Is CM really an accurate indicator of ovulation?

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

For me- yes! I didn’t have to check. A little bit of it would show in my panties and that’s when I knew I was ovulating.  It really does look like eggwhites and its really stretchy. It worked becuase the first month we started trying, I looked for it and got pregnant! and once you get pregnant, the same CM shows throughout the pregnancy as well..

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Having non hostile CM is important in TTC because most of the month your CM kills the sperm, you need good CM for the sperm to make it to the egg alive and ready to fertilize. People use mucinex around that time to make more friendly CM (I did the month I got pregnant).

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Works for me too. I usually check internally. But for the last two cycles I’ve been taking evening primrose oil supplement until O, which is supposed to increase CM, and there’s been no doubt about when O is approaching!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@lealorali:  That’s a great question. Throughout my cycle, I can tell when I am near O due to cm.  However, the cycle I actually got pregnant was a bit unusual. I was to O as normal (I had also been using ovulation test strips so I knew). 

However, the weeks prior to I got a nasty cold. I had been taking lots of vitamin C supplements to fight it off.  Due to the vitamin C supplements, my cm was barely there that month (which is unusual to me). I read that vitamin C  can do that.  So I thought I was totally out of the ballgame.

But low and behold, that was the month we conceived. (we did not use any lubricants, I just withstood the lack of cm which wasn’t exactly pleasent)  So I do think there is importance to CM, but nature has a way… who knows, maybe the vitamin C helped us to conceive! 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I think I got the egg white CM once or twice in my 8 months of TTC. I got lots of wet, but basically no EWCM. didnt use any extra lube (like pressed or whatnot) but here I am, almost 13 weeks pregnant! 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

It’s very accurate for me, but I have to check internally – I wouldn’t be able to tell based on what shows up on my undies or when I wipe.  But checking internally, yes, both cervical mucous and cervical position (especially the two together) let me know when I’m about to O. (cervical position is I think even a little more helpful – I get about a week of EWCM, but then a couple days before O my cervix goes to high, soft, and open, and I know ovulation is right around the corner)

Post # 13
cherrypieBee
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park

@lealorali:  the “os” or opening of the cervix is normally tight shut, like a crescent moon, and the cervix is firm and low. As you become fertile, the cervix softens (feels more like the inside of your cheek than the tip of your nose) and opens so that the opening is round and larger. Not dialated per se, but open enough to allow passage of semen. It’s another sign you can observe, but optional. I found it really fascinating!

Also, it can be helpful to check CM internally for texture and consistency. I’d “oil check” with one finger and then rub two together for texture before looking for visual consistency and stretch. Not everyone is the same or follows ideal patterns either.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@lealorali:  Yeah, it’s a bit of a learning curve, but if you check your cervix each day (I just do it once a day, in the early afternoon whenever I go to the bathroom) you’ll start to recognize the differences.  When you aren’t fertile, it’ll be low (easy to reach), firm (like the tip of your nose) and closed (just a very small dimple).  As you get close to ovulation, it’ll start to change, and it’ll get high (hard to reach), soft (squishier, like your lips), and open (the dimple gets bigger, wider).

Post # 16
Hostess
10856 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@lealorali: I haven’t got it down to a fine art yet, but this month found it easier to tell and wish I’d gone with that as the OPKs weren’t as reliable. Whereas the previous two months I couldn’t easily tell with CM but the OPKs were reliable. 

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