The cervical mucus is a whitish, viscous and filamentous substance which, produced by the cells of the cervix, then flows through the vagina: it is the famous white discharge that gives a feeling of humidity.
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It changes in quantity and texture over the menstrual cycle. His observation is therefore useful when trying to have a baby.
Its changes throughout the cycle
The consistency and amount of cervical mucus vary during the menstrual cycle, as its function changes over time. At the beginning of the cycle, after menstruation, the mucus is scarce, whitish, “creamy”, thick.
We are outside the fertile period, and the role of the mucus is to protect the cervix from bacteria by closing it tightly. “At the approach of ovulation the mucus becomes more abundant and translucent and its consistency more fluid and shooting, because the meshes that compose it widen to facilitate the passage of spermatozoa towards the uterus and the tubes.
On the day of ovulation the cervical mucus is maximally elastic, transparent and fluid ((we speak of a texture of “egg white”). The cervical mucus presents a medium perfectly adapted to the spermatozoa, facilitating their movement, protecting them against germs and providing them with the different nutrients they need.
After ovulation, the mucus thickens and becomes opaque again. The white losses disappear and the mucus will again close the cervix to prevent bacteria, but also sperm, to enter.
Sometimes a little mucus appears a few days before the menses, signalling in a way that they will not belong in arriving.
The observation of cervical mucus to get pregnant … or not
The fertile period is when the mucus is very clear and transparent, and the sensation of “wet” more intense. By identifying these characteristics of the mucus, one can thus know the fertile period:
Either to intensify the baby trials
on the contrary, to avoid becoming pregnant: it is a natural method of contraception called the Billings method. Be careful, however, because this method, like other natural methods, requires a perfect knowledge of your body and is never 100% reliable.
Cervical mucus during pregnancy
During pregnancy, the cervical mucus is opaque and very thick: it forms what is called the “mucus plug”, which serves to protect the fetus bacteria and infections that could come from the vagina.
Towards the end of pregnancy, when the cervix begins to change, the consistency of the mucous plug changes: it becomes fluid and detaches little by little. Thick, yellow or brown losses, sometimes mixed with a little blood, can then appear. Do not panic: this does not mean that childbirth is imminent.
Moreover, one can lose the mucous plug while going to the toilet, without even noticing it. The loss of the mucous plug occurs most often a few hours to a few days before delivery. It’s a sign that your body is working, that things are moving forward and that baby will soon be pointing the tip of his nose.