The Importance of Cervical Mucus in Getting Pregnant

Aside from checking a woman’s basal body temperature, there are also other ways to determine her state of fertility. One of which is through the cervical mucus, which is one of the many types of vaginal discharge.

The cervical mucus blocks the woman’s external os after a menstrual period. This infertile mucus blocks sperm cells from entering the uterus. However, this discharge becomes thinner and less acidic around the time of ovulation, which would allow sperm to enter. This means that it can be used for fertility awareness by checking the quality of the mucus based on its elasticity, transparency, and the presence of "ferning" (a branching pattern seen in the mucus when observed under low magnification).

A woman can check her own cervical mucus using either her fingers or toilet paper. If she is not fertile, the mucus would appear light and sticky with the same texture as a sticky rice. Meanwhile, the mucus would become clear and slippery with the consistency of an egg white if she is at her most fertile.

If she intends to avoid pregnancy, she can try hormonal contraception to prevent ovulation by keeping the cervical mucus from thinning. Meanwhile, there are ways to thin the mucus in order to achieve pregnancy. A common method is to take guaifenesin (usually in cough syrups) a few days before ovulation.

 
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