period, you will not have much cervical mucus and it is thick, cloudy, and
sticky. Just before and during ovulation, you will have more cervical mucus and
it is thin, clear, and stringy. It may stretch about
1 in. (2.5 cm) before it
For the 2-day method of checking your cervical secretions,
ask yourself if you have secretions today and did you have secretions
yesterday. For all days that you answer "yes" to one of these questions, it is
likely that you are fertile and can become pregnant if you have unprotected
sex. If you answer "no" to both questions on any day, you are not likely to
Home ovulation tests measure
the amount of luteinizing hormone (LH) in the urine and display the results on
a test strip or a small computer unit.
Combined (symptothermal) method
Many women have
symptoms such as breast tenderness, swelling of the
vulva, bloating, belly pain on one side, or increased
sexual desire around the time of ovulation.
is most effective when all the methods are used together. The number of
unplanned pregnancies is 25 out of 100 women who typically use these methods.
If you have had a baby in the past 6 months or if you have an
irregular menstrual cycle, it may be hard to use this method to know when