If you are trying to conceive, it’s important to understand the crucial role that cervical mucous plays in this process. Cervical mucous is not only important for nourishing and protecting the sperm during conception, it is also integral to the process by serving as the mode of transportation which is used by the sperm to travel in order to fertilise the egg. Those who are trying to conceive should understand that over the course of your menstrual cycle, the consistency and nature of your cervical mucous will fluctuate.
Fluctuations in Cervical Mucous
You can expect your cervical mucous to be different in nature and consistency at the varying stages of your cycle. During the postmenstrual period, you’re likely to feel relatively dry with little visible mucous. After a few days, more mucous is likely to accumulate, increasing as ovulation approaches. At the time of ovulation, you will produce more ‘fertile quality’ cervical mucous, which is usually of a slippery, stretchy consistency and has no colour. For many women, however, ‘fertile quality’ mucous around the time of ovulation either is not present, or not present in the consistency that is necessary for a healthy conception.
Improving Cervical Mucous
If you are worried that you are finding it difficult to conceive due to not producing enough ‘fertile quality’ cervical mucous or if it is not ‘fertile quality’ in nature and consistency, taking steps to improve this could be essential in order for you to conceive.
Many women who are concerned about the nature, consistency, quality and amount of cervical mucous that they produce at the time of ovulation are exploring what alternative treatments, such as acupuncture and Chinese medicine may offer.
First thing I make sure of is that the body is well-hydrated by drinking at least 8 glasses of filtered water throughout the day. Today’s more sedentary lifestyle may also have an impact by restricting blood flow to the reproductive organs, so regular exercise is important. Hormonal imbalances, fertility medications and certain gynaecological conditions and procedures to the cervix may also affect the quantity and quality of your cervical mucous. Keep the pH of the vagina healthy by eating a good ratio of alkaline to acid foods by eating lots of green leafy vegetables.
Exploring Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine have been used for centuries by both men and women with fertility issues. In traditional Chinese Medicine, lack of fertile mucous is thought to be due to an imbalance in the Yin, Blood and Qi.
Cervical mucous plays a key part in conception, and having a low level of mucous or low quality mucous in the cervix can hinder your chances of falling pregnant. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs have long been used by people with fertility and cervical mucous issues.
While the exact way that Acupuncture works is unknown, Acupuncture is a common complementary approach explored by many people with fertility issues as a way to promote health and wellbeing, and relieve stress.
Chinese herbs are seen as just as important as acupuncture in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Many women with cervical mucous issues also explore Chinese herbs as a way to bring balance back to the body.
Many women that want to achieve a healthy mum AND a healthy baby have come to see Jenny for a customised and adjunctive holistic plan. Contact Jenny from East West Fertility today. Appointments can be booked via our website contact page.