Thanks for all the answers... this is my first cycle trying and first time charting and it's fascinating! I'm 39 yo, already have a 7 and 10 year old that were quick and easy to conceive back then, but I've definitely felt less fertile the last few years and time is not on my side.....
So I finally had a almost-as-dark-as line on Saturday afternoon (I'd say 95% there!), then fading since. FF says I o'd on Sunday. So maybe that was it!
Questions-- my CM has, for the last few years, been kind of a consistent lotion-y type; never dry feeling, never needing lubricant for sex, but the beautiful EWCM I had in my youth is few and far between (it used to be textbook perfect, right out of the Billings pamphlet). Can I still get PG? Does arousal fluid help?
Also, I've been looking at my saliva through my son's science microscope. I leave a 5mm "puddle" of 1st morning saliva from under my tongue, let it sit for 5ish minutes, then look. To call something "complete ferning" would the entire 5mm spot have ferns? If I found a few ferns along the edges on one part of the circle, is that negative or partial?
I'm just not sure if my varying results are normal or due to user error. I try to do it the same way each morning, but some mornings my spot seems to have a lot more "debris".
I've tried checking my cervix but I have very short fingers and can't quite get up there
I've been temping, but my waking times are so varied (shift work) that I'm not sure how well that will work. I've got a stretch of "normal" days coming up here so I'm going to try to check every day at the same time and see if I see a thermal shift.
Thanks for any wisdom!