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December 11th, 2007, 11:21 AM
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So I have been spotting the last few days, and I marked it as spotting on my chart. Today nothing was apparent on my tissue as far as CM, so I used the method to check for fluid at the cervix, and some came out with the consistency of EWCM (not even near the volume of EWCM i had last cycle but the same stuff nonetheless), however it was brown tinted. (gawd i'm grossing myself out even writing this! haha sorry bout the TMI!) Anyways, I was wondering how I mark that on the chart? Do I mark that as spotting? or as EWCM? I didn't figure I'd have EWCM yet.....but who knows! Isn't CD9 kinda early for EWCM?
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December 11th, 2007, 12:35 PM
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Anyways, I was wondering how I mark that on the chart? Do I mark that as spotting? or as EWCM?[/b]
You mark it as both, EWCM with spotting.

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I didn't figure I'd have EWCM yet.....but who knows! Isn't CD9 kinda early for EWCM?[/b]
There's no such thing as too early or too late for anything, every cycle is different! So no assumptions about what *should* or *shouldn't* be happening, just monitor your fertility as it happens.

That said, checking internally for mucus can actually compromise the accuracy of your observations and create more confusion than is necessary. When a woman is infertile, the mucus dries up as it passes through vagina over glands called the Pockets of Shaw. Going in to search for the CM disrupts that process and make it seem as though you have more fertile days than you actually do. If you want to check cervical position, do so once at the end of the day and ignore anything CM you find internally...just focus on the firmness/position of the cervix. But since you already found this EWCM, you have to chart it as you found it and consider it potentially fertile. Also, is there any chance it was related to BDing - seminal fluid, lubricants, spermicides, or some other substance besides CM? If so, that's where the alternating evening rule comes in...you automatically disregard whatever you find the day after BDing, and then have one more full day of observations to make sure you're still infertile before using the evening again. Does that make sense?



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December 11th, 2007, 01:36 PM
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That makes perfect sense! And yes we did BD last night, so I will just mark it as a question mark for today for the CM, and mark in spotting as well. I'll go with checking whatever CM makes it outside of my body from now on. I still haven't been able to actually find my cervix......odd i know, but i just don't feel it!
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