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What is the pattern of cervical mucus changes for a woman with a 28-day cycle?

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For a woman with a 28-day cycle, the pattern of changes in her cervical mucus could look something like this:

But your cycle could be very different from this pattern, which is why it's useful to mark changes on your own fertility chart.

Ideally, you should check your cervical mucus every day, possibly every time you go to the bathroom. If you rub toilet paper or your fingers -- after washing your hands -- over the opening of your vagina, you should be able to find cervical mucus. Look at the color and consistency between your fingers, and write down what you find.

  • Days 1-5. Menstruation happens.
  • Days 6-9. Vagina is dry with little to no mucus.
  • Days 10-12. Sticky, thick mucus appears, gradually becoming less thick and more white.
  • Days 13-15. Mucus becomes thin, slippery, stretchy, and clear -- like egg whites. This is the most fertile stage.
  • Days 16-21. Mucus becomes sticky and thick again.
  • Days 22-28. Vagina becomes dry.

From: Charting Your Fertility Cycle WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. American Pregnancy Association: "Ovulation Kits & Fertility Monitors." BabyMed. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. , December 2002. Scolaro, K.,  , Feb. 15, 2008. FDA: "Home Use Tests -- Ovulation (Saliva Test)."







Obstetrics and GynecologyAmerican Journal of Health-System Pharmacy

Reviewed by Trina Pagano on June 23, 2017

SOURCES: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. American Pregnancy Association: "Ovulation Kits & Fertility Monitors." BabyMed. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. , December 2002. Scolaro, K.,  , Feb. 15, 2008. FDA: "Home Use Tests -- Ovulation (Saliva Test)."







Obstetrics and GynecologyAmerican Journal of Health-System Pharmacy

Reviewed by Trina Pagano on June 23, 2017

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