10.09.2017

3 Ways that cervical fluid affects your ability to get pregnant

3 Ways that cervical fluid affects your ability to get pregnant

If you are in trying to conceive a child, you are likely preparing your body by attending a pre-pregnancy appointment with your doctor, taking prenatal vitamins, and taking care of your body in ways that you may not usually do. Getting a good night of sleep, eating healthy, cutting back on caffeine, and working on weight loss if you are overweight are all things that people do to help them prepare for pregnancy. You may track your cycle and test your ovulation throughout the month as well. While all of these things can help you conceive, it is important to pay attention to other clues that your body gives you, such as your cervical fluid. You may have noticed bouts of various discharge consistencies over your lifetime and perhaps you did not pay much attention. If you are trying to conceive, paying attention to this discharge can be what makes the difference in you getting pregnant or not. This article will identify some ways in which cervical fluid can affect your ability to get pregnant.


  1. Cervical fluid helps sperm in several ways. A woman’s vagina can be a place that is not very welcoming to sperm as it can be acidic. Cervical fluid can act as a lubricant for the vagina but also serve as a catalyst to help sperm reach the egg. The sperm needs to swim all the way up to meet the egg that is waiting inside the fallopian tube and this can prove to be quite difficult without some assistance. The cervical fluid not only helps the sperm move through the vaginal canal, but it also helps sustain it with needed nutrients. If the cervical fluid is not just right, it can slow down the sperm and sometimes even block it from meeting up with the egg.

  1. Cervical fluid will change with your cycle. Just like your menstrual cycle goes through a pattern, so will your cervical fluid. Some experience their period and have some traces of cervical fluid but this does not always happen. Some also experience a period of time after their period where there is several days without any fluid at all in the southern region. However, throughout the rest of the cycle, there are varying types of fluid which will be described in number 3.

  1. The different types of fluid and what they mean. Depending on where you are in your menstrual cycle, you will experience different types of discharge. They are as follows:
    1. Sticky. The cervix will begin to make sticky-like fluid around day 7 in your cycle. It can feel like glue and is a sticky consistency. This means that the fertility cycle has begun. Note that during this time period, sperm will not likely survive in your vaginal canal.

    1. Creamy. Estrogen levels will continue to rise the further you go into your cycle. As your estrogen increases, so will the water in your cervical fluid. Water will help to “water down” the sticky fluid and make it creamy.

    1. Egg white. This white discharge substance is the most fertile of all the fluid. It can help sperm stay alive inside the vagina for up to 5 days! You will know if your fluid is at its max fertility when it is egg white and can stretch up to an inch between your fingers.

Watery. This type of fluid is so watery that it can be slippery and is not the most conducive to hosting sperm and helping it travel up to meet the egg. This is typically the time period when the egg has been released into the fallopian tube.

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