If you’re anything like me, and I’d venture to say most women, the whereabouts of your cervix might be a mystery. Before delving into the realm of trying to conceive (TTC, as it’s commonly known), I had zero knowledge about the inner workings of my vagina. Frankly, it wasn’t on my radar, and I was content not knowing.
As the path to motherhood stretched before me, I decided it was time for some self-education. I delved into numerous books, and you can find the cream of the crop in our Recommended Resources.
Cracking the Ovulation Code
The initial advice was to pinpoint ovulation by looking for the elusive “egg-white discharge,” referring to your cervical mucus. However, this advice can be misleading. While widely accepted, it doesn’t guarantee the prime conception window.
Also, let’s clear up a misconception: egg whites aren’t white; they’re clear. The discharge varies in color throughout your cycle, making it a puzzle to decipher. If you’re feeling as bewildered as I was, check out our Understanding your Goo article.
Next on the learning curve was the importance of locating your cervix. Hold on — where is that exactly? Somewhere in my vagina? Alright, let’s unravel this mystery.
The Cervix: Your Fertility Gatekeeper
In simple terms, the cervix is the gateway to conception. Barring intricate fertility treatments, pregnancy is a no-go without successfully navigating semen past the cervix.
Your cervix serves as the meeting point for sperm and egg within the uterus and fallopian tubes. It’s their designated rendezvous spot. If all goes well, you’re on the path to motherhood.
Let me break it down for you: understanding your fertility cycle is easiest through your cervix. It undergoes changes in position and texture, signaling your most and least fertile periods. Plus, it’s the origin of your cervical mucus, crucial for identifying sperm-friendly or less sperm-friendly conditions.
Forget the conventional “cycle” based on days; most women aren’t clockwork at a precise 28-day interval. I envy those who are! Instead, focus on recognizing the hormonal cues that signal the release of an egg. That’s your cue to start the baby-making hustle!
Befriending Your Cervix
This is why you need to establish a connection with your cervix. Get comfortable with the idea of exploring and understanding facets of your body you never thought about. While it might seem a bit unusual or messy, embracing this journey is the ultimate way to seize control of your fertility. Yes, I’m making a nod to the fertility guru herself, Toni Weschler — taking charge and boosting your chances of conception.