Cervical mucus, often abbreviated CM, may not have the most pleasant sounding name but it is an important part of your everyday bodily functions. It actually has multiple functions, 2 of which are most relevant to TTC couples. At points in your cycle when hormones are low and your body is not preparing for the chance of pregnancy, cervical mucus is actually designed to limit sperm health and motility. Leading up to and during ovulation ideally, at least , fertile cervical mucus will actually help sperm move towards the egg and provide nutrients. Having watery and clear arousal fluid does not necessarily mean your cervical mucus is fertile.
Is your cervical mucus...hostile?
A review of cervical mucus and sperm interactions in humans.
You may have heard the term " hostile cervical mucus " — maybe in chat rooms about fertility, or maybe you or someone you know has had their cervix described this way. Is your cervical mucus actually about to attack someone with a knife? Spoiler: no. What does your cervical mucus have to do with fertility? How do you know if something's up?
Cervical Mucus Monitoring
Cervical mucus monitoring is not a requirement for Time to Conceive. However, we thought you might find the following information helpful. For those who choose to monitor cervical mucus, it is important to be consistent with making the observations on a daily basis.
For World Contraception Day, we've been talking about the importance of birth control choice. Join the conversation here. Ovulation is the point in your menstrual cycle where one of your ovaries releases an egg. Typically an egg survives in the female reproductive system for between 12 and 24 hours, this varies cycle to cycle.