When thinking about their fertility cycle, women have to make sure that they take the cervical mucus into consideration. In order to gather information about yourself you should really consider your cervical mucus. The observations regarding the mucus are usually 99.5% accurate regarding fertility.
Information about the cycle of fertility
Although the term mucus could be a bit misleading, you should know that this offers you information on when you are fertile and when you’re not. There are some external factors that can influence the mucus. These include stress, pre-menopause, medications, drugs, illnesses, traveling and dieting.
Observing the menstrual cycle
There are three main ways to observe the cervical mucus, depending on which one seems to be more comfortable for you. You could examine the mucus on the toilet paper after wiping. You can also do it externally with your fingers, feeling around the vagina.
You can also track your fertility cycle internally. In this case you have to insert two fingers into the vagina and sweep the cervix. You should have some mucus between your index finger and thumb. Press them together and then stretch the mucus and note how it reacts.
Types of mucus
The cycle of menstruation is specific for every woman and so is the mucus pattern. There are various factors that influence it, such as the length of the menstrual cycle. Based on the characteristics of the mucus you can determine whether you are fertile or not.
When tracking your fertility cycle most probably you will see that after your period there is almost no mucus. This means that you aren’t fertile. If you do have some mucus, it could be tacky. You could also describe it as thick, sticky, dense or flaky. It is drier than the fertile mucus.
Slightly fertile mucus
When tracking the fertility window you should also know that after the infertile period you will have mucus that is slightly fertile. This is supposed to be sticky and a bit damp. In this period the chances of conception are quite low because it is difficult for sperm to swim in the mucus.
In this part of the fertility cycle women say that the cervical mucus is creamy, thick, pasty, cloudy, flaky, sticky or tacky. This mucus feels drier to the touch than the fertile mucus. When you take it between your fingers you may see that it doesn’t really stretch, but there is more of it and it is damper.
If you have fertile mucus it means that you are in your window of fertility. The mucus usually feels more slippery and more watery. Usually there is more mucus in this period. The mucus can be characterized as being wet, watery, slippery, clear, fluid or thin. It can be clear but it may also look a bit cloudy.
Now you know more about your fertility cycle and also the importance of the cervical mucus that makes conception possible during the stages of your menstrual cycle.