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So over at the Fertility Charting board Patty informed me that CM dries up after you ovulate. Yet I'm still feeling pretty 'gooey' down there and I recall a few months where I did right up to AF coming. IDK if I O'd this month or not due to coming off of BCP even though I only took one cycle of it? Anyways.. I'm charting temps just to kind of get the hang of what they do and stuff.. They were going all over the place (feel free to take a look) And then when I found out I had to take them the same time of day they sort of leveled out a little but now they're spiking again.. Can anyone give me some input? I'm not quite sure what's going on.. I know this is my first cycle of NFP and charting and all that, so I'm still trying to get the hang of things.. still waiting for my Billings book. But I just feel like it's maybe not normal? Anyone have any advice/tips/reason for why it's doing this? Thanks so much!
Raean, 27 - single mom to Chloe (1.31.03) & Savanna (8.26.05)
It ranges from woman to woman, but generally, yes, CM will dry up after you ovulate. After you have three days of dryness and 3-4 high temps above your coverline, you are considered infertile.
The first couple of cycles of charting are going to be really rough, so don't look at that as you are doing something wrong or something is wrong with your body. Charting takes practice and once you get in the groove, it comes together quite nicely. You'll find that they will level out.
BCP can do a number on the body and even though you only took if for a cycle, your body could possibly having some issues with the synthetic hormones. But, it should regulate fairly quickly since it was only one cycle.
Keep taking your temp at the same time each day before you do ANYTHING. The moment you wake up, take your temp., don't get dressed, take a shower or anything like that before taking your temp.
Check your CM throughout the day and when you chart the most fertile of CM. So, let's say that in the morning, you're dry, in the afternoon, you have lotiony-like CM, then in the evening, it's sticky and crumbly looking, then you want to chart the lotiony-like CM. CM changes throughout the day so it's not always going to be the same all day.
As for vaginal sensation (VS), if you chart that, chart what you feel as you are walking around.
It will get better. Just take it slow and give charting a few more cycles. It will start to level out.
THe BCP shrivels up the parts of your cervix where good quality CM is produced, so women often notice more of the thicker/stickier CM for awhile after stopping the Pill.
The CM does dry up after ovulation, but this refers to the sensation - how it feels. It doesn't go completely dry for all women, some still notice some CM. But the important thing is noticing a CHANGE. Before ovulation, the CM should become progressively wetter and more slippery. After ovulation, you should notice that it changes to something much drier. It's the overall pattern that shows whether ovulation has occurred or not.