I've heard about tracking cervical fluid, but what am I looking for, and what does it have to do with getting pregnant?
Most women are aware of changes that occur throughout their monthly cycle. As hormones change (increase in estrogen and your cycle goes through its course, your body will increase its production of cervical mucus. This mucus moistens the cervix and, at the right time, can provide the optimal medium for sperm.
Many women may experience a small amount of discharge daily, but will notice that at certain times during the month, the consistency and color of the discharge may change. These changes reflected the change in cervical mucus that goes right along with ovulation.
You will probably notice little to no discharge right after finishing your period. During the next phase, as you approach ovulation, the discharge may be whitish. If stretched between your fingers it will break easily. Right before ovulation, however, the discharge will be thinner, almost clear, and somewhat stretchy. Many people refer to this as "egg white cervical mucus," because it the consistency of raw egg whites.) Thinner cervical mucus makes for easier swimming for the sperm trying to make their way through the cervix. At this time, the pH (level of acidity) of the cervical fluid is optimal for sperm as well. So, when thinner, clearer discharge is present, it is an opportune moment for conception.
Once you begin to pay attention to these changes, you may notice that they go hand in hand with other changes you experience in your monthly cycle. Being aware can also increase your chances of success if you are trying to get pregnant. In this case, timing is everything!