How to Monitor Cervical Mucus to Predict Fertility
Changes in a woman's cervical mucus are nature's way of signalling where she is in her cycle of fertility.
- Purchase a small portable calendar or notepad with pen or pencil attached.
- Be prepared to check your cervical mucus (CM) consistency several times every day during each cycle.
- Using white tissue paper, wipe vaginal opening to obtain CM specimen, or
- Insert one clean finger into vagina as far up as the cervix, and then remove finger. CM should be observable on fingertip.
- If using tissue, apply a fingertip to collected CM and then pull gently away to test elasticity.
- If using finger, test CM elasticity by closing and again opening finger with thumb.
- Note the following:
- Elasticity of CM: (a) sticky and breaks easily or (b) slippery and stretches like raw egg white.
- Appearance of CM: scant amount vs. abundant, white vs. cloudy vs. clear, thick vs. thin.
- Note and date your observations regarding elasticity and appearance at the end of each day.
- As fertility approaches, CM should gradually change from dry to wet, from sticky to slippery, and from white to transparent.
- The most fertile CM is very thin and very slippery, often referred to as EW CM (eggwhite cervical mucus).
- If you observe several different types of CM during one day, record the observation with the more fertile characteristics.
- The last day on which fertile CM (EW CM) is observed is considered peak fertility day.
- Also note days on which sexual intercourse occurs and any bodily discomforts such as cramping, twinges, etc. These are important indicators if you see a specialist.
- After you've become accustomed to observing your CM, use the following characters to distinguish your notes: P for menstruation or any spotting, D for dry, M for sticky white CM, and F for slippery transparent CM.
- Generally, a normally fertile pattern will be 3 to 5 P's, a few D's, 2 or more M's, and 1 to 4 F's.
- This method will only give hindsight information as regards to peak fertility day, so it should be used in conjunction with other ovulation detection methods.
© Tracy Morris