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Conception FAQs >> Cervical Mucus
11. Question: What is "Fertile Cervical Mucus"? Its purpose & when can I expect it?Answer: 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).
Fertile cervical 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" environment 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 fertile window.