When it comes to charting your fertility and figuring out when you are ovulating, there are many different methods that can be used. Using an over the counter ovulation predictor kit is probably the most straightforward and easy way, and it is a great choice for beginners.
Some women use a basal body thermometer to look for patterns that will indicate when they are ovulating. However, another, lesser known method of tracking ovulation is the charting of cervical mucus. Today we are going to explore that method of tracking ovulation.
1. What Is Cervical Mucus?
Cervical mucus is the natural fluid that is produced by glands inside the cervix. Cervical mucus might not sound very important, but it really does serve an important purpose.
Cervical mucus protects the sperm while it travels to the egg and helps it to survive so that a woman can get pregnant. The amount, color, and consistency of cervical mucus varies greatly during a woman’s cycle and it is important to know what to expect when it comes to cervical mucus so that you will know if your cervical mucus is normal or abnormal.
Right after a woman’s period, her cervical mucus is virtually not present at all. Between menstruation and ovulation, the cervical mucus takes on a tacky, creamy consistency. During ovulation, the cervical mucus is slippery, wet, and takes on the consistency of egg whites. This is known as fertile cervical mucus. After ovulation, the cervical mucus goes back to being almost nonexistent and dry.
2. How To Chart
Charting your cervical mucus is sometimes hard to get used to, but it is very simple once you get the hang of it. Many women use a regular calendar or planner to chart their cervical mucus, but there are also online calendars and trackers out there that can help with this.
You can use two fingers to check your cervical mucus each day, and then write the results on the calendar. By following this method very closely for a month or two, you will be able to see a pattern and therefore can notice when it is most likely that you are ovulating.
This can help you to know when it is the perfect time to try to conceive. Many women combine charting cervical mucus with taking their daily basal body temperature. Both of these things are great for women who are beginning their fertility journey and need to learn how to figure out when they are ovulating.