Before Ovulation

CERVICAL MUCUS
take advantage of the fertile mucus…

BEFORE OVULATION, ESTROGEN LEVELS RISE, BBT LOWERS and…

The LH Surge (Luteal Hormone) 

Diagram showing cervix

Cervical Mucus – Cervical Mucus is a very important part of fertility. Mucus is what protects sperm from the acidic atmosphere of the vagina. Egg White Cervical Mucus (EWCM) is the most fertile mucus! EWCM with small clots is EXTREMELY fertile mucus. Mucus changes throughout the menstrual cycle. For several days around the time of ovulation, the “fertile” types of mucus are produced; they have a higher water content, and are less acidic and higher in electrolytes.

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Corpus Luteum and Ovary

LH (Luteinizing Hormone) Surge – LH is a hormone produced in the pituitary gland. In females, an acute rise of LH (“LH surge”) triggers ovulation and development of the corpus luteum. The Corpus Luteum (Latin for “yellow body” and surprise, surprise, it is yellow in color) is essential for establishing and maintaining pregnancy in females. It is a temporary endocrine structure in female mammals that is involved in the production of relatively high levels of progesterone which is a steroid hormone responsible for the development of the endometrium, the uterine lining that will receive the fertilized egg and provide support and protection. LH Surge occurs just prior to and triggers ovulation. Do you see how this could be a perfect indicator to determine when to try to conceive? If it’s happening, ovulation is just about to occur so the eggs are coming! Time to introduce the sperm!