charting/cm question tmi

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Registered: 03-31-2003
charting/cm question tmi
Wed, 08-01-2012 - 4:43pm
Ok, so we've been ttc for 4 cycles and I just decided to start charting. I had the mirena and I'm really not sure if I'm even ovulating. Anyway, I got a bbt thermometer, then decided I'd check cm too. That's the part I'm not sure of. I've never really produced enough to check it externally, so internal is the only way to really know. But how does sex tie into this? I checked this morning, but we dtd last night, so I couldn't tell what the cm was like because the uh, other stuff was still in there. :/ Glad I'm not asking this question in person. My cheeks would be on fire! So what's your experience? Is it gone by the end of the day? Should I just check later?

Manda :)

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Registered: 10-06-2010
Thu, 08-02-2012 - 8:10am

I found the following on Fertility Friend and thought I'd share:

How can I tell the difference between fertile cervical fluid and semen?

If you find that you have more watery or eggwhite days than you would expect and that these often follow days or nights that you had intercourse, then you may be mistaking seminal and cervical fluid. They have similar properties because they share the same function: transporting and nourishing sperm. You will find, however, that fertile cervical fluid (eggwhite) is more clear and stretchy and shiny. It will stretch a couple of inches without breaking. Semen may be more whitish and is more likely to break when pulled.

If you are in doubt and it is near your fertile time, always record eggwhite cervical fluid, even if it may be obscured by seminal fluid. This way, you will not miss a potentially fertile time. Emitting semen immediately after intercourse by doing kegel exercises (which is sometimes recommended for people who are charting to avoid pregnancy so that cervical fluid is not obscured) is not recommended when you are trying to conceive. While most sperm reach their destination within your reproductive tract quite quickly after intercourse, you don't want to sacrifice your chances of conception to have a perfect chart.