How do we test for cervical mucus? This is one of the questions I often get asked around the topic of charting one’s cycle.
Some women are even a bit kind of weird about testing their cervical mucus or maybe uncertain is more the case because it’s common for people to ask how? Do I insert my fingers in my vagina? What am I looking for? Questions which I will answer today.
First and foremost, make sure you wash your hands. What you want to do is you want to feel the outside outer rim of your vagina, so near the entrance of your vagina, you don’t necessarily want to put your fingers in the vagina.
Your checking to see what the texture of the mucus, which changes throughout the month.
After your period, you have a few days of nothing—no mucus, no blood, everything is just going to feel quite dry. Then after a couple of days, you start to get this very kind of pasty, creamy-type mucus.
Once ovulation starts to approach your cervical mucus starts to become a little bit more stretchy. Typically 1 to 2 days prior to ovulation, the mucus starts to become very stretchy. It’s like egg white-like in consistency. It is this very stretchy egg white texture that you need to be on the lookout for when you start trying to conceive.
Now the mucus can change also throughout the day and so when you are charting your cycles in your basal body temperature charts, you want to make sure that you test for cervical mucus every time you go to the bathroom – wash your hands, check the mucus, see what it’s like because you might have 3 different types of mucus in one day.
What you want to note down on your chart is the most stretchy, most profuse, and most fertile mucus of the day. That’s what you put down even though you’re checking throughout the day because you might miss it altogether if you don’t do it each trip to the bathroom, because the typr you are looking for, you will only be see 1 to 2 days in the entire month.
A lot of women come to me and they say, “But I don’t think that I have fertile mucus.” And it’s not that they don’t have it; it’s that because they don’t check every time they go to the bathroom BEFORE going to the toilet. You don’t want to track it on the toilet paper. You need to track the texture on your fingers, that’s why you always do it before going to the toilet.
I hope that helps and helps you to understand in not only how to track your mucus but also when you should be doing it, and that will really give you a better chance of timing conception effectively.
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