Cervical mucus changes enable you to answer the following questions “When during my cycle is the best time to start having baby-making intercourse?” and “Am I now fertile”?
Whereas temperature observations enables you to answer the question “Did I ovulate and if so, when?”
It is important that you record cervical mucus observations during your preconception preparation so what when conception attempts begins, you will know exactly what you need to do, and when to do it!
Using your conception preparation time to get familiar with your unmistakable signs of fertility means you will really speed up the conception process once everything is ready to go.
About Cervical Mucus Stages
Cervical mucus refers to the fluid produced by the crypts of the cervix during your reproductive cycle. Changing throughout the menstrual cycle in response hormones, cervical fluid becomes very noticeable as it passes into the vagina.
Observing and recording your cervical mucus changes offers a primary fertility sign which provides great clues about your hormonal balance and fertility.
Your cervical mucus after ovulation and at the beginning of your cycle is dry and scant or sticky, this means sperm cannot penetrate it. At these non-fertile times, the vagina is quite acidic and is even hostile to sperm. Cervical mucus at this time serves as a barrier that plugs the cervical canal and prevents bacteria from entering the uterus.
Since the presence of oestrogen dramatically increases as ovulation approaches, so does the amount of mucus produced. Its texture also changes dramatically to a thin, stretchy, watery, egg-white like consistency that is alkaline and receptive to sperm penetration.
This “egg white” like cervical mucus, known as “spinn” (from the German word spinnbarkeit, meaning the ability to form a thread) provides nourishment and protection for sperm. Enabling them to move, thrive and await the release of the egg at ovulation. Spinn mucus is usually 1-2 days prior to ovulation, when you are most fertile, quickly drying up after ovulation has occurred.
Cervical mucus observation is able to help you ascertain when you are most fertile, heralding the approach of ovulation and the best time to begin conception attempts once you have completed your 120 days preparation prior to conception. To know if and when you have ovulated you will need to chart your temperature and look out for that a thermal shift (temperature rise) on your chart.
How To Check Your Cervical Mucus
- Every time you go to be bathroom before urinating, use your clean fingers at the mouth of the vagina (no need to insert fingers) and check your collection between your fingers;
- Do not use any type of tissue paper to check your mucus or prior to check your mucus as this will skew your observations;
- When examining your cervical mucus between your fingers you need to observe the amount present (between your fingers and at the mouth of the vagina) and its texture and categorise it as follows: sticky or pasty; stretchy, creamy or wet; egg white or spinn (least to most fertile);
- Do check your cervical mucus throughout the day to notice and sudden changes. Always record the most profuse and fertile type you see;
- Avoid checking your cervical fluid just before or after intercourse as arousal and seminal fluids will distort your observations.
- Using condoms during the initial stages of your mucus observations and during your 120 days of preconception preparation will be the best and fastest way to learn your mucus paterns as semen can disrupt your readings. You will find, however, that fertile cervical fluid (eggwhite) is more clear and stretchy and shiny. It will stretch a couple of inches without breaking. Semen may be more whitish and is more likely to break when pulled.
Things To Notice When Checking Your Cervical Fluid
- Does the vagina feel wet or dry?
- Is there any fluid on the tissue?
- How does it look?
- What color is it?
- What consistency is it?
- How much is there?
- How does it feel when you touch it?
- Can you stretch it between your thumb and index finger?
If you have trouble finding cervical mucus, you may consider checking it internally; however this may be a sign of a hormonal imbalance which needs to be addressed with the help of a competent and qualified naturopathic practitioner in order to optimise your fertility.
The Understanding Your Conception Cycle, three week program, is available to couples all over the world as a fully personalized, online program, personally delivered by fertility specialist Gabriela Rosa. The mode of delivery includes workshop style webinar, transcript and Facebook Live sessions in a dedicated group, where you will have direct access to Gabriela to address your questions and get the answers you need to better understand your conception cycle and window of fertility.