Mother nature has provided us with the most wonderful secret – our fertility indicators. These are your cervical mucus, temperature and changes in your cervix.
Most women have no idea what these are (unless they’re using natural contraception) until they’ve been trying to conceive for a few months and starting to worry. I believe however, that every woman should know this secret as fertility awareness knowledge dramatically reduces your time to conception.
Our fertility indicators change throughout the month, indicating when you are fertile, and one of the easiest and most effective indicator is your cervical mucus. Many women feel confused about how to check, what you’re looking for and how to record. Let’s go through all of that now.
How to Check Cervical Mucus
After your period stops this is when you need to start checking for cervical secretions. Throughout the day observe what secretions you find. You can observe this in a number of ways and I recommend that you do all of them!
Every time you pop to the toilet, observe what mucus you see. You might notice mucus on your underwear or on tissue paper.
Throughout the day you may just generally notice if you feel dry or damp and consider this as the day progresses.
If you’re struggling to notice any mucus you may want to gently insert a clean finger in to your vagina and see what mucus you are able to find.
What to Look For
As I mentioned above, your cervical secretions change throughout the month and you are looking for this transition.
During your period, you won’t notice any secretions and it is likely that straight after your period you may have days when no mucus is visible. These are called Dry Days.
After a few dry days, you may start to notice a build up of secretions. This can appear white in consistency and quite thick and dry or crumbly. This is as a result of increased estrogen levels in your blood stream.
As the cycle progresses, you’ll notice that this thicker mucus starts to change and your secretions start to become thinner and more profuse.
As you reach ovulation, you’ll notice that your mucus becomes even thinner and can resemble ‘egg white’. If you get your mucus between thumb and forefinger, you can often stretch the mucus before it breaks. This type of mucus is indicating that you are or are about to ovulate. This is your fertile mucus and can last anything from one day to 3 or 4.
After the fertile mucus, your secretions will once again transition to the thicker mucus and then you’ll return to dry days before your next period.
How to Record Cervical Mucus
Taking an accurate record of your mucus means that you can look back and determine your pattern. Some fertility Apps give you the ability to chart this data, or you can simply use a diary.
So, cervical mucus is just one of the fertility indicators and it is recommended that to accurately determine your fertile time, that you also choose one of the other indicators to build up a really good picture of your cycle and fertility.
It is important to remember that whilst I have given you the most likely pattern throughout the month, every woman is individual and you’ll soon get to know what’s normal for you.