Women give signals when something is happening in their body. Before the start of ovulation you will find that they give signs. The position of the cervix and the cervical mucus you produce undergo changes throughout the menstrual cycle.
To be able to know your ovulation, take note of the change in the texture of your cervical mucus and the change in position of your [cervix before period]. This will help you know your most fertile period of the month.
There are different types of cervical mucus during the menstrual cycle. They include.
• Dry. This will be experienced at the start of your cycle, prior to ovulation no mucous is produced. Before your period starts, you will notice also that the mucus is dry.
• Sticky: It is not uncommon to have sticky mucous before your ovulation. It should feel sticky at your fingers.
• Creamy: Just right before ovulation, you will get thicker mucus. It actually feels like the body lotion.
• Egg white: This is what you produce when you are ovulating. It’s very slippery, clear and stretchy.
• Watery: This can happens twice, it may occur during ovulation or just after having the egg white cervical mucus. It’s wet and stretchy.
Checking your cervical position is very important. You get to know your menstrual cycle and ovulation. It’s actually a good way to know if you have gotten pregnant or not. This is how you can check your cervical position.
• It takes time and practice to be perfect. Check your cervical position after shower.
• Have clean hands as you start checking
• Your nails should be short and trimmed so as not to injure yourself.
• Gently insert two or one finger into the vagina. You will feel the cervix at the upper front or top.
• You should do this while squatting or sitting on the toilet. If standing, you need to lift one leg on the edge of the bathtub. It is important that you maintain your original position in all then other checks that you do.
The position and the texture of the cervix are bound to change as you progress into your cycle.
• During period: The position of the [cervix before period] is usually lower and the cervix is hard, during the flow, it’s also low and hard to ease the flow of blood.
• After period: The cervix remains low and hard. The uterus remains closed.
• Prior ovulation: You will feel the cervix at the top of the vagina. It actually feels softer and wetter.
• During Ovulation: At this period, it feels like your lips, the uterus is open to allow sperms get in. It‘s not a wonder that at this period you don’t feel it. It gets so soft and blends with the vaginal walls and goes much higher that you cannot touch it. This is your most fertile time.
• After ovulation: You cannot feel the cervix as it drops lower and gets firmer. It feels like the tip of the nose.
• Pregnancy: If there is pregnancy, the cervix rises up and gets softer. The uterus remains closed.
There are other ways to monitor your cycle but this is the simplest. You can do it at home and can help you take control of your fertility. Knowing yourself is important. Some women use this to time intercourse for pregnancy.