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How do cervical mucus and ovulation fit in to charting your fertility cycle?

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Although it may take some detective work (and may be a little off-putting to some), learning how to spot changes in your cervical mucus is an easy and effective way to predict when you ovulate. One study says it's more accurate than charting your basal body temperature. You can do both.

Here's how it works: The mucus released by your cervix -- a neck of tissue that connects the vagina and uterus -- has different purposes. When you're not ovulating or getting near ovulation, your cervical mucus prevents sperm from getting into your uterus when you can't get pregnant anyway.

As you near ovulation, your cervix releases more mucus. When you're most fertile, your cervical mucus is stretchy and clear, like egg whites. At this point, it protects the sperm and helps them in their journey toward the egg.

From: Charting Your Fertility Cycle WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. American Pregnancy Association: "Ovulation Kits & Fertility Monitors." BabyMed. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. , December 2002. Scolaro, K.,  , Feb. 15, 2008. FDA: "Home Use Tests -- Ovulation (Saliva Test)."







Obstetrics and GynecologyAmerican Journal of Health-System Pharmacy

Reviewed by Trina Pagano on June 23, 2017

SOURCES: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. American Pregnancy Association: "Ovulation Kits & Fertility Monitors." BabyMed. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. , December 2002. Scolaro, K.,  , Feb. 15, 2008. FDA: "Home Use Tests -- Ovulation (Saliva Test)."







Obstetrics and GynecologyAmerican Journal of Health-System Pharmacy

Reviewed by Trina Pagano on June 23, 2017

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