Post # 1
Hi Bees – Im trying to figure out the day i actually ovulated? When i see EWCM does this mean my body is getting ready to ovulate or actually am that day? If so when will OV actually occur? Is it in the next 24 hours or could it be still a few days away? What are the symptoms that i will confirm that i have actually OV? Also, how will i know with OPK’s? When i see a positive line how far off am i from OV?
Post # 3
It’s different for everyone. You can have EWCM for a few days before you ovulate and it can still be present when you ovulate, or it may be gone already, or it may last for a day afterwards. If you’re using OPKs then you would expect to ovulate 24-36 hours after you get a positive test. These are all signs that your body is gearing up to ovulate and that your hormones are surging, but the only way to know for sure that you’ve ovulated is to track your basal body temperatures and see an upward shift in your temp pattern. I highly recommend the book Taking Charge of your Fertility. Even if you don’t want to temp, this book provides a lot of insight into what your body is telling you.
Post # 4
I don’t know anything about OPK’s, but you can’t naturally tell when you ovulated until *afterwards.* Because, typically, your ovulation date is the *last* day of fertile CM…which you obviously won’t know it’s the last day until at least the next day! Everyone’s body is different…after a few cycles you can get an idea of *how many* EWCM days you have, then you can start timing it better (if that’s what you’re trying to do. The last day would be easiest to get pregnant on, but you won’t know how many days you “average” until you’ve charted/observed a few cycles.)
Post # 5
I agree with what everyone said above, but also, EWCM cannot confirm ovulation. Sometimes your body gears up to ovulate but then does not. It is a good predictor though.
Post # 6
I’m not 100% sure, but 95% sure that if you have the EWCM, then sperm can live up to 5 days, so even if you aren’t ovulating for a couple more days, they have the proper fluid to live in anyway. So, may as well make the most of it. Assuming you are TTC, of course.
Post # 7
Thanks ladies! I appreciate you taking the time to post!
Post # 8
The only way to know for sure is temping…