Importance of cervical mucus
In Chinese medicine theory throughout the menstrual cycle, changes in reproductive physiology are matched by energetic changes, with fluctuations of yin, yang, qi and blood reflected in the various phases of the cycle.
Sometimes infertility patients are seemingly very robust and healthy, and often fairly young, yet have significant problems conceiving. In a Chinese medicine evaluation, more subtle cues of imbalance may be detected. Cervical mucus is just one of these subtle clues. Tracking of cervical mucus is very important in Chinese medicine as it represents the Yin energy which also stimulates the growth of the follicle and ensures a healthy endometrial tissue.
Women who are trying to conceive can use a variety of techniques to help determine when the best time for conception is. One of the most effective and cheapest techniques is to chart changes in their cervical mucus.
It is also important to note that there are some situations in which your mucus may be affected by external factors, including:
- Medications or drugs (inc. Clomid)
- If you may be pre-menopausal
- Dieting, weight change or fasting
It is vital that your report any changes to your acupuncturist so that she/he can adjust your treatments to aid in mucus production. I generally find that if when a client has good fertile mucous, a good ovulation and So,
How Do You Observe Cervical Mucus?
There are three ways you can do this, depending on what you are most comfortable with.
- Toilet Paper – By observing mucus found after wiping
- Externally – With your fingers, feeling for mucus around the opening of your vagina
- Internally – Checking mucus from the cervix by inserting two fingers (index and third finger) into your vagina and gently sweeping the cervix
Once you have some mucus on your fingers, between your thumb and index finger, press them together and stretch the mucus – take note of what the mucus does. Does it stretch? Does it stay in shape and is tacky? Is it slippery? Is it clear, yellow or cloudy?
After your period for 3 to five days, you may find that you have no mucus (dry). Any mucus that is seen at this time is infertile. If you do find mucus, it will likely be sticky and may come out as a blob.
Words women use to describe their infertile mucus at this time include:
Infertile mucus feels drier to touch than fertile mucus. It may be yellow, white or opaque. Upon observation by touch between your thumb and index finger, you will find that it does not stretch or move – it is quite thick.
Cervical mucus will become moist but sticky, about the consistency of a hand lotion product, just days before you ovulate. At this stage, the colour will range from white to cream-colored. If your cervical mucus appears this way, there is some chance for conception.
When you are ovulating, you will have the most cervical mucus. The cervical mucus should be about the same texture and have a similar appearance to an egg white; at this stage, it is often referred to as “egg-white cervical mucus.” Finger testing will allow the mucus to stretch quite a ways (several centimetres) before it breaks (if it breaks at all). This is the time, during ovulation, when you are most likely to become pregnant.
Words women use to describe their fertile mucus include:
If your cervical mucus is similar to an egg white, but is less slippery, you may have just finished ovulating. This is generally the case between the end of ovulation and the beginning of your next period. While here again there is some chance for conception, it is a relatively small chance.
By checking your cervical mucus each day, you can help to figure out exactly where in your cycle you are. By charting changes in your cervical mucus for several months, you can get a pretty good idea of exactly how many days from the end of your period that you will ovulate, and thereby determine when is the best time for conception.
Best time for conception
It is best for couples to have unprotected sex every few days throughout the cycle, however studies have shown that most couple conceive through sex two to three days prior to ovulation. So as soon as the mucous become fertile is a good time to start.
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3175 cycles with 434 pregnancies. Reference point is the first day of elevated temperatures; ovulation itself usually occurs on the day before the rise in temperature.
- Andreas A. Noll & Sabine Wilms (2010) Chinese medicine in fertility disorders, Thieme Stuttgart & New York