Last updated: April 30th, 2021 at 03:27 pm
If you are trying to conceive naturally then you want to know your window of opportunity. Knowing when you ovulate is key. Tracking ovulation can seem like a difficult task and your options are limited. One simple and inexpensive way to monitor your most fertile time is by looking for and analysing your fertile cervical mucous. Other ways include using ovulation predictor sticks or tracking your temperature (BBT monitoring)
There are many types of mucous released from the cervix (the cervix is located at the top of the vagina and is the entrance to the uterus). As your hormone levels change in preparation for ovulation, your cervix releases a very specific type of mucous. This fertile cervical mucous is properly PH balanced to help sperm live longer and also helps them swim up into the uterus. This fertile mucous is generally clear to slightly cloudy and is “stretchable” between your fingers. The most common characteristic is that it will be very slippery, like egg whites. You will only know if it is very slippery if you monitor it’s consistency regularly and so can compare viscosity.
The fertile cervical mucous changes often, going from dry, creamy, milky, sticky, tacky, and other consistencies. Women wanting to use fertile cervical mucous to track their most fertile times during their cycle can monitor the different types of mucous released at different times of their cycle.
Cervical mucous is often present several days leading up to your ovulation day. Once ovulation has taken place, the hormonal balance within your body begins to change and these hormonal changes stop the production of the slippery fertile cervical mucous. The door of opportunity begins to close and the mucous switches to a different, more acidic and less slippery type.
It is not uncommon for women to be lacking fertile cervical mucous which makes this whole mucous tracking process impossible. There are other ways to monitor your ovulation and fertile days such as ovulation predictor kits (you wee on a stick and it tells you hormonal surges related to ovulation) and BBT temperature charting which some women may find a better and less invasive, less messy and less stressful option.
That basically your vagina is an opening to your body and that the fertile cervical mucous acts like a plug for most of your days, protecting bacteria, etc. from entering. So if you want to get pregnant, the door must be open, this plug must come away to allow sperm to enter. So if you see or experience mucous of any consistency coming out, then this can be a sign that the plug has come away and the door is open for sperm to enter.