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Anon_49874 posted:
I know that one of the signs of ovulation can be the clear slippery CM (egg white CM), but I wanted to know if you are actually ovulating on the day with the MOST abundance of this CM, or the day after, or the day before?
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kmetz123 responded:
I don't think you can use EWCM to determine when ovulation actually occurs. It just generally tells you when you are most fertile. I.e. you will probably have up to a few days before, maybe a day after ovulation and then it will dry up. Moral of the story is - if you have EWCM, you go for it!
 
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Yvette Smith, MD, MPH replied to kmetz123's response:
You're absolutely right. The egg white cervical mucus generally indicates a time of increased fertility, but would not be used to indicate the exact time of ovulation. Most of our test are designed to give us an idea of a time of increased fertility but can not tell you exactly when you ovulate. This is why we want people to keep a little broader time frame when they are timing intercourse. We rarely tell someone that there is just one optimal day. We usually are talking about a range of days that are good for attempting to conceive.
 
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TTC18510 responded:
I don't have that "slippery egg white" CM at all...I think that's the heart of my problem TTC


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