Cervical mucus (also called cervical fluid) seeps from your cervix and appears as discharge in your panties. When cervical fluid is fertile, that means it can support the life of sperm, which can live in fertile fluid for up to 5 days. You may have fertile fluid for up to 5 days right before ovulation day. If you have intercourse during any of those days, sperm can technically live in it until ovulation day when conception occurs.
How to Check your Cervical Fluid
In order to check your cervical fluid, you may be able to observe it from getting a sample from the outside on toilet paper or your finger. The only way I can get a good sample is by inserting a clean finger in my vagina and swiping around in there. I do this while I am in the shower squatting.
Cervical Fluid Patterns Observed
Fertile cervical fluid is slimy, slippery, wet, stretchy and looks and feels like raw egg whites, hence the phrase "egg white cervical mucus". Your cervical fluid is constantly changing throughout the month from one form into another, but it usually follow a particular pattern, namely it will go from infertile to fertile until ovulation. Infertile mucus may be dry, rubbery, filmy, sticky. Then it will transition into a more creamy, gooey, or wet consistency. Then, you will develop the egg white cervical mucus. On the day of ovulation or the day after, your mucus will usually dry up and look infertile again.
Each woman needs to become familiar with her own body's pattern. Below is my personal typical pattern.
- Right after my period is over, I am clean as a whistle for a couple of days.
- Then, I start to observe just a whitish-grayish film for a few days.
- Then the film gets thicker and whiter, another couple of days or so.
- Eventually, it's pretty white and gooey for a couple of days, but not stretchy or slimy.
- I may even have one day of film again randomly by the time I check my cervical fluid (which I only check once a day at night in the shower).
- Then the white goo starts to stretch between my fingers a little bit (half an inch) and is definitely slimy and wet for a couple of days.
- Then the slimy goo becomes very clear, more liquidy, and only streaked with white flecks. It stretches a lot, like 3 inches. It's super wet and slippery. This lasts for maybe up to 2 days.
- On ovulation day, by the time I check my cervical fluid, I have a clean finger again.
- The next day, when my basal body temperature (another fertility signal) rises, I have that filmy stuff again.
I recommend that while you are still determining what your fertile fluid looks like that you just take very descriptive notes like I what I described above. Then after that cycle, you can look back and start to observe a little pattern.
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