FertileCM and Cervical Mucus
Recommended by Amos Grunebaum,
MD, FertileCM is the dietary supplement for trying-to-conceive women
that's designed to promote
the production of cervical mucus (CM) - the natural body fluid vital to conception and pregnancy.
Cervical mucus plays a number of roles in fertility,
both providing a healthy medium for sperm to survive
- and as a natural fertility sign. The presence of 'fertile'
cervical fluids tells a woman that she is nearing ovulation,
her most fertile time of the month.
FertileCM and the Role of Cervical Mucus in Fertility
FertileCM is designed to help a woman produce her own cervical
mucus - naturally. Cervical mucus (a
fluid that is secreted from inside the cervix)
plays an important role in achieving pregnancy.
During most of a woman's cycle, very little cervical
fluids are produced. However, around the time
a woman ovulates, the presence of cervical mucus
increases in order to help nourish sperm and facilitate
sperm transport. It also insulates sperm from
the natural acidity inside the vagina.
order for pregnancy to be achieved, sperm must
travel through the vagina, cervix and uterus to
the fallopian tube where fertilization of the
egg will take place. For sperm, this is a long
journey and cervical mucus provides
a healthy medium in which sperm can swim forward.
Around the time ovulation occurs, cervical mucus
is secreted in greater amounts by glands inside
the cervix. The quality of cervical mucus also
changes during this time of the month: The 'fertile'
cervical mucus present during ovulation will be
thin and stretchy (often compared to egg-white
in texture) and more alkaline than other times
of the month.
summary, cervical mucus...
passage of sperm through the vagina, cervix
and uterus to the fallopian tube.
protection and nutritional support for sperm.
neutralize acidity in the vagina during a woman's
in preventing infections inside the vagina.
sperm movement so conception can take place.
Mucus as a Natural Fertility Sign
amount and consistency of cervical mucus changes
during a woman's menstrual cycle. By observing
these changes in cervical mucus throughout the
month, a woman can predict ovulation - her most
fertile time for achieving pregnancy.
noted above, one of the purposes of cervical mucus
is to sustain sperm in a healthy medium and facilitate
sperm movement. Therefore, during ovulation, there
is an increase in cervical fluids, as well as
a change in CM texture. During this time, CM becomes
more pliable, "stretchable", and slippery
(resembling raw egg whites) and is therefore a
reliable indicator of fertility.
observe CM, simply use clean, dry fingers or toilet
paper to collect and examine your cervical mucus.
During non-fertile times of the month, you will
typically observe a dryness (or scant amount of
cervical mucus). However, as you near ovulation,
the amount of CM will increase and the texture
Ovulation, a woman typically
experiences very little visible cervical fluids.
Gradually, more mucus will accumulate - but it
will be yellow or cloudy and exhibit a sticky
texture. This is non-fertile cervical mucus (sometimes
referred to as "hostile cervical mucus").
you begin to near
your ovulation date, the presence
of cervical mucus will increase markedly due to
higher levels of estrogen in your body. First,
there will be a moistness or slight tackiness
to the mucus, and it should exhibit a white or
cream-colored appearance. However, as you near
your most fertile time, CM will become thinner
and more slippery.
Ovulation, the amount of cervical
fluids will increase greatly and the appearance
will resemble raw "egg whites". The
texture of the CM will become increasingly slippery
and 'stretchable', and may appear semitransparent.
This is your most fertile time of the month for
Ovulation (luteal phase), the
slippery, thin quality of the CM will lessen and
the texture will once again become sticky and
cloudy. Post-ovulatory dryness may also ensue
as the levels of progesterone rise in your body.
a natural fertility sign, monitoring changes in
cervical mucus is a reliable method of ovulation