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7+ days EWCM - is this normal?
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Posted 01 April 2012 - 09:31 PM
So far I've had a week of EWCM and I'm getting frustrated - shouldn't I have ovulated by now? Is it normal to have EWCM for so long? This is only my third (long) cycle coming off the pill, so I'm not sure yet what's normal for me.
My temp was slightly up this morning but there's no signs of EWCM drying up yet, so I'm not holding my breath just yet.
Posted 02 April 2012 - 04:11 AM
Are you certain it's CM? Could it be semen? There's a test you can do if you're not sure... Fill the sink with a little water and EWCM turns into a ball & sinks, if it dissolves then it's semen.
If its EWCM It's a good thing to have so much even though it's frustrating. Are you using OPK's too or checking cervix?
Posted 02 April 2012 - 08:15 AM
I had fertile CM for 6 days before I ovulated last cycle...
Posted 02 April 2012 - 10:01 AM
I usually have it for 10-15 days, not sure if its normal or not either....
Last cycle i had it for 19 days and i know it was EWCM as i put it in water to check. Mine however does start off by going yellow, then cloudy then finally the clear stuff, i also track everything else so i know more of when im about to O.
Edited by clm1982, 02 April 2012 - 10:03 AM.
Posted 02 April 2012 - 02:19 PM
It just means your body is taking a bit longer to finally release the egg - happens with people with PCOS. However since you have come off the pill I'm thinking its just your body gearing back up to normal again. Just keep BD is all I can recommend.
Posted 02 April 2012 - 02:32 PM
My first cycle back after DS2 a few weeks ago caused me to post exactly the same question. Mine was about 10 days or so, I wasn't expecting it quite so long otherwise I would have counted lol! Seemed never-ending!
Hoping it's not the same next time round.... Although, if it's a good thing then really I shouldn't complain
Edited by TarneeW, 02 April 2012 - 02:34 PM.
Posted 02 April 2012 - 02:38 PM
Lucky duck! the more EWCM the better, I've had cycles with 2 days of it and cycles with 10 days. Hopefully Ovulation comes soon for you!
Posted 02 April 2012 - 08:43 PM
Thanks everyone! Now on day 8!
Admittedly there wasn't much EWCM in the first couple of days - it started off mixed, but mainly creamy and white. I'm checking at the cervix so maybe that's why I notice it for longer? For several days it's been perfectly clear and definitely EWCM. Kabrsi, we're using condoms this cycle so I'm quite sure it's not semen. I'm temperature charting but not using OPKs (maybe next cycle). My cervix has seemed kind of medium to high for the last week or so (and it never feels open to me!).
All the stages of my cycle are still definitely delayed after coming off the pill, and I guess this is just further confirmation of that. Very annoying - trying Vitex, EPO and B vitamins this cycle along with BCWG, so maybe the EPO is a factor. I'm just hoping that I do actually eventually ovulate
Posted 03 April 2012 - 04:22 AM
That's good, I used to get confused with the two, that's why I mentioned it. I just had a look at your charts & you may want to keep an eye on your LP, seems a little short. Hopefully to do with coming off the pill though. You're taking all the right vitamins to 1. Regulate cycle and 2. Increase LP so best of luck OP
Posted 03 April 2012 - 05:32 PM
I get it, and have PCOS.
I don't think "the more the better" which is what some people will tell you. You still only have a few fertile days. Your body will trick you into believing you're fertile, but you won't ovulate for 10+ days, therefore sperm in your EWCM won't do the trick if it was there 10 days ago, if you know what I mean. You still have to get ovulation day, or there abouts, and that's harder if you have 10, 12, 14 days of EWCM. I guess it's harder for me, as we did insemination, not sex, so had to time it really well. OPKs would often be positive for me, but I wouldn't actually ovulate for 7 days later, too. So I guess I'm saying monitor your body.
I'm now doing IVF and my body gears up to ovulate and then stops and starts again. The joys of PCOS.
Edited by gemgirl, 03 April 2012 - 05:33 PM.
Posted 03 April 2012 - 07:34 PM
Oh gemgirl, I can understand your frustration! And it's only been one month like that for me so far. I did have an ultrasound and blood tests a couple of months ago to test for PCOS, but they didn't find anything... they thought I was just reeeally slow at getting my cycle back after the pill. Hopefully if that's the case it should eventually start to improve??
Kabrsi, I am actually kind of worried about my short luteal phase (I'm gathering quite a list of worries it seems!). My cycles before the pill (a good 12 or so years ago) were a super short, regular 21 days so I'm a bit concerned that I had a luteal phase problem even back then.
Still getting plenty of EWCM after 9 days.... getting annoyed. I'd hoped I would have ovulated by now, but it seems that AF is lining herself up to arrive right on our romantic weekend away
Posted 07 April 2012 - 10:56 PM
just thought I would chime in here, my 2nd month off the pill in many many years I had ewcm for around 8 days. I also found that month I had a lot of drive if you know what I mean. it was like my body was waking up into overdrive after all those years on the pill the next 2 months I just had a few days of ewcm.
Edited by ellik, 07 April 2012 - 10:57 PM.
Posted 08 April 2012 - 08:00 PM
Thanks ellik! Maybe it's just the effects of coming off the pill for me too. I was quite relieved I finally ovulated this month! It was a bit later than I hoped but I think my body wanted to release the egg earlier but didn't quite get there. Fingers crossed next cycle might be better.
Posted 09 April 2012 - 07:53 PM
Thanks fertile woman. It's awfully frustrating at times but you're right, there are some promising signs and I should try to focus more on the positives
Posted 10 April 2012 - 10:50 PM
Just been reading about this. Very normal when coming of the pill, can also happen if your losing weight. It's caused by hormone surges as the hormones balance out, the body often produces too much estrogen when just off the pill, doesn't mean you can't concieve or anything, so long as you O and have a luteral phase over 10 days (people still concieve on less but it can be problematic). Once you see a temp rise you'll know you O'd. Toni Weschler in the fertility book I'm reading recommends if your TTC you just keep BD'ing every day or every 2nd day you have EWCM so you don't miss O. Also if you traking CM do it from same place (either cervix or vagina opening) but you will see EWCM at the cervix for longer as it can take anything from a couple of hours to a day+ to get down from the cervix (seems amazingly slow but that's what my fertility book tells me )
O can also be delayed by stress, fevers, illness, weight, rapid weight loss and a few other things that are nothing to do with the pill.
Posted 11 April 2012 - 09:13 PM
Thanks bubble, that's really interesting! Good to know it's considered common when coming off the pill.
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