There’s a great deal of information to keep up with when talking about ovulation! From getting to know precisely when ovulation occurs, to calculating when exactly you may have the ability to conceive based on your fertile window,  to determining how your period does (and doesn’t) influence your ovulation date. These inquiries are only a small portion of ovulation questions we often hear.

Additionally, our team receives other types of inquires, like how to properly read and understand certain ovulation tracking methods. Some of these methods are pretty clear and easy to use, for example, the calendar and the basal body temperature methods. These methods are best used in combination with another tracking method. However, the third most widely known tracking method which is also the most manually involved, is the cervical mucus method.

Although this method of ovulation tracking may have the capability to provide you with the data that can help increase your odds of achieving pregnancy, its not for every woman. However, if you do use this method it’s only natural to have wondered what fluids you would have to analyze. So to provide some help and support with this, we’ve collected three frequently asked cervical mucus tracking method questions and answered them through the following:

Question 1: I want to use the cervical mucus method to track when I ovulate – but could I ovulate without knowing it?

Unfortunately, yes. The cervical mucus method requires a woman to gather and analyze her cervical mucus. What makes ovulation trackable by cervical mucus is that a woman’s cervical mucus changes in consistency as she gets closer to her ovulation date. The cervical mucus becomes very transparent, clear and slippery when she is most fertile and then following the fertile window, the cervical mucus then becomes cloudy and sticky. Two or more days with this type of cervical mucus is a reliable signal that ovulation has passed.

Although, cervical mucus doesn’t necessarily always fit “stretchy egg white” profile that some specialists would expect to see in a woman’s cycle. This is due to the fact that every woman’s body (and cervical mucus) varies slightly. Some women might not be able to collect the volume of cervical mucus needed to clearly see distinct fluid profiles. So on the off chance that you’ve tried this method and were unsuccessful in tracking the changes in cervical mucus, we strongly suggest speaking with your healthcare provider. Your HCP can recommend products to enhance cervical mucus production for you inside and out- or possibly to suggest a different tracking method that would be more suited for you.

Question 2: My cervical fluid is extremely stretchy – is this normal? Should this last more than one day?

Yes, this is completely normal! Cervical mucus is noted to change in consistency up to several days before a woman ovulates. It’s suggested to look for the 12-24 hour time frame with the greatest amount of wet fluid” when examining cervical mucus to determine if you are ovulating since this occurs when an egg is available to be fertilized.

Question 3: If my tracking results say I’m ovulating more than once a month, is something wrong with my data?

This doesn’t have to mean there’s something wrong with the data. Keep in mind that some women’s cycles vary in length. Its very possible for women with shorter cycles to ovulate at the beginning of the month and then once more (in the next cycle) at the end of the month if the timing works out that way.

What you ought to be cautious of, however, is any data that says you’re ovulating more than once for each cycle. Keep in mind, a menstrual cycle ordinarily starts with a woman’s period, then shortly after comes ovulation, and restarts with another period if pregnancy did not occur. A woman can’t ovulate more than once during each menstrual cycle. In uncommon cases, a woman may discharge more than one egg at one time. This can bring about fraternal twins; yet even this is considered a single ovulation process. So despite the inaccurate news stories from 2003 might say or otherwise: the answer to the question is that you could possibly ovulate more than once every month, except never during the same cycle!

These inquiries are only a modest bunch of the ovulation questions we see on a weekly basis (and in addition to our past few blogs regarding ovulation inquiries). Regardless, we haven’t finished yet! Next week, we’ll be wrapping up this FAQ series with one last major topic of confusion – ovulation tracking apps and the data they collect. Make sure to check in, as the information we provide may have an impact on any tools you may be using on your phones or tablets to help increase your chances of pregnancy!