Cervical Fluid and Getting Pregnant

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    carolyn.m.leary

    When checking my cervical fluid, it seems like there's nothing really there. I'm on day 12 of my cycle & haven't noticed much of anything going on down there. Occassionally i will notice a very small amount in my underwear, but internal checks only show a slightly damp finger. Is there a better way to check or increase fluid?

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    Courtney

    Hi Carolyn.m.leary, First, I recommend you check out this article about how to find your cervical fluid when it appears there is none. When doing an internal check, try to feel for your cervix, which is where the cervical fluid comes from. 

    If you do this and STILL can't find any cervical fluid, it's possible that you haven't reached your fertile window yet. It's also possible that you already ovulated, but you probably would have noticed some cervical fluid earlier in your cycle if that was the case. Also, if you've recently come off hormonal contraceptives, your body might not have started to produce cervical fluid yet. 

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    leah.at.miller

    I regularly have a little white cervical fluid that is not "sticky", but more "cottage cheese" like (I certainly couldn't stretch it an inch!) after ovulation up until menstration. Does this mean I am highly fertile this whole time? Could ovulation last much longer than 3-4 days?

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    Courtney

    Hey there,

    Actually, your description still sounds like sticky CF (see the 'sticky' section in this article: https://kindara.zendesk.com/entries/23643313-The-Many-Faces-of-Cervical-Fluid). It's normal to have sticky CF after ovulation, and it doesn't mean you're still fertile!

    After you ovulate, the egg can live for only 12-24 hours, unless conception occurs. It is possible to experience multiple ovulation, in which the ovary releases two eggs within 24 hours of each other (this is how fraternal twins are conceived!). However, even if multiple ovulation occurs, it's not possible to ovulate again after that - so once you confirm that ovulation occurred with a temperature shift that's been sustained for at least 3 days, and if your cervical fluid followed an ovulatory pattern, then you're infertile for the rest of your cycle, whether or not you see any sticky CF.

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    crystal.rosdb

    What happens to CF when conception occurs? Are there any CF indications that lead to possibly being pregnant? Every post I read about CF ends with ovulation, but then what?

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    crystal.rosdb

    What do you mean exactly when you say that ovulating occurs when the CF Wave "crests"?

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    hayceebee

    The cervix is open during menstruation, which is ideal for sperm to enter the cervix and attempt to fertilize the egg. However, is the blood of menstruation known to be sperm-killing? Why can you not become pregnant when being intimate while on your period? Or can you?

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    Courtney

    crystal - After conception, many women will experience a small amount of creamy cervical fluid, which they may see throughout their pregnancy. Some women, however, do not notice any cervical fluid while pregnant. The crest of the 'cervical fluid wave' is when your cervical fluid is at its wettest, and most fertile state, before drying up again.

    hayceebee - While pretty unlikely, there is a small chance that you could become pregnant while on your period. The thing is, sperm can only live for five days in the vagina, and if ovulation doesn't occur during that time and there's no egg for the sperm to fertilize, the sperm will die. Because many women don't ovulate until more than 5 days after their period, any sperm from sex during the period would be dead by the time ovulation occurred. However, if you were to have sex on day 6 of your period, then ovulate on day 11, it is possible that you could get pregnant. 

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    puppalala

    Is there any different pattern of cervical fluid between post-ovulation and conception? And can that pattern be used as an indicator for the pregnancy accuratly?

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    Courtney

    Hey puppalala, After ovulation, your cervical fluid will likely become drier in consistency or will dry up completely. Upon conception, some women will notice an increase in thick, sticky cervical fluid, but others may notice thin, watery CF. Some women experience light spotting when the fertilized egg implants in the uterus. So, you'll likely notice changes in your CF upon conception and implantation - however, exactly what those changes will be is impossible to say ahead of time! Good luck :)

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    allison_moyle

    Hi, I find I always have some sort of watery cervical fluid, and have pretty much my whole life. It kinds always feels a bit wet down there. I find it hard to tell the difference. I can't possibly be fertile all the time can I?

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    Courtney

    Hi allison, Thanks for your question! No, it's not possible to be fertile all the time. Sperm can survive in fertile cervical fluid for up to 5 days - then, after you ovulate, the egg can only live for about 12-24 hours unless it is fertilized by sperm. So that's a window of about 5-7 days per cycle during which you're fertile. 

    It's normal to always feel a little bit of wetness, and it's possible that what you're referring to is just sweat or normal vaginal secretions, and not fertile cervical fluid. Cervical fluid is not water-soluble, whereas vaginal secretions are - so you could try splashing some water on your underwear and seeing if the fluid absorbs into the water. If it does, then it's not cervical fluid. Another way to test would be to get some of the fluid onto a clean finger, then hold it in the air. If it's normal vaginal moisture, then it will dry within seconds. If it's cervical fluid, it will stay moist for a few minutes or longer. 

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    kiranicole92

    I'm having a hard time distinguishing watery cervical fluid from semen that comes out the day after sex.... I've read that if it's really clear and shiny that it's watery cervical fluid... Is this true? Any insight?

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    Courtney

    Hey there, 

    It can be easy to confuse semen with watery cervical fluid the day after having sex. Luckily, you can do semen-emitting techniques such as Kegels exercises to push out any leftover semen after sex. Here's an article that explains how to do Kegels: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/womens-health/in-depth/kegel-exercises/art-20045283

    If you're trying to get pregnant, wait at least 30 minutes after having sex to do Kegels. If you're trying to avoid pregnancy, keep in mind that doing Kegels is not an effective means of birth control - you still need to abstain or use protection during your fertile window. 

    Watery cervical fluid will have the consistency of water, and will usually look like a wet stain on your underwear - there typically won't be any substance to it. If it's shiny, it may actually be semen. Regardless, if you notice what you think could be watery cervical fluid, assume you're fertile, whether you're trying to get pregnant or avoid pregnancy.

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    caitilou

    I usually add fresh lemon or lime juice to my water, and have read conflicting things online about how this affects the acidity of your vagina/CM...some say it upsets the ph and kills sperm, others say the vitamins are great and it helps w regularity and detoxing your system. I am TTC and don't know if I should avoid citrus juice (even a morning OJ) if I'm TTC. Any insight?

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    Courtney

    Hey there! The acid/alkaline balance can be a delicate one, and different people will be affected differently by certain foods. Unfortunately I'm not really qualified to answer your question, though - it might be better directed at a naturopath :) If you have any questions about charting your fertility, though, feel free to ask!

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    Courtney

    Hey there! The acid/alkaline balance can be a delicate one, and different people will be affected differently by certain foods. Unfortunately I'm not really qualified to answer your question, though - it might be better directed at a naturopath :) If you have any questions about charting your fertility, though, feel free to ask!

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    angelaziegler

    Which is the sign of being most fertile? Egg white cf or watery cf?

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    Courtney

    Hey Angela, it depends. Some women will have a gush of watery cervical fluid just before ovulation, so for them, watery CF is a sign that they are in their most fertile phase. Other women won't have watery CF at all, and some women may have watery CF that is TOO watery and lacks the consistency necessary for sperm to swim up it. But, both types of CF are fertile and can be very good indicators that you are approaching ovulation.

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    crimsonfoxflower

    Hey there! I was just wondering if its possible to experience watery cm after ovulation? My temperature spiked from 97.1 to 97.8 when i took it this morning so I am assuming this means I have ovulated already but im experiencing a little watery cm today which seems to be contrary to everything i have read saying that my cm should be dry...this is my first month charting so I guess I am a little confused and trying to figure it all out.

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    crimsonfoxflower

    Edit: temp spiked from 97.2 to 97.7 lol sorry.

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    lucygibbins

    Does every woman follow this CF pattern of dry-sticky-creamy-egg white-watery?Sometimes I have egg white CF a few days after my period ends (approx CD 8) and it changes back to creamy. I don't tend to ovulate before CD 13. Could I be mistaken or is this possible?

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    Lauren

    Hi Lucy, thanks for contacting us!  Not all women experience the typical cervical fluid progression from sticky to eggwhite.  Every woman's unique fertile pattern is a little bit different, so it's possible that your fertile pattern may involve a few days of eggwhite after your period.  For the purposes of avoiding pregnancy, this cervical fluid should still be considered very fertile even if you suspect you won't ovulate for a few days.

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    teammunier

    is it possible to have EWCM after you ovulate? For example, I had three days of EWCM. My BBT seems to have a slow rise starting on the first day of EWCM. Should I mark my temperature shift that first day, or do I need to wait until the last day of EWCM?

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    Sam

    Hi teammunier, Thank you for writing in.  Marking your temperature shift and your Peak day are two separate things (though they often occur around the same time), so if you've had your temperature shift you can mark it without knowing if it is your last day of EWCM.  It may be more helpful to you if I look at your chart, so I can see what you're seeing.  If you'd like me to take a look, please email Feedback@kindara.com.

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    katiamartel78

    Hi!! I like to use your app :).

    I have this kind of little gummy little clear ball as CF

    ( possible to kick it from the fingerprint) and it can stick on the inside face of the top of my legs. Look also as rubber glue.

    What kind of CF is this?

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    Sam

    Hi KatieaMartel,

    Sounds like sticky to me- depending on the color, it could be eggwhite, but it sounds more sticky to me.  Good luck!

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    lisammartin

    Hi, I had a miscarriage 8 days ago, I had a U/s 2 days ago and they said all was clear and good and all tissue has passed. I have spotting left but very anxious to get started retrying. My periods are all over the place and range from 8 days to 14 days long (ugh I know hat your thinking.... I live in diapers ) . Anyways how can I start measuring temps and fluids at this stage?

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    Lauren

    Hi Lisa, thanks for contacting us!  I'm so sorry to hear about the issues you've been having after your miscarriage - that must be very frustrating as you think about trying again.  However, I think it's great that you're interesting in charting your fertility because charting can give you some awesome insights into what your body is doing as you go through this process.

    You can start taking your temperature at any time - simply take your temperature in the morning every day, before you get up or do anything else (such as talking, drinking water, etc). Then record this information on your chart. You can read more about charting your BBT here: https://kindara.zendesk.com/entries/23626932-BBT-101

    It may be slightly more difficult to chart your cervical fluid if you're spotting often, as spotting can mask cervical fluid.  However, on days when you're not spotting you can chart your cervical fluid by glancing at the toilet paper after you wipe or by wiping a clean finger front to back over your labia and examining what you find there. You can read more about cervical fluid here: http://blog.kindara.com/blog/cervical-fluid-and-fertility

    I hope that helps.  Let me know if you have any other questions!

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    tynessacamille

    I am about 4 days past ovulation, I'm pretty regular. Since ovulation I have had mild cramping and mild cervical mucous. Today I am cramping and have more egg white mucous than I have ever had in my life. It it clear and sticky and all over the tissue. Is it possible I am pregnant? We are actively trying.

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