Cervical mucus also known as cervical fluid is a natural secretion of the cervical glands designed to moisten and protect the cervix. We are hesitant to become intimate with the less appealing parts of natural bodily functions, but changes in cervical mucus can be one of the greatest clues to determining when ovulation is about to occur.
Prior to ovulation, during non-fertile periods, the woman will experience a dryness (or lack of cervical mucus). Gradually, as the woman approaches ovulation, the mucus will increase, though the consistency will be “sticky” and the color will be white, yellow, or cloudy in nature.
During the peak of fertility, the opening of the cervix is open, with clear, stretchy mucus present. The cervical mucus looks wet; it is clear in color, rather than the cloudy or whitish color when peak fertility was still approaching. There will be an increase in cervical mucus at ovulation, as well as a change in texture – the mucus becoming more pliable, “stretchable”, and slippery. The last day on which fertile Egg White Consistency Cervical Mucusis observed is considered your day of “peak fertility”.
You can choose from the 3 ways to perform this: Use of a toilet paper or your fingers across the opening of your vagina, wearing a panty liner or inserting your finger into your vagina.
Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly with an anti-bacterial soap prior to performing this.Find a comfortable position, either by sitting on the toilet, squatting, or standing up and putting one leg up on the bathtub edge or toilet seat.After washing your hands, or if you prefer, toilet paper, you can examine your cervical fluid. You can check your cervical mucus by wiping your vaginal area with a tissue. Observe the tissue. Close the tissue around the cervical mucus and open it. You can also insert two fingers into the vaginal cavity and pull the mucus from the cervix.
In addition to this method, there are other effective ways to help predict ovulation such as:
How long do you have it?
Typically women in their mid twenties have it for approximately 5 days, by mid-thirties, only 1-2 days, but this is not the rule. There are incidences that women have several days of egg-white consistency cervical mucus late into their thirties.
Look and Feel
The Cervical Mucus will look and have the consistency of egg whites. It is slippery to the touch and if pulled between the fingertips will stretch 1 – 10 inches.
The color can be clear or shiny and extremely wet. If your CM has an odd smell, consult your physician, this may be a sign of infection. If your CM has a cheese-like consistency, this may be a sign of a yeast infection, also consult your doctor.
Some women notice that their cervical mucus becomes wet or almost egg-white like again right before menstruation. Obviously, this isn’t a sign of impending ovulation. In addition, if you never or rarely notice wet or egg-white consistency cervical mucus, let your doctor know. Infertility can sometimes be caused by something referred to as hostile cervical mucus.