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I have a question for you lovely ladies. Watery CM... how do you know this is really CM and not just normal 'discharge'? I am incredibly watery today, not lubricated but its wet down there. I usually don't see watery CM but the last cycle and this one right after AF leaves I'm getting what I think is watery CM. But I'm doubting myself because my CM then goes sticky/creamy and then progresses to EWCM.
How fast does non-CM dry up on your finger? This will dry up almost completely if I wave my fingers around in the air for a 15-30 seconds. Isn't CM not supposed to dry up?
You can't tell discharge from CM by finger testing it. You can only tell if a particular observation is infertile by keeping a CM record for 3 cycles. If you have the *exact* same observation after AF without any dry days during those cycles, then it can be classified as infertile discharge. It should be different than what you observe during the fertile phase. 3 cycles of charting gives you time to learn to recognize your Point of Change; the moment when the infertile discharge changes to fertile mucus.
Every cycle is unique. Ovulation can occur very early, even if that's never happened to you before. That's why the signs are important, day by day. If this sort of wetness is what you typically have when you're fertile, then you should consider yourself fertile right now. Ignore what day it is, your body is telling you something!
I always have something of a "wet" feeling. So distinguishing my wet feeling from a fertile wet feeling was something I had to take quite a bit of time with as I was learning BOM. So I think you just tell by charting long enough you get so it is something you can tell.