Structure and Function of Cervical Mucus

  • Eric Chantler
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 144)


The cervical mucus is a complex secretion produced within the cervical canal and crypts and containing compounds from different areas of the female genital tract. The major site of production of the mucus is the secretory epithelium of the cervix which is rich in dense secretory bodies containing the characteristic viscoelastic mucus. However, the mucus obtained by aspiration of the cervix will also contain proteins and low molecular weight compounds from serum transudation, soluble proteins secreted by the uterine epithelium and probably peritoneal fluid from the pouch of Douglas. Additionally the possibility of contamination with seminal plasma must not be overlooked.


Menstrual Cycle Sialic Acid Seminal Plasma Oligosaccharide Chain Cervical Mucus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eric Chantler
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  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics & GynaecologyUniversity of ManchesterManchesterUK

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