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Cervical Fluid is the mucus that is secreted from the cervix.  It is produced by the hormone estrogen in the first phase (follicular phase) of a monthly cycle.  Fertile Cervical Fluid is important for conception. It helps keep sperm alive for up to five days.  It also protects the sperm from the acidity in the vagina. It assists the sperm in swimming up to the  fallopian tube so fertilization can take place.

NOTE: Certain medications that would normally dry up mucus in your sinuses can also dry up cervical mucus.

The last day on which fertile Egg White Consistency Cervical Mucus (EWCM) is observed is considered your day of "peak fertility".

You can check your cervical mucus by wiping your vaginal area with a tissue. Observe the tissue. Close the tissue around the cm and open it. Is it stretchy? EWCM should stretch 1-10 inches. You can also insert two fingers into the vaginal cavity and pull the mucus from the cervix. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly with a anti-bacterial soap prior to doing this.  Do not do this if you suspect infection.

Stages of Cervical Fluid: Post Menses

Stage 1: Lasting 2 - 3 days CM is Sticky or Gummy (S) 
Stage 2: Lasting 2- 4 days: CM is Creamy, Milky, Lotion Like - Beginning of your fertile period (C)
Stage 3: Lasting 1-5 days: Egg white Cervical Fluid - At this time you are very fertile. (E)
Stage 4: Dry, Moist or Sticky  (Infertile)

Peak fertile cervical mucus is thin and stretchy. After ovulation, progesterone abruptly suppresses the peak mucus and the mucus pattern continues with sticky mucus for a day or two, and then returns to dryness.

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Egg White Cervical Fluid

How Long do you have it:
Typically women in their mid twenties have it for approximately 5 days, by mid-thirties, only 1-2 days, but this is not the rule. Many women have several days of EWCM late into their thirties.

Look and Feel: The Cervical Mucus will look and have the consistency of egg whites.  It is slippery to the touch and if pulled between the fingertips will stretch 1 - 10 inches. 

Color: The color can be clear or iridescent and extremely wet. If your CM  has an unusual odor, consult your physician, this may be a sign of infection. If your CM has the consistency of cottage cheese, this may be a sign of a yeast infection, also consult your physician.

There are natural  ways to improve cervical mucus. Some women have have what is called Hostile Cervical Mucus.

After ovulation and under the effect of progesterone, the mucus becomes thick and sticky. Sperm cannot penetrate it. Once the sperm are in the mucus, they can stay there for a few days acting as a sperm reservoir. It can also be highly acidic and can kill the sperm.

If you are unable to naturally improve hostile cervical mucus, you can opt for Intra-Uterine-Insemination (IUI). The semen is injected into the uterus bypassing hostile cervical mucus.

INCREASING CERVICAL MUCUS

Cut back on caffeine and don't smoke!

Certain medications that would normally dry up mucus in your sinuses can also dry up cervical mucus.

Drinking at least ten 6oz glasses of water a day.

Evening Primrose Oil: 1,000 IU per day should be taken
from
Cycle Day 1 to Ovulation.

Flax Seed Oil: 2,000 mg per day from Ovulation to AF.

Red Raspberry: 1,000 mg daily: Start anytime in cycle.
Can be taken during pregnancy until a month prior to labor/delivery.
Strengthens the uterine lining which in turn lengthens luteal phase

Grapefruit Juice

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If you have cervical mucus but it is too thick or hostile, your doctor may prescribe Robitussin/Guaifenesin to Improve Cervical Mucus

Improvement of Cervical Factor with Guaifenesin
by Jerome H. Check,M.D., H.G Adleson, B.S.,
Chung-Hsis Wu, M.D.

You can also ask your physician to prescribe the tablet form. It is much easier to take than the liquid form.

You can also try Pre-seed, if you do not produce any or enough cervical fluid.

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

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