Conception FAQs >> Cervical Mucus
Question: What is "Fertile Cervical Mucus"? Its purpose &
when can I expect it?
As part of your daily fertility chart, monitoring changes in cervical mucus
(CM, cervical fluids) is pivotal in determining the best time to make procreative
love. During your menstrual cycle, you'll likely experience a number of fluctuations
in both the amount of cervical mucus present and in the quality of that those
fluids: By quality, I am referring to the fertile or infertile quality
of cervical fluids, their changing textures, colors, ph levels. As you near
your ovulation day, cervical mucus will begin to become fertile and the amount
of fluid present will likely increase daily as you near midcycle. Non-fertile
CM is characterized by a thickness and sticky texture. It will "hold"
its shape and won't stretch between fingertips, but rather disconnect or break.
The color of this non-fertile mucus is going to be white or yellowish and it
will be opaque (can't see light through it).
mucus (which enters the scene as you enter your fertile window) is
going to be stretchy, fluid, mobile, and thin. Fertile cervical mucus develops
as a co-efficient of the increase in the estrogen hormones during the first
half of your menstrual cycle. Many compare fertile CM to raw egg-white. In fact,
Internet fertility charters actually call it "egg-white cervical mucus"
and even have a common abbreviation for this mucus (EWCM)!
The technical medical term, however, is "spinnbarkeit" - derived from
a German word referring to that exact same thin and "stretchable"
attribute. Fertile CM will not hold its shape and it won't feel sticky; it will
likely be clear, colorless, and semi-transparent and feel silky and plaint between
your fingers. The PH level of fertile CM is less-acidic, so this is the mucus
quality that will sustain and protect sperm, helping sperm both live longer
and swim easier. In fact, having a lot of cervical fluids around can actually
extend your fertile window by creating a more hospitable or "sperm-friendly"
environ for the swimmers.
You'll see an increase in fertile
cervical fluids in the week before you ovulate - and this will come as a gradual
increase from a "transitional" form to (hopefully) full-blow EWCM
at peak fertility. Such CM is a great indicator that your are at a fertile peak
in your cycle. You'll see "fertile" fluids return to non-fertile quality
in the days just following ovulation. Of course, different women have individual
experiences with cervical fluids, with the timing of onset, and not all women
will get that heavy "egg-white" variety. A dietary supplement like
Amos Grunebaum's FertileCM is actually designed to help your
body produce fertile-quality cervical fluids around midcycle.Yes, clomid
can cause dryness and interrupt the production of fertile-quality cervical fluids.
Here, Pre-Seed moisturizer is also available as a kind of liquid-surrogate for
CM, particularly for women who experience a great deal of dryness during the
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