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August 25th, 2007, 09:54 PM
ShawnaCAN's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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Cervical mucus can keep sperm cells alive up to 5 days. Is this fact or fiction? The answer is FACT!

The mucus at the begining of the fertile phase (that which is often sticky or cloudy, not yet clear or slippery) has the ability to sustain and nourish sperm cells for up to 5 days in the woman's body. The sperm cells are "locked" away in the crypts of the cervix during that time. This mucus even has the ability to sort out the defective sperm cells from the good quality ones. Cool huh?

The mucus closer to ovulation, that which is clear and slippery creates channels through which the sperm cells can travel quickly to the ova. Sperm cells locked away in the crypts of the cervix are released into these channels. Of course, any newly deposited sperm cells also navigate quickly through this type of mucus towards the ova.

Vaginal discharge (not the same as cervical mucus, though they can appear very similar) is infertile. It cannot keep sperm cells alive. Women who do not have completely "dry" days likely have this infertile discharge, also called a Basic Infertile Pattern of Discharge. To learn to evaluate the difference between infertile vaginal discharge and true cervical mucus, it is best to consult an instructor with whichever method you are using. Different methods have slightly different protocols for telling the difference.
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August 26th, 2007, 06:57 AM
Butter's Avatar Heather the Mama Duk
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It's true.

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September 1st, 2007, 12:21 PM
BeckyK's Avatar Super Mommy
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Yes, if you are having fertile CM.
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Charting your cycle? Try reading Taking Charge of your Fertility by Toni Weschler</div>
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September 1st, 2007, 04:24 PM
ShawnaCAN's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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You guys got it!
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