Understanding Cervical Mucus
Cervical mucus is just one of many different factors that have to do with conception. In fact, cervical mucus may even be one of the most important things that has to do with whether or not your attempts at conception will be successful or not. While it is possible for you to become pregnant with little or no cervical mucus, it is unlikely that you will have much success without any cervical mucus.
Cervical mucus is an integral part of conception because of the role it plays in regard to sperm. Cervical mucus serves, in part, to protect the sperm from the very acidic environment of the vagina. Left alone, the acids in the vagina would stop sperm from moving forward, and even neutralize them. Cervical mucus provides a safe place for sperm where the sperm can be protected from these acids. In addition, cervical mucus aids sperm in its journey. Cervical mucus helps to carry the sperm from the vagina, past the cervix, and up into the fallopian tubes where the sperm may fertilize an egg. Cervical mucus even slows down abnormal sperm, and helps to keep them from getting to the egg and resulting in conception.
Many women who are trying to conceive have found that checking and charting their cervical mucus can help with conception. The volume, color, and consistency of cervical mucus will change throughout a woman’s cycle. Right after the period, for example, there will be no cervical mucus. By the time a woman is going to ovulate, however, there should be plenty cervical mucus, and it will resemble the white of an egg in both its color and in its consistency. In fact, cervical mucus produced during ovulation is often referred to as “egg-white cervical mucus.”
Knowing what cervical mucus has to do with conception can enable you to track your fertility, and to optimize your chances at trying to conceive.