Tracking your cervical mucus (CM) (also called cervical fluid (CF)) is a very reliable sign to detect ovulation time.
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You should start checking the mucus of your cervix just after your menses has stopped. Keep checking daily up until ovulation as been detected. Though I usually keep checking through my whole cycle. That way it becomes a habit and I don't forget.
How often to check? I always check the same time each day. But I've been known to check several times a day, especially when I know I'm getting close to when I should be ovulating. With the cervical mucus method of detecting ovulation, it's OK to check more than once a day.
You should always take note of the most fertile CM you notice each day. That way you don't miss an opportunity to 'catch the egg'. Remember: Your ovulation discharge is thin and watery and/or slippery and like egg whites.
Once you detect your most fertile mucus, then go ahead and assume that you are about to ovulate and time intercourse accordingly. As these few days before ovulation are your best days to get pregnant.
Once you are more familiar with your cycle and your signs of ovulation, you can better judge when ovulation nears. Then you can cut down on the days you check your cervical mucous to about a week before you expect to ovulate. And then stop once ovulation is confirmed by your basal body temperature (BBT).
This is of course assuming that you haven't gotten pregnant yet after a couple of months trying to conceive. And this is totally OK, as it can take several months (6 months to a year) for a healthy couple to get pregnant.
Continue to Cervical Mucus page 3: How to check
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