Cervical Mucus Changes During the Cycle. What it Looks Like and the Functions it Performs
Cervical mucus is a transparent and whitish fluid. Its consistency and amount may vary depending on the cycle of its production. The stages of cervical mucus are related to the periods of the menstrual cycle (MC). Here are the basic phases of cervical mucus secretion: dry days, thick mucus, cream-like discharge, watery secrete, egg white type discharge and white thick mucus.
Functions of cervical mucus
The secrete produced by mucous glands of the uterine cervix, is first of all aimed at creation of favorable conditions for fertilization of the ovum by the sperm cell. The second natural function of cervical mucus is the mechanical protection of the uterus against penetration of pestilent bacteria.
These functions are performed, among other things, due to the direction of the mucus flow. It discharges out of the uterine cavity, thus “washing away” potential infectious agents. Besides, such a direction of flow performs the function of “a natural filter” of disabled sperm cells. The increased speed of flow of mucus along peripheral areas appears a special “barrier”.