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Well, I did start a new cycle yesterday. That was a 10 day luteal phase this time.
From the very beginning of this bleeding I noticed mucus in the blood. Would I only count the mucus as possibly fertile during the latter half of the bleeding when it could be seen more accurately (I know without a shadow of a doubt that its mucus, it even had bubbles in it sometimes)? My bleeding has been relatively light, three pads all day, not including the one I'll be changing into at bedtime.
Because of the presence of the mucus should I expect an early ovulation or do you think the mucus was just part of the possible miscarriage? I would think it strange that it would be because of the miscarriage since my luteal phase was fairly short and implantation cramping began on 7dpo (cramping never really stopped until bleeding started, but did lighten up for days 9 and 10dpo).
I'm going to try to implement the Creighton Model type of charting.
Since my husband will be gone for October and November we are going to give it another try for this ovulation, because there will be forced abstinence in October and November. I'm really hoping those two months will really help things get evened out in there.
i ALWAYS have mucus in my AF. And unless I'm taking vitex I don't O early.
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Since you're doing Creighton this cycle, then yes - you would consider mucus during AF potentially fertile. That's what their guideline is. After charting for 3 cycles, it could be classified as infertile discharge if it meets the criteria for that. But for now, since it's your first cycle charting CrM again....every mucus observation is considered potentially fertile until proven otherwise.
There's no way to predict whether ovulation will be late or early though. The mucus tells you that you're potentially fertile right now and you could ovulate soon. If the attempt at ovulation fails, you could experience some days or weeks of infertility before your body tries again.
I also always have mucus during AF. And I don't think it would be a miscarriage, even if the egg tried to implant, since it wasn't successful. That can happen to any given woman during any given cycle and it's still not considered anything but a period, from my understanding. I think that's a pretty normal physiological thing that happens, and it's the whole reason why we have periods. Either the egg successfully implants and we end up pregnant, or it doesn't and we end up getting a period.
Mucus from the very beginning of AF is unusual for me. I did have some mucus toward the end of AF a couple of cycles back and did have an early ovulation.
Interesting to know that for some people it is normal.
Another unusual thing I had this time was some very firm clots this time. I don't usualy clot much, if I do they are small and rather stringy. This time they were about the size of a good size cherry and firm like raw chicken.
Shawna, I have a pretty good idea of what my infertile mucus looks like. Though I haven't kept a regimented charting schedule over the years I have been watching my mucus for about 10 years to determine when I'm ovulating.
I want to see if I can be more specific to see if my body is telling me anything by my mucus patterns though. There's quite a bit of information in the Creighton Model book about certain things that could be going on inside based upon your mucus pattern.