Post # 1
I’m a relativly new charter and doing my first cycle off of BC. I’m on CD 9 and while checking my CM today, I realized I don’t have a good way to differentiate “sticky” and “watery”. My CM today was clear, wet and slick between my fingers. It didn’t stretch and wasn’t initally sticky, but seemed to get slightly stickier as it dried. The CM dried relatively quickly (<30 seconds), however it was never the “glue like” stickiness many sites and TCOYF describes. It was more of a slight stickiness.
I would assume that being so early into the cycle, it’s most likely sticky, but I want to be absolutely sure as H and I a TTA, but are not on any hormones and prefer not to use condoms.
PS: here is my chart http://www.fertilityfriend.com/home/IowaDDS13
As you can see, I’ve been pretty bad about adding CM stats, but CD 5 – current have all been this type of CM
Post # 2
I also have issues determining CM but when I experience this I call it watery CM, and just hope im right, with time it gets easier to determine CM, my first month I put any CM that I noticed in my FF as “sticky” and only now (3 cycles later) am I realizing I dont have very many “sticky” days, itjust takes time to get used to your body!
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Post # 4
I was taught a different method than the TCOYF one, but maybe a different explanation will help make it clear.
Fertile mucus should have at least one of these: stretch 1″ (first stretch; if you have continual mucus or trouble, then chart the second stretch only. Don’t keep staring and stretching haha!), be eggwhite crystal clear in at least part of it, and/or feel lubricative when you wipe. They mean super crazy egg white lubricative too, not just smooth. Any one of those is fertile. And at least for the method i was taught, you check by wiping before and after each bathroom visit, no internal checks, and test anything you see on the TP.
Non fertile mucus will be cloudy, stretch less than 1″, or might feel pasty like hand lotion.
If you aren’t sure what’s going on, I’d be hesitant to dtd before comfirmed O if you have any kind of mucus, at least til you know what your “normal ignorable” standard is. I’ve O’d on CD11 before…it happens haha! When in doubt, count it fertile and wait three days to dtd 😉 You’ll get it, and GrannyPantiesRock‘s is gross but accurate. Pics are helpful lol
Post # 5
Mine is really really inconsistent it seems, except for post period it’s dry and almost nonexistent- it always seems kind of watery- I don’t have that much of it.
Post # 6
GrannyPantiesRock: LOL you learn something new everyday – very informative!
Post # 7
This helps too, to know what to expect and when in a typical cycle.
Post # 8
IowaDDS13: It sounds like you are having wet CM. Sticky (to me) never feels really slick. Its really mostly about the change you experience. Mine goes from Dry/Sticky to a very brief period of Creamy/Lotion, then a longer period of Watery, and then a few days of EWCM. After ovulation, my CM is all over the place, which is why I do the sympto-thermal method instead of using CM alone.
Generally, I don’t worry too much if I can’t tell the difference between creamy or watery, since when TTA, those are both considered fertile. Only dry days (or if you have a pattern of sticky) are considered infertile to be safest.
I also chart and TTA. It takes awhile to get the hang of it, and I would encourage you to use condoms while you are learning if you are comfortable with that idea. Also, the day after you have sex, sperm can obscure your natural CM. It took me around 3 months to get familiar with charting and how to interpret the results.
Looking at your chart, I think moving forward you will need to be very consistent with charting both your temps and CM. It takes some discipline, which becomes part of your routine over time. My temps were all over the place the first month. I realized I’m very sensitive to time changes and sometimes would wake up before my alarm, which messed stuff up. Now I set an alarm for 4am, temp, and fall back asleep. If you are TTC, you really have nothing to lose if you screw up a month except the fertility window for BD. If TTA, its super important to follow all the rules and chart as best you can, because there is a lot more at stake.
PM me if you have any questions. My DH and I love using this as a method of TTA and are big proponents.
Post # 9
GrannyPantiesRock: thanks for posting this. I was having a hard time as well– I’m not TTC as much as going to be TTNC post-marriage.
Post # 10
Thanks everyone for such helpfulness! I know this chart was inconsistent! We just moved to a new house and therm was lost in a box for a few days.
I think it’s best to go by the rule “assume your the most fertile type” when I can’t tell my CM apart.
But yes, as much as we don’t enjoy condoms, we are using them now as we get used to charting for the first few cycles! Having been on BC since I was 14, I’m sure it may take a few for my body to get back to normal.
Post # 11
I have a slightly different question – is there any way to tell the difference between EWCM and Preseed? I started noticing EWCM very early this cycle, on CD 7, and I usually get it for 4-6 days before O, tho a CD 11-12 ovulation would be crazy-early… Anyway, today we used Preseed for the first time as well, and we BD in the mornings, so idk when I can assume I am seeing ewcm or Preseed, and how to tell… Help?