Before entering the world of trying to get pregnant, did you ever think that your discharge, a.k.a cervical mucus, would be useful for anything? (Hey, I need some help RUINING ALL MY UNDERPANTS.) We’re guessing that your answer is probably no.
Believe it or not, though, this seemingly gross bodily fluid can actually help you know the status of your health down there and when the best time for you to baby dance is– plus, it’ll save you some money from having to buy all those expensive ovulation prediction kits (OPKs).
In fact, lots of women find the cervical mucus check to be the best way to predict ovulation. As ovulation gets closer, your vaginal and cervical mucus should increase in quantity, and the consistency should become slippery and clear (like raw egg whites). This type of clear, slippery CM helps sperm move faster and survive longer within the female’s body, giving the best chances for fertilization of the egg.
You can check your CM by looking at the toilet paper after you wipe or by inserting a clean finger into your vagina and reaching toward your cervix (towards the back of your vagina). You’re likely to find more CM if you check after a bowel movement. (Yes, this can seem a bit “icky” but is way less stressful than the thing you’re hoping will come out of your vagina, which is a watermelon-sized human baby.) Other women check after they shower every day. Just keep in mind that it’s helpful to check at roughly the same time each day so that Glow can give you the most accurate predictions.