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Acta Eur Fertil. 1983 Jan-Feb;14(1):41-50.

Structure of human cervical mucus correlation with plasma ovarian hormone levels.


In studying the structural changes of human cervical mucus during the ovulatory cycle, they have been observed to be directly related to ovarian hormone changes. Mucus structural changes, if taken according to their sequence during the cycle, clearly express the anatomic and functional events occurring in the ovary. If each structure is considered separately, only the mucus of the preovulatory period can be considered an indication of the corresponding ovarian processes, presenting peculiar morphologic characteristics. The observation of a similar morphologic appearance in the mucus of the early follicular and luteal phases leads one to believe, in spite of the influence of totally different hormone levels, in the likely existence of a mechanism of interference between estrogens and progesterone during the postovulatory period of the cycle.

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