The Many Faces of Cervical Fluid

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    deedeekennedy

    I have been on the pill for years. I'm 46 and I have literally been on it since 17. I just stopped. It has been one month. I just got my "real" period today. I haven't had one in several years that was of any substance. Due to the type of BC I was on.

    My question: I ALWAYS (or 90% of the time) have se form of cervical moisture (have experimented all of the above) over all these years on birth control. Is that normal? Within the last week I felt like I literally wet my pants a little and didn't have to go to the bathroom? Could that be the watery stage? I know all the glue like, egg like and creamy stages. I have often been very embarrassed about them all as I am an extremely wet girl (thankfully). But it's weird to see those discharges during sex. Anyway, I'm mostly wondering about all my cervical discharges and if they were aupposed to be happening all during my BC days? If so, I feel like I will very much be able to detect a forms. I can literally neve wear a pair of underage twice. I always have some form of discharge on them!

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    Courtney

    Hi deedeekennedy, Different types of hormonal birth control CAN increase the amount of cervical fluid your body produces due to the hormonal changes they cause, so if you observed cervical fluid throughout your cycle while on the Pill, that was probably the cause. Since you've only been off the Pill for a month after being on it for such a long time, your hormones are probably not back in balance yet - it can take a long time (6 months or longer for some women!) for your hormones and reproductive system to return to its normal state again. So yes, experiencing a lot of CF during this time is normal! 

    If after several months you're still experiencing lots of cervical fluid throughout your cycle, you may want to talk to your doctor or order a home hormone test kit to get your hormones tested.

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    veronicazlee

    This is so helpful! Thanks :)

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    amberhagy24

    I've noticed that I don't get a lot of egg white cervical fluid but I have several days of watery cervical fluid. I've heard that egg white is the most fertile and watery is "second best" could this cause a problem with us conceiving?

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    Courtney

    Hi there,

    Watery cervical fluid is still considered to be very fertile CF, so it shouldn't pose a problem. It's definitely possible to get pregnant with watery CF :) The thicker your CF, the harder it can be for sperm to swim through. 

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    eros_phsyche

    In "Taking Charge of your Fertility," the author says that some women's basic infertile pattern is "sticky" (i.e., there is always some cervical fluid present). This has been the case with me since I started charting, but you don't mention this possibility.

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    Courtney

    Hi there,

    For more information on how to chart a Basic Infertile Pattern, please check out this article: https://kindara.zendesk.com/entries/22069165-Using-the-Fertility-Awareness-Method-as-Birth-Control-during-Irregular-Anovulatory-Cycles

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    shirabutler

    This app is amazing AND there's a Billy Madison vid. Win!

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    jensenshawna93

    I've never experienced the "egg whites". Except during intercourse.

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    Courtney

    Hey there, 'eggwhite' cervical fluid during intercourse is probably not actual eggwhite cervical fluid but rather a combination of semen and/or arousal fluids. To make sure semen/arousal fluids aren't obscuring your CF readings, you can do Kegels after intercourse (if trying to get pregnant, wait at least 30 minutes after sex before doing Kegels).

    You may find the info in this article useful: Why Am I Not Getting Pregnant? Possible Reason #3: Little or No Fertile Cervical Fluid

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    Shannon McNamee

    Thanks so much for all this great information!

    I have a question - trying to determine the type of CF - I noticed some that look like a cross between sticky and egg white. Is that even possible? In the sticky description you are talking about tiny bits that are yellowish/whitish in color and springy- would they be stretchy at all or is that just reserved for egg white CF? The stretchy-ness is throwing me off. Who knew this would difficult to determine - or maybe I'm just over-analyzing! :0)

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    Courtney

    Hey there! Sticky CF is typically very dry, and not very stretchy at all, whereas eggwhite CF is wet and lubricative, and generally quite stretchy. You typically won't see sticky CF mixed in with eggwhite, but that doesn't mean it can't happen. It's possible that you had creamy CF mixed with eggwhite CF, though - you may want to take a close look and see if the 'creamy' description is more accurate. 

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    Melissa Lepley

    I have CF today that has the color and feel of creamy, but stretches like egg white. How do I classify that for charting purposes?

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    Courtney

    Hey Melissa, if your cervical fluid appears to be a mix of two different types, you can mark each type that you observed in the app, but consider the most fertile type of cervical fluid you observed to be your CF for that day. The most fertile CF that you record will display on the chart. 

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    Chelsie

    Hi there!

    I seem to get egg white/watery cf on my ovulation date and the day after as well then it goes to creamy and slowly towards sticky for the rest of the cycle only drying up a few days before my period. I know my ovulation date from my temp shift but my cf is making me second guess myself. Isn't my cf supposed to dry up right after ovulation?

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    kelli.henery

    I thought I read on one of the posts that one might have CF wen approaching menstruation. Is this right? What is it like, typically? I am two days late for my period (or three as of today) according to the app. Last night I had CF but was too late to notice the consistency. I only know that it dried and tangled up in my hair. Can you help? I don't want to take a test too soon especially if this is menstruation CF. Thank you!

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    Courtney

    Hi Chelsie - Actually, what you're describing sounds perfectly normal. Some women do have cervical fluid throughout their cycles. What you're looking for is a drier->wetter->drier pattern. If your cervical fluid gets drier after ovulation (i.e., it goes from eggwhite/watery to creamy, then sticky), then that's a good indication that ovulation actually occurred, even if you don't dry up completely. And yes, if you have a sustained temperature shift, then it's very likely you ovulated :)

    Kelli - It is normal to have a bit of cervical fluid right before menstruation, but it's also normal to have cervical fluid in the early stages of pregnancy. Ultimately, it varies from woman to woman. But yes, the only way to truly know if you're pregnant is to take a test - though it may be too early for that just yet. Best of luck :) 

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    jeraco87

    Hey! I get the same sticky / egg white CF let someone else described earlier.... best way I can describe it is snotty"

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    jeraco87

    (continued from above...) It shows up as a clearish blob of gel with white or yellowish streaking or slight cloudiness, and it stretches a half inch to an inch, before snapping back. Literally looks like snot, sorry for the icky description. At first I thought it looked like eggwhite, but it shows up around cycle day 8 (usually after a day of more obviously sticky/gummy CF). Would you define this as sticky? It usually gets more creamy or watery a few days later.

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    angiehamberg51212

    I'm 10 days post miscarriage and my cm seems to be bouncing between creamy and ewcm-ish. Before my miscarriage I had no trouble identifying cm, but I'm puzzled now. I've had several almost +OPKs but none have been in line with the ewcm. Is there anything I can take over the counter to increase cervical fluid?

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    cryslhenry

    This is my first cycle post partaum. It came back at 9 weeks even though we are exclusively breast feeding. I didn't get a thermometer midway through. I had watery CF and very wet sensation for a week and then I have had creamy CF since (another week). I can't figure out when I've ovulated/if I have. When we are safe to not use condoms or if we should until I start my cycle again. 3 babies in 2 years. My uterus needs a rest before anymore!!!

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    Courtney

    Hey Jeraco, what you're describing sounds like it may be a combination of sticky and creamy CF, particularly if it continues to get wetter (and more like creamy CF) as your cycle goes on. 

    Angiehamberg - Know that in the weeks following a miscarriage, your fertility signs may be a little all over the place. I would wait to see if things go back to normal in the next few weeks. As far as supplements to take to increase CF, I can't prescribe anything for you, but talk to your doctor or a fertility specialist :)

    Cryslhenry - this article explains how to know when you're safe to have unprotected sex without risking a pregnancy, and when you're not: https://kindara.zendesk.com/entries/22043400-The-4-Rules-of-Charting-for-Birth-Control But, if you still have questions, just let us know :)

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    christina.lebel

    hi , usually my cycle is 28 to 30 days. today im on day 30. no period yet but i have white creamy cervical fluid. what does this mean??

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    Lauren

    Hi Christina, thanks for contacting us!  It's actually very common to see creamy or sticky cervical fluid during the latter half of your cycle before your period.  This doesn't necessarily mean anything - some women simply experience cervical fluid all through their cycles, even after ovulation.  Let me know if you have any questions about this!

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    hlustnauer

    I have A good amout of ccf 6 days after o. What does that mean?

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    Lauren

    Hi hlustnauer, thanks for contacting us!  I'll do my best to answer your question, but it's hard to say what this might mean without a little more information.  What did the cervical fluid look like - was it creamy, like lotion?  Or was it very slippery, like raw eggwhites?  If your cervical fluid was creamy or sticky, this is totally normal - many women often have sticky or creamy cervical fluid after ovulation is over.  If the cervical fluid was slippery like raw eggwhites, it's possible you haven't actually ovulated yet - did you confirm ovulation with an elevated temperature shift?

    Finally, some women occasionally see eggwhite cervical fluid before their periods due to a second estrogen surge that happens between a week or two after ovulation is over.  This usually only lasts for one day or so and is not considered fertile.  

    I hope this is helpful - let me know if you have any questions about this!

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    phlebotomygirl

    How long can one expect to be in each phase? Does being hydrated or dehydrated effect the phases any?

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    Sam

    Hi phlebotomygirl!  Thank you for writing. Women vary quite wildly in terms of the length of each phase, so there's no good answer as to what to expect.  One example might be (my own example): 30 day cycle with an 11 day luteal phase. Your hydration level can effect the way you're able to interpret your CF, though the length of the luteal phase should stay fairly consistent from month to month.

    Hope this is helpful, please let me know if you have any other questions!

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    emilyrmartin

    Lol at the clean underpants re-wear "ain't no one gots to know!" Thank you, best explanation of CM I've seen

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    Sam

    Hi Emily,   Glad you enjoyed her post! :)

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