Of course we shouldn't hate our bodies and what comes out of them. Cervical fluid is very cool stuff.
And yet it can seem like a bit of a hassle.
Do you have to use a scoring system for stretch, colour and texture? Do you have to buy a speculum kit from the lovely people at the Beautiful Cervix Project?
The quick answer is no. Go ahead if that is what you want to do. it’s your body. I am all for women feeling at ease with checking themselves out.
But even if it is your thing you might find that your enthusiasm wanes after a few months or years.
And checking your cervix rather than what comes out of your vagina can confuse things.
Luckily there is an easier way.
All you really have to do is take a moment after going to the loo to notice whether there’s any fluid when you wipe. It might be more noticeable after a bowel movement. That’s it. Your check is complete.
So if you have time to use the bathroom, you have time to check for cervical fluid.
Some approaches to fertility awareness based contraception (like Billings, the Ovulation Method and the TwoDay Method) are completely based on cervical fluid.
They can be very straightforward. For example the TwoDay method says that if you didn’t notice any fluid yesterday or today then you are safe to have sex tonight (on alternate evenings).
But these methods do not usually work as well as the symptothermal method of fertility awareness, which can be over 99% effective. It involves checking your fluid, taking your waking temperature and maybe using ovulation predictor kits. You can also check your cervix if you want (though it can be tricky).
Interested? Check out Do It Yourself if you want to go your own way, or I can provide you with support if you want someone to help you out.