The cervical mucus method is the easiest to use of the fertility awareness methods. However, it is still not entirely effective and should also often be coupled with other methods (including the temperature or calendar method).
The cervical mucus method can be used by anyone once they have had a period, however, it is not recommended for teenagers because their cycles are not yet regular. Also, this method requires willpower.
As with other fertility awareness methods, this works best if the woman is in a monogamous relationship and the partner is supportive and understands the process.
Women who have sexually transmitted infections or diseases cannot use this method because sometimes that alters vaginal discharge. Ask your doctor or clinician if you are unsure.
This is not an appropriate method for breastfeeding or perimenopausal women (women who are about to enter menopause) because their cycles are changing.
Women who use vaginal creams and douches should not use this method. This includes any lotion or foam (including for contraception) that you insert in the vagina or spread on the vulva.
Women who have had cervical surgery should not use this method because the surgery can alter their discharge.
If you are choosing to try this method, use one month to chart your cycle. This month has to be one where you are not taking any hormonal birth control. Use alternate protection on these days.
This method is less effective on women who have shorter menstrual cycles (who ovulate on day 7 or so). Unlike many other fertility awareness methods, this one does not necessarily rely on a regular period, but a regular period will help improve accuracy.
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