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fertility hormones

Charting your fertility
on the hormone fertility chart

Observing your cervical mucus

Monitoring cervical mucus

Charting your fertility
on the cervical mucus chart

The mucus cycle

Arousal Fluid
and Seminal Fluid Instructions

Monitoring basal body

Arousal Fluid and Seminal Fluid

There are other fluids, both from the man and woman, you need to know about when using NFP either to avoid or achieve pregnancy. The special fluid produced by the woman is called arousal fluid, and the fluid from the man is called seminal fluid.  Both of these fluids can cause confusion when monitoring and charting your signs of fertility, in particular observations of cervical mucus and vulvar sensations.

Arousal Fluid: Arousal fluid is a fluid that is produced in response to either physical or mental sexual stimulation. Some mothers who breastfeed their infants might also experience this fluid while breastfeeding.  The fluid is produced by two glands, called Bartholin Glands, that are situated near the opening of the vagina. The physiological purpose of the fluid is to lubricate the vagina for the possibility of intercourse. The characteristics of arousal fluid are clear, wet, moist, and slippery. Unlike cervical fluid, however, arousal fluid dissipates quickly (i.e., within one hour). The guidelines for arousal fluid with the use of NFP are as follows:

If a woman is sure that it is arousal fluid – she can wait for it to dissipate (i.e., to go away in about an hour) and ignore it.
If she is unsure, she then observes it and charts it on its merits.

Seminal Fluid: Seminal fluid is the fluid released from the man at the time of intercourse.  Seminal fluid, of course, contains sperm and other fluids that nourish, protect and prepare them (the sperm) for possible fertilization of the ovum.  After intercourse it is a common practice (and recommended for hygienic purposes) that a woman get up and void (urinate).  However, she should not get up immediately after intercourse.  The time after intercourse obviously is a special intimate time that is important for bonding.  Approximately 20-30 minutes after intercourse, the seminal fluid becomes very watery.  At this time it is recommended that a woman rid herself of the seminal fluid that has remained in her vagina.  To do this she should (after urinating) in alternating fashion (a) bear down (like she is having a bowel movement) and (b) do 5 or 6 Kegel’s exercises (i.e., tightening the muscles of the vagina and the muscles that stop or start urination).  After she does 4-5 sets of bearing down and Kegel’s exercises, she should wipe until all the seminal fluid is gone.  The next day, whatever mucus or sensations are observed should be charted on their merits.  

Some women may not wish to get up after intercourse, but may choose to remain bonded with her husband or just fall asleep.  If this is so, and if she is confident what she observes the next day is seminal fluid, she can ignore it.  She also might just ignore her observations until after 12:00 noon. By that time most of the seminal fluid should have left the vagina.

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