Cervical Mucous During Ovulation

One way to determine when you are fertile is to monitor your cervical mucous. Your cervical mucous is designed to help transport sperm from your vagina, past your cervix, and into your uterus. It keeps sperm nourished and helps sperm to live inside your vagina for up to five days. It is very important during ovulation because without fertile cervical fluid sperm would quickly die.

During the majority of your cycle, your vagina is acidic and not a good environment for sperm to live in. Because your vaginal environment is hostile to sperm during this time, even if you have intercourse sperm will not survive very long. When you get close to ovulating, your cervical mucous will begin to change. You will notice an increased vaginal discharge and you will feel wetter.

By monitoring the type of mucous you have throughout your cycle you can determine when you ovulate. Right after your period ends you will feel dry and may not notice any discharge. You may notice sticky feeling mucous a few days after your period ends. This is not considered fertile but it can be a sign that you are getting closer to ovulating. You may notice sticky mucous before or after you ovulate.

Your cervical mucous will continue to change, getting thinner, slipperier and stretchy as you approach ovulation. You may see creamy mucous that looks like lotion a few days before you ovulate. While this type of mucous is not the most ideal mucous for sperm, it is still potentially fertile.

The ideal mucous for sperm – the kind that indicates that you are highly fertile and most likely ovulating – looks like egg whites. You may notice it in the lining of your underwear on the days leading up to ovulation or the day ovulation. Whenever you see egg white cervical mucous that feels slippery and stretchy you should consider yourself highly fertile and plan to have intercourse.

Another type of fluid you might notice before or during ovulation that is also considered fertile is watery cervical mucous. When you notice this mucous you will feel wet and lubricative. This type of cervical fluid is also good for sperm and you may see this on the day you ovulate.

After you ovulate you will quickly dry up. This is one way to confirm that ovulation has occurred. The last day you noticed slippery or stretchy mucous – either egg white or watery – is the day that ovulation most likely occurred. You can use your cervical fluid as a guide along with ovulation prediction tests or an ovulation calendar to help you get pregnant faster.

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