Mucus Hydration: A Donnan Equilibrium Controlled Process

  • Patrick Y. Tam
  • Pedro Verdugo
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 144)


Cervical mucus of certain mammalian species changes from a thick rubbery gel, impenetrable by sperm (at the luteal phase of the sexual cycle) to a watery gel, easily penetrable by sperm (around the time of ovulation). These variations in the physical properties of mucus serve an important function in fertility regulation.


Luteal Phase Sexual Cycle Cervical Mucus Donnan Equilibrium Equilibrium Control 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Patrick Y. Tam
    • 1
  • Pedro Verdugo
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Bioengineering WD-12University of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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