Cervical Fluid and Avoiding Pregnancy

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    kbates615

    Great info, thanks!

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    blueyedbella12

    Great explanation. It's sad how much women don't really know about their reproductive system. I wish we learned about this earlier!

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    lewil13

    I am wondering what it means if cervical fluid becomes more fertile AFTER the temp shift?For me, this is the second cycle inwhich my temp shifts from being between 97.0-97.7 (cycle day 1-15) then stays above 98 after. However my cervical fluid got to creamy day 14 but now at day 22 i feel the watery sensation.

    Im confused because at day 14 seemed to be my peak day (which corresponded to the following days temp shift which led me to believe I ovulated)BUT  then today my CF is even more wet than my peak day. 

    Can anyone tell me if this is normal? If so when would my true ovulation be?

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    Courtney

    kbates and blueeyedbella - You're welcome, thanks so much for the compliments! I agree, I think every woman deserves to know this incredible information about her body :)

    Lewil13 - If you had a clear temperature shift, and your cervical fluid dried up in the days after ovulation, then it's very likely that you ovulated the day before your temperature shift (day 14 in this case). 

    There are a few possible explanations for why you might have had wet, seemingly-fertile cervical fluid during the luteal phase - one is that after ovulation, there is a second, smaller surge of estrogen that occurs well into the luteal phase. This occasionally causes a day or two of wet cervical fluid. So if your cervical fluid dries up in another day or two, this is probably what happened. If you're avoiding pregnancy, no need to be concerned that you may be fertile again, assuming the temperature shift and peak day rules have clearly shown that ovulation occurred earlier in the cycle.

    It's also normal to have a wet sensation or to observe slippery, seemingly-fertile cervical fluid about a day or two before your period. This just means that the corpus luteum has disintegrated (as it does before menstruation), and the lining of the corpus luteum, which can appear as a watery or slippery substance, has been shed. So if you get your period in a day or two, this would be why.

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    leslieannenewlin

    I have a question similar to lewil13's. Does the CF that occurs after ovulation and the sustained temp shift no longer indicate fertility? Do I need to even track my CF after confirming ovulation until the next cycle or am I free to have unprotected sex for the rest of my luteal phase?

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    jenna.prang

    This is my first couple days off of the pill. I just ended my period yesterday. Today I have watery cervical fluid with a slight white colour to it... I'm supposed to be dry today or at least sticky according to your information. Is this ok?

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    kainathchoudhury

    Hi, I have cervical fluid through out the whole month until I start my next period. However after my period about 5 days later my cervical fluid is really thick for about a week and the rest of the month its really dry cervical fluid until I start my period. Does this mean I am really fertile?

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    Lauren

    Hi Kainathchoudhury, thanks for contacting us!  It's actually not uncommon for women to have cervical fluid throughout their entire cycles.  Some women never have any dry days at all and continue to have creamy cervical fluid after ovulation until they get their periods.  This doesn't necessarily mean you're more fertile than other women - some women just naturally produce more cervical fluid than others and that's totally normal.

    If you have cervical fluid all cycle long, the key to identifying your most fertile time is to pay attention to the change in cervical fluid that occurs around ovulation.  You'll probably find that your cervical fluid becomes wetter and more slippery as ovulation approaches.  Once you've confirmed ovulation with at least three elevated temperatures and four days without wet cervical fluid, though, you're considered infertile for the rest of the cycle.  Let me know if you have any questions about this :)

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    kainathchoudhury

    Ho Lauren, thanks so much for the information you provided. Really has helped me.

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    preciousthings315

    Wow! This was soooo informative. So very happy I found this app. Question, very, very new to this natural form of avoiding pregnancy. I recently got off the pill on this past Saturday, and just ended my period yesterday. I am wondering, after I have confirmed ovulation, does my husband need to withdraw? Or are we allowed to.. You know, leave it in? I am trying to avoid pregnancy, and I don't want to go back to hormonal pills. I want to make sure I do everything correctly.

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    Lauren

    Hi Precious Things, thanks for your question!  As long as you've confirmed ovulation with at least three elevated temperatures and four days of non-wet cervical fluid, you're considered infertle and you don't need to withdraw to avoid pregnancy.  The main thing you need to worry about is correctly identifying your fertile and infertile days using the four rules of avoiding pregnancy with FAM.  You can read more about this here:

    https://kindara.zendesk.com/entries/22043400-The-4-rules-of-using-the-Fertility-Awareness-Method-as-birth-control-explained

    I'd also highly recommend reading the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler.  This book has all the information you need to know about practicing FAM for birth control (and more!)  You can buy this book at most major bookstores, or on our online store here:

    https://kindara.myshopify.com/collections/frontpage/products/taking-charge-of-your-fertility

    Let me know if you have any questions about this!

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    leighmyers314

    Hi, I haven't read anything about differing color of cervical fluid? From the browny ish to white/clear. What does this mean? Or is this not cf but something else? Maybe the very end of menstration

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    Lauren

    Hi Leigh, thanks for contacting us!  Cervical fluid's color often corresponds to where in the cycle you're seeing it.  Many women experience brown-colored cervical fluid right after their periods are over (this is considered 'Spotting' since it's usually not heavy enough to require a panty liner or tampon).  Cervical fluid is often yellow when it's sticky or creamy, and stretchy eggwhite cervical fluid is often totally clear.  Over the course of a few cycles you'll probably learn what color your cervical fluid tends to be when you're fertile and less fertile.  Let me know if you have any questions about this!

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    red.cutter

    I have a similar question to jenna.prang. I just ended my period yesterday, but today I have a more egg white or watery cf. Is that normal?

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    Lauren

    Hi Red, it's fairly unusual to see eggwhite or watery cervical fluid right after menstruation, but just because it's unusual doesn't mean it's not 'normal' :)  It's possible you might be ovulating early which is why your cervical fluid is so fertile already.  

    If you're trying to avoid pregnancy, abstain from sex or use protection until you've confirmed that ovulation has passed by observing the Temp +3 Rule and the Peak +4 Rule.  Let me know if you have any questions about this!

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    kainathchoudhury

    Hi, i was told id you have ovulated it means you are not pregnant. Is this true?

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    m.genao608

    Is it normal to have some form of cervical fluid 10-14 days straight? Does that mean I'm fertile all those days?

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    Sam

    Hi M.Genao608, It is perfectly normal to have CF for several days straight. If you're trying to avoid pregnancy, it is a good idea to assume that those days are fertile days, because you can't confirm whether a day is a fertile day until you've confirmed ovulation via temperature shift.  So any day with cervical fluid COULD be a fertile day. 

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    m.genao608

    Thanks Sam!!

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    Sam

    You're welcome!

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    mrshollynelson

    Hello, if you have eggwhite cervical fluid does that mean that you are for sure going to ovulate, or can you have fluid without actually ovulating? I just went off the pill for medical reasons and didn't expect to ovulate so quickly so I'm just curious.

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    Sam

    Hi MrsHolly,

    Everyone is different in this respect, and you'll probably learn for yourself whether eggwhite CF means you're about to ovulate.  Some women have eggwhite before during and after, some only before, and some maybe not at all and move onto watery instead.  You'll learn your cycle the longer that you're charting, but I would say that eggwhite is certainly a good sign.  Additionally, some women ovulate the first cycle off the pill and some take months, so I guess you'll have to wait to find out! :)

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    jarynt

    Thank you for your awesome blog! I just started tracking and charting and it is my first month off of the birth control pill. I'm on day seven and after I bled I started to check my cervical fluid. I'm having a hard time telling if I'm just feeling my natural moisture or if there's actually a creamy or sticky sensation. There is a little bit of mucus that is a tiny bit watery and maybe a little bit white and when I press my fingers together then release ..there is about a millimeter strand?? Thank you for your help!

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    Sam

    Hi Jarynt,

    I'm so glad that you've enjoyed our knowledge base.  Here is a quick way to tell the difference between CF and vaginal moisture:  The "glass of water" test.  Just get a glass of water and put some of the suspect fluid on your finger.  Dip your finger into the glass of water.  If the moisture just dissolved into the water, then it was vaginal moisture, however, if you remove your finger and the fluid is still there (and slippery, sticky, etc) then you've got Cervical Fluid on your hands (literally, I suppose!).  Hope this helps!

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    tovekoch91

    I have frequent yeast infections. Does this affect the CF a lot? I very often have a creamy type, but it's more like cottage cheese.

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    jaydem240

    Hi! So I'm sadly more uninformed in this than I thought. Some of it is starting to make sense. However I'm still a bit confused as to why I had my period (red blood) for about 3 days. Then pinkish (from what I saw on the tissue) for a day. Day after that it seemed like watery CF and today it's more eggwhite than previous day but still watery CF... Am I getting this mixed up? It seems my fertility is reverse? Could this be caused by my body adjusting to being off the pill for almost 2 months? Am I even charting correctly? I want to be sure I'm doing this correctly. I am very interested In learning my body to remain off birth control and be more aware Of when to avoid Being intimate with my partner. And when to be intimate with him when we do decide to conceive.

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    Sam

    Hi Jaydem,

    Here's  helpful link for determining the differences in CF: http://blog.kindara.com/blog/the-many-faces-of-cervical-fluid.  I agree though, it sounds strange to have watery, then eggwhite, then watery.  Truth be told, everyone responds to coming off of hormonal BC different, some women take a single cycle to readjust, for others it can take several months.  What is important during this transition time is to make sure that you're temping along with checking your CF.  Temping will let you know when you've resumed ovulating (often you're not when you're on hormonal BC) which is particularly important when you're avoiding conception.  As to whether or not you're charting correctly, you can absolutely send in your chart to Feedback@kindara.com and one of us would be happy to take a look for you and get you some feedback.  Hope this helps!

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    Sam

    Hi Tovekoch,

    Here's a quick article on Yeast Infections for you: http://blog.kindara.com/blog/can-vaginal-infections-affect-fertility. It's often more difficult to get accurate CF readings if you have a yeast infection.  Hope that helps.

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    christyhiltz

    So, if you have watery cervical fluid in the one to two days leading up to your period, do you need to abstain those days?

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