Know Your Cycle: Ovulation
Okay, here we are – day 14 – half way through our cycle. Our bodies have spent the last week tonifying that yin and blood. Now what? Ovulation!
What is ovulation?
Ovulation occurs half way through our cycle. During this time, progesterone increases and starts to take over as the dominant hormone. This is also the time that a mature egg, or follicle, is released from the ovaries and begins its trip to the uterus. If you are trying to get pregnant, this would be the time of the cycle you hope to have that egg fertilized by a sperm.
Cervical mucous is important at ovulation, as it helps determine the optimal fertile window. Proper mucus helps the egg down the fallopian tube to the uterus, as well as protects sperm from the acidity of the vagina. The consistency of the cervical mucous is influenced by our hormones, and changes throughout the cycle. During ovulation, the cervical mucous should be clear, slippery and stretchy – resembling raw egg whites. As our basal body temperature (BBT) rises after ovulation, the mucous will get thicker or dry up all together.
In terms of TCM, this change from estrogen to progesterone coincides with a change from yin to yang in our bodies. Yang is warm in nature, and this change to yang also matches the rise in our basal body temperature. This raise in BBT helps the body prepare for the descent of the egg and proper implantation in the uterus. In the follicular phase, the increase in yin helped our bodies produce proper cervical mucous. Dryness or lack of vaginal mucus during ovulation can be a sign of yin deficiency. During this time, it is important to regulate the movement of yin energy to yang energy, as well as support our TCM kidney and TCM liver.
How To Incorporate
For the next few weeks, try taking note of your cervical mucous. Are you able to note the change during ovulation? Tracking apps such as flow or clue can be a great way to keep tract of what’s going on too, so you can easily compare between months.
Course Notes: ASM 302 – Comprehensive Notes – Neemez Kassam. 2017
Acupuncture Desk Reference V.2, Kuoch