Updated: Dec 12, 2018
Have you ever noticed the sticky stuff in your underwear? Maybe you have been told its "discharge" and can be a sign of infection. Or told you weren't washing well enough and it was buildup of "stuff" due to your lack of hygiene. Maybe you were shamed over it as an adolescent or maybe your caregiver empowered you.
Regardless of how you were brought up, you should know the truth about cervical fluid. What is its function? What does it say about your health? How can you gauge what is normal and what isn't? I'm going to tell you!
Here is my favorite source for pictures of various types of normal, healthy cervical fluid.
So what exactly does it do? It's simple! It provides transportation for the sperm after they leave the man and enter the woman through the cervix. The more water content in the cervical fluid, the easier the sperm can travel. This is how sperm can survive up to about a week in the woman waiting for an egg before she even ovulates! Amazing, right?
Have you ever felt a slippery sensation when you wipe after using the bathroom? That is fertile cervical fluid. An amazing signal your body sends out saying that it's gearing up to release an egg. This sign can be used to both achieve pregnancy and prevent effectively too.
Sticky or tacky cervical fluid catches sperm and they do not survive very long. See graphic that I drew below.
You can see how the sperm freely travel through the fertile cervix but get caught in the non-fertile one.
If your cervical fluid is very profuse and smells very strong or you have itching and burning, it might be time to get checked by a trusted professional or try some natural things to heal a yeast infection or BV.
Otherwise, you're normal. And that's amazing and reassuring.
If you chart your cycles and don't notice enough fertile fluid, it could mean you don't have enough hormones to produce the proper amount of cervical fluid or that you're not ovulating. It could ultimately be a major puzzle piece in to your hormone issues that could be causing you health problem or prevent you from conceiving.
Here are 3 tips to increase your cervical fluid production:
1. Reduce Foods, Products and Materials Containing Hormone-like Chemicals (Xenoestrogens) - pesticides, plastic, non-organic foods and fragrances.
2. Take DIM Supplement to Flush out Excess bad Estrogen from your Body - the brand I use is Metabolic Maintenance. No, I do not sell it. Here's the link.
3. Drink Water - It's true. Your cervical fluid can be dry if you are dehydrated.
Some foods and chemicals can clog receptor sites in your body and diminish your ability to produce healthy and abundant hormones. So limiting and flushing out these harmful substances will surely help your body to work closer to how it's supposed to.