Charts - The Visual Record

Personal Records

In charting the cervical mucus symptom of the Billings Method (see observations and rules), the use of a graphical record is particularly valuable because this provides a large amount of information which can be taken in at a glance, embodying perhaps the observations made over several months.

The graphical record is a baar chart.

The vertical height of each bar shows the level of fertility:

Five colours represent the types of observations recognised in the Billings Method.

Legend

Peak

 

X

 

possibly_fertile

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wait

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I

 

 

infertile

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Symptom Description 

Bleeding

Spotting

Bleeding

Spotting

Dry

BIP of unchanging discharge

Wait day after intercourse (Rule 2)

Change from the Basic Infertile Pattern

I=Intercourse

▲ = Against rule

The Peak of the mucus symptom

Dry

not Dry

Menstruation

Not menstruation:
break- through bleed or withdrawal bleed

before Peak

Rule 4 (from the fourth day after the Peak)

continued

Peak

 

possibly_fertile

 

1

2

3

1

2

3

wait

1

2

3

1

2

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

infertile

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Symptom Description 

Dry before peak

BIP of unchanging discharge before Peak

Dry for 3 days after Peak

Changed mucus for 3 days after Peak

No longer wet or slippery

Rule 3 (before Peak)
Wait & See 123 rule

Rule 3 (after Peak)
Still possibly fertile - any combination may occur over the 3 days.

Example Chart - normal fertile cycle

day

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

19

20

21

22

23

24

25

26

27

28

29

1

Peak
 

 

X

 

possibly_fertile
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

2

3

 

wait
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

infertile
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sensation

wet

wet

wet

dry

dry

dry

dry

dry

dry

not dry

wet

wet

slippery

slippery

slippery SV*

dry

sticky

sticky

dry

dry

sticky

sticky

moist

moist

dry

dry

dry

dry

wet

wet

Appearance

 

 

 

spotting

spotting

 

 

 

 

sticky cloudy

cloudy

cloudy stringy

clear stringy

clear

clear

 

opaque

opaque

 

 

cloudy

cloudy

cloudy

cloudy