Mucus monitoring tip: differentiating cervical and vaginal fluids: If you have difficulty differentiating between cervical fluid and vaginal secretions, dip the sample in a glass of water. If the sample is cervical fluid, it will form a blob and sink. If it is vaginal secretions, it will dissolve. Slippery cervical fluid should feel slippery even when held under water - like a FISH.
NFP and Management
of Continuous Mucus
Continuous mucus can be one of the most frustrating situations (for both the NFP teacher and the woman user) in trying to interpret NFP charts that utilize cervical mucus as a fertility indicator. Many women users of NFP will experience mucus patches (one or two days of mucus) or continuous mucus rather than a dry pattern. There are many reasons for the experience of mucus patches or continuous mucus. The following are some of the most common reasons for non-dry patterns of infertility, how to manage these situations and example charts:
Seminal fluid can appear as peak type mucus and may be present 3-5 days after intercourse.
Arousal fluid can appear as peak type mucus and may confuse mucus readings for the day.
Poor vaginal hygiene may cause continuous high or peak type mucus.
Normal vaginal discharge up to a year after the birth of a baby.
First 6 cycles mucus:
Second 6 cycles mucus:
Management of continuous mucus: