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The role of cervical mucus
Cervical mucus is natural secretion that facilitates fertilization. It is crucial in context female fertility, direct is associated with the functioning of the cervix, fallopian tubes and glands. Due to the fact that it flows outside, outside the cervical area, where it is denser, it naturally eliminates the weaker sperm, and makes it easier to get to the egg cell by the stronger one, performing a nutritional function. Thanks to the cervical mucus, the sperm are able to survive in the woman's genital tract for 3 to 5 days, waiting for the release of the egg and fertilization.
How does cervical mucus change during the menstrual cycle?
Cervical mucus naturally changes during the woman's menstrual cycle, depending on which woman's hormone is leading at a given time, is affected by three stages - follicular, ovulatory and luteal.
In the average menstrual cycle immediately after menstruation occurs dry period. Then comes the estrogen that makes it the amount of mucus begins to increase. At the beginning of secretions is not a lot, but it is quite sticky and compact in consistencyto change radically during the ovulation period. When ovulation occurs, the mucus changes to watery, stretchy and there is quite a lot of it. At the beginning of the third phase, the leading role belongs to lutein and its successor - progesterone. The next stage after the so-called cervical top when the mucus is unusually high, the time comes again when secretions are much less. Before menstruation, most women notice "dry days" at home. This is how it looks in the menstrual cycle in which fertilization has not occurred. And what changes are observed when a woman becomes pregnant?
Pre-mucus and pregnancy - what does it look like?
When implantation occurs, i.e. implantation of a fertilized egg into the wall of the uterus, women are rapidly changing, especially in the hormonal range. From now on, all processes are regulated by pregnancy hormones. The first clear changes are better blood supply and even swelling of the cervix, which is covered by a thick layer of mucus. This has a simple goal - protecting the developing fetus.
The changed hormonal contribution in the first trimester may lead to the observation of increased mucus secretion (the first sign of pregnancy for many women), but it may very well be little or no mucus. This is an individual matter.
It is definitely worth paying attention to any changes, unusual symptoms that were not there before. If a woman knows her menstrual cycle well and is interested in changes in her body, you may be able to see very quickly that you have conceived. Especially if, after ovulation, she notices a creamy secretion in a situation when she experienced dry days in earlier cycles, this may be an important signal indicating a potential pregnancy.
If a woman did not observe secretions just before menstruation, and there is a lot of it in a given cycle, this may suggest pregnancy. Abundant mucus before the period appears in many women in applying for a child. However, the increase in secretion alone is not an objective sign of pregnancy, so it should not be taken for granted. It is worth waiting for your period to stop, take a pregnancy test and see a doctor.
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