Cervical mucus changes throughout a woman’s menstrual cycle which can give out vital clues to our overall fertile health. You might be having an “ewww” moment, or a “TMI”., but it is so important to know what is happening down below. Once you become in tune with you bodies functions it will empower you to succeed in your fertility journey.
Hormonal imbalances in the body may effect the cervical mucus and thus effecting your fertility, this can be corrected though as there are plenty of ways you can help promote healthy cervical mucus production:Throughout the month the cervix secretes different types of mucus. After menstruation, this fluid is thick, impenetrable, and acidic and referred to as infertile cervical mucus that is designed to prevent sperm and bacteria from entering the vagina. When a woman is about to ovulate, estrogen levels rise, and the cervical mucus texture goes from wet to a more stretchy, egg-white like mucus and increases in volume, The fertile mucus also has a lower acidity than infertile cervical mucus, which is necessary for nourishing sperm and protecting them as they travel to fertilize an egg.
- Promoting healthy estrogen levels and overall hormonal balance (through nutrition, herbs and supplements)
- Increasing essential fatty acid (EFA) consumption
- Increase water consumption (90% of cervical mucus is water)
Tracking your basal body temperature and your cervical mucus is the most accurate way of determining whether you are fertile, it is a great method to determine your own unique fertile window (the number of days per cycle you are able to fall conceive).
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