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In an earlier article I wrote about the 4 things you need to know before you get pregnant, I mentioned cervical fluid.  In this post I’ll go more in-depth on the topic and tell you what cervical fluid is, why it’s important, and how learning about it will help you master your fertility.

Cervical fluid is a perfectly normal substance produced by your cervix. It’s made up of water, sugars, electrolytes and proteins.  It’s sometimes referred to as cervical mucus, or discharge.   I prefer the more euphonious term, Cervical Fluid, coined by Toni Weshler.  In her groundbreaking book Taking Charge of Your Fertility, Toni says:

“…I would suggest you never again use the “d-word” to describe your healthy cervical fluid. After all, we don’t refer to men’s healthy semen as “discharge”

Amen sister!  She draws this correlation between cervical fluid and semen because they serve the same function.  Both cervical fluid and semen exist for the same very important purpose:  To keep sperm alive long enough to reach and fertilize an egg, and to facilitate the sperm’s journey there as quickly and safely as possible.

Cervical Fluid Helps the Sperm in Three Ways.

1) It provides an alkaline environment for the sperm. A woman’s vagina is slightly acidic, and hostile to sperm.  Fertile cervical fluid is alkaline, like a man’s semen, and provides a safe harbor for the sperm.

2) It provides sustenance for the sperm, while they swim their way on up through the cervix, to reach the egg in the fallopian tube.  That’s a long way for such a small thing to swim.  The sperm need food along the way, and fertile cervical fluid provides the needed nutrition.

3) It provides an easy pathway for the sperm to swim through. While infertile cervical fluid, at a microscopic level, is like brambles and weeds that trip up the hopeful sperm, fertile cervical fluid has a beautiful crystalline structure that provides perfectly shaped passageways to allow sperm to swim with the least effort, and in the right direction, to meet the egg on time for their important date.  Fertile cervical fluid also helps filter out irregular sperm so only the most suitable bachelors arrive at the egg’s doorstep.

Cervical Fluid Changes With Fertility

Cervical fluid goes through a predictable pattern each and every menstrual cycle.  It goes like this:

Menstruation: Bleeding for around 3 to 7 days. This varies from woman to woman. During this time there may or may not be cervical fluid present.

None: After your period ends most women have a few days where there’s not a lot going on down there.

Sticky: Around day 7 or so, your cervix will start producing a sticky or pasty kind of cervical fluid. It may look like grade-school paste, or be slightly springy, but it’s mostly a solid kind of substance, not really a fluid so much, but we still call it cervical fluid, because cervical paste sounds GROSS!  (But what about cervical pâté? fancy!)  Whatever we call it, this type of cervical fluid means is that the period of fertility has begun since sperm might now be able to survive in the infertile cervical fluid long enough for the fertile cervical fluid to be produced, and in the fertile cervical fluid they can live for up to five days.   A teacher of mine calls this the beginning of the Fertile Wave.

Creamy: As your cycle progresses, your estrogen level is rising every day, and with that rising tide of estrogen, the water content of your cervical fluid will increase. So essentially, take that pasty cervical fluid from yesterday, add some more water to it, and you’ve got Creamy cervical fluid! – See, fertility is like baking a cake, kind of.  You get the right ingredients together, mix them around, and voila! Life! Anyway… um.. where was I? Ah yes, so, as your estrogen level rises so does the water content of your cervical fluid, bringing it from sticky, to creamy, and on to…

Eggwhite:  Now you’re cookin’ with gas!  Eggwhite cervical fluid is called that because it resembles raw eggwhite.  It’s clear, and slippery, and can usually stretch an inch or more between a finger and thumb.  THIS is the really fertile stuff!  It’s alkaline, and has a beautiful crystaline structure when viewed under a microscope.  This special fluid can keep sperm alive for up to 5 days inside your body.

Watery:  Sometimes the water content of a woman’s cervical fluid will be so high that the eggwhite cervical fluid is more like water, it’s clear, slippery, and doesn’t hold its shape at all.  You will know it’s there by the very wet sensation in your vagina.  You may even feel like you’ve started your period.  (One of my teachers calls this the “What-The-F***” sensation)  I know several women who were confused by these “water gushes” until they found out that it was just very fertile cervical fluid.  Now one of them is pregnant! :)

And that takes us up to ovulation, at which point the Fertile Wave “crests”, meaning the egg has been released by the ovary and now we are back to a dry or sticky holding pattern until menstruation begins.  (Note: Some women will experience a watery cervical fluid the day before their period, as the endometrial lining starts to break up.)

Congratulations, you’ve just passed Cervical Fluid 101.  Now you know that it’s produced by your cervix, it helps sperm live long enough inside your vagina to reach the egg, and goes through a predictable pattern each cycle, getting wetter as you approach ovulation, and drying up after the egg is released.

The next step is making sure to check your cervical fluid every day.  If you’re not sure how to do that, read this post.

Keeping track of your own unique pattern of cervical fluid every cycle can provide a great window into the state of your fertility, and can help you and your doctor address any fertility issues, should they arise.

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  • CJ

    12:58 amMay 23, 2012

    Love this!

    • katibicknell

      9:10 amJune 28, 2012

      Thanks CJ!

      • Sarah

        11:15 amSeptember 21, 2012

        Hi Katie.

        Your info is very helpful but I was wondering if u could give me some info about myself.. I’m a little worried that I might be pregnant. So the last day of my cycle was August 30. My cycle last about 3-4 days. The last time I had sex was sept 7,8 and 9th. And on August the 10th I experienced the most “what tha f*** sensation” after class arnd 7:30pm! I have always weared panties liners since I was 16 and now I’m 25. Im
        Always wet. But this watery feeling just came gushing out…very warm. So I got in my car and about time I made it home..more warm water gushed out!! I do already have a daughter. But I never experienced this warm water gush….can you please tell me if I may be preganant or not???

        Thanks Sarah

        • Kati Bicknell

          4:39 amSeptember 22, 2012

          Hi Sarah,

          Thanks for writing, I hope I can help. Just so we are on the same page here, the last day of your “Cycle” means the last day BEFORE you got your period. A Cycle Day 1 is the first day of your period, and then your cycle days keep on counting out until you reach the beginning of your NEXT period. So that means if you got your period on August 1st, that would be Cycle Day 1. And if you got your Period again on September 1st, then August 31st would be Cycle Day 31. I think you are counting the actual days of your bleeding as your “cycle” this will make it hard for me to answer your question accurately. Unfortunately I can’t tell you if you are pregnant or not based on the information you gave. My advice to you, if you think you are pregnant, would be to take a pregnancy test. It is possible that the water gush you experienced was fertile cervical fluid, but without seeing a complete chart, and knowing your history, it’s hard to say for sure.

          • Sarah

            2:56 pmSeptember 22, 2012

            I’m sorry. I meant to say the first day of my cycle was August 30. My cycle should start again sometime next week. I have a 28 day cycle. My cycle last for about 3 days at the most. just really worried about the warm water substance.

            Hope this is helpful
            Thanks Katie

  • Diana

    9:36 amSeptember 6, 2012

    I have been previously informed that the egg white fluid comes before the watery. Is this true for some women? Also, my fluid seemed to jump right to watery just a couple days after my period ended. Is this odd?

    • Kati Bicknell

      8:02 amSeptember 8, 2012

      Hi Diana,

      Each woman is different, but yes, generally egg-white fluid does come before watery. But some women skip over egg-white completely, and jump straight to watery, which sounds like it might be the case with you. Just make sure it is actually watery cervical fluid you are noting, and not just the natural wetness of the vagina. The vagina, like the inside of your mouth, is a mucus membrane, and is wet on the inside all the time. If you touched the inside of your cheek, it would be wet, same thing with the vagina. Watery cervical fluid is meant to denote the feeling of being very wet and slippery, like there is water leaking or gushing out of your vagina. Is this what you’re experiencing? (You don’t have to answer here! You can email it to me, and we can talk more about this offline)

  • ali

    5:07 amSeptember 24, 2012

    Hi Katie,
    I was wondering if you could answer my question.
    My husband and I have been married for two years and do not use any form of birth control. And while we may not be full out trying to get pregnant and strikes me as a little odd that I’m still not pregnant! Well anyway my question is this my cycle started Sept.1 and my husband and I had intercourse Sept. 9 and 16(those days he did not use the pull-out method). I noticed a lot of fluid between the 13 to the 16. Then on day 19 of my cycle I started to get sore breastwork and the past two days(days 22 and 23) I have noticed some cervical fluid on my underwear. Do you think there is a possibility of pregnancy? I’m nervous that the sore breasts so early is an indicator that Im not pregnant?
    I would love your feedback!

    Thank you so much,

    • ali

      5:11 amSeptember 24, 2012

      Not breastwork! Sorry!

  • Aileen pangan

    11:33 pmOctober 1, 2012

    This is very now aware of my body since i got kindara on iphone:)

    • Kati Bicknell

      6:26 amOctober 18, 2012

      Thanks Aileen, very glad to hear this! If you have any questions or suggestions, please let us know. :)

  • Ashleigh

    5:56 amOctober 5, 2012

    Hi Kati,

    I hope you can help.

    I don’t ever seem to get watery or egg white fluid. I am worried that I will not be able to conceive. My fluid is virtually consistent throughout my cycle – white pasty.

    How can I make it fertile?

    • Kati Bicknell

      6:35 amOctober 18, 2012

      Hi Ashleigh,

      Thanks for writing. I hope we can help. :)

      My first question is how are you checking your cervical fluid?

      Sometimes women may not produce much egg-white cervical fluid, or they may miss it if not diligent about checking. This doesn’t mean you can’t get pregnant, we just may need to work a bit on your technique. And if your technique is good, but you really are just producing a white pasty CF throughout your cycle you may want to try acupuncture. It’s been shown to help correct fertility issues. Here is a list of some Acupuncture for Fertility practitioners in the USA, by state.

      Also, are you charting your temperature? That would help us determine if you are ovulating.

  • T.m

    10:03 amOctober 17, 2012

    Hi I have a question I was on depo for 3 years and the first time I got my period was last Friday oct 12 and it just ended today the 16th it seems.. I am wanting to know what estimate lay my ovulating day would be ? I need help irk how to chart things or anything I’ve been off a while .

    • Kati Bicknell

      6:43 amOctober 18, 2012

      Hi T.m

      If you were on Depo it can take a while for your cycle to return to normal. My best advice would be to start charting, so you can see when your fertility may be returning. You’re on the right track with reading about cervical fluid and fertility! Here is another good one to read: Trying to Get Pregnant? You Need to Know This

  • Jaquesha

    12:54 pmOctober 30, 2012

    I have a cycle around the 28th every month i had sex a day before my cycle in i still havent gotten my cycle is there any chnce that i can be pregnant

    • Kati Bicknell

      7:45 amNovember 6, 2012

      Hi Jaquesha,

      If you think you may be pregnant I’d recommend taking a pregnancy test. They are available at most pharmacies. Be careful though, some pregnancy tests are more sensitive than others. If you take a test that is not very sensitive, you may get a false negative. Here is a list of pregnancy tests, with their sensitivities:

      I hope that helps!

      • iya

        1:03 amFebruary 14, 2013

        Hi, I have question I got my period on December 12,2012 and EWCM in day 15 it was slippery and wetty I just wonder why my period didn’t come and it’s more than two months. I did PHT but unfortunitely it came back negative. by the way my cyle is irregular. tnx:)

  • Kristan

    1:05 pmNovember 14, 2012

    So if one was to have sex on say the 11th day of her cycle but not experience the ‘white paste like fluid’ until the 16th day of her cycle, does that mean she has a very low chance of conception? My ‘my-days’ calendar that I keep regularly says that today (the 16th day of my cycle) should be my ‘peek ovulation day’ but the fact that I just got the white thick non stretchy fluid today suggests that I will be ovulating later? Am I understanding this correctly, and if so is it normal to ovulate this late in a cycle? And are the chances that I conceived on the 11th day very very slim? (Sorry that was so long, and I greatly appreciate the informative article!)

    • Kati Bicknell

      4:48 amNovember 15, 2012

      Hi Kristan,

      First of all my opinion on the calendar/rhythm based ovulation calendars, (such as My Days) is that they are total garbage for anyone who is actually serious about fertility charting. I think of them like horoscopes, kind of interesting, maybe relevant sometimes, but not anything I’m going to base any major life decisions on. And if you are interested in having a baby, that is a major life decision, that deserves accurate information. Your daily fertility signs like temperature and cervical fluid are a much better indicator of your daily level of fertility than your My Days app.

      If you had sex on day 11 of your cycle, but did not start noticing cervical fluid until the 16th, I would say, yes, your chances of having conceived on that day are quite slim.

      You are correct, the fact that you’re just now noticing the white paste-like cervical fluid means that your fertile window is now likely open, and that you’ll start to experience more fertile quality cervical fluid soon, and will likely ovulate later on in your cycle.

      Do you have our Kindara app? That will allow you to chart your relevant fertility signs each day so you can get a truly accurate picture of your cycle, and see when you are fertile, based on your own data. We also have an Ask an Expert feature as part of the app where you can get your chart looked at, and all your questions answered.

      I hope this helps! Let me know if that all made sense, and if you have any other questions. :)

  • mami101

    4:01 pmNovember 14, 2012

    Hi Kati,

    Lovely n very informative article you have here. Well i have a question. My CD1 was on the 4th of nov and yesterday, i had the very first ewcm ever. i have been taking folic acid. But today, on the 14th, its like the cm has gone back to watery and its not as much. the cervix is also not as soft as yesterday’s. Does this mean that i have already ovulated or i have a very short fertile window?
    I have been charting my temperatures but it seems that sometimes i ovulate and sometimes i dont.
    Could you help?

    • Kati Bicknell

      4:52 amNovember 15, 2012

      Hi Mami101,

      You’re doing an excellent job in noticing your fertility signs. :) It’s possible that you did ovulate yesterday, that would be your Cycle Day 13, which is quite a normal time to ovulate, no need to worry there.

      It’s also possible that that was a false peak, and you have not yet ovulated, (this happens sometimes with women who have recently come off hormonal contraception, had a baby, or have certain hormonal imbalances)

      Your temperature and cervical fluid pattern over the next few days should tell us a lot about what’s going on. Do you have charts I could look at? That would help me get a better idea of what might be going on.

      If you have our Kindara app you can send us your chart using the Ask an Expert feature. Let me know if you have any questions. :)

  • martha

    12:43 pmNovember 21, 2012

    I have a 30 days cycle, I saw my period on 15th of October, and had an unprotected sex on 23rd of October, what are my chances of getting pregnant?

    • Kati Bicknell

      5:46 amNovember 22, 2012

      Hi Martha,

      It’s hard to me to say what your chances of being pregnant are, based on this information. If you have a fertility chart with your temperature and cervical fluid readings for the month charted out on it, that would give me more information. Do you have a chart I could look at?

  • Tabitha

    12:46 pmNovember 26, 2012

    Thanks for the info., I know all of this already (I’m a self-proclaimed fertility nut myself!) BUT, watery cervical fluid was new to me this cycle–and of course it’s the first cycle we’re TTC! Figures, eh? I’m just hoping it meant we were really fertile this time around and it ‘takes!’ My cervix was weird this month, too–kinda bumpy! Then all the sudden today, on my predicted ‘peak day,’ it was suddenly smooth and high and open! i’m hoping all of those are good signs! :)

    • Kati Bicknell

      6:27 amNovember 27, 2012

      Hi Tabitha,

      Thanks for writing! Always nice to hear from fellow “fertility nuts” :)

      Let me know if you have any questions! And best of luck to you. I hope it does “take”. :)

  • Valarie

    4:05 pmNovember 30, 2012

    I know one is supposed to check their fluid 3 times a day and if by 6 pm your dry then one would be considered infertile.
    So I was wondering if you checked your fluid for the 3rd time after 6 if that would make a difference and be an issue, throw off your reading, anything like that.
    Thank you,

    • Kati Bicknell

      2:19 amDecember 1, 2012

      Hi Valarie,

      If you check your cervical fluid after 6pm and find that cervical fluid is present, you would record that on your chart, just as you would any other cervical fluid. Does that help? Feel free to ask more questions as they arise. :)

      • Valarie

        8:01 amDecember 2, 2012

        ok so just to clarify, say i check my fluid multiple times throughout the day and I am dry 6pm comes and I am supposedly “infertile”, what if lets say around 8 or 9 comes and I am experiencing creamy fluid, would I still be considered infertile or would creamy be what i chart for that day

        • Kati Bicknell

          5:46 amDecember 4, 2012

          Hi Valarie,

          If you check your cervical fluid at 8 or 9, and you find that it is creamy, you would mark “creamy” on your chart for that day. The 6pm time is there to make sure that cervical fluid has time to make it down to the vaginal opening, to be observed. For some women the cervical fluid making its way from the cervix to the vaginal opening might take longer than others, depending on many factors, such as the time you wake up. If a woman works the night shift, and wakes up at 4pm, she may not observe any cervical fluid till 9pm. They key here is that if you observe ANY cervical fluid at all, at any time, your window of fertility is now open.

          Does that help?

          • Valarie

            7:02 amDecember 4, 2012

            yes thank you very much

  • Michelle Franco

    11:12 amDecember 12, 2012

    My period started on Nov. 30th and I had unprotected sex on Dec. 09. I started my cervical mucus on Dec. 11. My question is can I still conceive if I had intercourse on Dec. 09? My cycle is 26 to 27 days. Thanks :)

  • Sasha

    5:25 amDecember 17, 2012

    Hi, my last period was 11/6/12 it lasted for 4 days, my next period was 12/12/12 which lasted for 4 days, it is now 12/16/12 and I have “Egg White” cm, is it possible to ovulate right after my period?

    • Kati Bicknell

      3:37 amDecember 18, 2012

      Hi Sasha,

      Many women get several days of eggwhite cervical fluid before ovulation, so getting eggwhite cervical fluid on Cycle Day 4 is not unheard of. It may not mean that you are actually ovulating today, but it does mean that you are very fertile today, and might ovulate soon.

      Does that help? Let me know if you have more questions.

      • Sasha

        11:07 amDecember 18, 2012

        It just doesn’t seem logical, my cycle is 30-36 days long, is it normal to ovulate so early? It hasn’t even been a week!

        • Kati Bicknell

          5:49 amDecember 19, 2012

          Hi Sasha,

          It’s not unheard of for women to ovulate earlier in their cycle than usual. You may also experience a long period of fertile cervical fluid before ovulation, this happens with some women. What are your cycles usually like? Do you usually not get cervical fluid until later on in your cycle? If you have just started charting it’s common to notice things that you’ve never noticed before, and be surprised by them. Any background information you can give me might help me give you a more detailed explanation for what may be going on.

          • Sasha

            9:44 amDecember 19, 2012

            Well my period only lasts for 4 days, and my cycle is usually 30-35 days long. I only get “egg white” cm at the beginning, but the rest of my cycle goes to thick white cm, to very watery about 3days before my period, it’s kind of hard to tell when I’m ovulating

          • Sasha

            1:04 pmDecember 19, 2012

            I guess what I’m asking is doesn’t ovulation make periods possible? Why is it taking to so long for the egg to degenerate? If I ovulate so early in my cycle, why is my cycle so long?

          • Kati Bicknell

            5:24 amDecember 20, 2012

            Hi Sasha,

            Ovulation does make periods possible. But not all bleeding is a true menstruation. Anovulatory cycles end with bleeding, but it’s not a real period. If you are charting your temperature you’ll be able to confirm if and when you ovulate. If you see a shift to a higher set of temperatures about 12 – 16 days before you start bleeding, then that is a real period. If you do not see the shift in temp, then it could be an anovulatory cycle.

            There are a lot of questions here. I think the best way for me to get a good read on what may be going on for you is to look at your charts. Are you charting with the Kindara iPhone app? If so you can send us your chart using the Ask and Expert feature. If you’re not charting with Kindara let me know, and we can work something out.

  • oluchi

    7:04 pmDecember 18, 2012

    my ovulation is day 16 from the day of my period, this month my period can on 2nd of December which i suppose to ovulate on the 17th of December but no sign of ovulation this month but i have been having sex everyday from the last day of my period is it possible for me to be pregnant

    • Kati Bicknell

      5:53 amDecember 19, 2012

      Hi Oluchi,

      A woman’s day of ovulation can vary from cycle to cycle. Don’t assume that it will the same each month. Do you chart your fertility using both temperature and cervical fluid? That will help you determine when you are fertile, when ovulation happens, and even if you may be pregnant.

      If you are charting using this method, and using the Kindara iPhone app you can send us your chart with the Ask and Expert feature. Then we can take a look at your chart and tell you what might be going on with your cycle. Unfortunately I can’t give you any information about whether you may be pregnant without this information.

      Good luck!

  • Caprie

    4:26 pmDecember 21, 2012

    Very informative… Thank you.

    • Kati Bicknell

      3:24 amDecember 22, 2012

      You’re welcome! Glad you found it useful. If you have any questions let me know.

  • Victoria

    12:52 amDecember 23, 2012

    Hi I’m really confused and hope you can help or reassure! I came off the pill after 16yrs in July 2012. I didn’t have a period apart from a little spotting until 13th Nov’ which was a relief as we are trying to start a family. I then started using an ovulation kit and ovulated on 26th Nov. I’d had intercourse the night before and every other day for the next 5 days. Within a couple of days I experienced extreme cramping/ pulling of my uterus, I had some Nausea extreme moodiness (so my husband says!!), headaches and metallic taste in my mouth. I also had constipation was very tired and had the discharge you discuss in your blog between ovulating and my next period – which didn’t happen. It would seem like a textbook pregnancy but 7 tests later, a trip to the Dr’s and still cramping, discharge (the gushing of watery fluid) and weight gain I am not!! It’s so confusing and exhausting. At one point the cramping was so bad I had to pull off the road in my car. I told my Dr but she didn’t seem concerned and just told me to do another test after a week- I did, it was negative, still no period. I’m 31 and really worried that this is me paying for being on the pill for so long. Any ideas or advice? If I ovulated and am not pregnant why haven’t I started my period? The cramping is less now but still here, what does it mean? I just want to either be pregnant or get my period so at least ill be out of this limbo!

    • Kati Bicknell

      7:23 amJanuary 1, 2013

      Hi Victoria,

      I’m sorry to hear about all the confusion, and pain! And how frustrating to not be getting good answers from your doctor.

      It’s common for cycles to take a little while to sort themselves out after going off the pill. Depending on how long you were on it, and what your cycles were like beforehand, it can take a few months for your cycles to return to a “normal” state. Do you remember what your cycles were like before going on the pill?

      If you are using an ovulation predictor kit (OPK) to tell you when you ovulated, and not your temperature and cervical fluid chart, that might be where some of the confusion is coming from. OPKs detect surges in lutenizing hormone, and can be a good way to corroborate your temperature and cervical fluid data, so you’ll know that ovulation might happen in 24 to 48 hours. But a positive OPK result does not mean that ovulation will or has happened, just that it might. They have also been known to give false positives. Unless your temperature and cervical fluid patterns on your fertility chart both indicate that ovulation has occurred, I would be wary of trusting an OPK alone. So what I’m saying is, I’m not 100% certain that you have ovulated, based on the information you gave here.

      I would be more concerned with the severe cramping you mentioned. If it is so bad you have to pull off the road, and has lasted for multiple days, I would think your doctor would be more concerned about this. You may want to consider finding a doctor that is a more active participant in your health.

      Let me know how things are going, and if you have any more questions I can help you with.

      • Victoria

        10:10 pmJanuary 1, 2013

        Hi Kati
        Thank you very much for your email. I did finally get my period after 43 days, I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry but at least it came and hopefully we can try again this month for a baby. I originally had cycles which were always 28days so hopefully this should settle down again. You’re right about the cramping, I will go back to my Dr. I’ve taken on board your comments about the ovulation tests and have started using the graph and taking my temperature/ looking at discharge etc.
        Thank you once again for your advice, I feel much better now and fingers crossed we conceive soon.

        • Kati Bicknell

          3:45 amJanuary 3, 2013

          Good luck Victoria! I wish you the best!

  • gatha

    12:52 pmDecember 23, 2012

    hi K
    my last day of periods was 23 Nov 2012. I had sex on the 1st Dec 2012 unexpectedly. A few days later my uterus and bach would ache terrible my uterus had a continuous dull ache then it stopped. My breasts hurt especially in the sides. I got this nasty outbreak of pimples on my face and my chest area. Now i was due on the 19th but nothing happened. My cm was creamy lotion a few days back now its watery cloud everytime i wipe. Is there a posible chance there is a booboo growing in me.

    • Kati Bicknell

      7:27 amJanuary 1, 2013

      Hi Gatha,

      Unfortunately without seeing your temperature and cervical fluid data for this cycle, I can’t tell you if you might be pregnant. If you are charting with the Kindara iPhone app you can send us your chart using the Ask an Expert feature.

      Good luck!

  • Lauren

    2:36 amDecember 29, 2012

    Hi Katie
    Thank you for an amazingly interesting bog! So helpful.
    My question is this:
    My last period started on 19th Dec and today, 9 days later, I have experienced the water gush you mention (very fertile fluid). It seems a bit early as I was expecting ovulation a little later. Is it possible to be this early and if so, had I had sex 2 days ago, would that sperm that hangs around be able to make me pregnant? Or would the egg and sperm be ships in the night, as you mentioned?
    My second question is if I were trying for a girl, when is the best time to have sex, how many days before ovulation? Would it be as soon as there is watery/egg white mucous or even before that? I have 3 boys already and would do anything to conceive a girl now.
    Thanks so much!

    • Kati Bicknell

      8:05 amJanuary 1, 2013

      Hi Lauren,

      I’m glad you found us and are enjoying the articles! :)

      Without knowing your fertility history or seeing your past, and current charts the information I can give you may or may not be helpful. But here goes: It’s possible for a woman to ovulate on Cycle Day 9, and it’s also possible to experience fertile cervical fluid for several (or many) days before ovulation. So you might have already ovulated, or you might not have. But if you had sex 2 days ago, BEFORE you experienced the watery gush of cervical fluid, it’s not super likely that the sperm are hanging around, though it is “possible”.

      If you’re trying for a girl using the Shettles Method it’s said that 2.5 to 3 days before ovulation is the time to have sex, but as each woman’s cycle is different, it’s hard to predict the exact date of ovulation. So the best thing to do is to chart your cycle, and look for patterns, if this is something you want to try. Though keep in mind that this method of gender selection is not very accurate.

      Good luck to you!

  • sarah

    2:37 pmJanuary 1, 2013


    l had unprotected sex a day after my period , that is cycle day 8 and l started ovulation spotting four days later, however l had ECWM for six more days however my boyfriend withdrew when were having sex .Now that l have heard of precum containing sperm l have a few questions.

    Is ovulation spotting after or before ovulation.l have a 32 to 35 day cycle?

    Can l get pregnant though am on cycle day 32 today, l have PMS symptoms like tender nipples, pimples and no cervical mucus at all?

    How long can this preum sperm live

    • Kati Bicknell

      3:33 amJanuary 3, 2013

      Hi Sarah,

      If you are trying to avoid pregnancy by charting your fertility, it’s important that you understand and know how to correctly practice all the rules of the Fertility Awareness Method. I suggest reading Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler.

      If you do not know how to correctly practice the rules of the Fertility Awareness Method, you should be sure to use another form of protection every time you have sex. Talk to your doctor about finding a contraceptive option that you will use correctly,every time. Here is a good site to get you started:

      Good luck!

  • Elisha

    9:56 amJanuary 7, 2013

    I need your help!
    I’m 8 days late with my period, iv been having symptoms such as heartburn, stomach cramps, severe migraines, tiredness and hot flushes. I was quit convinced that I was pregnant so I brought a home pregnancy test but I was negative.. iv been feeling different within myself, as if I am pregnant especially with all the signs.. But the test says different. I’m just so confused!

    • Kati Bicknell

      6:38 amJanuary 8, 2013

      Hi Elisha,

      Due to the overwhelming number of questions we are receiving on the blog, if you have specific questions about your cycle, please ask them through the Ask an Expert feature of our Kindara for iPhone app. Myself and other fertility counselors will be happy to help you out there. :)

  • ibekWe nkeiruka

    8:06 amJanuary 8, 2013

    Can vigina discharge that guesses out like water means one is pregnat. Becaue am also expecting

    • Kati Bicknell

      4:42 amJanuary 10, 2013

      Hi Ibekwe,

      I’m not sure what you are asking in your question. Could you clarify?


  • Katrina

    10:11 amJanuary 11, 2013

    I started my sticky clear globb mucus
    Around 6:30 ish.tonight.will I still be
    Fertile in the morning around 6am.

    • Kati Bicknell

      2:35 amJanuary 12, 2013

      Hi Katrina,

      For the purposes of trying to conceive, I can’t say for sure if you will still be fertile at 6am, but you might as well give it a shot! :) If I saw your chart I’d have a better idea of what is going on with your cycle. If you are noticing the sticky clear eggwhite cervical fluid today, and are trying to conceive it would be a good idea to have sex as soon as you can.

  • Leanne Abbott

    1:48 amJanuary 12, 2013

    Hi there!

    My husband and I have been trying to
    concieve our second child for almost 9
    months now. Some months I see
    Watery fluid and other months slight
    Egg white fluid. Cycles are anywhere from
    30-35 days. This month i saw an
    Abundant amount of egg white mucus
    Very late in my cycle (between days 22
    And 26)…. Is there a chance I may
    Have concieved and I’m seeing an
    Increase in cervical mucus (there is
    Lots of mild cramping going on) or
    Could I have just ovulated very late in
    My cycle??

    Thanks for taking the time to answer
    My question…

    • Kati Bicknell

      4:01 amJanuary 15, 2013

      Hi Leanne,

      We’d need more information, and to see your chart to answer the question of whether or not it’s likely you conceived in this cycle. It’s better suited to the Ask and Expert feature in the Kindara iPhone app. Due to the overwhelming number of questions we are receiving on the blog, only general fertility charting questions will be answered here.

      If you’ve got the Kindara iPhonne app, you might want to ask this question through the Ask an Expert feature, then you’ll get a fertility counselor who can go deeper in depth with you on your charting, and help you understand what may be going on.

  • A.K

    12:15 amJanuary 14, 2013

    The 1st day of my cycle was the 8th of
    January and I’ve been light bleeding till
    The 13th of January and had sex on
    The 13th. Can I fall pregnant?

    • Kati Bicknell

      3:54 amJanuary 15, 2013

      Hi A.K.

      This type of question is better suited to the Ask and Expert feature in the Kindara iPhone app. Due to the overwhelming number of questions we are receiving on the blog, only general fertility charting questions will be answered here.

      If you’ve got the Kindara iPhonne app, you might want to ask this question through the Ask an Expert feature, then you’ll get a fertility counselor who can go deeper in depth with you on your charting, and help you understand when you are fertile, and when you might be able to get pregnant.

  • Blessing

    2:10 amJanuary 21, 2013

    Is it possible to ovulate without any signs at all? My menstrual cycle is 22 days,when wil likely be my ovulation period

    • Kati Bicknell

      2:29 amJanuary 22, 2013

      Hi Blessing,

      The length of your cycle doesn’t tell us anything about your cycle really. Without charting your temperature and cervical fluid, it’s very hard to know if and when you might be fertile. If you are new to fertility charting you might want to read this post. Let me know if you have any questions about it! :)

      Good luck!

  • D

    7:00 amJanuary 23, 2013

    Do you have an opinion regarding bidets and/or douching when it comes to – not only general health – but fertility too?

    You mentioned alkaline very important in cervical fluid, so I am assuming simple alkaline douches are (healthy?) – but what about bidets? Is the constant flushing out cervical fluids with forced water a healthy thing to do? Am I safe to assume douching is OK? Are either of these practices even healthy? I am mostly concerned about cervical cancer prevention and staying fertile and healthy.



    • Kati Bicknell

      9:28 amJanuary 23, 2013

      Hi D,

      Thanks for your question!

      Alkaline cervical fluid is important for fertility, but alkaline douches, and pretty much any other “cleaning” product or device should stay well away from the inside of your vagina. Douching or flushing out your vagina with forced water not only isn’t helpful, it can be harmful!

      The vagina is self-cleaning. No need to “help” it along. One of the roles cervical fluid plays is to help clear out any unhelpful bacteria, or cells. Washing away the cervical fluid with douches or bidets can disrupt the delicate balance of pH and “good” bacteria in your vagina, leaving you open to infections. Washing away the cervical fluid also impares fertility. Cervical fluid is needed in order to keep the vagina healthy, and help the sperm reach an egg.

      If you’re concerned about preventing cervical cancer, be sure to get a yearly screening for this with your doctor, and make sure to practice safe sex.

      It’s fine to wash the vulva (external genitals), but as for the inside, best to leave that alone, for optimal vaginal health.

      Great question!

  • Jessi

    8:50 amJanuary 23, 2013

    I am 27 years old and I have two kids. I have been on zarah bcp for the past three months and yasmin prior to that

  • Jessi

    8:58 amJanuary 23, 2013

    I am 27 years old and I have two kids. I have been on zarah bcp for the past three months and yasmin prior to that. My menstrual cycle began January 9. 2013. And I decided to stop my bcp for this month. I was with my bf sexually on Jan. 15 and on Jan 17 I was at work when I felt a gush, I thought it was my period since whenever I stopped my bcp I would bleed twice in the same cycle. But to my surprise I had A glob of egg like yoke kind of fluid on my panty liner with a pinch of brown blood. It was healthy looking and had no smell maybe a little bit to bleach. I began having awful cramps so painful I couldn’t pass gas for a day major headaches, breast tenderness , loss of appetite and moody. I’ve had this fluid for about a week now but it has gotten more watery. The cramps have stopped but I constantly urinate. Can I have conceived on this day, is the fluid and gooey stuff be an indication of ovulation? Please help :(

    • Kati Bicknell

      2:00 amJanuary 24, 2013

      Hi Jessi,

      The clear slippery cervical fluid you’re talking about can be an indication of impending ovulation, meaning that you may be fertile. However to get the most accurate information it would be best to take a look at your charts. Have you been charting both temperature and cervical fluid? If so we’d be happy to look at your charts using the Ask an Expert feature of the Kindara iPhone app.

  • Jesse

    9:27 amJanuary 23, 2013

    My husband and I are TTC. I am on a 28 day cycle. My cycle started on 1/7/2013. On 1/19/13, I got my first smiley face on OPK, and got the gush of cervical mucus later that day on 1/19/2013. Got my second smiley face on 1/20/2013, which was day 14 of my 28 day cycle. I know I ovulated on 1/20/13 as I had all the signs including the cramp on my one side. My question is about cervical mucus which is somewhat confusing to me. I still had damp panties today 1/22, which is 2 days after ovulation. Is this normal?? I put a tampon in a checked the mucus, which was somewhat clear, but did not stretch far. When I inserted a finger I did not have any mucus. How long after ovulation does it take to “dry up”? Thank you for your help.

    • Kati Bicknell

      2:07 amJanuary 24, 2013

      Hi Jesse,

      When you say “all the signs” of ovulation do you mean that your temperature and cervical fluid patterns confirmed that ovulation occurred? A positive OPK means that ovulation is likely to occur within 24 to 48 hours, it doesn’t confirm that ovulation happened, or tell you exactly when. Usually after ovulation the cervical fluid will be sticky, or there won’t be any at all, though each woman will have a slightly different pattern. If you were still experiencing wet slippery cervical fluid on 1/22, that might mean that you had not actually ovulated yet.

  • Ify Sarah

    6:49 pmJanuary 28, 2013

    I started my period on 18 Jan. And ended it on 22 jan. I had sex on the 24 jan and later on 26 jan i started noticing a strechy white-egg fluid. My qustion is can i be ovulating and if no, what kind of discharge wil i notice if im ovulating.

    • Kati Bicknell

      8:57 amJanuary 29, 2013

      Hi Ify Sarah,

      The stretchy egg-white type of cervical fluid means that ovulation is approaching. It’s a good idea to have sex when you notice this, if you’re trying to get pregnant. :)

      Good luck!

  • Ify

    6:59 pmJanuary 28, 2013

    Please i also need the website of this page.

    • Kati Bicknell

      8:58 amJanuary 29, 2013

      Hi Ify,

      Can you be more specific? I’d love to help you, I just don’t understand your question.

  • Ify Sarah

    6:37 pmJanuary 29, 2013

    Hi kati, thank your very much your answer i am ok now

  • Ify Sarah

    6:43 pmJanuary 29, 2013

    Regarding to the other qustion i said i need the website of your charting page. And please i would like to know if there is any diffrent kind of fluid a woman discharge during ovulation.

    • Kati Bicknell

      4:47 amJanuary 31, 2013

      Hi Ify Sarah,

      The app is only available on iPhone right now, but we will be adding a web version soon! :)

      When a woman is ovulating egg-white, or water gushes of cervical fluid are usually present.

  • Heather

    9:58 amJanuary 31, 2013

    Hi Katie

    I was wondering if my cervical mucus would be considered dry. My period is due in 4 days. For the past 5 days when I check my cervical mucus it is dry entering but all around my cervix is opaque egg white discharge that is very stretchy. Is that usual before menstruation? Just not sure how to chart it.

    Thank you!

    • Kati Bicknell

      5:06 amFebruary 1, 2013

      Hi Heather,

      Some women don’t notice any cervical fluid at the vaginal opening, and have to check internally to find it. It sounds like this may be the case for you. No matter where you find your cervical fluid, it’s still valid! So if you find stretchy egg-white cervical fluid at your cervix, record “egg-white” on your chart. It might be a good idea to do internal checks from here on out, as you don’t want to miss that egg-white cervical fluid. It tells you so much about your state of fertility.

      When you say your period is due in 4 days is that because you are basing this cycle of the length of your past cycles? If so, be aware that that’s not a very accurate way to predict when your period will arrive. But if you know that your period is due in 4 days because you’ve confirmed ovulation with your temperature and cervical fluid chart, and know the length of your luteal phase…that’s a different (accurate!) story. :)

      It’s not unusual to notice egg-white or watery cervical fluid the day before your period starts, as the endometrial lining starts to break down in preparation for being shed as your period.

      Did that help?

      • Heather

        7:45 amFebruary 1, 2013

        Thank you for that information. Honestly, I am new to charting. I was only assuming I will start menstruation shortly because I honestly can not remember a day I have been late. My body is luckily like clock work when it comes to that. But normally my cm before menstruation is more creamy and sticky so to havees will be changing soon setting me up for perimenopause. I didn’t know that this could be normal. This has definately helped me. I appreciate it :-)

        • Kati Bicknell

          2:14 amFebruary 2, 2013

          Hi Heather,

          You’re welcome. :) Even for women with cycles like clockwork, there can be a random longer cycle from time to time, especially as a woman approaches perimenopause. If you have more cervical fluid questions just ask. :)

  • Jane

    5:26 pmFebruary 1, 2013

    Thanx a lot,th infor z very helpful. Was woreidly sick,l dint understand th sticky virginal fluid..was thinkin av got an infection. Av got itchy virginal. There are small sores around,av bin scrathin n nw l think my clitories ar swolen. Any explanations for that? Thanx a lot.

    • Kati Bicknell

      2:24 amFebruary 2, 2013

      Hi Jane,

      While cervical fluid IS normal, if you’re experiencing itching and sores, that would be something your doctor should know about. It could be an infection. It’s best to get this taken care of by a professional as soon as possible. Certain infections can cause lasting damage if not treated.

      Feel better soon!

  • natasha

    1:50 amFebruary 2, 2013

    Im sorry this question is not exactly related to mucus…but i thought i can ask it here

    i had unprotected sex on 18 jan but partner didnt cumed inside. i had my last period which started on 12 jan. i didnt took any pill. my cycle is regular and almost 30 days cycle. 2nd last period started on 13 dec 2012. so, my cycle is 30 days. can i get pregnant because of precum. i had white egg like fluid around 24 and 25 jan.. is it possible that i ovulate on 22 i.e 11th day of my cycle…from 27 till 30 had lower back pain and little vomit like feeling for 1 or 2 day..but not now…can i be pregnant?? is it possible that precum sperm live for 4 days.. and yes partner didnt cumed nd even urinated before having intrcourse…i tested on 28th mid day and it came -ve and again tested 31st morning its also -ve… what should i do?? when should i test? is it possible that i had implantation pain?? Please help me..pls

    • Kati Bicknell

      2:29 amFebruary 2, 2013

      Hi Natasha,

      There is conflicting evidence about whether or not precum contains enough viable sperm to produce a pregnancy. If you don’t want to get pregnant it’s best to find a reliable form of contraception that you and your partner will both use.

      Fertility charting can be used to help you find out when you are fertile and able to conceive. This information can be used to help you get pregnant, if that’s what you’re wanting, or to avoid pregnancy, if you’re not ready to be a mom yet.

      This post explains more about using fertility charting to avoid pregnancy.

      • natasha

        4:02 pmFebruary 2, 2013

        Hi, kati

        Thanks for replying. No, i dont want to be mom yet. i have never charted as such. i saw egg white discharge on 24 , 25 and litttle on 26…when can i possibly ovulate according to this information.

        • Kati Bicknell

          2:29 amFebruary 5, 2013

          Hi Natasha,

          It’s great that you’re interested in learning about your fertility, and that you know that cervical fluid can be an indicator of that. :) Unfortunately I can’t tell you when you might ovulate, without seeing your chart and knowing your history. If you start charting, that’s a different story! Much more information is available then. :)

  • Ify Sarah

    1:21 amFebruary 4, 2013

    Hi Kati tank u so much

    • Kati Bicknell

      2:35 amFebruary 5, 2013

      You’re welcome! :)

  • Christina

    10:59 pmFebruary 6, 2013

    I have been looking for this information for months!!! thank you so much. a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders… i would have seen a dr. but my finances arent that great, plus i’m shy/modest, so i rely on the internet. i thank god as i type for bringing me to this page.

    • Kati Bicknell

      10:48 amFebruary 7, 2013

      Hi Christina,

      You’re welcome! :) I’m glad it’s been helpful! Let me know if you have more questions.

  • Ali

    10:05 amFebruary 7, 2013

    Hello, I’m still having trouble understanding exactly what my cervical fluid is trying to tell me. Most days it seems to go between really thick & off white or a clear almost ky jelly type consistency that has no stretch and is barely there, other days I notice nothing at all. I’ve been trying to track this for almost a month now but I’m having trouble because what I’m experiencing doesn’t seem to fit into any of the chat descriptions so I worry my information isn’t accurate because most days I don’t know what to put!

    • Kati Bicknell

      11:05 amFebruary 7, 2013

      Hi Ali,

      Thick and off-white, I would categorize as “Sticky”. (Think of it like the paste you might have used in grade school) As for the clear KY jelly type, depending on the amount it could be classified as Sticky or Eggwhite. As it’s always better to err on the side of caution and record the most fertile type of cervical fluid. So for the first few cycles, you could mark that down as Eggwhite. If it follows the typical pattern of less fertile (Sticky), to more fertile (Eggwhite), to none (after ovulation) then you’ve got a pretty normal chart! The key is to keep checking your cervical fluid every day, and recording it to the best of your ability. Soon you’ll start to see your body’s own unique pattern. :)

      Most women are never taught that our cervical fluid is actually a rich source of information, so lots of us just try to ignore it. Once I discovered fertility charting it was a big jump from “ignore” to “pay attention to”, and it took a while. Be kind to yourself, and congratulate yourself on taking this step toward understanding the way your body works. If you have more questions, just ask. :)

      • Ali

        11:28 amFebruary 7, 2013

        Thank you for the information. Is there a more REALLY detailed information post/site about how to classify the fluids? I don’t always understand the definitions (like, what does watery mean) or how I’d classify what I’m seeing if it varies from the quick definitions I’m reading. As for trying to identify what I’ve been seeing, I would call the “ky type” stuff more tacky then sticky as it dissolved quickly when rubbed between my fingers and there was barely any of it, didn’t seem like it’d be very “fertility friendly” even though it occurred during the time I would have predicted my most open window would be (about 2-3 days before my temperature start rising). Thanks again for the help! I am trying to do what’s best for my body but this is hard for a beginner!!

        • Kati Bicknell

          2:48 pmFebruary 7, 2013

          Hi Ali,

          You know what? There isn’t a more detailed post YET! But I will totally write one. You are not the only woman whose cervical fluid doesn’t fit neatly into those 5 little boxes. I’ll write it next week and post it on the blog. Stay tuned!

          Now that you’ve described that cervical fluid more, that sounds like the “sticky” category. Anything sticky, tacky, springy, crumbly, etc… all “Sticky” So that’s not the most fertile quality, but it’s still possible to conceive when you have sticky cervical fluid. Are charting to avoid pregnancy, or to achieve pregnancy?

  • Judy

    12:32 amFebruary 8, 2013

    I have a problem.
    So I feel like I don’t have any vaginal fluids
    Or at least not much. I always feel dry, even
    When having intercourse. I’m very irritated don’t know what to do

    • Kati Bicknell

      6:07 pmFebruary 8, 2013

      Hi Judy,

      So sorry to hear about that! There are lots of things that can affect cervical fluid. Are you on any medications? Do you have any other health concerns? Have you gone through menopause? Do you use any kind of douche or other feminine “hygiene” product? All of these things can make the vagina feel dry, itchy or irritated.

      Talk with your doctor about this if you need help ruling any of these out.

  • sadaf khan

    5:46 amFebruary 9, 2013

    i take a pregnacy test its positive, but i still feel semen fluid, its like creamy, is it normal?

    • Kati Bicknell

      3:16 pmFebruary 11, 2013

      Hi Sadaf,

      Yes, oftentimes when women are pregnant they will produce creamy cervical fluid. :)

  • jade fox

    1:15 amFebruary 10, 2013

    Hi this maybe un usual but I haven’t had a period for 11 months now I don’t have a sexual partner I haven’t had one for 1year and so far for the past 2 morning lots of clear water fluid come out my lady’s privates I’m concerned what does it mean

    • Kati Bicknell

      3:27 pmFebruary 11, 2013

      Hi Jade,

      You have not had a period for 11 months? Any idea why? Have you spoken with your doctor about this? If you haven’t had a period in 11 months, the sensation of watery cervical fluid may be quite unfamiliar but may be perfectly normal. Clear watery cervical fluid usually means high fertility, and that a woman will soon ovulate.

      Are you charting your fertility? That would help you figure out what may be going on with your cycle.

  • Melissa fisher

    7:33 amFebruary 10, 2013

    Ok so here is a question im on my third round of clomid ive had eggwhite cm for about a week just like my last cycle I had creamy cm yesterday but today I got my first positive opk but now my cm is pasty and my cervix is closing and firming so I dont understand how I can have a positive opk finally but everything that was fertile before isnt anymore?

    • Kati Bicknell

      3:31 pmFebruary 11, 2013

      Hi Melissa,

      Always trust your fertility signs (temperature, cervix and cervical fluid) over an OPK. What may have happened is that you already ovulated. OPKs have been shown to give false positives around 7% of the time. If you’re trying to get pregnant make sure to have sex when you notice that you have eggwhite cervical fluid. Clomid sometimes dries up cervical fluid so it’s good that you have eggwhite CF. :) Make sure to strike while the iron is hot! :)

  • Maureen

    8:27 amFebruary 11, 2013

    Hi katie, i’ve been noticing eggwhite cm from day 7 of my cycle through day 14.pls what dos it means.

    • Kati Bicknell

      3:39 pmFebruary 11, 2013

      Hi Maureen,

      That means that you are likely very fertile, and the ovulation is approaching. :) If you’re trying to get pregnant, these are the prime days to have sex.

  • Justy GOdwin

    8:15 amFebruary 16, 2013

    Im confused on the exact day im ovulating .my cycle last for about 50days my last period was 14th jan 2013.tanks

    • Kati Bicknell

      1:11 pmFebruary 18, 2013

      Hi Justy,

      Charting your cycle using temperature and cervical fluid will give you the best idea of when you ovulate. If you’re new to fertility charting check out this article.

  • Henry

    11:49 pmMarch 20, 2013 best can I identify my period of Ovulation?

    • Kati Bicknell

      9:31 amMarch 21, 2013

      Hi Henry,

      Check out this post if you’re new to fertility charting.

  • JH

    10:37 pmApril 1, 2013

    I want to find out, i did an ovulation test 4 days ago, i got a smiley face and then the next day there was no face, now four days later i have the egg white cervical fluid, i am very confused , i had the “ovulation” already with the smiley face or is it stilll coming?

    • Kati Bicknell

      11:52 amApril 2, 2013

      Hi JH,

      I’d need to look at your charts in order to say what might be going on. You can send us your charts using the Ask an Expert feature of the Kindara app.

      Best of luck!

  • abosede

    8:34 amApril 23, 2013

    i use to be worried because i see this fluid for four day after my menstral period and am not comfortable but am a bit relieve wit wat i’ve just read. thanks so much. urs abosede from lagos

  • pritty

    3:50 pmApril 27, 2013

    Find this post very helpful and educating
    Hv been trying to get pregnant for the past one year and it seem impossible. Thanks

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    12:08 pmSeptember 19, 2013

    Hi Everyone,

    The Kindara blog has moved! We’re now at:

    To comment on this post, follow this link:

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