(Closed) For bees who have been charting a while… TMI

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Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@kris325:  I literally just posted a bunch of info on this earlier today in the charters thread… lemme go look up the links and info and I’ll get you hooked up!

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

if you’re easily grossed out… don’t click on this one… but it has some FANTASTIC pics 

http://www.babycenter.com/101_what-cervical-mucus-looks-like-through-your-cycle_10351429.bc

 This one is less graphic and is in chart form

 http://i45.tinypic.com/35lgk14.jpg

 there are others.. i just have to do some more research

also if you look at the drying pattern in your undies… (that is if you’re using cotton non thong ones which i HIGHLY suggest to help with reading your fluids) if it dries in a linear pattern it has a lower water content and is less fertile.. if it dries in a circle then it has more water and is more fertile!!

just ignore all the stuff about boy vs girl timing on this next link… lol

http://community.babycentre.co.uk/post/a7753375/welcome_and_tips_for_ttc_girlboy


Dry – It will not mark or be found on your underwear.  You are not fertile at this point.

Sticky – It will create a line on your underwear.  It will feel sticky and thick, and will crumble when agitated.  It will dry quickly and become hard like cement.  You are not fertile at this point.

Creamy – It will create a shape ranging from a line to a circle on your underwear.  Sometimes a mixture of both, i.e. a thicker line, but an out line of a circle from where it is in the transition.  It will remain lotion like as it will not dry very quickly.  This means you are in the transition to either be fertile or you are no longer fertile.

Watery – It will create a damp patch on your underwear in a circular pattern, just as if water would mark it.  You are fertile at this point.

Egg White – It will create a damp, circular pattern on your underwear, and will possibly find a ‘glob’ or the classic stretchy EWCM.  You are very fertile at this point.

Egg White V Semen

It can be difficult to distinguish between the two.  Here is how to tell apart….

1.Egg White will ball up and sink in Water and will remain stretchy when retrieved.  Semen will float and dissolve.

2. Egg White will stretch repeatedly.  Semen may stretch once or twice, but not for much longer.

3. Egg White is very shiny, and clear or slightly opaque.  Semen is less shiny and creamy.

4. Egg White will stretch to form several thin strands.  Semen  stretch with just one strand.


Also some tips from me. I focus on external cm mostly. Cotton undies are the best. Not only are they healthier for you but easier to get cm readings off them. If you’re checking CM… check constantly throughout the day (like whenever you pee). Always record the most fertile mucus you see that day. Keep good records you’ll start to see a pattern. For example.. I have a BIP (basic infertile pattern) of tacky mucus… so dry day rules don’t really apply to me because I almost always have some sort of discharge. I thought it was b/c I was broken or had infections before… but now I know it is perfectly healthy!!! If you bd.. you can’t really rely on accurate readings for 12hrs or so due to seminal fluid residue… there’s a rule used when avoiding (that can also help when trying) where you bd only at night and every other day to allow for more accurate cm readings. Obviously you don’t have to do that.. but it shows you how long semen can stick around.

 

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Also for more info just look up the Billings Ovulation Method and/or Creighton Fertility Model for acheiving and avoiding pregnancy 🙂 Hope I helped!

 

Post # 9
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Helper bee

@kris325:  thank you for asking this!!! I was wondering the exact same thing – it’s hard to tell the diff. between semen and CM.

@Woodstock:  thank you for clarifying. it really helped a lot!!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@kris325:  Yes, you can have some light spotting at O. You can also have anything from severe cramps to slight twings to nothing during O.  The cramps can be caused from a variety of things, the egg bursting out, the fallopian tubes getting ready to do their thing, or digestive problems due to the hormonal changes. This month, I cramped for a few days leading up to O and then it all went away.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Fertility Friend has some great tutorials, I also like http://www.amandabears.com. You have to join both, but they are free, and neither spam me. I also recommend considering the book Taking Control of Your Fertility.

Happy researching!

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