What is cervical mucus?
Good question. Before I started my focused efforts to conceive, I had never heard of this type of mucus before. But this fluid is very, very important in helping you get pregnant, and it’s imperative to be able to increase fertile cervical mucus if you’re deficient.
Cervical mucus is a body fluid that is produced by the cervix which increases in quantity as ovulation approaches.
This fluid plays a vital role in nourishing and transporting sperm into the uterus.
If the fluid is too thick or there is very little, the sperm cannot swim through it and thus don’t make it to their destination.
This is often called “hostile cervical mucus.”
When increased fertile cervical fluid and ovulation coincide, your pregnancy chances will be much greater in any given month.
What should my cervical fluid look like?
For maximum fertility, you should have egg white cervical mucus. In other words, the mucus should be plentiful and drippy wet. Fertile cervical fluid should be slippery and wet like a raw egg white. It should stretch, but not be sticky.
If you were to examine a bit between your fingers, it should hang down and not stick as a glob to your finger. Crack open a raw egg if you want to know what consistency you’re looking for.
How do I examine my cervical fluid?
First, make sure you have freshly washed hands and clean nails (preferably not extremely long nails when doing this). Stick your index and middle fingers into your vagina and find your cervix (if you are nearing ovulation, the cervix will be higher up and a little harder to reach).
Hold one finger on each side of the cervical opening and gently press to release a little mucus. Pull your fingers out and evaluate what you have. Generally, you will only have fertile mucus a few days before ovulation with it getting more and more slippery as ovulation approaches and drying up shortly thereafter.
Ideally, your cervical fluid will practically “fall” out of you as you sit on the toilet. During my most fertile cycles (and when I conceived my son), this was the character of my fluid.
So, what can I do to increase or improve cervical mucus?
There are several very good options for improving and increasing your cervical fluid. I’ll list each of them here with more detail after each one.
* Water – and lots of it. This is a very important fluid for everybody in every situation. You probably know that your body is made up of 70% water and how vital it is for health and wellness. But water is also very important to maintain and increase your fertility and your cervical mucus as ovulation is approaching.
Make sure you have a water treatment system in your home, though. Tap water just barely gets by concerning safety (and still yet fails many times). And with bottled water, you just don’t know what you’re getting. Everybody needs a really good water treatment system for their kitchen. The price is well worth it and will definitely be cheaper than bottled water (and better for you) in the long run.
* Green tea – Latest studies have proven that women who drank more than one half cup of green tea every day doubled their odds of conceiving. Green tea comes from the same plant as black tea. The difference is in the processing. Green tea is not roasted or fermented, so it maintains more of the antioxidant properties than black tea. Green tea is also naturally lower in caffeine than black tea. This higher antioxidant content as well as lower caffeine levels can contribute to increased fertility.
* Evening Primrose Oil (EPO) is a source of the Omega-6 fatty acid GLA (gamma linolenic acid). GLA is a fatty acid that is converted in the body into prostaglandins, which have been shown to promote overall female hormonal balance and may also support a wide range of bodily functions. EPO helps improve the quality of cervical mucus, thus enhancing fertility. Purchase Evening Primrose Oil here.
* Fertile CM – Improve the quantity and quality of your cervical mucus with doctor-developed FertileCM. Also designed to help support a healthy uterine lining for implantation of the embryo. Purchase FertileCM here.
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