Changes in cervical mucus tell a lot about what’s happening in your reproductive system. It is even helpful in tracking down your fertilize days and assists the sperm to meet the egg.
If you have been planning to get pregnant then noticing the changes in the cervical mucus helps to determine implantation (an early symptom of pregnancy). In this article, let me explain role of cervical mucus in conception and how it changes after implantation in detail…
The Role of Cervical Mucus in Conception
Cervical mucus has an important role in conception without which the sperm may not be able to meet the egg. It is made of water, sugars, proteins and electrolytes which develops a safe environment for sperm transportation.
Apart from that, you can also identify the fertile of ovulation days by looking at your cervical mucus. To know that you have to understand changes of cervical mucus that occur at different stages of menstrual cycle.
The hormone estrogen is responsible for the cervical mucus production. As estrogen production changes in different phases, the cervical mucus also changes its texture and consistency. If you are not producing enough then you will have issues in conceiving. Low level of cervical mucus also indicates dehydration. If you are concerned about less production of cervical mucus then it is better to consult a gynecologist.
Changes of Cervical Mucus at Different Phases of Menstrual Cycle
With the information provided below, you can understand your cycle in a better way using the cervical mucus. If you are trying for a baby then this guides in planning the right way…
- Menstruation Days: First day of your period is considered as start of the menstrual cycle. Because of the bleeding, you will not be able to check the cervical mucus.
- After Menstruation Phase: At this stage, you can insert two fingers into the vagina and check for the mucus. Initially, you may feel it to be dry but if you check it daily then a slow increase of cervical mucus can be observed.
- Few days Before Ovulation: When you are approaching the ovulation period, you will observe a slight increase in the ovulation. Usually, it will be watery and even creamy. If you swipe a tissue from back to forth of the vagina, you can observe it. If you observe your cervix then it will be soft and moving high.
- Right Before Ovulation Phase: In this phase, the cervical mucus increases. It will be stretchy and similar to the consistency of raw egg white. This phase is considered to be the most fertile period of a menstrual cycle.
- If Conception Takes Place: White or clear creamy mucus can be observed after implantation. But some women it can also be mixed with some blood which can give the mucus a hint of brown or pink color. Mucus production during this phase increases, as it has to block up the entrance to the cervix to prevent harmful bacteria from getting in. Some women may not observe this increase but they can still be pregnant.
- After Ovulation Completes: If your egg is not fertilized then the cervical mucus will slowly reduce from being sticky, watery and end up dry until your next menstrual cycle starts.
How Does Cervical Mucus Look Like After Implantation?
After implantation, the cervical mucus can be either pink or brown because it may contain a small amount of blood in it. An increase in the cervical mucus is also observed after the implantation takes place. However, the conditions may differ from one woman to another. In some cases, the color of blood can be so light that it can go unnoticed.
What Changes in Cervical Mucus Occur After Implantation?
Once the egg attaches itself into the endometrial lining which we refer to as implantation, our reproductive hormones undergo a lot of changes. The progesterone starts to regulate endocrine system and lead the pregnancy by swelling the cervix and increasing the blood flow to it. Apart from that, it enlarges the cervical glands and stimulates more cervical fluid.
After a few days of implantation, the pharynx will get clogged by the thick mucus developed to protect the fetus. Due to the hormonal changes in the first trimester, the cervical mucus will be less but thick.
As the mucus will less, you should be concerned about the infections in the vagina. Some of the common symptoms you will notice in the initial weeks of pregnancy are:
- Presence of blood stains in the discharge.
- Yellow, green or dim-grey colored vaginal discharge.
- Discharge accompanied by itching sensation.
- Unpleasant smell from vagina.
If you are experiencing any of these during the first trimester then consult for a medical help immediately as they indicate an infection.
Normal vaginal discharge after implantation will be transparent, normal consistency and not so smelly. It is better to maintain proper hygiene during the initial weeks of pregnancy to avoid infections.
How to Check Cervical Mucus?
Monitoring cervical mucus changes after implantation will help to figure out what’s happening in your reproductive system. If you are interested in checking out the mucus changes then we recommend you to start it from the first day after the bleeding stops (end of menstrual period). As you will be bleeding in these days, you will not be able to check on the cervical mucus.
You have to check the consistency, color and appearance of cervical mucus at least 2 times in a day because they change according to the hormones produced. Here’s how you have to do it…
- Wash your hands thoroughly and let them completely dry.
- Insert the fingers carefully into the vagina and pull out.
- Observe the mucus on the finger for thickness and color.
If you don’t like inserting fingers into your vagina then you can use a tissue paper. Just swipe the tissue paper from back to front in order to collect the sample. The disadvantage of this method is that you can only observe the mucus color but not its consistency.
You can also use kegel exercises to force out the cervical mucus and collect it for observation. You can follow any method based on your convenience.
Some Frequently Asked Questions
1. I had an unprotected sex recently. How will my cervical mucus look like after ovulation if I am pregnant?
During the implantation, you may observe pink or brown discharge. However, for some women they may experience milky white and thin discharge. As pregnancy progresses, you will be observing an increase in the amount of white discharge.
2. What does thick white cervical mucus mean after ovulation?
The thick cervical mucus after ovulation states that your fertile days are completed. If the discharge is excessive and white in color then it can indicate a conception. If the discharge is itchy, smelly, yellow or green in color then it indicates an infection. It is better to consult a doctor of you are observing any unusual changes in the cervical mucus.
3. How does cervical mucus look like in early weeks of pregnancy?
Most of the women get confused between PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome) discharge and early pregnancy discharge. Usually, during early pregnancy the discharge will be milky white in color. During PMS, the discharge can also be in white color. So, it is better not to depend on the cervical mucus alone. Rule out other early pregnancy symptoms as well.
4. I have a watery discharge after ovulation. What does that mean?
A watery discharge before and after ovulation is pretty common. This type of discharge helps to flush out the dead cells in the vagina. If the discharge is itchy or has a foul smell then visit a doctor immediately.
5. How does cervical mucus before period look like?
White discharge before period is pretty normal and it can either state pregnancy or commencement of period. If you are seeing a cottage discharge then it can indicate a yeast infection. So, better consult a doctor to know the treatment.
If you are trying to conceive then cervical mucus can be helpful in understanding whether implantation has taken place or what your fertile days are. It can be helpful to know if there is something abnormal or a hormonal imbalance. So, every woman should closely watch their cervical changes during the menstrual cycles.
If you have any questions regarding implantation or cervical mucus changes then write to us in the comment section below. We will reply to them as soon as possible.