Many women wonder what their cervical mucus after implantation should look like. Do you know a woman's vaginal discharge is ever changing throughout her menstrual cycle and pregnancy?
Your cervical fluid helps to determine what stage you are in your cycle. It helps to predict your non-fertile and fertile days. For instance before ovulation, your cervical mucus changes to a slippery egg white consistency.
After ovulation your cervical discharge is creamy which means you are not in a fertile stage.
Let us therefore, examine cervical mucus in early pregnancy.
What is cervical Mucus?
Cervical mucus also known as CM, is a fluid that is secreted by the cervix.
The cervix is a tubal shape cartiliage that connects the uterus(womb) to the vagina.
It is often referred to as the neck of the uterus.
The cervix produces different types of mucus depending on what stage of your menstrual cycle you're in.
The major role of the cervical mucus is to transport the sperm from the vagina into the fallopian tube.
And also to keep bacteria and infections out from the uterus(womb).
5 stages of Cervical Fluid
Dry Days: 1-2 days after menstruation, your may have little or no cervical fluid
Sticky or Pasty: This means you are approaching your fertile window
Creamy cervical mucus: This means you are at the beginning of your fertility window.
Egg white cervical mucus: You are most fertile when you have the egg white discharge. This occurs during ovulation to make the vagina sperm friendly.
Dry or creamy: After ovulation, your vaginal discharge decreases, and may appear creamy or sticky some days before your period is due. If pregnant you may notice a milky white discharge known as leukorrhea.
What is implantation?
Implantation is the process by which a fertilised egg known as blastocyst attaches itself to the walls of the uterus lining to nourish, grow and develop.
Implantation usually happens 6-12 days after conception.
For some women implantation happens as early as 6 days after fertilisation, while for others it happens 12 days after fertilisation.
Symptoms of implantation are implantation bleeding and implantation cramping.
What does Cervical Mucus look like after conception
If trying to conceive, you may be anxious to know what every change you notice after ovulation means.
Normally after ovulation if not pregnant your CM will be lesser, creamy and thicker. This is to indicate that you are no longer fertile.
This type of mucus is also very difficult to penetrate by the sperm.
But if you are pregnant, the mucus discharge after ovulation would be milky white in nature. This type of discharge is known as leukorrhea.
Some women also experience light pink or bloody discharge before period. This is known as implantation bleeding or spotting.
Both implantation bleeding and implantation discharge are both signs of early pregnancy.
What does cervical mucus look like after ovulation if you are pregnant?
The role of cervical mucus in conception is very important.
Some women do notice an increase in mucous when they get pregnant. This mucus is usually thin and milky white.
As the pregnancy progresses, the amount of white discharge also increases. The cervix produces more discharge during pregnancy to prevent germs and bacteria from getting into the uterus(womb).
During the two week wait after ovulation, don't be disappointed if you do not notice an increase in mucus production or implantation spotting.
You may still be pregnant. The best way to be sure is to take a pregnancy test after a missed period.
Around 7 weeks of pregnancy, the cervix will produce a mucus plug. The role of this mucus plug is seal or block the entrance of the cervix from infections.
Just before labour is about to start towards the end of your pregnancy, the mucus plug also known as show comes out as a lump of thick reddish jelly-like discharge.
Thick white cervical mucus after ovulation...what does this mean?
The first 1-2 days after ovulation are usually known for little or no cervical fluids.
A thick white cervical mucus after ovulation means you are no longer fertile.
An excessive milky white discharge(leukorrhea) may mean you are pregnant or your period is about to start.
You should be worried if the discharge is itchy, smelly or has a yellowish or greenish color.
Abnormal vaginal discharge is a sign of an infection. An itchy but odorless discharge is a sign of yeast infection.
A fishy odor discharge is a sign of bacteria vaginosis infection.
While chlamydia or gonorrhea also causes a yellowish or greenish discharge that is itchy.
See your doctor immediately, if you have an abnormal looking discharge.
What does Vaginal discharge look like in early pregnancy?
So you may be wondering "how can i differentiate between PMS discharge and an early pregnancy discharge"?
I will urge you not to depend on a white discharge as the ultimate symptom of pregnancy.
Early pregnancy discharge is milky white in nature.
What Does a watery Discharge After Ovulation mean?
Your vaginal discharge helps to keep the vagina clean. A clear watery discharge could happen before ovulation and after ovulation to wash away dry or dead cells in the vagina.
And most importantly to keep the vagina clean.
If you have a watery discharge that is itchy or has a foul smell, visit the doctor immediately.
What Does Cervical Mucus Before period mean?
A white discharge before period is normal and could be caused by pregnancy, an indication that your period is about to start or it could be as a result of hormonal imbalance.
A cottage cheese discharge before period is an indication of yeast infection that is triggered by changes in hormonal levels.
- What is cervical Mucus?
- What is implantation?
- What does Cervical Mucus look like after conception
- What does cervical mucus look like after ovulation if you are pregnant?
- Thick white cervical mucus after ovulation...what does this mean?
- What Does a watery Discharge After Ovulation mean?
- What Does Cervical Mucus Before period mean?