How do I measure cervical fluid?

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    threebythesea

    I'm having trouble drawing the line between a little cervical fluid and none/very little...

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    ambrianik

    I was wondering what do I recore on my chart if my CF is dry all during the day except one time I went to the bathroom and one glob of sticky wet CM was on my TP after wiping.... Also wondering if it is time for your CM to be egg white if that ment that you will see it all though out the day or only once during the day?

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    Courtney

    Threebythesea: If there is a substance on your fingers, record that as cervical fluid. When in doubt, assume that it is cervical fluid, especially when charting to avoid pregnancy. 

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    Courtney

    Ambrianik: Always record the most fertile cervical fluid that you experience.  So if you have nothing all day, but then have some cervical fluid later, record the most fertile cervical fluid you noticed for any given day. 

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    katgarcia32910

    If i am breast feedingdoes that have any thing to do with my crvical fluid and ovulation i jus had my baby in december and want to know if fertility tracking would work well but am not sure how it works to avoid pregnancy

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    Courtney

    Hey katgarcia32910, you can absolutely chart your fertility to avoid pregnancy while breastfeeding! However, charting your fertility will be a little different - instead of the Fertility Awareness Method of birth control, you'll be using the Lactational Amenorrhea Method (LAM). Check out this article on how to use LAM while breastfeeding: https://kindara.zendesk.com/entries/23934527-Charting-your-signs-postpartum-and-the-Lactational-Amenorrhea-Method-

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    zenbliss78

    This was very helpful!! I hadn't though of using the tissue to check. Good tip.

    Hope this app helps us!'

    TTC #1

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    lizzieleilani

    I as well am sometimes confused about whether I have none or little cervical fluid. I have read "The Many Faces of Cervical Fluid" and your other info on it as well as comments. There has been a little bit of white crust in pants and white mucus on finger when I check but feels very dry when I wipe and in these unsure cases I don't feel anything come out. Is that still "little cf" or none, just left overs creeping out?

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    Courtney

    zenbliss78 - best of luck :)

    Hi lizzie, if there's white fluid on your finger after doing an internal check, then this would count as cervical fluid, and not 'none'. However if there's only a little bit of crust on your underwear, you can't find any cervical fluid after doing an internal check, and you had a dry vaginal sensation that day, then the crust is likely just normal vaginal secretions (like sweat) - so you could mark it as 'none' for that day. 

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    sally_r163

    I find It hard to check cervical fluid sometimes because I can't tell if it is just semen from the night before or cervical fluid. Any tips?

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    Courtney

    Hey there! You can do semen-emitting techniques such as Kegels after sex to push out any extra semen. If you're trying to get pregnant, wait for 30 minutes after having sex before doing Kegels. This article has more information about how to do Kegels.

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    littlebit2587

    I think I am doing this all wrong I take my temp but not sure if fluids and cervix hight

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    patelheeral82

    I have the same question as sally_r163 in being able to separate semen from CV, particularly as I try to have intercourse more frequently during my expected ovulation window. The discharge of seminal fluid is making it difficult for me to know what's going on with my CV. Any suggestions?

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    Courtney

    Hey littlebit, I know getting the hang of tracking your signs can be confusing at first, but trust me, it gets easier with time! Particularly with tracking your cervical fluid and cervix, you need to track over the course of a few cycles so you can figure out what's normal for you. For instance, you might not know right now whether to mark your cervix height as low, medium, or high - but that's because you might not have anything to compare it to just yet! If you have any specific questions, email us at feedback@kindara.com and we'll be happy to help :)

    Patelheeral - again, I would recommend doing Kegels after sex in order to push out any extra semen. If you're trying to get pregnant, make sure to wait at least 30 minutes after having sex before doing Kegels. For more information on how to do Kegels, click here

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    bethlockhart3

    So Ive tried internal cf checks and then toilet paper checks. Iv3 done this at the same time and notcied the internal cf check is different than the toilet paper cf... Does cf change on its way from the cervix to the vaginal opening? Finding two different cf at the same time day after day is confusing me.

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    elynnk

    Will using a bidet affect measuring my cervical fluid? It washes very efficiently but could I still check possibly before I urinate?

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    Lauren

    Hi Beth, it's best to stay consistent about the method you use to check your cervical fluid.  You can do either all internal checks or all external checks, but try not to switch back and forth because sometimes the two methods can give slightly different readings.

    Elynnk, good question!  I'm not actually certain if using a bidet will affect your cervical fluid, but it's generally best to check your cervical fluid before urinating anyway, so if you find checking before you urinate works best for you, go for it :)

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    Chen Chang

    How do I measure the quantity of CF? What qualifies as little, medium, and lots?

    Thanks

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    Lauren

    Hi Maria, there isn't really a defined metric for quantities of CF, so it really depends on your particular cervical fluid pattern.  After you chart for a cycle or two you'll probably start to get a feel for what constitutes 'little,' 'medium,' and 'lots' for you personally.  But in general I would say that if you only notice a few drops of cervical fluid, that would qualify as 'little,' and if you notice big gobs of it that would qualify as 'lots,' and anything in between qualifies as 'medium.'  I hope that helps :)

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    racmpet

    Often when I check CM it just seems watery. I'm not really experiencing other kinds. I am 9 weeks postpartum and breastfeeding but I've already had two periods.

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    Sam

    Hi racmpet, Thank you for writing.  Sometimes what we think is cervical fluid is just vaginal moisture, so the question would be: what does the watery fluid feel like? Does it just feel "liquidy" or is it "slippery". 

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    erinkdugan1

    I'm actually wondering if there was a response to sally_r163's question because I would like to know that same thing?

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    Sam

    Hi Erinkdugan,

    Here's a link to a recent article on our blog answering that exact question! http://blog.kindara.com/blog/what-is-that-fluid-distinguishing-vaginal-moisture-arousal-fluid-and-semen

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    a.tolmazova

    Hello, i have almost the same question as racmpet, how can I distinguish CF and vaginal moisture. I am brestfeeding my 8 month old baby, have no periods yet and make my observations for several days only. I became pregant with this second baby when I breastfed my first baby, 15-16 month old, without any periods. So i am not aware how th cf should be, i have never check it before.

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    Sam

    Hi A.Tolmazova,

    Here's a link to a recent article on our blog answering that exact question! http://blog.kindara.com/blog/what-is-that-fluid-distinguishing-vaginal-moisture-arousal-fluid-and-semen

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    tenisha421

    When I track the amount of cervical fluid is it based on amount or frequency? Meaning if I notice the egg white twice in on day is that a lot or is the amount ? Hope that makes a sense!

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    Lauren

    Hi Tenisha, thanks for your question!  When you track cervical fluid, the most important piece of information is the type of fluid you see.  Even if you only see a tiny amount of eggwhite cervical fluid for example, you're still considered very fertile.  The 'amount' refers to the amount of fluid you observe, not frequency.  I hope that helps!

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    motivino66

    I have noticed two days of very thick CF. Almost like gelatin. I've seen the words "mucus plug" used within the community but after doing some research I could only find that mucus plugs are pregnancy related?

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    Lauren

    Hi motivino, thanks for contacting us!  A mucus plug only occurs related to pregnancy.  It's much more likely that you were simply observing 'sticky'-quality cervical fluid, which can sometimes appear paste or gelatin-like due to its low water content.  Let me know if you have any other questions!

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    ivandlc02

    This is my first day and it's been a week since my last period day and I have had to gushing feelings in the night time between 10pm and 11pm. The rest of the day was just normal to me so am I considered watery?

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