Lack of Cervical Mucus: A Sign of Infertility?
I have heard that upon close examination of your cervical fluid, you can determine patterns of fertility and infertility. I am using my basal body temperature and cervical mucus readings to detect my most fertile day. When I go to check my fluid, I am often very dry. I've heard that this is a sign of the "infertility pattern." Is this true?Question:
Well, yes and no. One way to think of human fertility is by the following concept: cervical fluid is to the woman what seminal fluid is to the man. In other words, the man is fertile every single day, therefore he produces semen everyday. Women are fertile only a few days per cycle around ovulation, therefore their cervical fluid is wet and approaches the consistency of seminal fluid only a few days per cycle. The rest of the time, women are not fertile and tend to be either completely dry, or produce a sticky quality cervical fluid. The fact is, women are considered "infertile" most of their cycle. It's just unfortunate that the word is so emotionally loaded and tends to be associated with sterility.
In your case, if you are virtually always dry, then you may indeed have a problem with getting pregnant and would need to either amend your cervical fluid to allow sperm to swim through your cervix around ovulation, or you would need to have intrauterine insemination in order to bypass the "biological roadblock" of the lack of wet cervical fluid.
But if you do indeed produce wet quality cervical fluid several days leading up to ovulation, that is enough for conception to occur, as long as you take advantage of those days to have intercourse.Answer: