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xmetalgirl
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I have been paying alot of attention to my cervical discharge changes. About exactly 5 days after my period ended, I get a lot of clear, slippery, a bit thick, kind of stringy mucus/discharge usually seen after i wipe. Maybe I could also describe it as egg whites lol. It lasts for about 5 days then its back to being dry. To me, that seems like it is telling me I am ovulating...is that correct? I just want to make sure
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Heather
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Sure sounds like fertile mucus. And if you keep charting for a few more cycles, you will not only see patterns with that, but with your mucus on other days, that will tell you more for sure.

To be clear, when we chart, it's not just fertile mucus -- or maybe-fertile-mucus -- that tells us we are likely ovulating. It's also all the OTHER days, and what happens with our mucus with those. make sense?

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Yes, it does make sense. I have been charting a little bit for a while here and there, just to see how my body is working. I do notice after ovulation discharge is done it is back to dry/very little cldischarge and near menstrual cycles its a slight cloudy yellow, very little discharge that dries up. And i do notice the pattern. It seems it is always after 5 days after menstrual cycle, ovulation starts, 7ish days dry to none discharge, then days of the yellow dried up discharge happens til menstrual bleeding happens. Am i charting properly if i always see the same pattern ? I always use a condom so I'm not charting to avoid pregnancy or anything but just to make sure I am seeing my fertile times accurately. I dont really want to go through taking my temperature, I just want a general idea if you get what I mean. I also wondered if a person is pregnant would they see the same clear, slippery ovulation mucus? What usually happens to them? does the discharge also change or do pregnant women get thick, white discharge I heard about?
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Heather
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Really, in order to get anything close to an accurate picture with charting, it's something someone is going to have to do and make notes about every single day for at least a few cycles (and then start doing again if those cycles seem to change).

And you can do that with just cervical mucus and still get a lot of information. Adding basal temps gives you more, but really, where people are mostly going to be guessing is when the only thing they are charting is menstrual period dates, or only charting erratically.

And yep, after a while, if your cycles are regular, you will indeed usually start to see regular patterns. [Smile]

People who are pregnant almost always stop ovulating while they are pregnant, and ovulation usually continues to be suppressed for people who stay pregnant, deliver, and then breastfeed. Their charting -- pregnant or lactating women -- will look different, but thicker mucus is pretty much something everyone, pregnant or not, lactating or not, is going to see during their cycles.

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