), I never saw double lines UNTIL last Monday. What a sight to behold!


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