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Dear @cyclesandsex,

Is ovulation strictly linked and does it only follow the presence of cervical fluid, or can ovulation occur regardless of fluid?




Dear #ConfusedByCervicalFluid,

Cervical fluid is linked to ovulation, and there are phases of different consistencies of cervical fluid (mucus) that follow the menstrual cycle. You can learn and chart patterns and correlate the types of fluid you see with your own cycle. Ovulation typically occurs following a stretchy clear fluid called “spinnbarkeit” that is very similar to uncooked egg whites in consistency. Vagina microbiome shifts, hormonal contraception, other pharmaceutical medications, stress, travel, sex, nutrition, hydration, and other factors can have an effect on the timing of ovulation and the quality of cervical fluid. When teaching fertility awareness, a basic principle is that the seed can only grow when watered (by fluid), so to speak, however in our complex modern world, our cycles and fluids are more easily disrupted, thus getting to know your different types of cervical fluid and the underlying principles of fertility awareness and cycle charting is your best bet in terms of correlating cervical fluids with ovulation - not hoping that the algorithm of the app you are using is correct! There’s even cervical fluid present when someone is taking birth control pills, so cervical fluid can be really confusing out of context.

All the best,

Dr. Eden Fromberg

Dr. Fromberg is a Board Certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist who is also Board Certified in Integrative Holistic Medicine, and is the Founder and Director of Holistic Gynecology New York, a pioneering sanctuary for truly holistic women's health throughout the life cycle.


CYCLES+SEX is not providing medical advice! Check in with your practitioner and use the above as a conversation starter to figure out what is best for you and your unique health history and situation.

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