How to record your cervical fluid
How to record your cervical fluid
The best way to check your cervical fluid is to make observations when you go to the bathroom. When you wipe you can note what, if anything, you see on the bathroom tissue. This will soon become a habit and you will find yourself noticing your cervical fluid every time you go to the bathroom.
Remember to avoid checking your cervical fluid just before or after intercourse as arousal and seminal fluids will skew your observations.
Things to notice when checking your cervical fluid include:
• Does your vagina feel wet or dry?
• Is there any cervical fluid on the tissue?
• How does it look?
• What colour is it?
• What consistency is it?
• How much is there?
• How does it feel when you touch it?
• Can you stretch it between your thumb and index finger?
If you are using an APP it might specify the recording terminology that you must use, otherwise you can use the convention below to record your cervical fluid types:
Dry: Record your cervical fluid as ‘dry’ if you have no cervical fluid present at all or if you notice no cervical fluid in your underwear and if the outside of your vagina feels dry. You can expect to see dry days both after your period, before ovulation and after ovulation occurs.
Sticky: Record your cervical fluid as ‘sticky’ if it is glue-like, gummy, stiff or crumbly and if it breaks easily and quickly and if it is not easily stretched. It will probably be yellowish or white but could also be cloudy or clear.
Creamy: Record your cervical fluid as ‘creamy’ if it is like hand lotion, white or yellow or cloudy or clear or has a consistency like milk or cream. It may stretch slightly but not very much and will break easily.
Watery: Record ‘watery’ if your cervical fluid is clear and resembles water. This cervical fluid is considered fertile and this may be your most fertile cervical fluid, or you may get it before you get egg white cervical fluid, or you may not get this type of cervical fluid at all.
Egg white: This is your most fertile cervical fluid. Record ‘egg white’ if your cervical fluid looks at all like raw egg white, is stretchy and clear, or clear tinged with white, or even clear tinged with pink. You should be able to stretch it between your thumb and index finger.
Spotting: Record ‘spotting’ when you have any pink or dark red/brown spots that leave a small mark on your underwear or panty liner or that you only see when you wipe. If it does not require a pad or tampon, record it as spotting rather than your period. You may see spotting before or after your period, around the time of ovulation or around the time of implantation if you are pregnant. Do not start a new chart when you are spotting start a new chart (cycle day 1) when you have full red flow.
Menses: When you record "menses" (period, menstruation) you can choose light, normal and heavy. Always start a new chart on your first day of menses. That is the first day that you have red blood flow that requires a pad or tampon. This is cycle day one.
The following factors may impact cervical fluid patterns and should be noted on your chart when possible:
- Medications such as antihistamines and diuretics
- Some fertility medications, tranquilizers, antibiotics, expectorants and perhaps other medications – check with your doctor
- Herbs (always ask your doctor before taking herbs or supplements while trying to conceive) and vitamins/minerals.
- A vaginal infection or sexually transmitted disease
- Delayed ovulation can cause multiple cervical fluid patches
- Being overweight can cause increased cervical fluid
- Arousal fluid can be mistaken for egg white cervical fluid.
- Semen residue can be mistaken for egg white cervical fluid
- Lubricants (most are not recommended when trying to conceive as they can be hostile to sperm and contain spermicides that kill sperm).
- Decreased ovarian function
- Just stopping birth control pills.