meet your cervical mucus

Meet Your Cervical Mucus

Have you ever noticed white discharge or clear mucus in your undies throughout your
menstrual cycle? Nope it’s not thrush, meet your cervical mucus!

Cervical mucus is a normal, healthy part of having ovulatory menstrual cycles. Cervical mucus is produced by glands within the cervix called cervical crypts. Each menstrual cycle, these glands get stimulated by oestrogen in the lead up to ovulation.

Estrogen signals to these glands to start producing cervical mucus. The mucus exits the
cervix and makes its way into vaginal canal. Some of this mucus will exit the vagina during this time.
You may notice this by experiencing a sensation of wetness or dampness in your underwear throughout the day, and/or you may see some mucus in your underwear or on the toilet paper after wiping.

Cervical mucus can vary quite vastly in its appearance and texture. Cervical mucus can be
white, clear, gummy, stretchy and slippery like uncooked egg whites, milky, lotiony, thick and creamy.

It is completely normal to see variations of all these different states of cervical mucus in the one menstrual cycle, as these are all reflective of different hormonal stages of the cycle. As a key example, this mucus will change pre and post ovulation.

Cervical mucus is an incredibly valuable bio marker. The presence of this mucus can give us insight into hormonal shifts occurring in the menstrual cycle. Cervical mucus observations paired with tracking basal body temperature (BBT) is the foundation of fertility awareness methods and can allow us to identify our fertile window in our menstrual cycle, and know with high accuracy, when we are fertile, and (most importantly) when we are not.

This information and data on our bodies is beneficial throughout our entire reproductive years; whether we are actively trying to conceive, are avoiding pregnancy or simply observing and tracking our menstrual cycles.

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