Cervical Mucus and Implantation Discharge

Cervical mucus is normally expelled from the body throughout your menstrual cycle. The timing of your menstrual cycle determines the type of cervical mucus that is discharged. Before ovulation, during ovulation and after ovulation all have different types of mucus. In addition, women often have different types of cervical mucus when they have recently experienced implantation. To find out whether you are pregnant, you can check for implantation discharge.

What Is Cervical Mucus?

Cervical mucus is normally released by the body everyday. If you are a woman past pubescence, then you most likely have had cervical mucus released. Normally, cervical mucus changes based on the part of your cycle that you are in. These stages include:

Creamy Cervical Mucus: The discharge is thick and overly creamy. Due to its thickness, it can actually stop sperm from moving into the cervix.
Egg White Cervical Mucus: For this type of cervical mucus, women will notices that the discharge looks like the clearish-white color of egg whites. If you hold it between your fingers, it can be stretched for an inch or two without breaking. When you have egg white cervical mucus, you are at your most fertile level.
Sticky Cervical Mucus: You are at your least fertile when you have this type of cervical mucus. The texture will feel sticky, chunky or past-like.
Watery Cervical Mucus: Watery cervical mucus happens right before it turns to the egg white color. This means that you are about to have your most fertile time of the month. Since sperm can live for up to five days in the female body, this is a good time to start having sex if you are trying to get pregnant.

Every woman’s body chemistry is different, so do not panic if you do not have all of these types of cervical mucus every month. Cervical mucus changes throughout the menstrual cycle and helps to lubricate the birth canal prior to giving birth. If your estrogen levels vary, it can cause very little or no mucus to be produced at all. Do not worry about it—although you can always talk to your doctor if you are still concerned.

You should only worry about your cervical mucus if it stops being clear or white in color. Reddish or brown cervical mucus can be an indication that period blood was retained by your body and released too late. When this happens, you should visit your doctor to make sure that there is not a health problem causing this delayed release.

Cervical Mucus and Implantation Discharge

Cervical mucus can change after implantation. During implantation, the sperm fertilizes the egg. Within 6 to 12 days, the egg implants itself on the uterine wall and remains there as it grows over the next nine months. At this time period, women may experience some bleeding, but it will be very light.

Implantation bleeding is actually one of the first signs of pregnancy, but only one-third of women will actually experience it. You may notice spotting or light bleeding during a time when you normally would not have your period. Implantation bleeding will only last a few hours—at most, it will last two days. It will be extremely light and may be a lighter pink or brown color.

For the two-thirds of women who do not experience implantation bleeding, their vaginal mucus discharge will change. The amount of mucus will increase to levels that normally occur when you are ovulating. At this time, your mucus will be about 98 percent water and more viscid. The body is trying to provide mucus to protect the egg, and it does not need sperm to flow into the body. Since your body is already pregnant, implantation mucus is designed to protect the egg and keep harmful bacteria from entering the uterus. Every woman is different though, so your personal experience may vary.



Discharge Following Conception

Conception occurs after sexual discharge. Normally, it takes place within 24 hours of ovulation. The first discharge that appears after conception will contain sperm and mucus, which means that it is not a good indication of conception.

Once the sperm has fully left the body, your cervical mucus will change. It will become semi-transparent in color and increase significantly. While most women will experience these changes, it does not always happen for every woman. The most important thing to watch for is the consistency and color. If the consistency or color is abnormal, there may be a problem.

What Does Cervical Discharge Look Like During Pregnant?

A white discharge following ovulation is generally a good indicator that you are pregnant. Your body is starting to create the hormones that are needed to grow a healthy baby and have a good pregnancy. While these changes are primarily intended to help the baby grow, they will also change your hormones.

In the body, the placenta is the main location for creating pregnancy hormones. Your progesterone and estrogen levels begin increasing right after you become pregnant. While you may not be aware of your pregnancy, your body knows and is preparing to take care of a baby. As your estrogen levels rise, it will cause a milky white discharge during the first couple of weeks of the pregnancy. White, thick discharge is normally seen at the end of your cycle as well, so be careful not to confuse these two types of discharge.

If you are using your CM discharge to track ovulation, you have to be careful not to confuse end-of-cycle discharge with discharge following conception. If the discharge is itchy, thick and white, it could be a sign of a yeast infection. There should not be any itchiness following conception, so talk to your doctor if you have this symptom.

Discharge During Your Ovulation

During ovulation, you will have cervical mucus that is clearer than at any other time of the month. It becomes watery to make it easier for sperm to travel up the cervix and to the egg. The added elasticity also allow the sperm to flow through the cervix without getting stuck.

Ovulation typically occurs about 14 days after your menstrual period started last. Discharge will be at its highest level, and it may look like small ropes or strands.

Discharge Following Your Ovulation

Do not assume that you are pregnant just because you have discharge after ovulation. The cervix does not dry up right away, and your estrogen levels will determine how much cervical mucus is produced by your body. If implantation has occurred, discharge will remain.

If you have conceived, your body will ramp up estrogen and progesterone production. You can see if this is occurring by monitoring the appearance and texture of your cervical mucus. If you regularly track your cervical mucus, you will quickly start to learn what is normal at different times of the month. After you have had intercourse, check the cervical mucus and then wait a few days before checking again to see if the thick white discharge is still present.

Your cervical mucus can tell you a lot about whether you are pregnant and your menstrual cycle. While tracking cervical mucus can help, it is not completely accurate in predicting a pregnancy or ovulation. If you think that you may be pregnant, take a pregnancy test on the day after your menstrual cycle should have started.


28 COMMENTS

  1. 5 weeks pregnant with twins. I have all the normal pregnancy signs. But I started to have spotting today with really watery cm. Not alot only when I wipe but the cm is very wet and feels like I am leaking but nothing till I wipe. I am very worried. Cervix is high, soft & closed. I made appt to see md tomorrow but trying to calm myself until see the md.

    • Continue to monitor your experiences. You have explained no signs of problems with your pregnancy. That said, it is best that you have made an appointment with a medical professional. Reduce stress in your life at this time. Best of luck, Dawn!

  2. Hi Im 2 days past what was suppose to be my ovulation going by a period tracker and have heavy discarge with lots of pink mixed in with it only once and it went away. What could this be?

    • Some women actually experience slight spotting when they ovulate, so it could be due to that. Breakthrough spotting can also happen at random or do to hormonal changes, so that is another possibility. For the moment, I would just wait for your period to start and take a pregnancy test if it does not. If you experience any other symptoms–like heavy bleeding or severe pain–, then go to your doctor right away.

  3. Me and my boyfriend had have intercourse multiple times this week and last . resulting in him ejaculating in me… I have experienced sore boobs, light cramps, different discharge, lower back aches and a feeling I’ve had to throw up. So as I went to the bathroom. I wiped and when I lifted the toilet paper there was light blood and discharge. I disposed that one wiped again and and there was a little bit . and a day or two before in my discharge the first time I wiped there was a speck of brown in it.

    • It could be implantation bleeding. Some of your symptoms are also similar to PMS though, so you might not be pregnant. The only thing that you can do right now is wait for when your period was supposed to start and take a pregnancy test. In the interim, take care of your body and avoid drinking just in case you are pregnant. You may have just had breakthrough spotting, but it could have been implantation bleeding.

  4. I have had thick, rope-like discharge for about a month and a half. I went to OBGYN and they said I had no infections and no STDs. I do not think I am pregnant as I am 35 and have never been pregnant. I want children. But, my question is, What could be causing this? Mandy

    • You may want to speak with a medical professional about your concerns. It could be excessive discharge, but it probably is not something that is a major medical concern. Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having. Best of luck, Mandy!

  5. I am led to believe that ovulation occurred around 2/14 based on a urine LH predictor, and because I felt a few slightly strong twinges on my left ovary around the same time. I have been having very mild (I wouldn’t dare call it pain) yet very consistent cramps on one side of my uterus in the days since, and I noticed an uptick in thicker white cervical mucus today. I recently stopped taking birth control in recent months and haven’t had a “regular” cycle since. And my last period started on 1/20, so I really don’t know when my next period would start to know if it’s a good time to test for pregnancy or not; is it worth waiting it out to see if a period comes prior to testing for pregnancy? I’ve struggled with ovarian cysts so I’m very in-tune to the feelings associated with them being present and after bursting, and none of what I’m feeling now resembles another cyst.

    • You may be experiencing cramps due to the cysts. You may be experiencing cramps because of your previous use of birth control. You may be pregnant or you may be having an unusual period. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. You can confirm this test with a medical professional. Best of luck, Heather!

  6. 14dpo, watery cm, not tons tho. Period was supposed to start today but didn’t. I took a hpt yesterday with FMU and not sure if it was positive or evap line. Not having symptoms of anything…really. Sore boob are normal for me. And so is a back ache so I can’t go by those. Think I might still be pregnant or is it possible I didn’t ovulate this month?

    • It is possible that you are pregnant. Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having or additional signs of pregnancy. You will want to take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Confirm the results of your test with a medical professional. Best of luck, SC!

  7. Im 9 days past ovulation. Experiencing ALOT of clear discharge ive never seen before. So much that it flowed from my body. Had a taste of cold metal spoons in my mouth since last thursday and weird twinges in my uterus as well as what seems like being overly tired and napping in the middle of the day. Im two days away from a possible aunt flow visit. Could i be pregnant?

    • It is possible that you are experiencing signs of pregnancy. Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having as you move forward. If you want to take a pregnancy test, then take one five days after your normal period date. You can confirm the results with a medical professional. Best of luck, Greb!

  8. 10 days post insemination, feeling really yucky. Tender breasts, clear discharge, bloating. I experienced some light spotting about 5 days ago as well as cramping.what does this mean?

    • You are likely experiencing signs of pregnancy. You may have experienced implantation bleeding. Continue to monitor your experiences for other pregnancy symptoms. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Confirm the findings of your test with a medical professional. Best of luck, Nicole!

  9. I’m 73 days late today I have been late befor I took a preg test and there was a pin line and a dark line I hAve been having what feels like presure in my ovarries on both sides what should I do

    • If you are 73 days late, then you need to speak with a doctor. You should have spoken to a doctor months ago. Make an appointment immediately.

  10. I am 10 dpo. I have been feeling waves of nausea, but not throwing up. I have whitish cm as well as watery cm. The other day I had a horrible headache. Feel squeamish at times. My last pregnancy was 10 years ago. Feel out of the loop!! 7 days until my next period is due. What are your thoughts??

    • Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having. You may be having unusual symptoms for your period, or you may be experiencing signs of pregnancy. If you miss your period by five days, then take a pregnancy test at that time. For now, reduce stress in your life and remain positive. Best of luck, Melissa!

  11. I have been having lower back and pelvic pain which has made me think I may have conceived but it would have been from 7-9 days ago when I ovulated. Is it possible for the pain to start that soon as well as I have noticed a change to my cd but as I’m still learning to track that monthly I am not sure if I am just overly excited

    • You may be experiencing signs of pregnancy. Continue to monitor your experiences for other pregnancy symptoms. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. You can confirm the results of your test with a medical professional. Best of luck, Tina!

  12. Last night, I had some twinging type pain on my lower left side of my abdomen, below the belly button. A few minutes later I went to the bathroom and noticed light pink spotting. My period isn’t due for 2-3 more days, but I haven’t noticed any cervical mucus. If I had implantation bleeding, would I be experiencing an increase in CM at this point or is it still too soon?

    • It is certainly possible that you were experiencing implantation bleeding. It would be wise to continue to monitor the experiences that you are having for pregnancy symptoms. Take a pregnancy test five days after your period, and you will be able to confirm the results of the test with a doctor. Best of luck, Michelle!

  13. its been 6 dpo and 9 days before my flow, and two days after ovulation I’ve been having pains in my lower abdomen,lower back and today I started having a whitish discharge and I noticed a lot wetness on ma panties like I peed on it (which I didn’t), my question is… is it possible that all these are still PMS or is it possibly pregnancy

    • It is possible that you are pregnant. You may be experiencing signs of pregnancy. Continue to monitor your symptoms for additional signs of pregnancy. You may want to take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. You will be able to confirm these findings with a medical professional. Best of luck, Nimssy!

  14. I had sex 2 days before my period was supposed to start and all that got in was precum but he did go 2 rounds so I know sperm was probably in the precum but I ovulated 2 weeks before because I remember seeing my CM and the CM wasn’t fertile as well as my cervix was hard few days a few days before on the day of sex though my cervix did seem to be a little softer but my CM was still infertile kind of like a tacky clear that didn’t stretch and had some white clouds i it but my period is now 6 days late could I be pregnant?

    • Cervical mucus can neither be fertile nor infertile. Precum has the potential to cause pregnancy, though it is unlikely. It is possible that you are pregnant. Continue to monitor your experiences for signs of pregnancy. If you find that you miss your period, then take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Best of luck, Lizzy!

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