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NoName
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Hi, I was wondering about something. I have been keeping up with my cervical mucus patterns since the beginning of this year and I have found that I usually follow a typical pattern. At day 9-15 in my cycle, I will start to see the egg white cervical mucus and then get a period about 2 weeks later. However, while I usually get the egg white mucus for maybe 2 days, sometimes, like this month, I will see it for up to 5 days. Is this normal? It isn't excessive or anything, and never is, but I have just noticed it since Friday and after Sunday, I thought it was over...then yesterday I produced more of it. Is there any way without taking temperatures, to know when ovulation took place during those days? Thanks.
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I do believe that variation is normal. Is there a reason you don't want to take temperatures?

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I actually plan on doing the whole package with the temperatures and the charting, I just don't have all the supplies yet so I missed my opportunity to start doing it this month. I was just wondering if you should have that many days of fertile mucus. I mean, your egg should only be viable for about 24 hours right? Common sense should tell me that you can't go by fertile mucus alone to determine the exact time of ovulation but I was just wondering if there were any other signs other than your temperature because I would like to know when in those 5 days of mucus that I ovulated.
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Also, should the fertile fluid dry up very quickly? For instance, the last time I saw the fertile fluid, was on Tuesday, so by yesterday, I dried up drastically. Just trying to figure out how all this works [Smile]
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I'm confused by what you mean by drying up very quickly. I hear you saying you usually see what you think is cm for 2-5 days. Are you saying that seems quick to you?

If so, that doesn't sound quick to me. It sounds typical.

If you're starting charting like this, have you yet picked up a good book about it? If not, I'd advise that. Toni Weschler's "Taking Charge of Your Fertility" is my personal favorite (and Toni is just awesome people), but Katie Singer's "Garden of Fertility" is also excellent.

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Thanks for the book recs! I hope they are affordable on Amazon so that I can pick them up and use them for my next cycle. What I meant about it drying up, I didn't mean that I dried up abnormally. I mean, it's normal for your mucus to become drier after you ovulate but I notice a drastic change in my mucus within 24 hours of lasting seeing my fertile mucus. I also thought that maybe 5 days was a bit long to see that kind of mucus. Just wanted to know if that sounded typical or not. I am having a better month with the irrational pregnancy stuff that has been going on with me. I am really getting into this fertility stuff and it is making me feel better to know more about my body. Therapy is also going well. I stated right from the get go that I wanted to talk about this pregnancy anxiety first...so the past couple sessions, that is all we talked about. Hopefully I can get a handle on this. Thank you guys so much for all the help you have given me, it is so appreciated!
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If you've got a used book store in your area, you may want to check there before you pay full price. My local spot usually has 3 or 4 copies of 'Taking Charge of Your Fertility' at any given time.

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Thanks for the tip. There actually is a huge used book store in a city nearby that I will try to check this weekend.
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