I know I have talked about how central cervical fluid is to using fertility awareness here, but I’m not sure I could ever talk about it enough since cervical fluid is so important, so you get more :)
My journey with cervical fluid started just like my journey with the rest of fertility awareness: with a book. I learned a lot about cervical fluid in that book. Everything I knew, in fact.
I definitely thought cervical fluid was neat and could definitely tell when I had cervical fluid, but I also thought I had tons of cervical fluid that was super fertile and didn’t really understand my cervical fluid very well. In fact, I look back on my first year of charting and cringe at my lack of understanding, but I thought I had mastered it at the time.
My problem was that I was not really understanding the differences between different cervical fluid types, and even though I was conservative at the time and it didn’t pose an extra risk when it came to pregnancy, once I started learning more about cervical fluid I realized I didn’t know my body quite as well as I had thought.
When I didn’t understand cervical fluid, and this is the same with most people, I erred on the side of caution. That’s a good thing, for sure, but I became so much better at fertility awareness and reading my body when I really got a hang of how my cervical fluid worked.
These are some of the reasons an increased understanding of my cervical fluid helped me (and would also help you):
- Knowing your correct cervical fluid pattern will help you know what’s actually going on hormonally
- You will feel more empowered in using fertility awareness and more capable of deciding how you want to use it (Do you feel comfortable with the dry day rule? Do you want to have as many safe days as possible while still being careful?)
- You won’t feel reliant on anything else. You know that if your thermometer breaks you’ll be ok.
- You won’t over-rely on temperatures, especially when they are jumping around and more likely to be changed by outside circumstances.
So many people already practice fertility awareness that are just like me when I started. They check their cervical fluid but don’t really have a full handle on it.
Since I had a type of cervical fluid that not a lot of people gave credence to in their teaching it took me learning from a few different teachers and learning about all the questions you can ask about cervical fluid to really start getting a handle on mine.
And once I did? That was when I finally realized that I didn’t know anything when I started. It was kind of a humbling experience.
I recently realized how many people want additional information about cervical fluid and I’m excitied to let you know that I will soon (within the next couple of weeks) have a cervical fluid only course available (it’s done, I just have some people testing it to make sure it’s perfectly AWESOME for you) for anyone who already knows the method but wants more information about cervical fluid. (Update! It’s here: http://herfertility.com/cervical-fluid-masterclass/)
Be on the lookout and there will be more information soon! In the meantime, let me know what your big confusions with cervical fluid are in the comments. If it’s not already in the course I would be happy to add it in :)