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Cervical mucus method

Cervical mucus method: One way that women track their fertility cycles is called the cervical mucus method. The hormones that control your cycle also make the cervix produce mucus. It collects on the cervix and in the vagina. And it changes in quality and quantity just before and during ovulation. The consistency of your cervical mucus changes during the menstrual cycle. In the average cycle, there are 3 to 4 dry days following a 5 day menstrual flow.

The Mucus Pattern
* During your period, your flow covers the mucus signs.
* After your period, there are usually a few days without mucus. These are called “dry days.” These may be safe days if the cycle is long.
* When an egg starts to ripen, more mucus is produced. It appears at the opening of the vagina. It is generally yellow or white and cloudy. And it feels sticky or tacky.
* Usually, you will have the most mucus just before ovulation. It looks clear and feels slippery — like raw egg white. When it can be stretched between the fingers, it is called spinnbarkeit — German for stretchable. These are the “slippery days.” It is the peak of your fertility.
* After about four slippery days, you may suddenly have less mucus. It will become cloudy and tacky again. And then you may have a few more dry days before your period starts. These are also safe days.

Step 1: Collect the mucus from the vaginal opening with your fingers by wiping them from front to back.
Step 2: Record it daily on your fertility calendar by making note of the color (yellow, white, clear or cloudy), the consistency (thick, sticky, or stretchy) and the feel (dry, wet, sticky, slippery, stretchy).
Step 3: Ovulation is recorded on the day that your mucus is clearest, slippery and most stretchy.
Do not douche or use spermicides which increase your risk for infection and may wash away or change the appearance of the mucus.

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