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elektra13
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I'm on the pill, have been for a while, and never miss a day. I just finished the first week of this pack.
Last night I had sex w/out a condom (we're both clean and have been together for over a year). Today I've noticed sort of a lot of clear, stretchy, slippery discharge. I read your article on discharge, and it said that this is fertile. Am I ovulating? Should I be worried about this?
Thanks!

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If you've been on the pill for over a month and have been taking it consistently at the same time each day, there's really no reason to be concerned about ovulation. The pill is highly, highly effective at preventing ovulation (and thus pregnancy) when taken correctly, so you really don't need to be worried here.

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I'm sorry to be so paranoid,but I have one more question: I've been looking at some other sites that said that you can also check your cervix, so I did, and it's soft and high and seems open, which apparently = ovulation. I know that theoretically I shouldn't be worried, but do you think there could potentially be a problem?

Thanks, and I won't ask any more questions about this!

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If you're on hormonal birth control, fluctuations are really hard to read. I wouldn't take a high/open cervix as an indicator of being fertile; your body simply doesn't function the same on the BCP since it essentially tricks your body into thinking it's pregnant.

Even so, checking the cervix in of itself isn't a reliable indication of fertility, and other accompanying symptoms like eggwhite mucus and elevated temperatures, both of which don't show when taking the pill, must be checked at the same time.

So, in short, no reason to worry! Your pills are doing their job. [Smile]

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Phew. Thanks! I was even researching where I can get ec, but I think that I just need to breathe...and stop looking at all those fertility awareness sites. So, to recap: even though I am seeing eggwhite mucus and a high, soft cervix, I don't need to worry?
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oh, damn. i just realized that for my last two posts i used my sister's computer (she's acs79, i'm elektra13--she's the one who introduced me to the site) and my comments showed up w/ her user name. i'm really sorry--it won't happen again.
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(No problem; thanks for clarifying for us! [Smile] )
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thanks for understanding! so, just to clarify (last time): pill + eggwhite mucus + soft cervix = nothing to worry about?

This site is one of the best things I've ever seen. Thanks.

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Right-o. The pill works by stopping your natural fertility cycle, so any fertility "signs" are nullified. It's normal to have increased discharge and possibly varied cervical position as a hormonal side effect, just as the pill can impact breast growth. [Smile]
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