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Old Jul 17th, 2012, 13:04 PM   1
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CM changes...is there a pattern?


I have noticed a slight pattern in my CM throughout this cycle. This is normal, right? Is there a pattern that it always is for everyone?

I started out dry/moist CD 6 after AF...then sticky for 4 ish days, and then creamy for TEN days! On CD 19 I O'd but did not get EWCM until the day of and about 2 days after...

The weird thing is, I've had creamy cm since and EWCM again since last night. Needless to say, I'm confused! I did forget to take my temp this morning, so I don't know if I O'd for a second time this month.

My cycles are pretty irregular and I get cysts every few months. Maybe another cyst this month? I have had pain on my right side...on what I call my "faulty ovary". I only cyst on that one. I had a huge cyst burst last cycle and was in the emergency room for it!

ANYWAY... what the heck? I'm not terribly good at checking my cm at the same time every day...mainly because I didn't know I was supposed to
I'm very happy that I O'd though! We weren't sure if I was O'ing at all.

Here's a link to my FF! (assuming it works! I'm bad at this stuff!)
My Ovulation Chart



 
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Old Jul 17th, 2012, 13:39 PM   2
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Does anyone else have strong patterns? Do they change when pregnant?



 
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Old Jul 17th, 2012, 14:18 PM   3
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Yes, there is definitely a pattern for most women, at least those who ovulate. CM starts out absent or dry or sticky, then becomes progressively wetter/clearer/stretchier leading up to ovulation, then usually dries up again or becomes less fertile after ovulation.

Wet or EWCM is considered "fertile" and is associated with ovulation because it provides a better environment for sperm to survive longer. However, it's not a sure sign that you are going to ovulate, just a sign that your body is trying (sometimes it ends up failing for one reason or another).

In pregnancy, yes, CM changes a lot. Generally, it increases and remains fairly wet throughout pregnancy. I think for most women it doesn't have the same kind of cyclical pattern, although some women do say they continue getting periods when they're pregnant.

You may be interested in checking out FF's free online course or Taking Charge of Your Fertility -- there's a lot of information out there on CM patterns and why they can help you predict ovulation.

As for your chart, I hate to say it but I am not totally sure you have ovulated. FF also doesn't think your ov date is certain, otherwise it would have given you solid crosshairs instead of dotted ones. The reason I'm unsure is that the temp rise isn't that big, especially if you exclude the one high temp on 7/11, and the ovulation date doesn't line up exactly with your CM pattern. IMO you could also have ovulated on 7/10 (closer to the end of your EWCM, which would be more typical) or you could be on your way to ovulating now. If the latter is true then you should get some clearly higher temps and a reduction in CM in the next few days.

Are your cycles regular? How long are they usually?



 
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Yes, there is definitely a pattern for most women, at least those who ovulate. CM starts out absent or dry or sticky, then becomes progressively wetter/clearer/stretchier leading up to ovulation, then usually dries up again or becomes less fertile after ovulation.

Wet or EWCM is considered "fertile" and is associated with ovulation because it provides a better environment for sperm to survive longer. However, it's not a sure sign that you are going to ovulate, just a sign that your body is trying (sometimes it ends up failing for one reason or another).

In pregnancy, yes, CM changes a lot. Generally, it increases and remains fairly wet throughout pregnancy. I think for most women it doesn't have the same kind of cyclical pattern, although some women do say they continue getting periods when they're pregnant.

You may be interested in checking out FF's free online course or Taking Charge of Your Fertility -- there's a lot of information out there on CM patterns and why they can help you predict ovulation.

As for your chart, I hate to say it but I am not totally sure you have ovulated. FF also doesn't think your ov date is certain, otherwise it would have given you solid crosshairs instead of dotted ones. The reason I'm unsure is that the temp rise isn't that big, especially if you exclude the one high temp on 7/11, and the ovulation date doesn't line up exactly with your CM pattern. IMO you could also have ovulated on 7/10 (closer to the end of your EWCM, which would be more typical) or you could be on your way to ovulating now. If the latter is true then you should get some clearly higher temps and a reduction in CM in the next few days.

Are your cycles regular? How long are they usually?
Thank you for the help! There's so much I still don't know. Before birth control pills, I had long cycles, like 35 days..but I was a teenager and didn't care to chart at all. I got on the pills because I started having short cycles...like a period every other week! On the pills, they were always 28 or 29 days. My last cycle off the pills was 35 days (because of the cyst) and I'm thinking this one will be around 30-35. So, they sort of regular...but not perfect, I think?

I have an appointment with my ob/gyn to show her my charts and maybe get my hormones tested.



 
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