checking CM? - new to charting

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checking CM? - new to charting
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Fri, 04-04-2003 - 10:34am
Hi, I just recently started charting (BBT), and I am interested in keeping track of CM throughout my cycle, but I am not sure exactly how to do it, and the difference between sticky, creamy..etc. if someone can give me any advice that would be great.. i dont care how graphic u are :) which is more accurate BBT or checking CM?? also can drinking alcohol or exercise affect CM? thank you for your info!

kelly

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Fri, 04-04-2003 - 11:04am
I'll try to help you out. The best way to accurately check cm is to insert 2 fingers up towards your cervix, wiggle then about, pinch together and remove. When you are out, pull your fingers apart and see what you've got. If there's white sticky cm, this is considered sticky, not fertile. If it's smooth and lotiony but still opaque, this is creamy, also not fertile. If it's clear and watery, this is watery and IS fertile. If it's clear and very stretchy(like egg whites) this is EWCM and is VERY fertile.

Alcohol and caffeine are dieretics and will dehydrate you having an effect on your cm. It's good to drink lots of water, some also use V8 Splash to increase cm or Robitussin(plain) to thin the cm.

Excercise won't really affect it that I'm aware, but it will bring it down-you'll notice you "leak" alot more with exercise.

HTH! Good thing you said TMI is okay!LOL!

Tara

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Fri, 04-04-2003 - 11:21am
Tara,

Now I have a question about drinking the V8 Splash juice, does this make your CM thinner so you have more chances of concieving? And does Alchohol have an effect on the CM and slims your chances of concieving?

Please let me know.

Thanks.

Barbara

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Fri, 04-04-2003 - 11:47am
The vit. A in V8Splash increases the amount of cm you have. I used to have only one day if I was lucky, now with drinking 2 large glasses/day from af to "o" I have about 3 days of EWCM.

The alcohol will dry up your cm making it less fertile. I beleive anything in moderation is okay, but it's a dieretic so it will dry you up.

Robitussin makes your cm thinner so that those swimmers can get through easier.

HTH! Tara

Tara and my June bug!  ;o)

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Fri, 04-04-2003 - 11:56am
Tara,

LOL, more questions..I'm sorry, but I don't understand alot of these terms. What is AF to O? And EWCM? And when do you think I should start drinking the V8 Splash and the Robitissin, and do you think I shouldn't drink this weekend or next weekend although I'm suppose to go out dancing for my bday? I usually have 4-6 beers on Friday and Saturdays.

Thanks

Me

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Fri, 04-04-2003 - 12:06pm
thank you for your help!!! i have anohter question re: Robitussin.. when do you want to use this? whole cycle or right before you think you'll ovulate? do you want to take a full dose or just a small amount. doesnt that stuff make you drowsy? thanks again

kelly

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Fri, 04-04-2003 - 12:51pm
Sorry.....I'm posting to the two of you at the same time, and forgetting what I've told each of you!LOL!(Laugh out Loud)

EWCM stands for Egg White Cervical Mucus. It is the most fertile cm(cervical mucus) you have and comes just before "o"(ovulation). AF is Aunt Flo- your period.

Normally you would start the V8 and Robi from the end of AF to "o". 2-3 lrg glasses of V8/day and 2tsp/3x/day of the Robi.

In my opinion if you want to drink before your "o", so long as you counteract this with lots of water to keep you hydrated, go for it. Don't stress over this stuff too much.

GL!

Tara

Tara and my June bug!  ;o)

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Fri, 04-04-2003 - 12:55pm
Take it from the end of AF to "o". If you normally "o" really late, just start it about 7-10 days before you think you are going to. Take 2tsp/ 3x/day. I don't know if it makes you drowsy....make sure you get the PLAIN robi- it says "guiffison"(or something like that)syrup. I think they also make it in tablet form, which I will be trying this cycle cause the syrup makes me want to throw up- it's so GROSS.

GL!

Tara

Tara and my June bug!  ;o)

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