dischargeWomen can boost their chances of becoming pregnant through “reading” their discharge. This discharge is a sign of internal, chemical changes in the body that allow sperm to have an advantage when entering in the cervix.

Every woman’s body is different, but it will go through a standard cycle:

1. Dry and/or sticky (after a period).
2, Lotion-like, or creamy.
3. Watery and wet.
4. Egg white consistency.
5. Dry and sticky.

It’s harder to get pregnant during the 1st, 2nd and 5th stages mentioned above. The ideal time to try and conceive is during the 3rd and 4th stages, or when the discharge becomes watery and wet, or egg-like in consistency.

If you want to check your discharge, you’ll want to follow these eight steps:

1. Wash your hands-and dry them well.
2. Enter a position that allows for easy insertion.
3. Sit on a toilet.
4. Squat.
5. Lay on your back and lift one leg.
6. Stand with one leg on a step or a seat.
7. Insert your middle or index finger into the vagina.
8. Remove and examine the mucus.

This allows you to view and examine the mucus properly. If you don’t wash your hands, you risk bacteria entering the cervix, and you risk changing the consistency or color of the discharge.

You’ll be able to use these hints to determine what’s happening in your cycle:

– Sticky or scant mucus means you’re not ovulating.
– Creamy mucus means you’re close to ovulation, but you’re not there yet.
– Watery, wet and even a little stretchy mucus means it’s time to have a lot of sex to try and conceive – ovulation is on the way.
– Jelly-like discharge that stretches between your fingers for an inch means you’re very fertile. This is when ovulation is coming, and increased intercourse will allow for a higher chance of getting pregnant.

Discharge plays a very strong role in a woman’s cycle, and reading your discharge will pay off if you’re trying to get pregnant. Just remember that every woman has a different chemical makeup, and some women will chart their discharge to know when changes occur.

This gives you a personal discharge reference based off your own cycle. If you find that your discharge begins to get watery around day 8 into your cycle, you know to increase your intercourse around day 8 next month to get pregnant.

Ovulation occurs 12 – 14 days before a woman’s period starts – on average.