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April 21st, 2009, 06:58 PM
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How often do you check it? Do you always just check it at the opening of the vagina or do you check it at the cervix also? Also if you check your cervical position, when is the best time to do that? Does anyone know if beta blockers like Labetalol have any effect on CM or temps? I didn't see anything in TCOYF about it, but I might have missed it. I'm sure I have more questions but that's all I can think of for now.
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April 21st, 2009, 08:37 PM
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How often do you check it? Do you always just check it at the opening of the vagina or do you check it at the cervix also? Also if you check your cervical position, when is the best time to do that? Does anyone know if beta blockers like Labetalol have any effect on CM or temps? I didn't see anything in TCOYF about it, but I might have missed it. I'm sure I have more questions but that's all I can think of for now.

I pay attention to it all day long, it's more of an awareness than scheduled "checking." I pay attention to what I feel as I go about my day and also note anything I happen to see on toilet paper. No internal exams at all. That's consistent with the Billings Ovulation Method though, TCOYF might recommend a different way of checking that is consistent with the way mucus is interpreted according to FAM.

The best time to check your cervix is as the end of the day, after you have made your mucus observations for that day. The reason is because internal exams can actually compromise the accuracy of your mucus observations. So observe mucus all day long and then if it's necessary to check your cervix - do it at the end of the day.

I checked my list of drugs which affect CM and beta blockers were not listed. So if there is an effect, it's not yet known. You'll have to find out for us!
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April 21st, 2009, 09:44 PM
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Yup, I just observe mine during the day too. I just pay attention when I wipe after using the restroom.
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