Infertility/Fertility/Mucus & Cervix



What is the purpose of mucus that is seen on and around the cervix?  How common is it for this fluid to seep or leak from the vagina?

I thank you for your reply.

Hello Kenneth from the U.S.,

I don't think anyone can answer as to the "purpose" of cervical mucous.  It's like asking what the purpose of the appendix is.  At the time of ovulation, the cervical mucous allows the sperm to swim up into the uterus and then to the tube to accomplish fertilization.  At the other times in the cycle, the mucous is more of a "plug". So I can't say what the purpose is, it is just there.

The vagina produces its own mucous as well, from glands within.  This is the usualy "fluid" that leaks out as the cervical mucous tends to be very thick and stringy and not runny.  Vaginal mucous increases at certain times, like with arousal, or other hormonal changes and is very common.

Good Luck,

Dr. Edward J. Ramirez, M.D., FACOG
Executive Medical Director
The Fertility and Gynecology Center
Monterey Bay IVF Program

Monterey, California, U.S.A.

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Edward Joseph Ramirez, MD, FACOG


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