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When does ewcm start generally?

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HeadFairy Mon 25-Aug-08 16:41:24

Is it just before ov or just as you ov? Trying to be nonchalant about ttc so not really using opks or temping. I was going to keep an eye out for ewcm but I can't remember if it starts much before ov or not.

ScaryHairy Mon 25-Aug-08 17:26:42

The length of time for which you have ewcm varies but it starts before ovulation.
Take Charge of Your Fertility suggests younger women may get up to 5 days of ewcm while women in their 30s may only get a couple of days. On my most recent cycle I had it for 2-3 weeks which was not terribly helpful for pinpointing ov! That was pretty unusual and was because I ovulated late.

Assuming that it starts, say, less than a week before ovulation, and given that sperm last for 5 days, you could make sure you have sex every other day as a minimum when you see ewcm and see where that gets you.

HeadFairy Mon 25-Aug-08 17:31:51

I know from ttc ds I ov'd on day 15 or 16 and I usually get a couple or three days of ewcm, so I guess I can assume if I get some around cd 13 or 14 then I'm about to ov. I don't get as much time as we did before we had ds (no suprise there) I was hoping I could get lucky!

ScaryHairy Mon 25-Aug-08 17:46:13

Sounds about right. Good luck!

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