The most of the time during your menstrual cycle, you can expect sticky and thick vaginal discharge which keeps your reproductive system healthy by removing bacteria. It secures your uterus from any severe infection. If you pay close attention to your reproductive cycle, you will find that the discharge changes throughout the month. These changes occur in phases.
One of them is an ovulatory phase when your secretion begins to be more clear and jelly-like. You don’t need to be concerned when you notice this type of mucus. On the contrary, it is an indicator of ovulation and can help you to predict the most fertile period. If you have sex around this time, jelly-like secretion will help sperm cells on their way through to fertilize an egg.
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What Does Jelly Discharge Look Like?
During your ovulation, you will probably experience clear gel-like secretion which experts usually describe as the jelly-like discharge. It is thicker than usual, often clear or a very light, white color. In fact, somehow it looks like an egg white, and you will notice that the thickness of the discharge will increase before your period every single month.
I want to tell you one more thing. You need to make a difference between arousal fluid and your secretion during ovulation. Both of them appear somewhat similar, but arousal fluid dries up within an hour, and jelly-like discharge stays damp for an extended period.
Every jelly-like discharge that is not tinged with blood is almost always regular. You need to pay attention if the secretion is constant or if there are any unusual changes in its odor, texture, or color, which can be a sign of an infection or other severe medical conditions. The fact is that every vagina is different. You need to discover what normal discharge is like for you, and to react on time if anything unfamiliar occurs.
How to Check Discharge to Determine Ovulation?
Ovulation usually happens around 14th day of your menstrual cycle when your body releases a fertile egg of this particular month. During these three days before ovulation and a day after it, you can quickly get pregnant.
As you already know, you have small glands in your vagina and cervix which make small amounts of fluid during your menstrual cycle. This secretion expels from your vagina and looks different depending on the period of the month. At the same time, it keeps your reproductive system clean and healthy by ejecting dead cells and bacteria from your vagina.
The consistency of your secretion will vary throughout your cycle. You can clearly notice that your cervical mucus goes through different cycles including:
- Dryness (after a period)
- Creamy discharge
- Watery secretion
- Jelly-like discharge (clear or white)
- The final thick release before your period
Estrogen is the critical factor which causes these changes of women’s release. Every month, the Estrogen level hits its peak during your ovulation and begins to decline soon after. When the discharge is thick, it helps sperm to traverse and enter the vaginal canal. But, when the secretion has a jelly-like texture, it allows a higher probability of fertilization. Its role is to make sperm moves easier.
Try to notice all these changing during the month, and it will help you know when intercourse will give the best result. The point is to have sex before ovulation if you want to have a baby. That means that the ideal time for conceiving is when your secretion is watery or jelly-like discharge (during the 3rd and 4th stages).
If you want to know what kind of mucus you have in the particular moment, you need to examine your discharge very quickly. The right time for fertilization is when you can stretch up the mucus to a few inches between your fingers. Try to do it using a few simple steps:
- Start with washing your hands (to prevent bacteria from entering the cervix)
- Wipe your hands thoroughly (to avoid changing the consistency or color of the discharge)
- Find a position which will make the insertion easier (squat, lay on back, or sit on a toilet, for example)
- Put your middle finger into your vagina and take some mucus
- Examine your mucus
Different types of your mucus consistency will pretty merely and reliably help you determine the stage of your cycle:
- You don’t ovulate if your mucus is scant and sticky.
- When you are close to the moment of ovulation, your mucus will begin to be creamy.
- If you want to get a baby, you should enjoy more sex when your mucus is wet, watery, and a little bit stretchy. For a day or two, you will ovulate, and it is a right time for you to try to conceive.
- You are fertile for sure when you notice jelly-like discharge which extends about an inch between two fingers. Ovulation is on its way, and you have high chances to get pregnant in this period.
When the mucus is stretchy and viscous, it helps the sperm survive in the cervix and swim more in-depth into the uterus in an attempt to fertilize the egg. It is a very consistent occurrence which repeats every month and makes a determination of ovulation very easy and precise.
Here are a couple of useful ideas to know precisely when every change occurs:
- You can chart your discharge and every variation of your mucus.
- Examine your discharge until the moment your period ends, and write down your findings.
- Use the method described above for examining your secretion.
- Try to write down your daily results in detail and continue until your next period begins.
This examination will give you personal references about discharge based on your own cycle. When the secretion starts to be more watery around ‘day 8’ into your period, it is the moment you should enjoy more sex around the same day next month, and it will increase your chances to get pregnant.
Even though ovulation usually occurs 12 to 14 days before an average period begins, some women don’t have a standard 28-day cycle. It can skew your results. If you want to track your discharge and menstrual cycle accurately, this is a way to get a better chance to follow your cycle and choose an adequate moment to get pregnant.
One more thing! You should avoid the common mistake! You shouldn’t begin with counting when your period is finished. Counting always starts on the first day of your period.
Jelly-Like Vaginal Discharge While You Are Pregnant
Your ovulation is not the only period when you can notice a jelly-like discharge. Well, it depends on Estrogen. During pregnancy, the level of this hormone reaches an all-time peak. At the same time, there is an increase in the flow of blood in your pelvic region. Both phenomena encourage mucus glands in your cervix, and they begin to function more intensely during this period. The result is that glands produce increasing amount of the jelly-like mucus.
While you are pregnant, there are many dead cells in your cervix and vagina. They are a part of the natural aging process of the cells, and the secretion helps your body to get rid of it. As long as your secretion is not greenish or grayish or doesn’t look a bit like cottage cheese, there is no reason to worry.
In fact, it is not unusual during your third trimester to notice that your vaginal release has a jelly-like consistency. It can occur in the last days or weeks of your pregnancy term when your mucus plug is discharged from your vagina. This plug protects your baby from bacteria and other substances which could reach into your uterus during pregnancy.
After you cross the 36th week of your pregnancy, this plug will begin to loosen up, and it will come out of your vagina at the moment when you are ready for the birth. The result will be a sudden occurrence of jelly-like discharge.
Sometimes, the mucus plug will come out all at once like a bloody lump. In some other cases, it may come out slowly like a thick jelly-like substance. There is no explanation for why this happens in such different ways.
Clear jelly-like discharge is good for your reproductive system. Its occurrence is a sign that Estrogen works in your body to produce a highly fertile environment so you can conceive a baby. If you accurately track and monitor your own discharge, you can use this phenomenon to enhance your chances of getting pregnant.
In a regular cycle, the discharge changes in consistency and even color. If you have jelly-like discharge during all your period, it may be a sign of a medical issue, and you need to consult with your gynecologist.