View Full Version : Charting anxiety...need help.
10-23-2005, 10:11 AM
I just started charting today. I understand taking the temp. and the assessing how the cervix feels but I am finding that identifying the type of CM is not that easy. I have the book "taking charge of your fertility" so I have read the descriptions there but when checking today what I found didn't specifically fit into any of the descriptions. It was a mixture. I know too much information (TMI) but I was wondering if anyone knew of any good web sites on this subject. TIA
10-23-2005, 10:14 AM
I don't know of any websites but I do know that sometimes during my cycle my CM isn't "one of the types" either. It can be a mixture of maybe watery/creamy etc. I usually just go by the one is closest too like maybe it looks more creamy than watery etc. Also your CM changes during the day. I can wake up in the morning and it can be dry but maybe me sticky or creamy by the end of the day. I'm not an expert on this b/c I just started charting last month. Good Luck!!! God Bless!!! :D
10-23-2005, 10:25 AM
I hope this makes sense:
I found that for me the TCOYF CM photo gallery was more of a guide than a it-should-look-like-this rule. After charting for a bit I got used to whay *my* CM was like - what watery was for me, what sticky was for me. After a couple cycles I could see my "range", per se. And some days it is going to be a combo as it transitions from one state to another.
Did that help at all??
10-23-2005, 10:29 AM
Yes it did help..thank you!
I am glad that I am starting to chart a couple of months before TTC. I am now thinking that I should have started earlier.
10-23-2005, 03:14 PM
It is really confusing at first!! The best advice I can give you, is to give yourself plenty of time to figure things out. Eventually things will fall into patterns... you'll notice that your CM is wetter one day than another, or that your cervix is higher, etc. It really takes some time to work out. It's amazing what you can learn about from it, though.
10-23-2005, 05:26 PM
I am moving this from FP Groups, to FP. :)
To answer your question though, I agree with the PP who said that you will learn what your CM looks like after doing it for a few months.
Also, I believe I've heard that you should always list the most fertile CM that you have. So, if you have a some creamy and some watery that day, you should list the watery. Make sense?
Good luck charting!:)
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