I’m just warning you now, this particular post will probably have way too much information about my body. I’m sorry. Stop reading now if you don’t want to read about vaginal things like types of cervical mucous and body cycles like ovulation.Like every other female in the United States education system, I had to take a health class. I vaguely remember giggling at the penis diagrams and blushing about putting condoms on cucumbers. The only tidbit of information I actually retained are about the types of birth control and how they work, as well as the general information about periods.
I don’t remember ever being taught about ovulation and its impact on successfully getting pregnant. Up until now, I was under the impression that I could have sex any time I wasn’t on my period and get pregnant. I didn’t know that I’m only truly fertile when I ovulate. I’m being serious! Almost everyone that I know that has become pregnant weren’t really trying. It was either an “oops” or “we were thinking about trying but then it just happened“. Lucky bastards.
Until this month, I was always trying to avoid getting pregnant. Now that Matt and I are actively trying, we have been educatingourselves. Well, it’s more like I am curious on how it all works and I tell Matt all about it. It turns out that every tidbit of information I tell my husband is something that he already knew. His mom had taught him the “science” of it all.
He picked me up an ovulation test kit and I have been using an app called “Glow” to keep track of my body’s rhythm. I’m not bothering to measure my basal body temperature and I haven’t attempted to determine my cervical position. I’m not a prude and I’m no stranger to my vagina. I used Nuva Ring for a year and you have to shove that up there so it doesn’t become a ring toss game when you are getting freaky. I just have no clue how to check that and with my luck, my husband would walk in the bathroom with almost my entire hand up “there”.
I have been attempting to observe the changes in my cervical mucous/discharge. Obviously, I know what discharge is, but I never noticed the changes to it throughout the month. It can be dry, or sticky, watery, creamy or a raw egg consistency. I still don’t know the difference between sticky, watery, creamy or the raw egg one. It all looks like mucous. I swear articles need photo examples of this kind of stuff.
Trying this month has been interesting, that’s for sure. I’ve learned a lot and my fingers are crossed. If it doesn’t happen this month, there’s always next month!