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#1 of 2 Old 03-30-2012, 12:33 PM - Thread Starter
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I am new here and was trying to find some help from some other women who chart their cycles. I have been doing this on and off for a few years now. Currently I have been charting to avoid for about a year. I have this odd thing that happens that I wanted to see if anyone else has any insight on.


So, normally in your cycle you get to a point where your cervical mucus becomes very stretchy and egg-white like, usually a few days before ovulation. And then you have a temp rise and you know you have ovulated. 

For me it's been different since I started keeping track this time around.

I consistently have the stretchy egg-white mucus about 8 days before I even have the temp change, also accompanied by a high soft cervix. Which is weird to me, and always makes me nervous, because I get slightly unsure about when the ovulation is actually happening. I thought for sure you couldn't have a temp change until the egg starts to break down (which would have to mean it was released within the past 24 hours earlier). 

I know that I am going to have the temp rise and actually ovulate (or at least that is what I have been assuming the temp rise was indicating) because my breasts get extremely sore 3-5 days leading up to the official temperature change for me. So, I know when it's coming everytime.

But I guess I am confused about the temp rise and the cervical mucus/high soft cervix being so many days apart (at least a week or more).

So basically I am confused/curious if I am actually ovulating when I get the cervical mucus. Or if I am actually ovulating a day or so before the actually temp change. Sorry if this is TMI info for anyone.



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What you're experiencing is quite normal.  The EWCM and HSO cervix are what you experience during your fertile period, leading up to ovulation.  It can nourish the sperm so that they can live for several days, so when you are observing it, you should expect that you could get pregnant from any relations during that time.  You don't ovulate until about the end of the patch of EWCM when your temp rises and cervix begins to close.  The egg then lives only for a day or less, so most of your fertile window is before ovulation, not after.

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