Can Noting Changes In My Cervical Mucus Help With Conception?
Trying to conceive can be an exciting, but sometimes frustrating, time. It is not enough to just have sex and hope that it was at the right time. There are things that you can do to help know when the best time for conception is. Noting changes in your cervical mucus is one of the things that you can do to optimize your chance of success.
It is important before you start noting changes in your cervical mucus to know what exactly it is that you are looking for. During your monthly cycle, your cervical mucus can change greatly in its color, its consistency, and in its volume. By tracking these changes, you can determine when you should try to conceive.
Right after your menstrual period, you will probably not have much cervical mucus. In fact, For the first three to five days following your period, your body will produce little or no cervical mucus. If you have little or no cervical mucus, there is little or no chance for conception. After this time, between your period and ovulation, your cervical mucus is generally sticky and ranges from white to cloudy in color. This is also a time where you will not have much cervical mucus. While conception is possible, it is not likely during this time. A few days before you ovulate, your cervical mucus will become moist but sticky, about the consistency of a hand lotion product. At this stage, the color will range from white to cream-colored. If your cervical mucus appears this way, there is some chance for conception.
Ovulation is prime baby-making time. When you are ovulating, you will have the most cervical mucus. The cervical mucus should be about the same texture and have a similar appearance to an egg white; at this stage, it is often referred to as “egg-white cervical mucus.” This is the time, during ovulation, when you are most likely to become pregnant.
After ovulation, your chances for conception drop again. If your cervical mucus is similar to an egg white, but is less slippery, you may have just finished ovulating. This is generally the case between the end of ovulation and the beginning of your next period. While here again there is some chance for conception, it is a relatively small chance.
By noting changes in your cervical mucus each day, you can help to figure out exactly where in your cycle you are. By noting these changes in your cervical mucus for several months, you can get a pretty good idea of exactly how many days from the end of your period that you will ovulate, and thereby determine when is the best time for conception.
Many women combine charting changes in their cervical mucus with charting basal body temperature. Basal body temperature refers to the temperature of your body the first thing in the morning. Using a Basal thermometer, you can check your temp in the morning before you get out of bed. A Basal thermometer will monitor small changes in temperature that a regular thermometer will not measure. When you are ovulating, you will notice a temperature spike that will probably last until your next period. By combining a BBT chart with your cervical mucus chart, you can increase your chances for conception.