Cervical Mucus and You


The importance of cervical mucus

I have to admit that cervical mucus wasn’t something I thought about until I was TTC (trying to conceive). And it definitely wasn’t something I felt comfortable talking about with others!!!! Funny how after many years, it has become a natural part of my TTC plan. The logistics of tracking my cervical mucus is not the most graceful part of my day, but it is definitely important in helping me know my body and my cycle! :)

The changes in a woman’s cervical mucus may be one of the most important predictors of ovulation. So here is a snapshot of what most women can expect as they move through their monthly cycle.
 
Dry and sticky cervical mucus is most likely to show up right after your period. You are most likely not fertile during this time.
 
Creamy cervical mucus usually means that you are slowly sneaking up on ovulation. Depending on how short your leutal phase is, your doctor may suggest you start having sex during this time.
 
Wet cervical mucus is a sign that ovulation is definitely around the corner. As long as your partner’s sperm is healthy and strong, doctors will tell you to start having sex every day or every other day until you ovulate.
 
Very slippery, stretchy and egg white cervical mucus should sound the bells and whistles in the bedroom. You are most likely going to ovulate within 12-24 hours at this point!  It is this slick cervical mucus that makes it easy for the sperm to travel along, so having EWCM (egg white cervical mucus) is an important factor in how easily you may become pregnant.
 
If you don’t seem to naturally produce slippery cervical mucus at the fertile time of your cycle, your doctor may recommend that you try a product like FertileCM to help. 
 
Here is hoping that your cycle includes lots of  stretchy and slippery cervical mucus this month!! :)

 

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