Cervical mucus: what is it and what is it for?

The uterus produces a viscous and whitish fluid called cervical mucus, although this texture changes depending on where we are in the menstrual cycle. It is made up almost entirely
of water but it also contains other substances such as calcium, sodium, potassium and organic components such as glucose, amino acids and proteins.

Functions of cervical mucus

  • Cervical mucus is a great indicator of a woman’s fertile days as it transforms its appearance depending on the moment of ovulation in which the woman is.
  • The mucus carries the sperm through the cervix so that the egg can be fertilized.
    In addition to transporting them, it allows sperm to survive days after being ejaculated.

Cervical Mucus Method

  1. If we want to have a better chance of getting pregnant, observing the cervical mucus can help us. This method is also known as the Billings Method.
  2. We can talk about four types of mucus: cervical mucus before ovulation, cervical mucus nearing ovulation, cervical mucus during ovulation, and cervical mucus after ovulation. The most conducive to conceiving is the one that occurs during ovulation, we can differentiate it because its appearance will resemble that of the white of an egg.
  3. This method will only be effective in women who have regular menstrual cycles.

How do I take a cervical mucus sample?

Wiping ourselves with toilet paper after going to the bathroom is enough to get a small sample of mucus. Once we have it, we must take it with the thumb and index finger and stretch it to see its appearance and elasticity.

However, care must be taken as there are factors that can alter the texture, color and consistency of this fluid. Certain infections or some medications influence it, thus reducing the chances of pregnancy.

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