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Luteal Phase is the time from Peak until menstruation.
You can tell that you've ovulated because of Peak. If there is no ovulation, the mucus will not reach Peak. You might have a patch of fertile mucus, but it won't reach a Peak unless ovulation is succesful. If ovulation is unsuccessful, the fertile mucus will usually go back to your BIP instead of reaching Peak. Does that make sense?
1. Develops and changes over a matter of days
2. Becomes slippery
3. Dries up drastically
The mucus pattern has to do all 3 things in order for you confirm Peak and apply the Peak Rule. If the mucus pattern doesn't do those things, there is no Peak and you would apply Early Day Rules #3 (wait for 3 days of BIP again). Starting on the 4th night of BIP you can resume intercourse and follow Early Day #2 (alternate nights as long as you observe your BIP).
Your instructor should be walking you through all this. When you have a patch of mucus and you're not sure if it reached Peak or not, that's the perfect time to check in with her to go over your chart. She'll help you tell the difference so you know when you go back to Early Day Rules or when to use the Peak Rule. If she's not very helpful, don't hesitate to PM me and I'd be happy to go over your BOM chart with you in private.
Last edited by ShawnaCAN; August 13th, 2009 at 02:09 PM.
thanks so much! I haven't come anywhere close to having peak! I was just curious. But honestly, I get the feeling my instructor is kind of annoyed when I ask alot of questions so if it doesn't pertain to what's going on at the moment I don't really ask her.
LJ3Dtdance, yes I do have an instructor, I'm TTA and just learning BOM.
You should discuss this feeling with your instructor IMO, because asking a lot of questions is the only way to learn it and if TTA is important to you than you don't want to not know the answers...though we're happy to help you when we can.