All you need to know about cervical mucus.

I used to send most women to some good blog posts online for this. Nevertheless I still spend a lot of time in consultations trying to help women understand what it is and how to track it. So I knew this day would come that I’d write about it myself. After all… you are a fertility homeopath or not right? Whether you are squeamish about it or not at all (I am talking to those of you posting pictures in the trying to conceive groups!), if you want to do a good job at charting your cycle, you need to know about this. What am I talking about…? Cervical mucus!!

In this post:

  • What is cervical mucus
  • How to check for it
  • How to identify the type of cervical mucus
  • Cervical mucus after ovulation & in early pregnancy
  • Improving cervical mucus with homeopathy
  • Testimony from a patient that had no cervical mucus before homeopathic treatment

 

What is cervical mucus anyway?

Relevant question! Cervical mucus is the mucus that protects the cervix, which is the opening to the uterus. It has two jobs depending on the time in your cycle: protect and nourish.

The time in your cycle that you are fertile (around ovulation) the cervical mucus increases under influence of the hormone estrogen. It becomes a clear stretchy or watery fluid that easily allows sperm through and nourishes it for the long journey to the fallopian tubes to find the egg.

The rest of your cycle, when you aren’t fertile, there is no need for anything to go up to the uterus and definitely not bacteria! That’s why the cervical mucus is then a different structure that makes it harder for bacteria & sperm to get through. It is also a lot more acidic and you can recognize it because it is opaque, more creamy, sticky or crumbly.

 

How to check.

Now that you know that cervical mucus changes throughout your cycle depending on your fertility, you understand why it is important to track it when charting [check out this video on why I feel EVERY woman should be charting & not just those that are trying to conceive].

The best way to track it, is by routinely checking throughout the day and noting what you saw. You do not need to necessarily get a sample with your fingers, it is enough to check the tissue every time you wipe when you go to the bathroom. Checking after a bowel movement may make it easier as that brings more of the cervical mucus to the vagina opening.

 

Which is which?

Onto identifying with what cervical mucus you are dealing with! It’s good to mention that after menstruation some women do not notice any cervical mucus while some do right away. However, even if you don’t notice anything, it’s good to make a note of that too. It’s also important to mention that every woman is different and there is variety in types of cervical mucus. You should therefore track for a while to recognize your personal pattern. The overview below should however give you enough information to identify your own. As a little help I’ve noted also how to mark the type of cervical mucus in the 3 most popular apps.

Sensation(s) What it looks like Ovulation How fertile Kindara Fertility Friend Ovia
Dry None seen on fingers, underwear or toilet paper Not yet ovulating Probably not fertile None Dry Nothing felt, nothing seen
Wet or no sensation Slightly damp on fingers, nothing seen in underwear or toilet paper Not yet ovulating Probably not fertile None Dry Nothing felt, nothing seen
Wet, sticky or no sensation Sticky, pasty, crumbly but not wet. Whitish or yellowish. Dries up quickly and crumply between fingers. Not yet ovulating Probably not fertile Sticky Sticky School glue
Wet, damp or no sensation Like lotion. Milky, cloudy. White, yellow or beige. Ovulation may be coming Possibly fertile Creamy Creamy School glue
Wet Like water or skimmed milk. Clear or milky/clear. Close to ovulation Fertile Watery Watery Water
Wet, lubricated or slippery Like raw egg white. Clear & stretchy when pulling fingers apart or when wiping. Ovulation is approaching Most fertile Egg white Egg white Egg whites

The general pattern you are likely to notice:

None -> Sticky -> Creamy → (watery) → Egg white -> Watery -> Creamy/Sticky/None

The most important however, is that you notice a change from dry to wet and that as you approach ovulation you get watery or raw egg white like cervical mucus.

 

What is this peak day thing about?

The cervical mucus peak day is the last day of fertile cervical mucus before a change back to less fertile cervical fluid. So in retrospect, what was the last day you had watery or egg white like mucus. Often this peak day corresponds with ovulation day, but not always.

 

Cervical mucus after ovulation.

Once ovulation has passed, there is no need for fertile cervical mucus anymore & the cervix needs to go back to protecting the uterus against infections. Most women will therefore not notice any more cervical mucus after their fertile window, or will have sticky/tacky discharge that is whitish of color.

I often get the question if cervical mucus becomes different if you have conceived and if you can tell you’re pregnant by what it looks like. Unfortunately the answer is not straight forward because all women are different. It’s possible that you notice nothing, but some women report having had lots of watery cervical mucus in the earliest stage of pregnancy. If you experience the latter it is likely this is due to the raised hormone levels from the pregnancy, but if you don’t have increased cervical mucus after you fertile window, it doesn’t mean that you can’t be pregnant! The same applies to implantation bleeding, which isn’t really bleeding but more like spotting that is light and pinkish of color. If you do get implantation bleeding, it is likely to happen between days 20-26 of your cycle.

 

Not getting fertile cervical mucus?

If you are not getting enough fertile mucus (raw egg white or watery) or not any at all:

  • your hormone balance may be off
  • you may be suffering from (underlying) thrush/candida
  • you may suffer with general body acidity

While acidity & thrush require lifestyle changes including more rest, less caffeine & alcohol, and a reduction of sugar intake, homeopathic remedies can quicken the process of healing immensely! Depending on the specific symptoms a patient has, I like to prescribe Borax, Natrum Phosphoricum, Candida or a combination of any of these. On these remedies, changes in cervical mucus can be witnessed in the first cycle already. Also hormone imbalance is generally easily resolved thorough homeopathic treatment.



If you would like to talk to me about your case and how homeopathic treatment boost your vitality, you can book a video call with me directly in my booking calendar.


 

160829 Cervical mucus & ovulation testimoy

If you would like to talk to me about your case and how homeopathic treatment boost your vitality, you can book a video call with me directly in my booking calendar.

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