We JUST started trying to conceive so I am not charting. I am still BF my 14 month old and got AF back two months ago. I really thought that I ovulated last month but can't remember my CM. This month I have no CM. (Is this TMI?) It's just wet, not slimy or stretchy? Is CM always an indicator of fertility? Could I ovulate without it?
Update and another question. Now I am having lots of cloudy sticky CM. What does that mean? Did I ovulate?
08-31-2006, 08:56 AM
I think, now it's been awhile since I studied up on fertility, that when it's thin and wet that is the best time during O to DTD and when it get's thicker, it's harder for the spermies to swim up stream,KWIM? So before that is the best.
Am I right ladies? Perhaps somebody could clarify for me or let me know if I remember correctly :goodvibes:
But I am Oing right now ( I can tell when my whole uterus is sore :( ) and it's pain eases up about the time the CM is getting thick. So it's easy for me to know when I O. :)
08-31-2006, 09:00 AM
Maybe I'm just being paranoid. I'm just overly excited since we decided to start trying.
08-31-2006, 09:00 AM
CM can be a great indicator. HOWEVER, I have random patches of watery and eggwhite CM throughout my cycle, both of which are supposed to be fertile CM. So I have not been able to use it reliably as the sole indicator of when I am fertile.
08-31-2006, 09:18 AM
Severine is correct...she said it perfectly!
08-31-2006, 10:00 AM
I always have eggwhite mucus when I'm O'ing...we always try to DTD the first day I have eggwhite cm and then every day/every other day for a week or so. That's how we got preggers with DS!
Good luck mama! :thumbsup:
08-31-2006, 10:05 AM
Would egg white mucus be stretchy? Because what I'm having right now is not stretchy at all, just wet.
08-31-2006, 11:28 AM
Severine is right, lots of women have a constant discharge throughout their cycle, and that discharge is not necessarily fertile. It can be difficult at times to distinguish between CM and discharge. Your most fertile mucus is typically like egg-white, as PPs said, meaning clear, very stretchy or watery. Less fertile is thicker, less stretchy, and often cloudy instead of clear. However, if you don't typically have a lot of CM anyway, a feeling of wetness is a definite sign of fertility. I used to never have much CM (that I could see, anyway), just constant discharge. Unless you check internally, which is totally a personal preference, you may never actually see CM externally (by wiping, in underwear, etc.) Actually I would think if your CM is not stretchy, just wet, it is most likely a very fertile type of CM! The wetter, the better! LOL!
Just a side note: if you typically don't see much CM during your fertile time, something that might help is taking a Vitamin A supplement or eating more foods rich in Vitamin A. I also think Flax Oil (or Fish Oil, depending on your preference) is helpful to a healthy crop of CM! LOL!
If you don't know how to check internally and are interested, you can PM me. It is really simple!
09-06-2006, 09:47 AM
ah, I thought changing the title would bump it up but I guess not. so...:bumpsign:
09-06-2006, 12:57 PM
Re: your update:
More than likely, if you went from wet-feeling mucus to cloudy sticky mucus, you are still in the fertile time but towards the end of it. Most of the time, the fertile mucus pattern goes: thick,tacky,cloudy --> stretchy, clear, wet-feeling --> thick, tacky,cloudy. You can't pinpoint the exact day of ovulation by charting mucus (or temps, for that matter). It is still possible that if you haven't already conceived this cycle, you could still DTD today and conceive, does that make sense? This type of mucus is less fertile than the wet, stretchy or watery kind, but it is still fertile and you would still have a higher chance of conceiving than you would after it has dried up, does that make sense? JLMK if you have more questions. I hope this helps!
09-06-2006, 01:13 PM
You can not rely on cervical mucus alone to tell if you ovulate. I know my cycles where I know I didn't ovulate I would get EWCM..