Did you know that your visible cervical fluid is a signal of your fertility? Whether you want to get pregnant or avoid it, understanding this key sign of fertility–including the different types of cervical fluid and how to track this along with your menstrual cycle–can help you meet your goals!
This guest post is by Dr. Cleopatra Abdou Kamperveen, The Fertility Strategist and Executive Director of The Fertility & Pregnancy Institute. She is a scientist and university professor who pioneered the field of fertility biohacking and creating superbabies. To date, Dr. Cleopatra Abdou Kamperveen has scientifically studied tens of thousands of women and families and has helped women in 18 countries on 6 continents biohack their superbabies. She has received nearly $3 million in grant funding from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and others.
Dr. Cleopatra Abdou Kamperveen has been cited in over 1,000 scientific studies in the past 5 years alone. Dr. Cleopatra Abdou Kamperveen teaches women to use the primemester™—the magical and powerful window of opportunity before pregnancy when we literally have the power to change the quality and expression of the genes that we pass down to our babies and grandbabies—to create their superbabies. Dr. Cleopatra Abdou Kamperveen is the author of a forthcoming book on the primemester.
Using the science-driven, big-hearted Primemester Protocol developed and refined by Dr. Cleopatra Abdou Kamperveen over the past 24 years, in combination with the cutting-edge process of Fertility Epigenetic Tailoring, The Fertility & Pregnancy Institute help women all over the world reverse reproductive aging, get pregnant quickly and easily, reduce miscarriage risk, and finally, have the superbaby™ they have been dreaming of for as long as they can remember.
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Your Queen Fertility Signal: Your Cervical Fluid
Let’s talk about what I lovingly call the queen of all body data: cervical fluid. (Also known as cervical mucus.)
The cervix is the passageway between your lower and upper reproductive tracts, and it has glands in and around it that produce fluid. Even though the cervix is the primary secretor of what you know as your cervical fluid, cervical fluid is actually a complex secretion that consists of endometrial, tubal, and possibly also follicular fluids as well.
The consistency and volume of your cervical fluid change with your reproductive hormones and where you are in your cycle. Maybe you have noticed these changes in the past, but didn’t realize that there is a pattern to this change. Maybe you actually thought you had an infection or that something was wrong when you noticed large amounts of cervical fluid.
Don’t ask me why no one ever teaches us about this magical, wise substance that the female body produces, because—well—it is really that magical and wise! Let me give you a run-down of just a few of this queen’s superpowers:
- Your cervical fluid contains antibodies, which help to stop harmful bacteria and viruses from traveling farther up the reproductive tract.
- Your cervical fluid protects sperm from the acidic environment of the vagina so that they can survive to reach the egg that is released during ovulation.
- Your cervical fluid is so magical that it weeds out unhealthy sperm, including by restricting penetration of abnormally shaped sperm.
Another really cool thing to know about your cervical fluid is that it makes it more or less difficult for sperm to swim past your cervix and into your uterus. As your ovulation approaches, your cervical fluid becomes more plentiful and takes on a specific consistency to make it easy for healthy sperm to reach the egg that is being released during ovulation.
Your cervical fluid is said to become “fertile” as ovulation approaches because your fertile cervical fluid actually facilitates the journey of the sperm to the egg. The journey of the sperm to the egg is a long, hard journey much like traveling to another continent.
I'm going to talk a little bit more about the type of cervical fluid that facilitates this long, hard journey in just a second; but let me, first, give you an overview of the different stages of your cervical fluid.
The Different Stages of Your Cervical Fluid
Your cervical fluid begins in your menstrual phase with your period. This, of course, is the stage of cervical fluid that is most familiar and widely-known.
Following your period, your cervical fluid transitions from dry to having an increasing degree of water content as you approach ovulation.
Immediately following menstruation, you will notice that there doesn't seem to be much cervical fluid, if any. You tend to feel relatively dry in your vagina and vulva. (Your vulva is your outer vagina; it is, essentially, the part of your vagina that you can see. Your vagina, on the other hand, is your internal anatomy that makes up your birth canal.)
Your cervical fluid will then start to turn sticky or gluey.
Leading up to ovulation, you will see your cervical fluid become more creamy. This change is occurring because your estradiol level is rising. In response to this rise in estradiol, your cervix is producing more fluid, but it is a different consistency than what will become your fertile cervical fluid right around ovulation.
At the time of ovulation, your cervical fluid will become the consistency of raw egg whites. This fertile cervical fluid is wet and slippery. It is clear in color, and it is very stretchy.
And here’s the most amazing thing: If you were to look at your fertile cervical fluid under a microscope, you would see what is called an arborization pattern. (This arborization pattern is also known as a ferning pattern because it looks exactly like the pattern that you would see on the leaves on a fern).
But this arborization pattern doesn’t just look beautiful. It creates microscopic superhighways that the sperm can travel along to reach the egg that you release during ovulation. These microscopic superhighways make it easier for the sperm to make that very long, hard journey to your precious egg that will be available for only approximately 24 hours once you ovulate.
When you see this type of cervical fluid, it is a signal to you that this is a peak fertility day. In very practical terms, if you see your fertile cervical fluid and you want a baby, go for it. If you don't want a baby right now, then be sure to use a barrier method or to abstain from heterosexual intercourse when you see your fertile cervical fluid.
The Role of Pleasure in Fertility
We are all about pleasure fertility in the Primemester™ Protocol, so here’s a fun and powerful tip if getting pregnant is what you would love right now: When you see your fertile cervical fluid, use it as a reminder to use the power of pleasure to help you achieve your baby goals!
We all know that the presence of sperm via male orgasm is necessary for conceiving. Scientists have speculated about whether female orgasm also plays a role in reproduction. Evolutionarily-speaking, we know that the way that our bodies work generally serves a purpose: to ensure our survival and to support procreation for species survival.
The role of female orgasm in fertility experiences of individuals and couples is still very much up for debate in the scientific literatures. Whether it’s through uterine contractions that propel sperm forward on the microscopic superhighways created by your fertile cervical fluid; through the release of the blissed-out hormone, oxytocin; or through a greater desire for sex simply because it feels good, your orgasm may support your baby goals.
We also know from neuroscience data that the experience of orgasm, quite literally, takes over your brain, including quieting the amygdala—your brain’s internal alarm and fear center.
I know that making your baby can feel like work at times. Consider this article the gentle whisper in your ear urging you to remember that your pleasure is the same energy that makes your precious superbaby.
Have a great time using these incredible tools and learning your precious perfect, beautiful body. I am sending all my love, warmest wishes and–if and when you want it—I am sprinkling all the baby dust in your direction.
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