It all started after I read Taking Charge of Your Fertility and decided I had the most fertile type of cervical fluid from day 6 of my cycle onward.
Then I started having friends asking me about things that they read in it that they didn’t understand (while I was in my certification program to become a fertility awareness teacher).
Then I had hoards of clients and readers asking me about things they didn’t understand.
My conclusion is one of two things: Either books don’t teach fertility awareness super well (entirely possible and probably true for most people) or this book just needs some edits right now.
Since the first can’t be stopped, I decided that I needed to compile some of the most common things I hear from people after they read Taking Charge of Your Fertility so that this resource exists.
Disclaimer: I love this book. I recommend it all of the time for people who aren’t quite ready to invest in a complete fertility awareness course like the one I have online here at Holistic Hormonal Health.
But I find myself always wanting to give a mini-course along with it. So now I am creating that mini-course I want to give as a public resource. All of the most common misconceptions wrapped into one…
My cervical fluid looks nothing like that.. I think there’s something wrong with me.
Damn right it doesn’t look like that. There are very few people whose cervical fluid looks like the pictures in Taking Charge of Your Fertility exactly, fits perfectly into the categories, and follows exactly the specified sticky->creamy->eggwhite pattern that’s outlined. At least most people who talk to me and show me their charts don’t. There may be an alternate cervical fluid world I don’t know about, though :)
I’m not seeing any cervical fluid, do you think I’m infertile?
Check after you use the bathroom. I can’t say this enough. Most people see most, if not all, of their cervical fluid after using the bathroom. Taking Charge of Your Fertility only specifies checking before going to the bathroom and it freaks so many people out when they don’t see fluid before going to the bathroom.
Temperature is more important than cervical fluid.
No, it’s not. I really don’t even know where this comes from because I don’t think that Taking Charge of Your Fertility really says this, but cervical fluid is 5000% (statistically accurate) more important than temperature. Without cervical fluid you have a terrible method of birth control, without temperature you still have amazing body awareness and a really great birth control method. Not to mention if you are trying to get pregnant. Cervical fluid is necessary!
I always have “egg-white” cervical fluid, am I estrogen dominant or something?
Maybe, but is your “egg-white cervical fluid” just a little stretchy? Or just super thin? Taking Charge of Your Fertility explains egg-white cervical fluid (her name for the most fertile type of cervical fluid) as stretchy, primarily, and a lot of people get hung up on this (I was one of those people myself, don’t feel bad).
It may be that some is just a teeny bit stretchy and shouldn’t be in that category at all. So don’t freak out! I definitely recommend taking a course with a certified fertility awareness educator if you don’t have a handle on your cervical fluid. Remember, it’s the most important piece of the fertility pie.
So there you have it. If all you are going to do is read Taking Charge of Your Fertility keep this all in mind so that you don’t stay confused for your first year of charting your cycles like me. And if you need even more help, I definitely recommend working with me (or another certified fertility awareness educator) because we can help you understand what you are seeing.
Have you read Taking Charge of Your Fertility? Did you find it to be a sufficient resource for you in learning how to use fertility awareness for birth control?