One way women can track their own fertility and cycle is by paying attention to their cervical mucus. Our bodies are incredibly intelligent and show us different biomarkers that allow us to track our own hormones every day.
Getting to know these biomarkers is something that you can easily learn, and if you continue to track and monitor them, you’ll see that they’re usually very predictable and give you great insight about your health. They improve our body literacy and can be used for Fertility Awareness Method.
Here are some things you should know about cervical mucus….
1) Your cervical mucus follows a pattern.
The consistency of your cervical mucus follows a pattern from dry to wet, then dry again before your period. This can involve mucus that would be described as sticky, gummy, creamy, lotion-like, watery, or egg-white. The exact consistency, amount, or description can vary person-to-person, but the point is, there is a pattern and you can find yours.
By observing what happens when you wipe, including if the tissue paper glides or feels more dry, you can begin to notice what’s going on with your hormones and fertility. Begin including these signs in your tracking app or health journal.
2) Cervical mucus can have a “dry” consistency.
Yep, that’s right. Not all cervical mucus is “wet”-- and that’s totally fine. You don’t have vagical dryness just because this consistency changes throughout the month. Women are not supposed to have the same cervical mucus throughout the month. During your early follicular phase and luteal phase, it is completely normal for the consistency to be dryer and stickier even if cervical mucus is still present.
3) Your pH level changes during your fertile window.
During ovulation, the pH level of your cervical mucus changes to help transport sperm. When you’re not fertile, cervical mucus can’t transport sperm and you don’t have the right hormones present and an egg released to get pregnant.
Your fertile window may not occur on the exact same days as the next woman or even on the same days month to month (having a variation/ range is normal), so it’s a wise idea to not rely solely on a calendar or app-- but if you can match your calendar or app with biomarkers like cervical mucus, you’ll get a much clearer and more reliable idea of your cycle. This is why Fertility Awareness Method up to 99.6% effective when tracking both cervical mucus and Basal Body Temperature consistently, while the "rhythm method" or "calendar method" is outdated.
4) Your cervix position changes too.
Your cervix will change from being more firm in texture to more soft. It will also change in height, lower and higher. If you’re sexually active, you might notice these changes by what feels best in the bedroom and how that shifts during the month. Tracking your cycle can allow you to more effectively communicate this to your partner and take a proactive approach to talking about your sex life!
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