How does the mucus method of family planning work

From Audiopedia - Accessible Learning for All
Jump to: navigation, search
QR for this page

To use the mucus method, you must pay careful attention to the mucus (wetness) in your vagina. Your body produces wet mucus during your fertile time to help the sperm get into the womb. So if you check your mucus every day, you will know when you are becoming fertile. Then you can avoid sex during this time.

How to tell when you are fertile:

1. Wipe the outside of your vagina with your finger or a piece of paper or cloth.

2. If there is mucus there, take some between your fingers. How does it feel? Wet and slippery? Dry and sticky?

clear, wet, slippery mucus = fertile

white, dry, sticky mucus = not fertile

  • Burns, A. A., Niemann, S., Lovich, R., Maxwell, J., & Shapiro, K. (2014). Where women have no doctor: A health guide for women. Hesperian Foundation.
  • Audiopedia ID: en020509