Creamy Cervical Mucus
Definition - What does Creamy Cervical Mucus mean?
Creamy cervical mucus is a vaginal fluid typically produced between the first and second week of a woman’s monthly cycle, after menstruation but before ovulation. It is typically white or cream colored, thick, and somewhat stretchy. The fluid will be sticky, but will break when pulled apart. The presence of creamy cervical mucus indicates that the body is preparing to ovulate. Depending on the timing, it is possible for a woman to become pregnant from intercourse when creamy cervical mucus is showing, if the sperm manage to live for several days. However, the upcoming days represent the most heightened level of fertility.
By tracking and monitoring the changes in cervical mucus, it is possible for a woman to maintain awareness of her fertility pattern. This awareness can assist in increasing or decreasing a woman's chance of conceiving through intercourse. Cervical mucus can be monitored through simple self-evaluation.
FertilitySmarts explains Creamy Cervical Mucus
The cervix separates the vagina from the uterus. It acts as a small cap, allowing menstrual blood to pass during a woman’s period, and for sperm to enter when ovulation is occurring. Throughout the cycle, the cervix is also responsible for the development and secretion of cervical mucus, as directed by the body's changing hormones. Every woman experiences cervical mucus as a type of vaginal discharge that may appear on underwear or when wiping after urination. The discharge varies throughout the month, marking different stages of a woman’s cycle.
Cervical mucus plays an important role in a woman’s fertility and reproductive health. During the majority of the month when a woman is not fertile, the cervical mucus prevents foreign objects and bacteria from entering the body, including sperm. However, during the time when a woman is fertile, the cervical mucus changes to aid the sperm. During a woman's fertile window, cervical mucus helps sperm travel in search of an egg and provides an environment that allows the sperm to survive for up to several days.
A woman can check her cervical mucus by inserting two clean, washed fingers into her vagina. Removing her finger, it is possible to inspect the cervical mucus present. It is important to note that it may be hard to differentiate between vaginal fluid and semen. Women should inspect cervical mucus prior to unprotected intercourse or a day or two after.