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Frequently Asked Questions on Cervical Mucus

Everything You Need to Know About Using Cervical Mucus for Getting Pregnant


Updated July 11, 2014

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Cervical mucus is one of many ways to track ovulation and time sex for pregnancy. Learn everything you need to know about cervical mucus, from how to track it to what's normal and what's not, here.

What is EWCM?

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EWCM is an acronym for egg white cervical mucus. While cervical mucus changes throughout a woman's cycle, EWCM is the most fertile and signals the best time to have sex for pregnancy. Learn more about egg white cervical mucus here.

How Do You Check Your Cervical Mucus?

Assuming you can get over the ick factor, checking cervical mucus isn't difficult at all. You can do so by simply placing a clean finger inside your vagina or by wiping tissue paper over your labia. Get more details on how to check your cervical mucus, including tips and tricks if you're having difficulty.

How Does Cervical Mucus Change Throughout My Cycle?

Egg white cervical mucus should only appear near ovulation. At other points in your cycle, you may notice different consistencies, including water, sticky, or almost none at all. Learn about the different kinds of cervical mucus, and how to mark them on your body basal temperature chart, here.

What If I Don’t Have Any Cervical Mucus?

Perhaps you've been looking for fertile cervical mucus, but never notice any. Or you only notice sticky or creamy cervical mucus, and nothing that resembles egg whites. There are a number of reasons that you may lack fertile cervical mucus, including hormonal imbalances or medication side effects. Look through this list of common reasons and potential treatment options.

What If I Have Too Much Cervical Mucus?

Just as some women lack fertile cervical mucus, other women seem to have too much. If you notice abundant discharge around ovulation for a few days but not at other times, this can actually be normal.

However, if instead of having only EWCM for a few days, you notice it on several days throughout your cycle, this can be a sign of a hormonal imbalance. Learn more here.

Can I Accidently Remove Cervical Mucus?

It's highly unlikely that you'll remove too much cervical mucus simply by checking it. However, douching could lead to less cervical mucus and decrease your chances of getting pregnant. Get more information on this here.

Can I Detect Early Pregnancy By Checking Cervical Mucus?

Don't we all wish there was a way to know if we're pregnant before our period is late? Those tracking cervical mucus in order to time pregnancy tend to be more aware of any changes, and you may be wondering if you can detect early pregnancy by your cervical mucus. Get the answer here.

What Is the Billings Method?

The Billings Method, also known as the Billings Ovulation Method or the Ovulation Method, was developed by Dr. John and Evelyn Billings of Melbourne, Australia, in the 1950s. It is a form of natural family planning used by some couples to prevent pregnancy, and by other couples to achieve pregnancy. Learn more here.

What If I Notice EWCM But No Temperature Rise?

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Fertile cervical mucus is typically a sign that ovulation is coming. On a body basal temperature chart, you know that ovulation has occurred after a three day rise in temperature occurs. So what does it mean if you get egg white cervical mucus, but never see the rise in temperature? There are a few possible answers. Get the details here.

How Can I Check My Cervical Position?

While you're checking for fertile cervical mucus, you might as well reach a bit further and check your cervix. It is much easier to do than it sounds, and you can learn so much about your amazing body by doing so. Plus, it's one more free way to detect ovulation. Learn how to find and check your cervix here.

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