Fertility Awareness
Cervical Mucus

Mmmm... mucus.  Is there any word more appealing? What a great way
to turn on your partner "Honey, come quick! My mucus is fertile!"  If that
doesn't get him going, you can further explain "it's stringy. Like egg
whites!"

Cervical mucus (or CM) is an important fertility sign.  Most women will
find their CM follows a pattern.  Dry in the days following AF, then
increasingly moist, then increasingly slippery until it gets to the point of
being the consistency of egg whites. Egg white cervical mucus (EWCM)
is considered to be the most fertile of all CMs. You'll know you have
EWCM if you can put some on your finger tips, pull your fingers apart,
and the mucous stretches an inch or several inches. When you have
EWCM, there is a good chance you are about to ovulate.  So sound the
bedroom alarm and get to it!

Not every woman has EWCM. For some women, their most fertile
mucus is wet and slippery, but it doesn't stretch like EWCM. For some, it
is just wet but it never gets too slippery.  With charting, you will learn
what your pattern is.  

The book
Taking Charge of Your Fertility has a lot of great descriptions
and even pictures of CM.  You'll likely find it both very gross and very
helpful.

A lack of fertile CM can be a fertility issue.  Consider trying a product
such as
pre-seed, or talk to your doctor about other options to increase
your CM.

Cervical Position

Finding your cervix requires some brave vaginal spelunking. A higher
cervix corresponds with increased fertility.  Typically, the cervix is high
around the time of ovulation, but drops before AF shows up. This is one
of those things where you just have to be willing to spend a few months
note-taking before you can discover what is 'normal' for you. Just don't
leave your notepad laying around when company comes over, unless
you want to share your new found hobby.

Other Signs of Ovulation

This varies a great deal from woman to woman. The concept of Fertility
Awareness is to get in touch with your own cycles and get to know your
body. As you chart, note any and all symptoms you have throughout the
cycle, even if you aren't sure if they are related to your cycle.  This will
allow you to start seeing patterns.

Examples of other possible signs of ovulation:

  • Tender breasts
  • Spotting
  • Headaches
  • Diarrhea
  • Exhaustion  
  • Stomachache
  • Tender feeling in lower abdomen
  • Clearer skin or breakouts or dry skin
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