Cervical Mucus 101 & Implantation Discharge

Cervical mucus is expelled from a woman’s vagina all throughout her menstrual cycle. Many women will be confused, wondering if what their experiencing is one of the cervical mucus stages or implantation discharge.

Understanding what you’re experiencing will require in-depth knowledge in both areas.

What is Cervical Mucus?

Mucus discharge is produced by a woman’s cervix on a daily basis. Chances are, you’ve experienced this discharge from time to time. When the mucus levels become too high or they have nowhere else to go, they will eventually make their way out of the cervix and into a woman’s underwear.

The normal cervical mucus cycle occurs every month like clockwork. The cervical mucus stages include:

  • Egg white cervical mucus: When the mucus is an egg white color and stretches an inch or two without breaking, this is the time when a woman is most fertile.
  • Watery cervical mucus: Watery discharge occurs before the egg-white color is seen and happens right before your most fertile time.
  • Creamy cervical mucus: Thick and creamy discharge is not fertile and will actually hinder the sperm’s ability to move through the cervix.
  • Sticky cervical mucus: Women are least fertile when the mucus is sticky and feels like a paste. This will be chunkier than a consistent texture.

 

Mucus can be seen all throughout a woman’s menstrual cycle and is necessary for birthing. Some women will have less or more mucus depending on the amount of estrogen in their body, and many women will have “dry” spells where they witness very little mucus at all.

Don’t be alarmed if your mucus is not regular or the same as what’s listed above.

The only time you should worry is if your mucus is not white or clear. Brown mucus or red mucus can indicate that blood was leftover from your period and is just now being expelled from the body. If you experience this color change for any length of time, you may want to consult with your physician to ensure that you’re in a healthy state and that no other factors are at play in your mucus color change.

What is Implantation Discharge?

Cervical mucus after implantation is a little different. The process of implantation occurs when the egg and the sperm fertilize. The egg will make its way to the uterine wall and embed itself into the uterine lining where it will remain.

Women may experience some bleeding at this time, but it’s very light.

In fact, implantation bleeding is one of the first signs of pregnancy; however, only 1 in 3 women will experience this bleeding. You’ll know that it’s implantation when you’re spotting or bleeding when you wouldn’t have your normal period. It’s not a lot of blood, and very light in most cases. Bleeding lasts 1 – 2 days at most and will not be as heavy as your normal period blood.

Most women really don’t experience implantation discharge. Instead, it’s more of a change in the vaginal mucus discharge than it is a new type of discharge.

So, how does cervical mucus change after implantation?

The amount of mucus will increase to levels that are similar to ovulation levels. You’ll experience a mucus that contains far more water (98%) and that is more viscid. The goal of the mucus at this time is to protect the egg and not to allow sperm to flow through the body. You’re already pregnant at this point, and ovulation mucus will be more to protect the baby from harmful bacteria than to help with sperm transportation.

But, every woman is different.

Discharge After Conception

Conception occurs after sexual intercourse and normally within 24 hours of ovulation. The first discharge seen after conception occurs will contain both mucus and sperm, so it’s not a good indicator of how the discharge will look after conception.

Instead, after the sperm has left the body, the cervical mucus will change.

Mucus levels will ramp up and will be semi-transparent in color. Some women do not experience an abundance of discharge, while others will. The most important thing is that the discharge is not an abnormal color or consistency.

What Does Pregnancy Discharge Look Like?

White discharge after ovulation is a good sign that you may be pregnant. At this time, your body is starting to produce hormones to help with the pregnancy and keep a baby healthy. These are the changes that have to happen for a healthy pregnancy, but they’ll also change the way that your discharge looks in the process.

The placenta is the main producer of these hormones.

What happens is that your estrogen and progesterone levels will increase after pregnancy has occurred. Even if you don’t know you’re pregnant, your discharge can be an indicator of pregnancy.

Estrogen levels will increase, causing you to have milky white discharge that is normally witnessed within the first week or two of pregnancy.

Note: White discharge is experienced at the end of your cycle and is also very thick. Do not confuse this discharge for you being pregnant.

Women that are using their discharge to determine ovulation will often make note of their color and consistency so that they don’t confuse end of cycle discharge with conception. If the discharge is thick and white but also very itchy, you may have a yeast infection and will want to consult with your doctor at this time. You shouldn’t feel any itchiness at this time.

Discharge During Ovulation

Vaginal discharge during ovulation is clearer than it is anything else. This discharge becomes watery to allow sperm to flow through the cervix with ease, but it’s also very elastic. This elasticity allows sperm to flow through the cervix and fills in any crevices where sperm may get stuck along the way.

Discharge can be seen as strands or small ropes where the sperm is allowed to flow.

Ovulation occurs around 14 days after the first day of your last menstrual period. This will be when the discharge is at its highest level, and it will change rapidly over the first two weeks after menstruation starts.

The ovary will release an egg right in the middle of your cycle and vaginal discharge will also increase.

Discharge After Ovulation

Discharge after ovulation doesn’t mean that you’re necessarily pregnant. The cervix does not completely dry up at this time. Instead, it will be going through different cycles or stages depending on the amount of estrogen in the body.

If implantation has occurred and you have conceived a child, your discharge will remain.

The mucus will increase as the body produces more estrogen and progesterone. A good way to test this is to monitor your mucus texture and appearance, and then check it after you’ve had intercourse. Be sure to allow a few days in between. This is when you’ll be able to see if the thick white discharge is still present.

A pregnancy test would be the next logical step to determine pregnancy because cervical mucus after ovulation isn’t as accurate as a pregnancy test.

Your cervical mucus stages can tell you a lot about your current menstrual cycle and what’s occurring inside of your body. While not 100% accurate when predicting ovulation or conception, you can monitor and use your body’s natural mucus changes to predict when ovulation will occur and use it as a possible implantation indicator.

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  • I was suppose to have my period last 8-3-16, but last 8-2-16, there had been a red discharge on my underwear. I thought it was a start of my period. But then, it didn’t have any blood discharge after that. And now 8-5-16, I’m having white discharge. I’m nervous that this means I am pregnant, because I don’t want to be pregnant yet. Help me.

  • I had unprotected sex with my bf 3 times on my ovulation day last week and this week I’m seeing the clear discharge. I hope we’re pregnant!

  • I’ve been having sex with my husband every other day and I’ve noticed we’ve been doing so while I’ve been ovulating yesterday I felt cramping but no mucus discharge like I normally see when I’m ovulating and now tonight I’m feeling lite cramps is there a possibility I’m pregnant

  • this is so hard to interpret! It seems like every symptom could mean any number of things! Plus “every woman is different” so I have no more of an idea of what’s going on than I did when I started reading.

  • Lol. This is all so confusing. We are trying to conceive our 3rd child. I ovulated 2 days ago. Today, I am still having white discharge and I track. So just keeping an eye on it, and hopefully this is it. Will update with my result two weeks from now!

  • I am also curious as I have had relations with my partner every 5 days during my fertility widow and also the week of ovulation according to kits I used to test. today marks day 9 DPO and I have ha a bit of cramping and had some white DC today- clear. I am not due for my period until the 11-13 area… I took a test this morning FR and it said neg. I am so confused. I had a MC in June this year and I am wondering how it affected my cycles.

  • Hello… I’m a married woman. From ovulation day I’m daily having white discharge and also we had intercourse before ovulation on the day of ovulation and after ovulation….so am I pregnant….

  • I had my last period 29th of Sept and I had sex with my Bf on the day 7 ,10 and 11 then on d 12th I had heavy cramping pains I couldn’t even do anything and I was throwing Up split am also having discharge like white egg I did home test but it came out ngetive

  • My LMP is Oct 18, and my fertile window and ovulation start from 23 to 28 of Oct. I had sex throughout 23 to 28, but after 28 i saw watery cervical mucus on the 30th up till 01 Nov. i don’t feel any ithness . for the past 3 months now my cycle is 26. What can this?

  • my LMP was on the 20 /10/2016 and i saw discharge on the 30- 1st Nov, i had intercourse with my husband on the 2nd and 3rd. on this day 7th Nov, am now seeing whitish egg like discharge but no odour or itchning sign. what can it be, thanks

  • Me and my husband had se Monday night… After sex He said “bae I knocked your period on”.. I went to the bathroom peed and it was like a small clot with clear mucus attached… I wiped and was bleeding! Got up this morning it’s gone…what could that be?

  • hi iam on jadelle implant its my 1st time …i have thin, stearchy watery discharge i had sex on 4 nov 2016 am i pregnant or is it normal?

  • i was inserted jadelle implant on 14 /10 / 2016 …and i had sex on 4/11/2016 …i have been experiencing back aches n diffrect viginal discharge from heavy creamy n streachy discharge …now i have watery slipery discharge with traces of cream …am i pregnant or is it normal?

  • Hi I had my Period on November 5 and it ended on November 10 I had unprotected sex on November 13 and November 17 I’ve been having constant heartburn I’ve been so tired I feel like I’m going to start my period again I’ve been discharging now for over two weeks after my period can I possibly be pregnant

  • This was actually really helpful! I have the really thick white stuff, and I was worried it meant something was wrong. Glad to know that it’s fairly normal, AND makes fertilization more difficult (I don’t want kids, so something like that is good news).

  • Hello my name jasmine I Ben on the pills for almost two months ani miss a lot of them then I took a ovulation test an it had to lines on it then a couple of days watery stuff then cramps an then thick white creamy stuff come out of me it hurt when I lay on my stomach an I’m sleep all this the day can I be pregnant

    • I’m not sure if you ever took a pregnancy test as it’s now February, however the two lines on the ovulation test means you were about to or already ovulating, and the watery fluid/cramps are both signs of ovulation. Which just means you’re highly fertile/likely to become pregnant if you have unprotected sex (if you are not taking the pill as directed). And while fatigue is a sign of pregnancy you likely wouldn’t feel tired all the time due to pregnancy if you’re ovulating since you only ovulate if you aren’t pregnant. And fatigue usually sets in a few weeks into pregnancy. Hurting while you lay in your stomach is not a sign of pregnancy typically, unless you are several months into a pregnancy.

  • Me and my boyfriend are trying to have a baby and i had sex on my fertile days and we done it twice on separate days and my ovulation was just a few days ahead and right now its been 4 days and i noticed a white discharge today and i waa wondering maybe if it could be a pregnant discharge. And im hoping that i am pregnant. I know its too early to determine.

  • Okay , me and my boyfriend did it for almost two weeks straight and when I came home I had white discharge for a few days then it changed to milky brown discharge and for the last week now it’s got a little darker and now I see blood when I wiped it’s not period heavy but I think its implantation bleeding ! Idk can someone give me and idea I think I might be pregnant? Help !!!

  • Think I Might Be Pregnant!

    Naesia

    I Was On It For 5 Years, I Been Off Of Depo For 7 Months Now. I Had A Regular Period Finally For A Full Week Which Started On The 31 Of December And Last Till Like A Week… I Had Unprotected Sex On Jan 20th & Its Been A Week No Period Only Pink Discharge In The Week On And Off Especially In The Beginning After I Had Sex. A Week I Was Feeling Naesious, I Take Naps And I Dont Usually Do That, Nipples Are Heavy And Saggy, My Circle Apart Of My Nipples Are Big lol, A Lit Bit Of Soreness, Eating More, Headaches, Strong Smells, Real Bloated Still A Little Bloated, Stuffy Nose With Cold Symptom Such As Sneezing. No Period But Cramps That Week , I Had Light And Coughing , Cramps Sometimes And Back ache. Bleeding For 3 Days Barely Any Cramps. After 3 Days Im Having Pink Discharge Agian And Liquid Discharge Like A Light White Liquid. Could I Be Pregnant? I Aslo Schedule And Appointment On The 8th. Thanks For Your Help.

  • Hello,me and my husband have been trying for our secong child,i had my period on january 10 to the 14th of 2017,and we had sex on the 26th my fertile wondow and then had sex 1 and 2nd,and on the 8th i had what was barely some hrown spotting on my panties and now its the 10th and i havent had any since and i feel fine could that be implabtation bleeding

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