Cervical Mucus Before Period

Throughout your monthly cycle, the cervical mucus in your vagina will change. Right before your period, the cervical music will be different than it is at the end. This does not mean that anything is wrong with you; it is completely natural for things to change throughout the month. Even beyond monthly changes, it is also normal for there to be a variation between different women. Each woman may have a different cycle length, fluid discharge and symptoms. Often, younger girls will even have cervical mucus begin to discharge for several years before their period actually begins.

Although it may be weird to think about, cervical mucus can actually be a practical thing to track. This will help you to know when you are about to have your period once you get used to tracking it. In addition, tracking your cervical mucus over a period of a few months will help you figure out when you are most or least likely to become pregnant.

What Happens to Cervical Mucus Right Before Your Period

Your body will normally produce cervical mucus throughout the month, but it will produce the most right before your period against. Mucus levels normally peak about five days before your period, and it will appear clear and thin. During this time, it will be fairly elastic. If you were to have the mucus between your fingers, it would stretch easily. Basically, the thickness, clear color and the texture of the cervical mucus are all signs that your period is about to begin. This occurs because a boost of estrogen right before your period signals glands in your body to release extra mucus.

Your body is designed to help you get pregnant, whether you want it to happen or not. When your body is at the peak level of fertilization, it will produce mucus that contains extra acid. This acid essentially provides an extra layer of protection for the sperm, and your body temperature increases for this reason as well. Right before ovulation, your body will boost acidity and temperature for the best environment for the sperm. During ovulation and right beforehand, you are at your peak fertility. If you were to have unprotected sex at this time, the sperm would be able to easily move through your body and fertilize the egg.

The Stages of Cervical Mucus Production

Before your period and at various points throughout the month, your cervical mucus production will change. Immediately before your period starts, cervical mucus may dry up in preparation for your menstrual cycle.

Stage One: Immediately after your menstrual cycle ends, it is quite normal to be dry. Basically, there are a few days where your body is gearing up for the transition from your period to normal. During this time, cervical mucus will disappear, and you are unlikely to become pregnant. You should still practice safe sex, however, because the presence of sperm in your body can actually stimulate your body to release an egg if it is close enough to your normal ovulation day.

Stage Two: As you enter the second stage of your cycle, your cervical mucus will start to increase in quantity. It will most likely feel sticky at this point, and this indicates that ovulation has not occurred. Before long, this situation will change as your body prepares to ovulate in another week.

Stage Three: During the third stage of the month, you will notice a marked increase in cervical mucus. It will appear cloudy and may appear on your underwear when you go to the bathroom. This stage is extremely important because it means that you will ovulate within the next couple of days. If your goal is to avoid pregnancy, this is the worst time to have unprotected sex because you are extremely likely to get pregnant. By tracking your cervical mucus, you will have a better idea of when you can and cannot get pregnant.

Stage Four: If you have a 28-day cycle, then day 14 is normally the time when you will ovulate. At this point, cervical mucus will increase even more and it will look similar to egg whites. It will feel elastic, clear and have the consistency of egg whites. Basically, your body is trying to create the perfect environment for a pregnancy. This stage takes about three days, and it is when you are at your peak fertility. If you are trying to get pregnant, this is the time to schedule a date night with your partner. Your body has made the right acidity and lubrication for the sperm to reach the egg, so you are ready to get pregnant if you want to.

Throughout your menstrual cycle, your cervical mucus can change drastically. By tracking your cervical mucus, you can know exactly how fertile your body is and be prepared for your upcoming period. If you do not plan on having children however, you should continue to use protection so that you do not end up pregnant.



Cervical Mucus Right Before Your Period

As a general rule of thumb, you can assume that you are near your most fertile when watery, lubricated cervical mucus is present. Creamy cervical mucus is thick and may stop sperm from entering the cervix, so you have a lower chance of getting pregnant during this time. Sticky cervical mucus is known for being the least conducive to pregnancy. During this time, your cervical mucus may have a pasty, chunky texture that makes it harder for sperm to enter your cervix.

You are at your highest level of fertility during the month when you have egg white cervical mucus. This is the best acidity for sperm, and the higher heat in your body makes it easier for sperm to swim to the egg. During this time, cervical mucus can be stretched without breaking and will seem elastic. Spend a few months learning to track the differences between the different types of cervical mucus so that you are able to tell your fertility level at a glance.


26 COMMENTS

  1. So it is normal too have fertile looking discharge 5 days before expected period? I have never had eggy discharge this close too my period. Only 14 days in my cycle for ovulation. So could this be an early pregnancy sighn for me? It is stretchy too.

    • This can sometimes happen. While your ovulation should be in the middle of the cycle, it can vary from month to month. In some cases, women have even ovulated twice in an abnormal month. You can take a pregnancy test in another week to be sure since there is no way to know yet if you are pregnant or not. Good luck, Amanda Joint!

  2. Period ended on 3/3/17 started on 2/27/2017 had sex on 3/5/2017 condom broke took plan b on 3/5/2017 bled again on 3/7/2017 until 3/11/2017 then breast got sore on 3/11/2017 until now . Period due by end of March could I be pregnant.. i have taken several test and mind crazy bc they say negative. Will my period come on time or late

    • Taking plan B is very good at preventing a pregnancy, but it can also mess with your cycle in the following month. You are most likely not pregnant. The irregular cycle is probably just due to taking emergency contraception. In another week or two, you should be able to get a more accurate result on a pregnancy test–and I would take one just to be certain.

  3. The first day of my cycle a big ball of mucus and blood came out of me. I had my reagular cycle which started 3/7/17 and ended it’s normal for days but every since it ended 3/11/17 my breast have been extremely sore I’ve been having morning sickness all day and vomiting very fatigued/sleep & groggy. Is it possible for me to be pregnant 3/19/17

    • You will want to continue to monitor the experiences that you are having. If the blood that came out of you was highly unusual, then you may want to make an appointment with a medical professional at this time. If your experiences diminish in intensity, then keep note of these experiences for future reference. It is possible for you to become pregnant. Best of luck, Mz!

  4. Hello ive had irregular periods for the last couple months since i got ny iud out. My last period was February 8th-12th, on the 20th i had some light pink discharge along with creamy cervical mucus when i wiped which lasted for 2 days. I have yet to have a period this month. Could that have been implantation bleeding. I also have random pain during sex depending on the postion. Ive taken two pregnancy tests that both came back negative. Could i still be pregnant?

    • It is possible that you are pregnant and have been experiencing signs of pregnancy. Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having for additional signs of pregnancy. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Confirm the result of your test with a medical professional. Best of luck, Mel!

  5. Am I pregnant? My period was 2/18 ovulation day was 3/4 and for the past 2 weeks I’ve been having belt cramps, a little nauseous and bloated. My period is due 3/17-3/18

      • It is possible that you are pregnant. Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having for additional signs of pregnancy. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Conir your result with a medical professional. Best of luck, Iesha!

    • It is possible that you are pregnant. Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having for additional signs of pregnancy. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Conir your result with a medical professional. Best of luck, Iesha!

  6. Hi, I haven’t had not one bit of cervical mucus 7 days before my due period, though I have been experiencing sensitive breasts and slight cramps 7 days before due period.
    Today my periods are due and still no sign of periods and still no cervical mucus. I also tested negative today with my home pregnancy test.
    Is there still a chance that I might be pregnant?

    • If it is possible that you are pregnant, then you may be pregnant. Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having for additional signs of pregnancy. Take a pregnancy five days after your normal period date. You can confirm your result with a medical professional. Have a great day, MR!

    • My husband was away when it was my fertile days. So we didnt have sex till day 18 of my 28 day cycle. Im guessing that is too late to have conceived this month.

      • It might be too late, but not necessarily. While you normally ovulate in the middle of your cycle, this can change based on lifestyle factors, stress and other things. While you are less likely to have conceived this last month, it is still possible if you ovulated later than expected.

  7. I have 37 day cycles like clock work, and ibs before period actually starts. My lmp was 02/09/17 and I took a cb digital ovulation test on the day I was supposed to ovulate and it came back positive so me and Hubby did the deed all week leading to ovulation date and a week after. Now in the tww since 2dpo no lie I have been getting thick creAmy white cm with no itching or burning or smell and no pain during sex so much of it too! 8dpo my inside vagina walls are so tight and very wet soft and squishy up there ( Hubby told me I felt different than normal) that its hard to put my finger inside to check my cm from mother mouth.but now that I’m 6 days away from my next expected period and the cm is disappearing I took 2 hpt and both separate times negative results. Could I be pregnant and are testing to early . Based on the due date calculator I should be 4weeks and 3days today but negative test results….. I’m so bummed 😔

    • It is possible that you are pregnant and that you have been testing early. Continue to monitor your experiences for pregnancy symptoms. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Confirm the result of your test with a medical professional. Best of luck, Amelia!

  8. Hi I had unprotective sex on my ovulation week.. The first day of my ovulation week and I want to know my chance on being pregnant.

    • If you have unprotected sex during your ovulation week, then you likely will become pregnant. It is possible that you will not become pregnant. Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having for signs of pregnancy. Take a pregnancy test five days after your period date. Confirm the result of your test with a medical professional. Have a great day, Laura!

  9. I’ve been having golden brown mucus for the past week or so and my period was supposed to come yesterday. Not quite sure what that means but I haven’t had penetrative sex recently so I highly doubt that I could be pregnant.

    • Brown mucus is generally caused by blood that has remained in the body for longer and blends with your normal cervical mucus. Even if you have never experienced this before, it is actually a fairly normal symptom to have. You are most likely not pregnant. Your cycle may just be slightly off this month, and some menstrual blood may have remained from your last cycle. You can always take a pregnancy test if you are still concerned, but you are most likely not pregnant.

  10. Hi I had sex through my fertile window feb 20-25 but after wards I noticed a creamy white discharge everyday what does that mean supposedly I’m suppose to get my period this Friday also how should females cervical fluid look before there period

    • The discharge that you are experiencing often is visible when you are ovulating. It is likely not reflective of whether or not you are pregnant. If you believe that you are pregnant, which is certainly possible, then monitor your experiences for signs of pregnancy. Take a pregnancy test five days after your period and confirm the result with a medical professional. Best of luck, Keaira!

    • It is normal for your cervical mucus to change throughout the month, so this may just be due to that. Until you miss your period, you will not be able to take a pregnancy test to find out if it could be pregnancy related. For the moment, wait, keep trying to conceive and hope that this month is your lucky month.

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