What is Cervical Mucus?

What is Cervical Mucus?

What is cervical mucus?

Cervical mucus is excreted by the cervix which is the ‘neck’ of the uterus. When a woman’s body is at its most fertile, large quantities of mucus are produced. This helps protect sperm from the acidity of the vagina and can allow it to survive for up to five days. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

It helps in conception by giving sperm a medium to pass from the vagina, through the cervix and towards the fallopian tubes where fertilization takes place. Post and Pre-ovulation cervical mucus acts as a barrier between the vagina and cervix to sperm, and other foreign bodies. This is why it is so important to gauge what part of the ovulation cycle you are in, if you want a greater chance of conceiving.

What does it consist of?

Cervical mucus is 90% water, but also contains electrolytes, amino acids, soluble proteins and glucose, as well as trace elements of zinc, copper, iron, manganese and selenium. If you are not getting enough of these minerals through your diet you may want to consider taking supplements or changing what you eat.

Predicts your ovulation cycle

By monitoring your production of cervical mucus you can determine where you are in your ovulation cycle.
Pre-Ovulation – This will occur just after your period, there will often be no visible mucus and can be accompanied by a dry sensation.

Fertile – You should begin producing cervical mucus at this stage and it should be white or cream coloured, thick and stretchy.

Very Fertile – Your cervical mucus should be very wet, thin and transparent. If you are looking to conceive, this is the correct time.

Post-ovulation – You might feel dry or have thick sticky mucus during this time.

Ways to increase cervical mucus

The best time to conceive is when cervical mucus is plentiful, transparent and watery. Sometimes this is compared to the consistency of raw egg whites. If however you have having trouble producing mucus there are things you can do.

Drink more water. It could be that your body is too dehydrated to waste water creating mucus. Increase your water intake to 1 to 2 litres a day.

Take a dietary supplement such as Fertibella ConceiveEasy. This increases your body’s production of cervical mucus and can help strengthen your uterine lining.

Use a sperm friendly lubricant. This mimics cervical mucus and does not hamper the sperm’s mobility.

Make sure your cervical mucus is healthy

Certain prescription medications, yeast infections and sexually transmitted diseases can alter its appearance and your fertility levels; look out for any strange odours, changes in colour or accompanying symptoms of illness. Seek medical attention immediately. These infections can cause major damage to your reproductive organs.

Vaginal discharge, especially if you weren’t expecting it, and if it doesn’t smell or itch, can be a sign of pregnancy. This is because your cervix is creating a mucus plug to protect your baby from infections. If this is the case, take a pregnancy test to see if you have conceived.

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 Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD
Dr. Prabha Sahgal MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Sahgal holds a B.S. degree from MIT in molecular biology and currently serves on the ConceiveEasy board of directors.