How to Observe, Chart, and Record Your Cervical
Major Points in this
You can check your
cervical fluid in any of the following ways, but you should be
consistent: when you go to the bathroom by observing the bathroom
tissue after you wipe your vagina; with your clean fingers in your
vagina at any time; checking internally at your cervix and
"scooping" any fluid with your fingers.
When examining your
cervical fluid, notice the wetness, stretchiness, color, texture and
Listed here in order
from the least to the most fertile, record your observations as
"dry", "sticky", "creamy",
"watery" or "egg white".
You can check your
cervical fluid many times in a day. Always record the most fertile
type you see.
previous lesson discussed the properties of cervical fluid and its
role in fertility and reproduction. You already know about the many
roles of cervical fluid and you know to consider yourself fertile
when you see watery or "egg white" cervical fluid. This
lesson is all about how to record and chart your cervical fluid
Cervical fluid is usually
observable in the vagina and can be checked at any time with clean
hands or with bathroom tissue. You can check it externally as it
exits the vagina, or internally at the cervix. Most people find it
easiest to check externally, but if cervical fluid seems scant, you
may wish to check internally.
Avoid checking your cervical fluid just before or after
intercourse as arousal and seminal fluids will skew your
How to check for cervical fluid
The most convenient 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 find on
the bathroom tissue. This will soon become second nature and you will
find yourself noticing your cervical fluid every time you go to the
bathroom. You can also use your clean fingers to check for cervical
fluid at any time. You may also notice some cervical fluid in your
Things to notice when checking your
Does the vagina feel
wet or dry?
Is there any fluid on
How does it look?
What color is it?
What consistency is
How much is there?
How does it feel when
you touch it?
Can you stretch it
between your thumb and index finger?
If you have trouble
finding cervical fluid, you may consider checking it internally.
Checking your cervical fluid
If you check your
cervical fluid by internal observation, only the method for gathering
the fluid is different. Otherwise, follow the same steps and
observations as for external observation noted above.
collect cervical fluid internally, follow these steps:
Insert two fingers in your vagina until you can feel your cervix.
One finger should be on each side of the cervix.
Press gently against your cervix.
Collect the fluid by moving your fingers to the opening of the
Remove your fingers and pull them apart slowly.
Make your observations as outlined for external fluid observation.
How to record your cervical fluid
No matter how you
observe your cervical fluid (with your fingers, toilet tissue, in
your underwear or internally if necessary) the way to record it will
be the same.
Always record your most
fertile type of cervical fluid, even if you noticed more than one
type of cervical fluid in a given day or even if it is scant. This is
so you will not miss a potentially fertile day and so that you have a
consistent way of keeping track of your cervical fluid from cycle to
are the types of cervical fluid to record at FertilityFriend.com or on your Fertility Friend App. Not
everyone experiences every type of cervical fluid. Just record the
types you do get. You may also have some cervical fluid that does not
seem to "fit" perfectly into any category. In this case,
record it in the most fertile category that best seems to fit. For
example, if you notice in a day that you have cervical fluid that
seems to fit somewhere in between creamy and egg white, record it as
egg white. Likewise, if you get both creamy and egg white fluid in
the same day, record egg white on your chart.
Dry: Record your cervical fluid as "dry" if you
have no cervical fluid present at all; 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 before ovulation after your
period and after ovulation. Record "dry" if you are not
able to gather or see any cervical fluid, even if your vagina feels
slightly moist inside.
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/clear. You may or may
not see some sticky cervical fluid before and after ovulation.
Creamy: Record your cervical fluid as "creamy" if
it is like hand lotion, white or yellow or cloudy/clear, like milk
or cream, mayonnaise or like a flour/water solution. It may stretch
slightly but not very much and break easily.
Watery: Enter "watery" if your cervical fluid is
clear and most resembles water. It may be stretchy also. 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 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. It also resembles semen (and has a lot
of the same physical properties to allow the sperm to travel and be
nourished). You should be able to stretch it between your thumb and
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 menses.
You may see spotting before or after your period, around the time of
ovulation or around the time of implantation if you conceive. Do not
start a new chart until you have red flow.
Menses: When you record "menses" 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. FertilityFriend.com
will automatically start a new chart for you when you enter menses.
Select the fluid type on your data entry form that best matches what you observe:
data entry field for Cervical Fluid on FertilityFriend.com (desktop):
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your cervical fluid data will be displayed on your chart:
Affecting Cervical Fluid
Certain factors may influence the
quality and quantity of cervical fluid that you produce and could
thus impact the interpretation of your chart. Some factors may be a
result of hormonal influences, while others may be related to lifestyle
or medications. If any of these applies to your case, make sure to
record it in the notes section on your chart so that you can
recognize why a particular observation may seem unusual or different.
most cases the effects are not great enough to seriously hamper your
charting efforts or skew the analysis enough to dramatically alter
your results. Nonetheless, the following factors may impact cervical
fluid patterns and should be noted when possible:
medications such as antihistamines and diuretics
some fertility medications, (especially clomiphene citrate- ask your
herbs (ask your doctor before taking herbs or supplements while
trying to conceive)
vaginal infection or sexually transmitted disease (ask your doctor
if you think this is a possibility)
delayed ovulation (can cause multiple cervical fluid patches)
douching (not recommended unless advised by your doctor)
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 (not recommended when trying to conceive as they can be
hostile to sperm)
decreased ovarian function
just stopping birth control pills
you notice anything that concerns you about your cervical fluid (for
example, if it has an unpleasant odor or is causing you discomfort or
itchiness or if you are experiencing unexpected bleeding or
spotting), call your doctor.
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