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One of the natural secretions of a woman’s body is known as “Cervical Mucus.” The production of this fluid is prompted by the woman’s estrogen levels, and it occurs during the monthly cycle. Cervical mucus is one factor that can play a part in conception. Tracking the various stages and changes that occur to a woman’s cervical mucus throughout the month can help know when that woman is going to ovulate, and can therefore increase her chances of getting pregnant.
Now, cervical mucus changes throughout the month in terms of its color, its volume and its consistency. At the beginning of the cycle immediately after her period, a woman will have little or no cervical mucus. When it does start to show up, it will usually be white and very sticky for several days. As the woman gets closer to ovulation, she will produce more cervical mucus. It will also become more moist. At this state, cervical mucus has the consistency of hand lotion and is usually white or cream colored.
When a woman ovulates, she has the highest amount of cervical mucus. At that stage, it resembles an egg white in terms of its consistency, and is also usually fairly clear like the white of an egg. Hence, it is referred to as “Egg white cervical mucus.”
This egg white cervical mucus is necessary for conception. It helps to protect the man’s sperm from the hostile environment of the vagina and help it get past the cervix and into the fallopian tubes where it can fertilize an egg.
If you track your changes to cervical mucus, you increase your chances of conception. When you combine this with other techniques, such as tracking basal body temperature or using an Ovulation Prediction Kit to track your LH surge, you can time your conception so as to have the highest chances of success.