Evaluating cervical mucus – how it works

Women have been using the symptothermal method (NFP) as a hormone-free alternative to the pill and as a means of conceiving for decades.

As well as measuring the basal body temperature, assessing the cervical mucus increases the reliability of the calculation. This involves monitoring the cervical mucus on a daily basis, which means: removing from the vagina and examining its appearance and consistency.

However, women who have only just started reading their own body signals are often not very confident, due to the lack of experience and practice. The next sections explain how to monitor your cervical mucus and clarify what you need to bear in mind.

Is cervical mucus the same as discharge?

The cervix (cervix uteri) is the neck of the uterus – i.e. the lower part of the uterus – which connects the uterus to the vagina. During a cycle, the cervix produces a type of mucus. This mucus should not be confused with discharge, which is produced as a result of illnesses or infections. Discharge is often accompanied by itching or pain. Cervical mucus is also not the same thing as “arousal fluid”.

How does the cervical mucus