Cervical Mucus + Cervix Position - Ultimate Guide (+Photos)

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Philip Druce

By Philip Druce, Founder of Ovulation Calculator

There are a number of things you can do to detect when you're fertile and when you ovulate.

In this article we will be focusing on the natural fertility signs that your cervix provides each cycle.

It's easy and effective to learn when you're fertile by checking your cervical mucus (also known as cervical fluid) and/or checking your cervix position and texture.

Here's 4 reasons why you need to read this article;

  1. Having sex on the wrong days essentially means sperm will NOT reach your egg.
  2. You're going to learn how your cervix controls the transport of sperm and use this knowledge to your advantage.
  3. Understanding when to have sex based on mucus type can increase your chances of conception from 0% to 30%.
  4. Step-by-step "how-to" instructions and images will help you quickly learn this.

While some methods of detecting fertility and ovulation rely on apparatus that you are required to buy (such as a basal body temperature thermometer or ovulation prediction kits) cervix and cervical fluid monitoring doesn't require you to purchase anything.

All you need to do is be aware of the natural signs your body provides each cycle.

Hormones that control your menstrual cycle are responsible for the pattern of changes that occur in your cervix and cervical mucus.

Once you know these patterns you can time sexual intercourse in relation to ovulation to increase your chances of getting pregnant sooner. We will be explaining when the best days are, later in this article.

We will also cover ways to increase and thin your cervical mucus, to help sperm reach your egg easier.

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What is the cervix?

The cervix is a dynamic part of the female reproductive system which helps facilitate the journey of sperm during ovulation. At other times, the cervix prevents sperm from entering the uterus. It can be described as the gateway to the uterus, acting as both a barrier and transport for sperm, depending on the phase of the cycle.

The cervix. Gateway to the uterus, acting as both a barrier and transport for sperm

It's a cylinder of muscle tissue about one inch long that connects the top of the vagina to the uterus. The length and texture of the cervix changes during the cycle.

The following image shows the position of the cervix. Note how it connects the vagina to the uterus. The part of the cervix on the vagina side is called the 'ectocervix' and it looks like a small doughnut with a small hole in the center. The opening in the center is called the 'external os'. The canal inside the cervix is called the 'endocervix', the opening at the uterus end is called the 'internal os'.

Position of the cervix. Note how it connects the vagina to the uterus

The cervix also has a role during birth, when it dilates up to 10 cm to allow a baby to pass through from the womb.

Cervix changes

Your cervix changes during the fertile phase of your cycle. You can observe the changes by feeling your cervix and we'll show you how to do this step-by-step below.

Below is a typical pattern of cervix changes you can expect to observe.

Before Fertile Phase

Before your fertile phase your cervix will feel hard (like the tip of your nose) and be lower in the vagina, closed and dry (no cervical fluid).

Fertile Phase

As you enter your fertile window and approach ovulation your cervix will change. It will feel softer (like your lips), higher, open and wet (due to the presence of cervical fluid). This is known as "SHOW" (soft, high, open, wet) - your most fertile state.

After Fertile Phase

After ovulation, the cervix reverts back to its infertile position.

Typical pattern of cervix changes you can expect to observe

Note: Cervix changes occur slowly as ovulation approaches, but revert quickly after ovulation.

Real cervix images

Below are 33 real cervix images, an excellent way for you to visualize an entire cycle of cervix changes so you know what to feel and look for when monitoring. If you wish to view these, please tap on Expand Real Cervix Images.

Cervix Day 1

Cervix Day 2

Blood - Red, clotty and heavy flow.

What is cervical mucus?

In response to hormones that control the menstrual cycle, glands in the cervix produce a substance known as cervical mucus, also known as 'CM', cervical fluid (CF), vaginal discharge, vaginal secretions or cervical secretions.

Glands in the cervix produce a substance known as cervical mucus

A good way to understand cervical mucus is to compare it to the mucus that comes out of your nose. If you blow your nose when you don't have a cold, you may not notice any mucus, or you may notice a hard sticky mucus. If you touch it, it feels tacky. When you have cold or allergy the mucus contains higher levels of water and becomes runny and feels slippery.

Your cervical mucus also goes through several changes in appearance and texture, changing from sticky/tacky to slippery, also due to rising levels of water content.

Cervical mucus changes for a reason, to allow sperm or prevent sperm and bacteria from entering your uterus. You'll learn more about these physical changes of the cervix in the next section.

When the hormone estrogen is high (during the days leading up to ovulation) the structure of cervical mucus allows sperm to swim through it.

At other times during the menstrual cycle, the structure of cervical mucus presents a barrier to sperm and plugs the cervical canal to prevent any bacteria entering the uterus. See the images below.

Structure of cervical mucus presents a barrier to sperm

The daily production of cervical mucus comes from cells that line several hundred glands in the cervix. Depending on the phase of the cycle, production can vary from 600 mg before ovulation to 20-60 mg at other times.1

Cervical mucus is a natural and healthy substance that provides sperm with an optimal environment to survive and swim. It's similar to semen in the way that both help sperm survive.

It's mostly made up of water (about 93%, increasing to 98% before ovulation). It also contains electrolytes, glucose and proteins.2

Note: Cervical mucus is not to be confused with vaginal fluid, the latter of which is a lubricative fluid that can be produced during sexual arousal anytime during the menstrual cycle.

Cervical mucus changes

When trying to get pregnant, it makes sense to regularly check your cervical fluid/mucus. The advantage of checking and learning your pattern of changes is a better understanding of your body and when you're most fertile.

You can observe changes in cervical mucus from the vulva (the external genitals including the labia and vagina opening) or internally, we show you how to do both step-by-step below.

You can examine the toilet tissue after using the bathroom, but it can be beneficial to carry out both external and internal observations.

Some women find it hard to interpret their fertility by external mucus observations alone. Internal observation helps by obtaining mucus directly from the cervix opening. You're also more likely to notice mucus earlier than you would see it at the vulva.

We asked 29,523 women who are trying to get pregnant how they were checking their cervical fluid. Only 13% said they were using their fingers. Here are the full results.

Cervix observations survey result

The pattern of changes in cervical mucus

Take a look at the pattern of changes you can expect to see during a typical cycle.

Beginning of cycle

The menstrual cycle begins on the first day of your period. During period days blood is passing through the cervix.

After your period

After your period, you may not notice any cervical mucus (dry days). After the dry days your cervix discharge will start. Rising hormone levels cause your cervix to produce mucus that is often described as sticky, tacky or pasty.

Approaching ovulation

As you approach ovulation and enter your fertile window, increasing levels of the hormone estrogen cause your cervix to produce a mucus with higher water content, making it become creamy.

Just before ovulation

At peak fertility, your cervical mucus looks and feels like raw egg white (clear, slippery and stretchy), often referred to as EWCM (egg white cervical mucus). Using a finger and thumb you should be able to stretch it more than an inch without it breaking. This is really fertile cervical mucus and it provides the best environment for sperm.

At the time of ovulation

Your cervical mucus may become more watery and reach its maximum in quantity after peak fertility, but it's not as fertile as the raw egg type.

After ovulation

After ovulation cervical mucus starts to become sticky again and then dry up until your next period (about 10 to 14 days later).

The pattern of changes in cervical mucus

Note: It's possible to see two or more waves of fertile cervical mucus. This can happen when your body prepares to ovulate but ovulation doesn't occur. Your cervical mucus dries up. Then your body prepares to ovulate again and so the cervical mucus shows again. This is known as the "double peak pattern" and is explained in more detail later.

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Step-by-step "how-to" instructions to check your cervix and cervical mucus (CM)

The following steps will show you how to check your cervix and cervical fluid/mucus. You may choose to do both of these observations at the same time (internal observations) or only the external observations of cervical mucus/fluid.

In order to avoid repetition, the "How To" steps include instructions for both:

Internal Cervix and Cervical Mucus (CM) Observations Internal Cervix and CM Observations

External Cervical Mucus (CM) Observations External Cervical Mucus (CM) Observations

We believe this is a better way to teach you how to carry out the observations. For this reason, some of the steps will be split into two sections, one for the internal observations and one for external observations.

It's a good idea to observe your cervix and cervical mucus pattern over a few cycles to ensure you are confident in identifying the changes.

Step 1 - When to check

Internal Cervix and Cervical Mucus (CM) Observations Internal Cervix and CM Observations

Begin checking after your period ends. Check one to two times a day, but not straight after sleeping or after a bowel movement (you may get inaccurate cervix results due to relaxed muscles).

External Cervical Mucus (CM) Observations External CM Observations

Start checking after your period ends. You can check each time you go to the toilet, before and after urination.

Step 2 - Hygiene and safety

Always clean your hands with soap and water before checking. Don't do internal observations with long or sharp fingernails.

Step 3 - Locating your cervix

This step only applies for Internal Cervix and CM Observations, if you are only performing External CM Observations, please go to step 4.

Your cervix is the part of the uterus that opens into the vagina. It's at the top of your vagina; about 3 to 6 inches inside.

The cervix is the part of the uterus that opens into the vagina

You can locate your cervix by sitting on an open toilet and inserting your index and middle fingers into your vagina to touch your cervix. You can also sit on the edge of your bed or even stand up and raise one foot onto your bed. If you're doing internal cervical mucus observations at the same time (covered below), you can use two fingers.

Locate your cervix by sitting on an open toilet and inserting your index and middle fingers into your vagina to touch your cervix

Depending on the phase of your cycle, your cervix may be higher or lower in the vagina. If you cannot reach it, try pushing your abdomen in and down with your other hand. If you still cannot reach it, it's a good sign that your cervix is high, indicating you're in your fertile phase.

Step 4 - How to check

Internal Cervix and Cervical Mucus (CM) Observations Internal Cervix and CM Observations

Your cervix is shaped like a small doughnut with a small hole in the center. Some people describe it like the small end of a pear with the stem removed.

Cervix is shaped like a small doughnut with a small hole in the center

Reach as far as you can into your vagina and feel your cervix with the tips of your fingers.

Note: It's not uncommon to find that that your cervix is tilted to one side, so feel around.

You should be able to feel a small indentation where the cervix opening is.

Small indentation where the cervix opening is

Cervix - As described above, your cervix will change from an infertile state to a fertile state before ovulation, and then revert back to its infertile state after ovulation. Check the firmness, does it feel soft like your lips, or firm like your nose. Check the position, is it high or low in the vagina. Check the opening, does it feel open or closed? Check the moistness, does it feel wet or dry.

CM - To collect CM for observation, open your fingers and place your fingertips either side of your cervix and slowly move your fingers from the sides of the cervix to the top, until your fingers are together again.

Withdraw your fingers and look at your fingertips for signs of mucus by slowly separating your fingertips.

External Cervical Mucus (CM) Observations External CM Observations

You can check with toilet tissue or by feeling your vulva and its sensations.

Toilet tissue - Using white toilet tissue, fold it and wipe yourself from front to back observe the feeling, does it feel dry, slippery, wet? Look at the toilet tissue, do you see anything? Lift the mucus off the tissue and observe it between your finger and thumb.

Vulva observations - Pay attention to sensations at the vulva, does it feel dry, tacky, moist, slippery, wet? Gently feel your vulva areas and pay attention to how it feels.

Step 5 - Identifying and recording the changes

Internal Cervix and Cervical Mucus (CM) Observations Internal Cervix and CM Observations

Cervix - How did it feel - was it soft or firm, lower or higher, open or closed, wet or dry? Or somewhere in between? Take a note of what your felt.

- SHOW (soft, high, open, wet)
- Medium (in between)
- FLCD (firm, low, closed, dry)

CM - Cervical mucus tends to start out as thick or tacky, then as it gets more fluidly it becomes creamy, then stretchy (raw egg white), then more fluidly (watery) before drying up.

Separate your fingers to see how far it stretches. Dry / tacky mucus won't stretch at all, stretchy mucus will typically cling to your fingers and can stretch from anywhere between an inch to about 4 inches. You are less fertile when you have sticky / tacky mucus and more fertile when you can stretch your mucus over an inch.

Cervical mucus type observed (none/dry, sticky/tacky, thick/creamy, raw egg white, watery)

Take a note of the presence and mucus type observed (none/dry, sticky/tacky, thick/creamy, raw egg white, watery).

External Cervical Mucus (CM) Observations External CM Observations

Record the presence and type of mucus you observed from the external observation (none/dry, sticky/tacky, thick/creamy, raw egg white, watery).

Both external & internal - If you are using Ovulation Calculator to help you get pregnant, log the result in your daily log at the end of the day. In the case of multiple types of mucus throughout the day, record the most-fertile type.

Quick reference of cervix and mucus changes

Time in cycle

Cervix feeling

Mucus appearance, texture


Fertility rating

After period

Firm, Low, Closed, Dry



Not fertile

After dry days

Firm, Low, Opening, Dry



Not fertile

Approaching ovulation

Soft, Higher, Opening, Wet

Creamy, cloudy, whitish, yellowish. Thick and does not stretch.



Just before ovulation

Soft, Highest, Open, Wet

Slippery, looks and feels like raw egg white




Soft, Higher, Open, Wet




After ovulation

Hard, Lower, Closing, Dry

Sticky, then dries up until next cycle

Sticky or dry

Not fertile

Best days to try and conceive

Conception is unlikely to occur if you don't have sex during your fertile window. Your fertile window is a 6-day interval ending on the day of ovulation. The start of this window normally corresponds to a rise in hormones which results in the cervix producing cervical mucus.

A study in Italy found that the probability of conception is essentially zero on days with no cervical mucus. This increased dramatically to 30% on days with the most fertile-type cervical mucus.

If you're trying to get pregnant the best days to have sex are usually the two days before you ovulate. This is normally when your cervix is in its fertile state (SHOW) and your cervical fluid resembles raw egg white and can be stretched more than an inch.

Increase your chances by having sex on the two best days each cycle

Causes of low cervical mucus

Some women only have a small amount of mucus and for a small proportion of women they may not notice mucus at all. In some circumstances the lack of mucus is due to inadequate estrogen levels, but in others it may be due to lifestyle factors that may just need a little adjusting.

Here are some causes of a lack of cervical mucus;

  1. Hormonal imbalance
  2. Nutrition deficiency
  3. Medications
  4. Infections
  5. Douching (vaginal washing)
  6. Weight (being under/over weight)

10 Tips to improve cervical mucus

Here are some of the things you can do to increase the quantity and quality of your mucus naturally:

  1. Stop smoking - Smoking alters how the hormone estrogen is metabolised by the body.
  2. Avoid toxins - Soap or body wash interferes with the delicate pH balance of the vagina and mucus. Cut out these chemicals to improve cervical mucus.
  3. Maintain a healthy weight - If you are overweight or underweight it is very likely that your delicate hormone balance is disrupted. Good estrogen levels are needed to make quality cervical mucus.
  4. Avoid lubrication - This may interfere with your observations but also restricts the movement of sperm. If you do need to use lubrication during sex, use only lubrication that is "sperm friendly".
  5. Avoid some medications - such as antihistamines, which can decrease the amount of mucus. However, do not cease any prescribed medication until you have discussed this with your doctor.
  6. Stay hydrated - Drink plenty of water, at least 2 litres a day.
  7. Avoid high doses of Vitamin C supplements - These may have the effect of drying mucus so make sure you are taking no more than the recommended dose or better still, rather than taking supplements ensure that Vitamin C is present in your daily diet.
  8. Eat foods with high alkaline properties - Although there is no conclusive evidence, it is believed that eating such foods may improve mucus. Enjoy foods like celery, cabbage, kale, pumpkins, watercress and almonds and avoid highly acidic foods like beef, pork, bacon, wheat, corn and some dairy such as cheese and cow"s milk.
  9. Take Evening Primrose Oil - Taking this in the first half of your cycle (up until predicted ovulation) may help to improve cervical mucus.
  10. Take L-Arginine - This is an essential amino acid that is believed to improve the fluidity and production of cervical mucus as well as looking after your general reproductive health.

If after trying these natural solutions you do not notice any improvement in your cervical mucus, consult your doctor about other options.

Double peak pattern

You only ovulate once per cycle, but your body may go through multiple attempts during a particular cycle.

Here's what can happen;

As your body prepares to ovulate cervical mucus shows, but if ovulation does not occur, cervical mucus can dry up for a few days. A few days later your body prepares to ovulate again, cervical mucus shows up again. This is known as a "double peak", but it can also happen more than twice.

What is a "peak day"? The peak day is known as the last day of more-fertile cervical mucus before drying up.

Cervical mucus after conception / implantation

Many women notice a white or clear creamy mucus after implantation. This is sometimes mixed with a little blood and so can also have a tint of brown or pink colour.

Implantation is when a fertilized egg (ovum) attaches to the wall of the uterus. Some women experience implantation bleeding at this time. After implantation, increasing amounts of the hormone progesterone cause the cervix to produce mucus.

Mucus is required in early pregnancy as it forms a plug in the cervical canal to prevent bacteria from entering the uterus. However, not all women experience cervical mucus after conception.


Learning how to observe the changes in your cervix and cervical mucus can help you get pregnant sooner.

With some practice you'll be able to detect these changes to help you pinpoint ovulation.

The best time to have sex when trying to conceive is within the two days leading up to ovulation.

Calculate when these two days are for you

Infographic "how-to" guide

To help you remember these steps, take a look at the following infographic.

Cervix and Cervical Mucus Observations Step-by-Step Infographic

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  1. Joan Jul 19, 2016
    Thanks l now know how to track cervical mucus changes and be able to conceive.
    1. Phil (OC Team): You're welcome, thanks for your comment. - (Jul 19, 2016)
    2. Bukola: From April to July, my period has always been between 22 and 24 days, but in July, it came on the 30th of and ended on the 1st of August. When is my ovulation period? - (Aug 27, 2016)
    3. Christina (OC Team): Log your cycle dates into your account here for a prediction. Good luck! - (Aug 28, 2016)
    4. Jessie: What is going on with me? I was light cramping yesterday and after I ate, took my vitamins and vomited. No sign of period yet. - (Aug 31, 2016)
    5. Christina (OC Team): Have you logged your data? It's important to know where you are in your cycle. - (Aug 31, 2016)
  2. Augustina Jul 19, 2016
    I impressed and i hope that i will be pregnant this month
    1. Phil (OC Team): Thanks Augustina, best of luck. - (Jul 19, 2016)
  3. Mahi Jul 19, 2016
    Good info.
    1. Sarah (OC Team): Thank you Mahi. - (Jul 21, 2016)
  4. Esther Jul 20, 2016
    Good lectures, i'll 4lo this instructions, tnx alot.
    1. Sarah (OC Team): Thanks for your comment! - (Jul 20, 2016)
  5. Linda Jul 20, 2016
    Really find it very helpful.
    1. Phil (OC Team): Thanks for your comment Linda. - (Jul 22, 2016)
  6. Jenny Jul 22, 2016
    This is educational.
    1. Phil (OC Team): Thanks Jenny, glad it helped. - (Jul 22, 2016)
  7. Basirat Jul 23, 2016
    1. Phil (OC Team): Glad it was helpful. - (Jul 26, 2016)
    2. Dorcas: It's informative. - (Aug 08, 2016)
  8. Hannah Jul 24, 2016
    Thx for the teaching... i will sn ovulate cos am trying to conceive.
    1. Phil (OC Team): Thanks for your comment, you're welcome. - (Jul 26, 2016)
  9. Tina Jul 27, 2016
    I found this information very helpful. Now I know how to check my cervix mucus.
    1. Sarah (OC Team): Thanks for commenting Tina, glad it helped. - (Jul 28, 2016)
  10. Tammy Jul 27, 2016
    This was really much needed information thanks soo much!
    1. Sarah (OC Team): Thank you. - (Jul 28, 2016)
  11. Ogechi Jul 28, 2016
    Thanks I found this calendar. It's diff from other on line calendar. Is very helpful.
    1. Sarah (OC Team): Thank you for your feedback. - (Jul 28, 2016)
  12. Siene Jul 28, 2016
    How many times do I need to make love In a week because I don't know If i actually ovulate or when I do ovulate?
    1. Sarah (OC Team): Okay, the first thing to do is work out when you're ovulating. Please read this: https://www.ovulationcalculator.com/ovulation-symptoms-signs/ Then use Ovulation Calculator daily to log your cycle info and read the tips. - (Jul 28, 2016)
  13. Akpoarherhe Jul 28, 2016
    How many days does ovulation start after period?
    1. Sarah (OC Team): Everyone is different, and even the same women will ovulate on different cycle days from cycle to cycle. That's why it's important to know the signs of ovulation. - (Jul 28, 2016)
  14. Akpoarherhe Jul 28, 2016
    On what day will a person with a 31 day cycle start ovulation after their period?
    1. Sarah (OC Team): Hi, everyone is different and even the same woman can ovulate on different cycle days from cycle to cycle. But if we base this example on a 31-day cycle, we would still need to know the luteal phase. Most women ovulate 15 days before their next period. Please see this: https://www.ovulationcalculator.com/ovulation/ - (Jul 29, 2016)
  15. Jane Jul 30, 2016
    Hi, My period is more than ten days and before it was five days, since then I've been experiencing cervical mucus round the month. No dry time, what should I do?
    1. Sarah (OC Team): Hi Jane, you should monitor your cervical fluid (CF) over a few cycles so you can learn your pattern. Some women experience more CF, and for longer, than others. - (Jul 31, 2016)
  16. Anniej Jul 31, 2016
    Very helpful
  17. Ngozi Aug 03, 2016
    Hi. The length of my period is getting shorter. I feel dry, in terms of the cervical mucus, most of the cycle. I really want to conceive a boy.
  18. Gely Aug 04, 2016
    Hi. I had sex in my fertile window and I started feeling cramps that I never felt before just after ovulation. Now, my period is approaching and the cramps are increasing. Does this mean I'm pregnant or not?
    1. Christina (OC Team): The only thing that can confirm pregnancy is a test, but the cramping could implantation. It could also be your period. Take this quiz to see if your symptoms match up https://www.ovulationcalculator.com/implantation-bleeding-or-period-quiz/ - (Aug 04, 2016)
  19. Briana Aug 05, 2016
    This is extremely helpful. By far the most helpful thing I've read.
  20. Mzet Aug 06, 2016
    Thanks for the information. I used your ovulation calender this month and I'm 3DPO according to your calendar. I'm feeling dizzy, lightheaded and have lower abdominal pains. Could I be pregnant or is it just my mind decieving me? 12 days to my AF.
    1. Christina (OC Team): Only a test can confirm pregnancy, but while you wait to test, have a look at these early signs of pregnancy to see if your symptoms seem to match up https://www.ovulationcalculator.com/early-signs-pregnancy/ - (Aug 06, 2016)
  21. Sh Aug 07, 2016
    My OC says I ovulate on August 5th, but my CM was sticky and white that day. Before that, it was EW for few days. Will my chart correct itself? When did I really ovulate?
    1. Christina (OC Team): It sounds like you ovulated earlier than the fifth. Your CM will be sticky and white after ovulation, and you will notice EWCM before ovulation (when you are at your most fertile). Enter the day you ovulated (after EWCM and before sticky white CM) and your chart will update. - (Aug 08, 2016)
  22. Naomi Aug 08, 2016
    I have tried to follow the cervix and cervical mucus "how to," but I do not know if am touching the cervix. I tried to do it just now, but my middle finger just went inside my vagina. It was very deep inside, but my finger did not touch any circle. Also it is open and wet. I don't know if i got it right. Please shed more light on it.
    1. Christina (OC Team): If you don't feel anything at all, your cervix may currently be too high. This can happen when you are in your peak fertile phase. If you felt something but just didn't feel the circle, I'd suggest trying again. The cervix opening (OS) is often off center, so you may have to feel around for it. - (Aug 08, 2016)
    2. Naomi: Thanks, I will try that again. - (Aug 08, 2016)
  23. Sh Aug 08, 2016
    I have logged my CM and CP every day and my chart is not updating. How can I edit my ovulation date?
  24. Jacqueline Aug 08, 2016
    I found this website a little too late, but its been very helpful. I used another app to help me track my cycle. After reading all these articles about CF, I feel like that app was wrong even though Ovulation calculator also showed my fertile window as July 22-27. I did not have that "ideal" CF until the 30th. Could the fertile and ovulation window be off on ovulation calculator? Thanks!
    1. Christina (OC Team): Hi Jacqueline, Any ovulation calculator will estimate your ovulation based on your cycle dates and length, but what stands out about Ovulation Calculator is that it will adjust its calculations as you add more information about your cycle. So if you notice EWCM on the 30th and log that information, your predicted fertile window will adjust. This will help you better predict ovulation in future cycles. Always go with the signs your body is giving you. Just don't forget to come back here and log your data. Good luck! - (Aug 08, 2016)
    2. Jacqueline: Thank you. I did log CM for the 30th, but that didnt change anything with the fertile window. Ovulation calculator alerted me to take a pregnancy test today (the 10th), but it is negative. Is it too early for a BFP? THX - (Aug 10, 2016)
  25. Amira Aug 08, 2016
    I gave birth on the 2nd of May but lost my babies. My period isn't regular for now, but I hope to get pregnant soon. Thanks.
  26. Rachael Aug 10, 2016
    I just found this app, but really like it. I have been trying for a baby after an ectopic pregnancy that happened 2 years ago. I've learned so much in just one day, thank you.
    1. Christina (OC Team): Glad we could help with information. Good luck on your journey! - (Aug 10, 2016)
  27. Chy Aug 11, 2016
    Please, I need your help. I saw white mucus. But I don't know what happened. I guess it didnt work because the next month I saw my period. I really want to conceive a boy. What do I do?
    1. Christina (OC Team): It's normal for a healthy, fertile couple to take a few cycles to conceive. Have a look at this article to learn more about increasing your odds. https://www.ovulationcalculator.com/get-pregnant/ - (Aug 11, 2016)
  28. Kelechi Aug 11, 2016
    Thanks for the info. When I ovulate I don't see the stretchy mucus.
    1. Christina (OC Team): Cervical mucus changes aren't as obvious to everyone. If this is the case for you, be sure to track in other ways, e.g. BBT or OPK https://www.ovulationcalculator.com/basal-body-temperature/ - (Aug 11, 2016)
  29. Hannah Aug 11, 2016
    I'm 26, and due to a health issue, I had to have my left ovary removed. Can I still get pregnant? Will it be harder?

    My husband and I have been trying since December 2015 and have had no positive pregnancy tests. We're still learning all of this info to help us conceive a second child, our first child (5 years ago was easy) a little help or any suggestions or info would be much appreciated.
    1. Christina (OC Team): As long as you are ovulating and there are no other fertility issues, you should be able to get pregnant. With one ovary removed, it's more important to track ovulation. There are a few ways you can do this. First, set up an account at Ovulation Calculator. Then, start charting your basal body temperature. More on that here: https://www.ovulationcalculator.com/basal-body-temperature/ You can also look for the cervical position and mucus changes, using this article as a guide. And/or use an over-the-counter ovulation predictor kit. Good luck! - (Aug 12, 2016)
    2. Hannah: Thank you very much, we have found this website is absolutely amazing for us to use. Its easy and I will definitely be spreading the word about it to friends. - (Aug 12, 2016)
    3. Christina (OC Team): So glad to hear that, thank you! - (Aug 12, 2016)
  30. Godswill Aug 14, 2016
    My CM is creamy all through and after ovulation, why?
    1. Christina (OC Team): As the article mentions, some women do experience creamy CM after implantation. It sounds like this may be a possibility, depending on a few factors (e.g., cycle date and other symptoms). Have a look at this article to learn more about what happens during implantation https://www.ovulationcalculator.com/implantation-bleeding-or-period-quiz/ - (Aug 15, 2016)
  31. Ifeoma Aug 17, 2016
    Very interesting. I am impressed.
  32. Alozie Aug 17, 2016
    Thanks a lot for this teaching. I'm trying to conceive. I hope this will be helpful.
    1. Christina (OC Team): Good luck - (Aug 18, 2016)
  33. Mita Aug 19, 2016
    Really helpful....
  34. Sandra Aug 20, 2016
    This was super helpful!!! I feel way more informed!!!! Thanks!
  35. Sarah Aug 23, 2016
    I really appreciate this information. I was able to find my cervix after reading this. I was wondering if it tells anywhere on this site, or if anyone can tell me what position and texture (softeness/hardness) the cervix takes if conception has occurred?

    1. Christina (OC Team): The positon of your cervix in early pregnancy will be high, but not as high as it was when you were ovulating, soft and closed. Good luck! - (Aug 25, 2016)
  36. Vicky Aug 25, 2016
    Is it possible to have the egg white mucus for 6 to 7 days? I'm on day 7 right now (Thursday) of the egg white (I check twice a day but it says to use the most fertile mucus) and my calendar said I ovulated on Sunday. My last cycle I only had egg white mucus for 2 days.
    1. Christina (OC Team): Try looking for other signs of ovulation, such as charting BBT or tracking cervical position. More info here https://www.ovulationcalculator.com/basal-body-temperature/ - (Aug 25, 2016)
  37. Bukola Aug 26, 2016
    I don't think I ovulated at all because I only noticed watery CF each day. Please, which drug can I use to improve my CF? Thanks!
    1. Christina (OC Team): You should talk to your doctor about any medications you think you may need. In the meantime, have a look at this article. It has information about improving cervical mucus naturally. https://www.ovulationcalculator.com/cervix-cervical-mucus/ - (Aug 26, 2016)
  38. Bukola Aug 26, 2016
    With all this information, it seems am not ovulating. Which drug can you recommend for me please? Thanks!
    1. Christina (OC Team): You should talk to your doctor about any medications you think you may need. In the meantime, be sure to look closely for signs of ovulation. I recommend charting BBT in addition to any other method you may be using. Have a look at this article for more information: https://www.ovulationcalculator.com/basal-body-temperature/ - (Aug 26, 2016)
  39. Bukola Aug 27, 2016
    Thanks, I will work on this.
  40. Otis Sep 01, 2016
    Wonderful, I will start trying this and I hope I get pregnant this month.
  41. Lilly Sep 01, 2016
    Thank you for this. I have read so much info but none has been this clear. Wish I found this a month ago, but happy I found it now!! SEPT will be our month now that I have accurate info.
    1. Christina (OC Team): That's a great attitude! Good luck! - (Sep 01, 2016)
  42. Oge Sep 02, 2016
    Is the cervix always open during ovulation?
    1. Christina (OC Team): Yes. The cervix is Soft High Open and Wet (SHOW) during ovulation. It must be open to allow sperm to pass through. - (Sep 02, 2016)
  43. Nikky Sep 03, 2016
    It has been almost 4 years that I had sex last but planning to get pregnant this year. Would my body systems still be okay to conceive?
    1. Christina (OC Team): Abstaining from sex shouldn't impact fertility. Good luck! - (Sep 03, 2016)
    2. Nikky: Thank you. - (Sep 04, 2016)
  44. Samantha Sep 04, 2016
    Wow! This so helpful. My husband and I have been Googling and Googling to get this information! We have been actively trying to conceive for awhile now. My husband has starting taking a vitamin for the past 2 months. Last month, we didnt catch my ovation period. I know we had sex for a week straight to make sure we hit the window of ovulation. This information really makes me feel hopeful that this month could be the month that we get a positive test. Thank you so much.
    1. Christina (OC Team): I'm so glad you found the information helpful! Good luck!! - (Sep 04, 2016)
  45. Joxy Sep 06, 2016
    I am in my fertile phase now and expecting ovulation in the next 2 days, according to my ovulation calendar. I felt my cervix, but it's not deep. I can easily the last two days. It's soft not that wet and open. I don't know if I am really ovulating. I also had sex yesterday.
    1. Christina (OC Team): The calendar will give you an estimated fertile window, but you should also look for the signs of ovulation. Have a look at this article for more info: https://www.ovulationcalculator.com/ovulation-symptoms-signs/ You may also use an OPK or chart BBT. Be sure to log your results into your account here and the accuracy of your prediction should update. - (Sep 06, 2016)
  46. Stephanie Sep 06, 2016
    Thank you for this post, and the pictures help!
  47. Roseline Sep 11, 2016
    Very helpful, thanks. But I have a question, if your ovulation is to come on 8th of sep., then you have sex in 5?
    1. Christina (OC Team): I'm not sure I understand your question. But if you are trying to calculate your fertile window, you would count back five days from ovulation. So if you ovulated on the 8th, your fertile window would include the 3rd through the 8th. Hope that helps! - (Sep 11, 2016)
  48. Euphemia Sep 13, 2016
    I got more of something that is like cooked soft yam rather than sticky. What can be the cause? My period will start today after 2 or three days and it will stop. Then in the next 2 days, it will come out again.
    1. Christina (OC Team): That's an interesting observation. You may want to ask your doctor about this and the irregular period. - (Sep 13, 2016)
  49. Divine Sep 14, 2016
    Please, can the absence of cervical mucus prevent pregnancy from occurring? Thanks.
    1. Christina (OC Team): Cervical mucus plays an important role in the process as it helps guide sperm through the cervix and into the uterus. Have a look at this article for natural ways to increase cervical mucus. https://www.ovulationcalculator.com/cervix-cervical-mucus/ Good luck! - (Sep 14, 2016)
  50. Esther Sep 17, 2016
    My menstrual period was supposed to come out on the 14th of Sept, but has not come until now. What could be the cause?
    1. Christina (OC Team): Women can miss periods for a variety of reasons, including pregnancy and hormonal imbalances. I'd suggest taking a pregnancy test. - (Sep 17, 2016)
  51. Ashley Sep 19, 2016
    After ovulation, my body goes through all signs of pregnancy and often all at once. From around implantation time its seems to settle. From here my cervical mucus goes between clear and wet - white and creamy. Is this normal? I've had bloods taken amd hormone checked, but it always comes back normal.
    1. Christina (OC Team): If this is normal for you and your blood tests came back normal, I wouldn't worry. - (Sep 19, 2016)
  52. Geraldine Sep 20, 2016
    This was really helpful. God bless you.
  53. Beatrice Sep 21, 2016
    The CM after implantation helped a lot. I've been getting the white creamy mucus. Tomorrow, I'm supposed to either come on my cycle or take a pregnancy test. Between the falling asleep, vomiting, constipation and craving of watermelon on a daily basis... we will see. My husband and I are cautiously optimistic. Dr. appt on Monday. Thank you for this article.
    1. Christina (OC Team): Good luck! - (Sep 21, 2016)
    2. Anna: Did you see a bfp???? Anna - (Oct 05, 2016)
    3. Beatrice: No got a bfn....had cycle this week. The calendar is great for a lot of things but tracking my period is not one of them. Although my cycle is only 4-6 days max with 5 the norm, I still have one pretty much the same time every month. That's different from what the calculator shows but hopefully this time around will bring me wonderful news. I was bummed for about an hour and my husband said, "No worries, practicing is the most fun." Wishing you all baby dust. - (Oct 06, 2016)
  54. Anna Sep 23, 2016
    Hi, I am 3 DPO now and since yesterday, my CM is very white and creamy. My breasts are tender but usually are after ovulation. My cycle is 28 days every time. I am having some mild cramps. What should my CM look like at 3 dpo if fertilization has occurred and how should it look if I am not pregnant? Thank you all so much!!! I want to be pregnant so badly!!!! Sending baby dust to everyone!!!!! Please send me girl baby dust as I already have 2 boys!!!!!!!! :)
    1. Christina (OC Team): Some women report clear or creamy CM after pregnancy, but some women who aren't pregnant have mentioned the same. Unfortunately, tracking CM isn't a reliable way to determine whether you are pregnant. Testing is still the best way. Good luck and baby dust to you! - (Sep 23, 2016)
    2. Anna: Thank you so much for your reply. I am so anxious to find out!!! I have tried the Shettles method with my husband (1st month of trying) to get a baby girl. With my other two pregnancies, I got pregnant straight away, but I was only 27 and 29 years old! Now I am nearly 35, so I'm hoping I am not too old to get pregnant! - (Sep 24, 2016)
    3. Christina (OC Team): The 2ww can be rough, but you must be getting close to testing now. Good luck!! - (Sep 24, 2016)
    4. Anna: Just tested 4 days before my period and it was negative. Hopefully I will see a bfp next month :( - (Oct 03, 2016)
  55. Unique Sep 29, 2016
    Hi there.. I don't know how much I can thank you for your help because now I am pregnant. The best thing you need to do for me is prayer because I have had miscarriages two times. Now I put every thing in God's hands.
    1. Christina (OC Team): That's great news, congratulations!! Wishing you all the best! - (Sep 29, 2016)
  56. QueenKubura Oct 04, 2016
    Why am I ovulating and my cm is not ewcm but white and creamy?
    1. Christina (OC Team): You could still be in your fertile window. How are you tracking ovulation? - (Oct 04, 2016)
  57. Naomie Oct 04, 2016
    Very helpful. I'm following this strictly.
  58. Kristyn Oct 05, 2016
    I'm 7dpo and my cervix is high and not as hard as it was a couple of days ago. I've had creamy CM since I ovulated. What does that mean?
    1. Christina (OC Team): Those are promising signs. But unfortunately, a pregnancy test is the only reliable way to detect pregnancy. Good luck! - (Oct 05, 2016)
  59. Rossy Oct 06, 2016
    Hi, I want to know if it's possible to have a cervical mucus without ovulating and secondly I want to also know if it's possible not to ovulate after taking clomid. I want to also know what an irregular period really is, because sometimes mine comes at 25, 27, 28, 29, and 30 days. Please educate me more about it.
    1. Christina (OC Team): It's possible to notice some CM at other times in your cycle, and it's also possible for your body to start ovulating more than once in a cycle (though you'll only fully ovulate once). Clomid doesn't work 100% of the time, but this is something you should talk to your doctor about. If your cycle length is always different, your cycle is considered irregular. This makes it a bit more difficult (not impossible) to track ovulation. Good luck! - (Oct 06, 2016)
  60. Rossy Oct 06, 2016
    Thanks a lot.
  61. Gift Oct 08, 2016
    Hi, My CM is never stretchy but watery. Do I still ovulate?
    1. Christina (OC Team): You should notice EWCM right before you ovulate. Are you checking internally? If you're concerned that you aren't ovulating, try tracking another way, such as using OPKs or charting BBT. https://www.ovulationcalculator.com/basal-body-temperature/ - (Oct 09, 2016)
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  63. Harrit Oct 09, 2016
    This is very helpful, but please, I want to know about the 28-day cycle. I just had my period on the 6th and it has ended yesterday. Is a 3 day cycle normal? And when will i ovulate. Thanks
    1. Christina (OC Team): A 3-day period could be normal, but if your periods tend to last longer, this may be an irregular cycle. I'd suggest taking a pregnancy test if you think there's a possibility you could be pregnant. Log your cycle dates into your account here to get a prediction of your ovulation and fertile window. Good luck! - (Oct 10, 2016)
  64. Tia Oct 10, 2016
    I found this article very informative. I have always been apprehensive about checking internal CM or cervical position because it felt intrusive. However, I've realised that it's my own body and who best to know it but me. Still novice in the procedure, but I think it is a brilliant indicator of fertility. Thanks OC for the information.
  65. Adrienne Oct 10, 2016
    My doctor said there are only 2 cycles, 21 and 28 days. Ovulation occurs from day 11 to day 16 and the other days don't count. Sometimes my cycle length is 30,31,32 and sometimes 33 days. If my doctor is wrong, how do i calculate ovulation to be 10 to 14 days before my next cycle? Thanks for teaching me about the double peak pattern. I didn't know that before. On my last cycle, I saw EWCM on day 14 and 18. But on day 14, my cervix was very high. The mucus stretched about 3 inches. On day18, my cervix was about 2 knuckles up inside. I am confused. The sad thing is that I am trying to conceive but I only have sex one time for the month because of my husband work schedule and country. Any suggestion or help?
    1. Christina (OC Team): It's true that your fertile window are the days that count for TTC, but ovulation doesn't necessarily occur on a set day of your cycle (although, it can appear to if your cycles are extremely regular). Start tracking ovulation and noting the days it occurs. Once you know this, you can predict when you will ovulate in future cycles. If you're having trouble tracking with CM and CP, try using over the counter ovulation predictor kits (OPKs). Good luck! - (Oct 11, 2016)
    2. Adrienne: How many months should I track ovulation for? This month, I am on my 13th day and remained confused since there are no signs of fertile mucus as yet. Or could it be around the 17th? - (Oct 14, 2016)
    3. Christina (OC Team): Most people keep tracking until they conceive, but it's your call. If you aren't noticing signs of ovulation through OPKs, try charting BBT. - (Oct 14, 2016)
  66. Mariyatu Oct 13, 2016
    Wow. I hope I'll get pregnant this month.
  67. Gift Oct 13, 2016
    I've seen egg white CM during ovulation before, but for the past 6 months now, I only observe much watery cervical mucus during my supposed time of
    ovulation. What could be the cause and how do i correct it? I used an ovulation predictor kit last cycle to pin-point my ovulation day and I got positive result but still not pregnant. I am just confused! How do I get the egg white mucus back to be able to conceive? Thanks.
    1. Christina (OC Team): There is a section in this article about increasing cervical mucus. Have a look at that. It may help increase overall CM and EWCM. Good luck! - (Oct 13, 2016)
  68. Jessica Oct 13, 2016
    My period was due today (13th), but it's still not here. All I noticed when I checked my cp was white milky and a bit stretchy non odourless mucus.
    1. Christina (OC Team): Sounds promising. Good luck! - (Oct 13, 2016)
  69. Jessica Oct 13, 2016
    Should I test tomorrow?
  70. Euphemia Oct 13, 2016
    My period came on the 26th of September, and it lasted for 7days. I am on my 18th day. But the CM I see now is watery but not slippery yet. So when will I begin to notice slippery CM?
    1. Christina (OC Team): It sounds like you are in your fertile window and should see EWCM soon. Good luck. - (Oct 14, 2016)
  71. Saa Oct 14, 2016
    I have learnt a lot concerning my fertile days.This is awesome!
  72. Funmilayo Oct 14, 2016
    This is very interesting. I didn't get to know this on time. I will have to wait until my next period so I could follow up. Thanks a lot.
    1. Christina (OC Team): Good luck! - (Oct 14, 2016)
    2. Funmilayo: Thanks - (Oct 15, 2016)
  73. Mk Oct 15, 2016
    Hello, my predicted fertile window is 11-16, but I tested negative using an OPK today. My shortest cycle length is 22days and longest is 31days, but I mostly run a 26-day cycle. My CM is creamy, the internal os seems opened but not soft. Not so high either. So does it mean I've ovulated or I'm yet to? Period was the 4th-6th.
    1. Christina (OC Team): Had you tested earlier in your cycle or was today the first day? If you hadn't been tracking until now, there's no way to tell if you already ovulated. - (Oct 17, 2016)
  74. Azeezat Oct 15, 2016
    This is really helpful to me, although I just got to know this website. I started my cycle on the 13th of Oct. I will make sure I try my best with God by my side to get pregnant as soon as possible.
  75. Samantha Oct 15, 2016
    I am 10 DPO. AF is due in 5 days. I usually get bloated and sore breasts a week before AF is approaching, but it's not happening! Also my CP is extremely high (can barely be found so high up) and soft, but it's closed with lots of creamy CF! I have had cramping in my left side for 2 days, but now it's gone. Is this a sign that I am pregnant?? Here's to hoping x
    1. Christina (OC Team): If these are unusual symptoms for you before your period, it sounds promising. The cervix is soft, medium-high and closed in early pregnancy. Good luck! - (Oct 17, 2016)
  76. Abygehl Oct 17, 2016
    Christina, thanks for the update. Today is my testing date and I noticed some creamy fluid. Could it be that I'm pregnant because by tomorrow, I should have my period. I don't understand.
    1. Christina (OC Team): Some women do report creamy CM after implantation, so it's a promising sign. You'll need a test to confirm, though. Good luck! - (Oct 17, 2016)
  77. Ngozi Oct 20, 2016
    This site is very educative, even though it's a bit difficult to understand. Can one with a blocked falopian tube get pregnant?
    1. Christina (OC Team): It's possible if only one tube is blocked. - (Oct 20, 2016)
  78. Nikky Oct 22, 2016
    Can an irregular period affect ovulation?
    1. Christina (OC Team): Yes, an irregular period can effect ovulation, but it's still possible to conceive. It's just more important to keep track of when you ovulate. - (Oct 24, 2016)
  79. Tawanna Oct 23, 2016
    Hi my name is tawanna, and it said that i have one more day and I checked my c. It's high and its a little creamy and it stretches a little. Can someone help me? I had my period on Sep 18.
  80. Soniadias Oct 24, 2016
    Thank you for teaching us. This was very helpful. Even the doctor also has not told about this. Thank you so much.

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