The female body works with a real machine, each gear has its importance so that its operation has the desired success. And one of the pieces of extreme importance for the female reproductive system, for offering protection and mainly as an auxiliary for women who wish to become pregnant is the cervical mucus.
Cervical mucus is not much talked about, unless the woman becomes a temptress and discovers its importance to reach her positive in a more agile way. Therefore, we will explain how everything works and how important it is at the moment.
What is Cervical Mucus?
Cervical mucus is a natural liquid secretion produced in the cervix that focuses on preventing bacteria located in the vaginal area from reaching the uterus. This secretion is produced internally, but secreted through the vagina. Its production is stimulated by the influence of hormone levels.
Not all women are able to detect the presence of their cervical mucus, especially if they are unaware of its functionality, or when they notice it, they may even be mistaken for a discharge . But it is produced steadily, with greater vigor in the fertile period.
IMPORTANT: Cervical mucus is not discharge! It has no smell, color and does not itch
What Does Cervical Mucus Do?
The main function of cervical mucus is to protect the uterus from invasion of bacteria in the area of the vagina, which can cause serious infections. But it also serves as an extra force for sperm to reach the uterus during the fertile period, as their texture and consistency increase at this stage.
Therefore, it is very easy to identify the fertile period through the cervical mucus, because its characteristics change, appearing in an elastic and thick form, which can be noticed with the touch, between the fingers.
Phases of Cervical Mucus
As we have already mentioned, cervical mucus is produced constantly throughout the female cycle . However, due to changes in hormonal levels, he changes his characteristics to suit his functions at that stage.
In the first phase of the cycle, right at the beginning, the cervical mucus is thicker, which is why it is more difficult to be noticed mainly as moisture in the panties , since its consistency is more evident internally.
At this stage, the cervix is closed and the cervical mucus has the function of being a barrier for sperm, so that they do not reach the uterus. So its texture prevents them from getting too far.
With the change in hormones, its texture changes, and the cervical mucus becomes thinner, more liquid and with an elastic appearance, similar to egg white . For this reason, it gets its name among the tempting whites of egg white mucus.
At this stage, the cervix is open and the female body is ready to be fertilized, as it is in the fertile period. This elastic texture of the cervical mucus at this point facilitates the arrival of sperm to the uterus.
Muco Cervical Hostil
Among the changes that women may undergo throughout their cycle, there may also be changes in the cervical mucus. For some reasons, the mucus that should be the aid in fertility, becomes an obstacle for pregnancy to occur . When this occurs, cervical mucus gets its name from hostile mucus specialists.
The hostile mucus is where the mucus has acidic medium and denser texture, which makes not only the arrival of sperm into the uterine cavity, but of their survival.
To confirm that you have hostile mucus, it is necessary to perform a test called postcoital, and it is checked if there are live sperm inside the vagina. But it is worth alerting, that some experts do not believe that this acidity can be an obstacle for the pregnancy to occur, since many managed to get pregnant naturally even with the confirmation of hostile mucus .
How to Confirm the Presence of Cervical Mucus?
As the texture of the cervical mucus manages to help women who wish to become pregnant, knowing how to identify it will indicate when it is the ideal time to work out in training . This method of checking mucus is known as the Billings method.
The verification of the elasticity of cervical mucus is a great method of proving that ovulation will happen not only for those who wish to become pregnant, but also for women who wish to avoid it.
To confirm the presence of cervical mucus, put yourself in a comfortable position, right after hand hygiene, insert one of your fingers into the vagina . Normally, when mucus production is high near the ovulatory phase, it is not necessary to introduce too much depth. However, the closer to the cervix you reach, the more guaranteed it will be.
Remove your finger and rub one finger against the other, causing the secretion to touch the other finger. So, open your fingers slowly to observe the secretion.
How to Read Cervical Mucus?
After verifying the presence of cervical mucus, it is necessary to read the secretion to understand which phase of the cycle you are in.
- If the discharge is sticky in appearance, you are not yet ovulating;
- If the secretion has a creamy appearance, ovulation is approaching;
- If the secretion is liquid, very moist and with an elastic appearance, ovulation may be happening;
- If the secretion is very moist and looks like egg white, the mucus confirms that you are ovulating or about to happen.
When Should I Not Check Cervical Mucus?
Even if the cervical mucus check is already part of your routine to monitor your cycle, it is essential to know when NOT to check , so as not to confuse or get an incorrect result.
Do not check the cervical mucus after intercourse, semen or vaginal lubrication caused by arousal can be confusing when reading.
If the woman does not feel comfortable doing the manual conference, through the introduction of the finger, the reading can be done through the secretion that is in the panties or even on the toilet paper when cleaning.
IMPORTANT: The lack of consistent cervical mucus can be an indication of hormonal uncontrolled.
Is it possible to ovulate and not see mucus?
The absence of cervical mucus may indicate that something is out of the normal range . It may be due to a lack of control of hormone levels or even the presence of any issue that is causing infertility, even if it is momentary.
But also, there are cases, of women that produce little cervical mucus and therefore, they are not always able to detect it or check to follow the phase of the cycle. And this is considered common and can be improved by drinking plenty of water.
If you still do not see improvement, and want to give extra strength to get pregnant, there are products that play the role of cervical mucus and in addition to improving vaginal lubrication, they have improved sperm mobility to reach the uterus.
Fertility-friendly gels, such as FamiGel, are considered. That make all the difference to assist in the conception and increase the pleasure of the woman. But if you notice that there is something different in your body, in addition to the absence of cervical mucus, talk to your gynecologist to perform tests that will check your hormone levels.
My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.