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My cervical mucous is never like "egg whites"

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My husband and I started trying to conceive several months ago. I chart basal body temp, cervical mucous, OPK, and saliva ferning. My cervical mucous is never like "egg whites". The amount of cervical mucous does increase significantly around ovulation, but it remains creamy/sticky and not stretchy. I try to get a cervical mucous sample from close to my cervix. Also, my ferning is positive on completely random days all through my cycle. It's neg one day, then pos, then neg, just totally random. And I always test as soon as I wake up, before I eat or drink. Last cycle it was positive 15 of 29 days. However, my OPK shows ovulation only once every month. This has been going on ever since I began charting ovulation 6 months ago. I do know that I occasionally have ovarian cysts and I have very light periods. What can be causing this and could it affect my fertility?

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replied September 17th, 2012
Fertility Answer A38736
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Functional ovarian cysts should be differentiated from PCOS. If you have been trying for pregnancy for more than 6 months and have not been successful, you should consider getting a complete infertility work-up done for you and your partner to see if there are any underlying causes for the infertility/inability to conceive. Hormonal derangements, problems involving ovaries and ovulation, uterine problems, tubal blocks, cervical or vaginal infections, ovarian failure/suppression, LPD, etc., should be ruled out for you. For your partner, semen analysis should be done to rule out infections and to confirm the quality and quantity of sperms produced, as well as rule out other factors that can affect sperm morphology and motility (especially rule out acrosomal protein defect if all other parameters are normal). Treatment as indicated (based on examination and investigations results) would be started to help you get pregnant. If required, or if conservative treatment fails, option of IVF or ICSI should be considered to help you get pregnant. Consider visiting your gynecologist/obstetrician for further evaluation and assistance and be in regular follow-up and monitoring as instructed. Have diet with foods rich in zinc content to ensure better maturation of egg and sperms. Continue to monitor cervical mucus changes and the BBT (basal body temperature) charting along with follicular scan to predict your ovulation and time your intercourse for having fruitful results. Have intercourse in positions that allow for deeper penetration for high deposit of semen. Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately.
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