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Egg white cervical mucus - How does it help in determining fertility phase?

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Egg white cervical mucus (EWCM) is useful in finding out that in which phase of fertility the woman is present. This type of cervical fluid is secreted by a woman's body when she is reaching the most fertile stage of the month. You can find egg white cervical mucus to be secreted for 1 to 5 days before the ovulation date arrives.

When we talk about fertility, the first thing that comes to mind is ovulation or fertile days. However, there is another factor that can help you determine your fertility period - the cervical mucus. Observing your cervical mucus can benefit you more than you think. The cervical mucus acts as a natural ovulation calculator and hence, can predict your fertile days the best.

Fertile Days, Ovulation Calculator

When the body releases an egg during ovulation, the cervix produces a mucus fluid that acts as a helpful medium for the sperm as it coasts through the reproductive tract on its way to meet the egg. The cervical mucus is closely related to your levels of estrogen and is a primary sign of fertility. 

Cervical mucus changes in consistency and appearance throughout the menstrual cycle, depending which day of the cycle you are on. The cervical mucus is a key indicator of where you stand in your fertility cycle and how likely you are to get pregnant around a particular day. Knowing which consistency represents which level of fertility will greatly help you understand your body and track your fertility better.

The most fertile cervical fluid is the clear mucus. The clear mucus is referred to as egg-white cervical mucus because it is similar to the popular breakfast food, pre-scramble, in color and consistency. Egg white cervical mucus is slippery and when held between two fingers, you should be able to stretch it about 1 to 2 inches without breaking. This type of cervical mucus allows the sperm to easily make its way into the cervix. It plays a fundamental role in conception, transporting the sperm and helping it survive all the way up to the point when it reaches the waiting egg. 

Egg white cervical muscus, Ovulation Calculator

As you approach ovulation, the body experiences its highest estrogen levels, causing the cervix to produce more of the "fertility" kind cervical mucus. You can track your cycle and fertile days on Ela. When you observe your cervical fluid to be egg white in consistency and color, know that you’re in the middle of the most fertile days of your cycle. Also, that means it’s baby-making time! 

Dr. Surveen Ghumman

About The Author

Infertility Specialist, Obstetrician Dr. Surveen Ghumman
Delhi

Dr. Surveen Ghumman is an infertility specialist and gynecologist specializing in IVF, Reproductive Endocrinology, Recurrent failures of implantation, Embryology, Fertility preservation and Surrogacy. Dr. Surveen has completed MBBS from Christian Medical College, Ludhiana in 1986 and MD in Obstetrics and Gynecology from Government Medical College, Amritsar in 1991. She has also pursued certificate courses in ART and Clinical Embryology from Manipal University and fellowships in Minimal Access Surgeries. She has also pursued Micromanipulation in ART in the year 2011. Dr. Surveen is practicing at The Fertility Clinic IVF Solutions and Max Super Specialty Hospital. For more information, visit elawoman.com

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Comfort

Very helpful information on egg white cervical mucus. It is always a big mystery for women.

Feb. 21, 2018, 12:29 p.m. 4.5

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Tinak

Some women may not produce as much to be noticeable when you wipe and visualize. You may want to try checking with the finger. Also, try pre seed it's a fertility lubricant that acts as a natural cervical mucus.

Feb. 20, 2018, 9:38 a.m. 4.5

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mma

Can one be fertile on menstruations days?

Feb. 18, 2018, 4:13 a.m. 4.5

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Hayley

I've been tracking my period and ovulation in Ela app since my husband and I decided to try to have a baby 3 months ago. My periods are regular but for the past two months I have not had this type of cervical mucus, does this mean I am not ovulating?

Feb. 17, 2018, 12:07 p.m. 5.0

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Nathalie

Really good information.

Feb. 17, 2018, 7:03 a.m. 5.0

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Loveholly

Thanks so helpful.

Feb. 17, 2018, 4:04 a.m. 5.0

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Satyakam Chapal

You should be able to feel mucus on your private parts and underwear as well.

Feb. 17, 2018, 3:04 a.m. 4.5

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Jessica

Thanks!

Feb. 17, 2018, 1:08 a.m. 4.5

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Eunice Makwana

Very helpful information indeed. I never knew it.

Feb. 16, 2018, 10:47 p.m. 4.5

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Dimplzz

Very helpful blog. It is a must read for all women trying to conceive.

Feb. 16, 2018, 7:08 p.m. 5.0

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sara

I did not know this before.

Feb. 16, 2018, 6:50 p.m. 5.0

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Mrs Shy

How to check the mucus? Do we need to insert finger?

Feb. 16, 2018, 6:44 p.m. 5.0

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Anju

What about those women who do not get egg white cervical mucus during ovulation? How can they get to know about ovulation?

Feb. 16, 2018, 5:57 p.m. 5.0

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Indraneel Sara

It happened with me most of the time but it starts after the ending of my period that is from 9th day but I did unprotected sex at that time I mean at 9th and 10th day but I didn't become pregnant. My period cycle is of 30 days. Although after chikungunya I'm facing scanty menstruation for two mo...

Nov. 18, 2017, 6:41 p.m. 5.0

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Pranaya

For me egg white cervical mucus has always been so deceptive. Usually feel dryness before periods.

May 20, 2017, 12:36 p.m. 4.5

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Rosanne Williams

But tracking ovulation by identifying Egg white cervical mucus can be challenging because it doesn't depend on cervical mucus alone.

May 20, 2017, 8:11 a.m. 5.0

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