How can I recognize fertile cervical mucous?
Real Mom Problem
“Can any of you ladies tell me the differences between the types of cervical mucus?”
- 1. Cervical mucus changes throughout your cycle ranging from dry to slippery and stretchy
- 2. When your cervical mucus resembles egg whites, you are close to ovulation, and most fertile
- 3. Fertile cervical mucus helps sperm to thrive and to travel more easily
Real Mom Solutions
Cervical mucus is an excellent indicator of your most fertile times. Learn from other women, in easy to understand terms, how to recognize fertile cervical mucus.
Learn to Check & Recognize Fertile CM
First of all, the consistency (not the color) is the MOST important part.
Also, don't just look at your toilet paper to check (at least for a couple months while you figure out what's "normal" for you). Check internally with a clean (finger nail cut down) finger, and check based on when you and your husband normally have sex. If you have sex in the evening, then in the morning you are going to have quite a mix of fluids, so you would want to check in the afternoon after things have cleared out some. But if you tend to have sex in the morning, check your fluids before sex or wait until later that night before bed.
There are basically two to three types of cervical mucus, depending on what is normal for you, but only ONE that is important: the EWCM (egg white cervical mucus).
Basically after your period is gone, you may have a dry day or two (meaning that when you check there is not much of anything on your fingers). Within a day or two you should have creamy cervical mucus. Creamy cervical mucus is usually whitish/yellowish and is like runny-to-thick lotion. Within a few days of ovulation this cervical mucus will thicken and turn clear, this is the EWCM. EWCM looks JUST like raw egg whites, or it should if you are not dehydrated. When you check your cervical mucus, if it is EWCM, you can stretch it between your fingertips, meaning that if you pinch your fingers together and then move them apart, the EWCM will stretch from one finger to another. If you are well hydrated, it is clear and translucent (not milky or opaque).
Often times, after ovulation, your EWCM will "dry up", for a few days and then it will turn back to creamy. Some women's, before being creamy, can actually be kind of chunky or pasty, just depends on what is normal for you.
Learn How Long Your Mucus is Fertile
I usually get four to five days of egg white cervical mucus (sometimes it's watery as well), and mild cramping usually only happens for a little while on ovulation day.
Most people have fertile cervical mucus a couple of days BEFORE ovulation because that is the best time to try to conceive.
I get about five days of egg white cervical mucus and some mild cramping a few days before ovulating.
Distinguish Semen from Fertile Mucus
Fertile cervical mucus drops to the bottom of the toilet in a little ball. Semen dissolves.
If it stretches it's fertile cervical mucus. If it breaks, it's semen. Another way to know is when you wipe. If it's on the toilet paper, semen will generally absorb into the paper, but fertile cervical mucus will sit on top.
Recording Your CM Findings Can Help
Long stringy mucus is what is commonly referred to as egg white cervical mucus (or EWCM) and it usually occurs just before and during ovulation. That being said, you really have to know your own cycles pretty well to use this as a determining factor. It is possible to produce this type of mucus at any point, but if you know your own body you can start to see your own trends. As with everything while trying to conceive, you really have to chart things for two to three months so that you can see what YOUR body does. Everyone is different.
Fertile cervical mucous has the consistency of egg whites. However, for most women, this is also what their cervical mucus looks like after sex so it can get tricky all on its own. Watery is fertile, as well. Creamy (like lotion), sticky (won't stretch, crumbles, and reminds you of something nasty out of your nose), and dry are infertile. You should check you cervical mucus daily and chart it.