(Closed) question about CM

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2000

Yes, you’ll probably be more motivated to start doing temps ASAP so to make sure. I would go with the day it’s the most stretchy and thick…most like EW.

I know it’s mentioned on these boards again and again but http://www.fertilityfriend.com has great resources and seemed to match up with TCoYF book.

Isn’t so cool what we can learn about our bodies when we actually  pay attention? I was amazed after being clueless for so long.  …A whole new world.. πŸ˜€

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

I usually have 2-3 days of EWCM, but I think the last day of EW is considered your most fertile day. My temp usually spikes 2-3 days after the last day of EW… I think my body takes a few days to respond to the hormone shift. Either that, or I have a short luteal phase which I guess is possible too!

I highly recommend taking your temp. It’s the most fun part! I’m amazed every month, even though I know what’s supposed to happen.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

I started in the middle of the month… I couldn’t really see a pattern the first 1/2 cycle I was charting, but it helped me work out the kinks. Also– if you’re in the second part of your cycle right now and you start temping, you’ll know what your normal “high” (after ovulation) temperatures are, so that next month you can be more confident in recognizing your thermal shift. For example, before I ovulate, my temps are in the 97’s and after I ovulate they’re in the 98’s. And you’ll get to see the day your temp drops, so you’ll know to put a tampon in your purse πŸ™‚ For some reason that makes me really happy every month! (BTW–I know you don’t have to chart your ENTIRE cycle, but I do because if I get out of my routine I forget).

So long story short, I vote for starting now!

I love TCOYF!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Just start now, and make educated guesses about anything that seems confusing. Over the next few months you’ll figure out what “normal” is for you and then it will be really easy to spot the variations in your cycle.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

I feel like it’s different for everyone. I only see CM once per cycle, and I’m tracking my temp, so I know it coincides with ovulation.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m a little late to respond but I started charting earlier this month and I got lucky to start mine right when I got my period.  It’s fun and a little confusing too.  I guess because I’m paranoid when I wake up earlier than usual and have to take my temp earlier so I can get up and pee!  It turns out that my temps don’t vary that much after all…I’ll be excited for this month’s cycle to be over so I can see my first complete chart!

Good luck and keep us posted!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

what kind of thermometer are you ladies using? is there a special one?

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@monalisa670: EW CM varies from person to person and even in myself (I’ve been charting for a year now) can vary from month to month. Usually I have 2 to 3 days but I’ve had as many as 5 and a few as 0.

@MrsJVP: I have this one.  It beeps so you know it’s working and it is back lit so you can see the temp in the dark. Just make sure you get one that is made to take your basal body temperature because it is more accurate then a regular thermometer.

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