Cervical mucus after ovulation, what does it look and feel like?
What is cervical Mucus?
Cervical mucus (CM) also known as cervical fluid is a fluid that is produced by the glands in your cervix.
The texture, consistency and color of your cervical fluid is a very good indication of where you are in your menstrual cycle.
The changes in your cervical mucus is due to hormonal changes you experience.
For example, as your estrogen hormone level rises up just before ovulation, your vaginal discharge becomes wet and slippery to indicate you are at your peak fertility.
This is a very important information, if you're trying to conceive.
The Purpose of vaginal discharge is to:
- Is to transport the sperm from the vagina to the fallopian tube by making the vagina a sperm friendly environment.
- block bacteria and germs from getting into the uterus and fallopian tubes
What is Ovulation?
Ovulation is the release of one or more eggs from the ovary in order to be fertilised by a sperm. Ovulation occurs around the middle of your menstrual cycle.
Without ovulation, it is impossible to get pregnant.
If trying to get conceive, one of the ways to predict ovulation is by cervical mucus charting.
Types of Cervical Mucus
Dry Mucus: In the days immediately after your menstruation, your mucus is usually dry. The days after your period is known as the dry days. And you're non fertile during this days.
Sticky or Pasty Mucus: In the next few days your mucus will appear sticky and pasty but not wet. It is very difficult for the sperm to thrive in this environment.
Creamy Cervical Mucus: As you approach ovulation, your level of estrogen increases. This causes your discharge to be creamy and wet.
Egg white CM : Before ovulation, your estrogen level is at the highest. This causes you to produce a wet, slippery and stretchy mucus. This is your most fertile Cervical Mucus.
This is the best time to have intercourse if trying to conceive. The wet and slippery mucus dries up immediately after ovulation, marking the end of your fertile phase.
Dry, creamy or pasty: After ovulation your CM is usually dry, pasty or creamy. The progesterone hormone produces this creamy discharge. This means you are back in your non-fertile phase. But if pregnant you may experience a milky white discharge because estrogen level kicks in if fertilisation occurs.
Creamy Cervical Mucous after Ovulation... What does that mean
Normally, after ovulation, your cervical mucus declines and becomes thicker. This means you are no longer in your fertile phase.
In the few days preceding your period you may notice a thick white discharge, creamy or milky discharge. This is due to hormonal changes going on in your body.
Women with hormonal imbalances especially estrogen dominance may notice more discharge than a woman who has a balanced hormone after ovulation.
Cervical Mucous After Ovulation if pregnant
Wondering what does cervical mucus look like after ovulation if you are pregnant?
If pregnant, early pregnancy discharge is usually milky white.
Although thick and milky white discharge before period can both serve as a sign of pregnancy or as a sign that your period is about to start.
This milky white discharge is known as leukorrhea.
Leukorrhea also known as leucorrhea is a odorless discharge that is milky in color.
It is caused by an increase in estrogen levels during pregnancy.
Don't worry if you do not have an excessive milky white discharge, you may still be pregnant.
The best way to confirm pregnancy is to take a pregnancy test after a missed period.
Other signs of pregnancy such as implantation bleeding or cramping, frequent urination, tiredness and fatigue, food craving and aversion may also be able to let you know you are pregnant.
A thick white discharge that is itchy after ovulation is most likely to be a yeast infection.
An abnormal discharge that is smelly and itchy at anytime in your cycle is a sign of STD(sexually transmitted disease).
After Ovulation cervical mucus if not pregnant
If not pregnant, the vaginal discharge post ovulation is usually dry and scanty. You no longer produce a fertile mucus at this point.
If you do produce a vaginal discharge after ovulation it would be creamy, pasty or a thick discharge. This is to make it difficult for the sperm to penetrate or swim upwards into the uterus and fallopian tube.
Since your fertile days are over after ovulation, your body doesn't produce any fertile mucus at this point.
Why do I have egg white cervical fluid after Ovulation
Egg white cervical mucus, is an ovulation discharge that you experience when you are most fertile. And this usually starts a day before ovulation. It drys up fast immediately after ovulation.
So what happens when you have this EWCM after ovulation since you are no longer suppose to be fertile?
Increase in Estrogen levels
EWCM is caused by an increase in estrogen level just before ovulation. After ovulation, the progesterone hormone takes over and the estrogen hormone decreases.
But if the egg released at ovulation is fertilised, both the level of the estrogen and progesterone hormone will start to increase to prepare the uterus and your body in general for implantation.
The increase in estrogen hormone before implantation occurs is what makes you produce an eggwhite cervical fluid. After implantation, a milky white discharge is most common.
Another reason why you might be wondering why you have an egg white fluid after ovulation, is you didn't ovulate earlier.
This is common among women who have irregular cycles. You may think that you've already ovulated but you are just ovulating.
When a woman is aroused during intercourse, nature has designed the vaginal walls to produce a lubrication that resembles the fertile mucus produced around ovulation.
Arousal fluid is wet and slippery and may also be stretchy like egg white fertile CM.
So on your none fertile days for example, arousal fluid is very useful in avoiding discomfort during intercourse.
The fluid usually dries up quickly within an hour after intercourse.
What is the Cervical Mucus before period
Your CM before period is dry, scanty, creamy or pasty. The reason for this thick mucus is to prevent the sperm and bacteria from going into the female reproductive organs.
If pregnant or prone to premenstrual symptoms you may notice an excessive thick or milky white discharge.
What is the Cervical Mucous after Implantation?
A woman will produce excessive or an increased cervical mucus after implantation has occurred. This excessive white or creamy discharge is known as leucorrhea.
- What is cervical Mucus?
- What is Ovulation?
- Types of Cervical Mucus
- Creamy Cervical Mucous after Ovulation... What does that mean
- Cervical Mucous After Ovulation if pregnant
- After Ovulation cervical mucus if not pregnant
- Why do I have egg white cervical fluid after Ovulation
- What is the Cervical Mucus before period
- What is the Cervical Mucous after Implantation?