2 quick questions...

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  1. Bellarina

    Bellarina Well-Known Member

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    Hey girls

    just wanted to check a few things as should b enterin fertile time soonnnn

    first...i know wen doin opks ur not supposed towee before doin it for like 4hrs...can u drink durin that time? Iv biught cb digi opks so dont wanna waste them doin it wrong.

    Secondly iv never checked my cervix position while ttc until today...it feels quite tight an clised in and fairly low...am i right in thinkin its meant to b higher an more open wen oving?

    Thanks girls xxxxx
     
  2. netty

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    i think its soft and high when fertile, and when poas dont overdo the water beforehand or your pee will be too diluted hun :)
     
  3. Bellarina

    Bellarina Well-Known Member

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    Thanks hun xxx
     
  4. CARNAT22

    CARNAT22 Well-Known Member

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    I'd read the instructions with your digi's jsut to make sure?

    My cheapie OPK's say not use FMU and not to drink 'too much' before but they don't mention holding your pee?

    I pee every hour and was holding it for 90 mins / 2 hours when testing but other ladies said there was no need to hold it?

    As for your cervix question I have no idea - started a thread on it yesterday!

    Fingers crossed this is your month

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  5. Bellarina

    Bellarina Well-Known Member

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    Thanx xarnat...i eead unstructions the other night an it said not to pee for 4hrs but didnt say about drinking. Its been 1 hour an i already feel like i need a wee lol xxx
     
  6. CARNAT22

    CARNAT22 Well-Known Member

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    OMG - I am going to start using digi OPK's next month and there is no way I can hold my wee for that long (unless I am asleep?)

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  7. Bellarina

    Bellarina Well-Known Member

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    Same here i hav such a weak bladder! Im gonna b wettin myself lol xxx
     
  8. CARNAT22

    CARNAT22 Well-Known Member

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    I may have to stick to the cheapies then?

    You can't use FMU with digi OPK's can you? :shock:

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  9. Bellarina

    Bellarina Well-Known Member

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    i dont think so no hun, unfortunately...wood be sooo much easier xxx
     
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    Rubbish

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    toscacat Well-Known Member

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    Cervix should be show. Soft high open wet when u are fertile .
     
  12. hayes

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    Hey bellarina, i use the cb smiley face ones is that what you have??

    I have used the other cb ones too tho and i am a nitemare with my bladder too, always have to pee!! I normally last 2-3hrs and try not to drink to much in that time but certainly dont worry too much as its always been fine for me.

    Michelle. x
     
  13. lisey27

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    Hey Bellarina

    I use the digi OPK's all the time and I don't restrict what I drink (i dont drink loads and loads anyway) I will not wee for 2-3 hours before, always get readings so think will be fine.
    As its your first time checking cervical position it will be hard as you have nothing to compare it to, dont worry about it not being high soft and open yet. If you are just entering fertile time then its early for cervix to be like that. If you continue to check you will notice the difference over the next few days, esp day before and day of Ovulation xx
     
  14. Bellarina

    Bellarina Well-Known Member

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    than you girls ....i just managed to hold wee in for 3 hrs 40 mins lol (very hard when ur a lean mean weeing machine like myself lol)....tesco cheapie opk showing v faint line today which i expected being on cd 8.....only got 1 more tesco one left so will use ittomorro then start the cb smiley face ones on sunday (hopefully wont need to use too many of them tho)

    yeh first time done the cervix thing so il keep checking eveyday to see what its position is like, as i now know what its like today is not fertile time judging from opk

    thanks girls xxxx
     
  15. Amber8

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    Bellarina I use cheapie opk's don't hold my pee & sometime drink a bottle of water before I do one cos I've been to the gym, mine are never affected by this. Xx
     
  16. PINK BUTTERFLY

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    Iv heard that you should try not to drink to much water beore hand but as long as the wee is yellow (not clear) then it should be fine. I just try and wait until I need to go for a wee then go! LOL x
     
  17. Bellarina

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    thank you for your replies girls theyve been really helpful :) xxxxxxx
     
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    for opks i am rubbish at holding my pee, so i just try to be consistent. at work i have my last drink about 4pm, have a pee when i leave the office at 5 and then no drinks and no more pee till i test - generally around 7pm. concistency is the key thign when doing this - same time of day and same "strength" of pee. ewwwww but it works well!" good luck


    as for cervix, SHOW is the acronym - soft high open and wet
     
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  19. Bellarina

    Bellarina Well-Known Member

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    oooo a new abbreviation iv learnt lol there are so many thought i knew them all lol

    good way of remembering tho!

    thanks hun xxx
     
  20. melhoney

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    I receive Fertility Friends' lessons and got this about position of the cervix.
    Hope this helps :)

    Mel x


    Lesson 9
    Cervix Position, Optional Fertility Sign
    Lesson Objectives:
    • Learn the basics of using your cervix position as an optional fertility sign.
    • Learn how to observe and record your cervix position sign.

    Major Points in this Lesson:
    • Cervix Position (CP) is a secondary, optional fertility sign.
    • The cervix changes throughout the menstrual cycle in response to the hormone, estrogen.
    • During non-fertile times, the cervix is closed, firm and low.
    • As ovulation approaches and fertility is high, the cervix opens up, becomes soft and high and is harder to reach.
    More...
    Just as increased estrogen causes the production of fertile cervical fluid that aids conception by promoting sperm nourishment and migration, estrogen also produces observable changes in the cervix that also facilitate conception. To allow the passage of sperm from the cervix into the uterus, the cervix opens, softens, and heightens before ovulation. After ovulation, the cervical os closes, returns to a lower position, and the cervical tissues again become firmer.
    Your cervical position is an optional, secondary fertility sign. It provides the same kind of information as cervical fluid (estrogen presence) so is not strictly essential if your cervical fluid signals are clear. Some women like to check the cervix position for cross-checking or when cervical fluid observations are unclear. Whether you choose to check your cervix position or not, read on to understand how the cervix changes during the menstrual cycle.
    Early in your cycle, during and just after menstruation and prior to peak fertility when your estrogen level is low, your cervix is low, hard, firm and closed and easy to feel with your fingers. Your cervix lifts and straightens and becomes softer, higher and more open as your fertility (and the presence of estrogen) increases.
    These cervical changes make the cervix more receptive to sperm and allow them to enter your reproductive tract and travel into the fallopian tubes where an egg may be fertilized. After ovulation, your cervix again becomes more closed and firm and lower.

    Though this fertility sign is considered optional, checking your cervical position can provide useful information about your state of fertility. The changes in the cervix can be used to double-check observations made from checking BBT and cervical fluid.
    It may take a few cycles to notice the changes your cervix experiences throughout your fertility cycle. It is a good idea to check when you know you are fertile (as indicated by your cervical fluid or cycle statistics) and then again when you know you are not fertile (as indicated by your thermal shift in your luteal phase) when you are getting started. With this correlation, you will more easily feel the differences between your fertile and non-fertile times.
    When you are approaching ovulation, your cervix will be high and soft. You may or may not notice that it feels more open also. When you are no longer fertile, your cervix will feel lower, more firm and you may notice that it is more closed.
    If you are not comfortable checking your cervix or you find the changes difficult to observe, and you are able to observe your cervical fluid easily, checking your cervix is not absolutely essential. If you are comfortable checking your cervix and are able to identify changes, you will benefit from the additional information that will help cross-check your other signs.
    Checking your Cervix
    If you choose to check your cervical position as an indicator of fertility, here are some guidelines:
    • To avoid the possibility of infection, always check your cervix with clean hands.
    • Check the cervix once a day after menses. You only need to check once a day, unlike cervical fluid which you may check several times a day.
    • Check your cervix at the same time every day as it may change throughout the day.
    • Use the same position for checking your cervix throughout the cycle as changing positions will change your observation of cervical height.
    • Empty your bladder before checking your cervix.
    • Squatting or placing one foot on a stool (or toilet seat) are good positions.
    • Relax. (You will be able to more easily relax as you gain more experience).
    • Insert one or two fingers into the vagina. At the back of the vagina, you should be able to feel your cervix. You have found your cervix when you feel something at the back of your vagina that stops your fingers. If you apply gentle pressure you will notice that it feels smooth, round and firmer that the surrounding vaginal tissues.
    • Feel your cervix and make the following observations:
    o Is the cervix high or low? (It is more difficult to reach when it is high.)
    o Does the cervix feel soft or firm?
    o Does the cervix feel open or closed? (Women who have already had children may notice that the cervix always feels slightly open.)
    o Does the cervix feel wet or dry?
    • Record observations.
    Recording Cervical Changes
    You can record the position, firmness, and openness of your cervix.
    Position: Your cervical position may be: low, medium or high. Your cervix heightens and becomes harder to reach as you approach your most fertile time. The important thing is to notice how it changes throughout your cycle in relation to your fertility. Observations can be subjective so you need to notice your own unique changes. Notice the change relatively. This may take a few cycles to really notice.
    • Low: Record "low" for your least fertile cervical position. This is the position where it is easiest to feel and reach your cervix.
    • Medium: Record "medium" for the position between your lowest and highest.
    • High: Record "high" when your cervix is hardest to reach. You may not even be able to reach it. You will notice that it feels more wet, soft and open at this time as well. This is your most fertile cervical position.
    Firmness: Again, the issue is to notice the changes in the texture of your cervix relatively throughout your cycle as it transforms. Like your cervical position, it may take a few cycles to notice your own pattern. To get an idea of what you are looking for, check when you know you are fertile (when you have egg white cervical fluid) and when you are sure you are not (after ovulation has been confirmed by three high temperatures) so that you know what you are looking for. At your least fertile time, both before and after ovulation, your cervix will feel the most hard and firm, a bit like the tip of your nose. As you approach ovulation, your cervix will soften, feeling more like your lips. You can record the firmness of your cervix as Firm, Medium, or Soft.
    • Firm: Record "firm" as the most hard and firm texture you experience throughout your cycle. Your cervix will likely also be low and quite easy to reach at this time.
    • Medium: Record "medium" when your cervix feels between your most firm and most soft. You may feel this just before you approach your more fertile time before ovulation and after ovulation as well.
    • Soft: Record "soft" when your cervix feels the most soft. It will probably feel quite wet and high at this time as well and you may even notice that it also feels open. It may be hard to reach. This is your most fertile cervical texture.
     

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