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.

132 COMMENTS

  1. Hi i have regular periods but now im 3 days late. I was dry, then had thin cm,followed by thick gel like cm, then dry and now thick cm again. My boobs are very sore which never happens and ive been cramping for 2 weeks. I have been stressing and have taken 3 tests which have been negative. I also had a serum hcg on day 24 thats was neg. Is it possible i didnt ovulate at all, pcos maybe?

    • You may be experiencing an unusual period. If it is possible that you are pregnant, then monitor your symptoms for signs of pregnancy. Take a pregnancy test in two days. Confirm the result of the test with a medical professional. Best of luck, Jazmin!

  2. Hi im ttc for two months now so ive been tracking my cm last month i had loads of cm ten days before my period didnt even need to wipe to see it.lasted For four days this month i had the same creamy cm 1 dpo lasted a day my period is due in six days and im really dry which is unusual for me alo ive had short sharp pain in both breasts and stomach for days now ive had sex righ before and right after my last period and one day before ovulation on ovulation day and after all that said could i be preagnant?

      • It is possible that you are pregnant. Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having for additional symptoms of pregnancy. Take a pregnancy test at this time and five days after your normal period date. Confirm the result of your test with a medical professional. Best of luck, Ash!

    • It is possible that you are pregnant. Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having for additional symptoms of pregnancy. Take a pregnancy test at this time and five days after your normal period date. Confirm the result of your test with a medical professional. Best of luck, Ash!

  3. Hi. My period has been pretty irregular since the past 3 months. I got my last period on 9th of June which was after a 40 day cycle. I had protected sex on 6th of July and was having lower back ache before I did. I assumed my cycle was changing back to 28-30 days but its been 5 days and I still haven’t got my period. I’ve had mild cramping since a couple of days and noticed stretchy discharge today. Could I be pregnant?
    (Ps. Ive also had a 53 day cycle so my period can get pretty irregular which makes me all the more confused.)

    • It is possible that you are pregnant. Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having at this time. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. It may be beneficial for you to make an appointment at this time. You will be better able to address any questions that your doctor may have. Best of luck, Mary!

  4. Hi. My period has been pretty irregular since the past 3 months. I got my last period on 9th of June which was after a 40 day cycle. I had protected sex on 6th of July and was having lower back ache before I did. I assumed my cycle was changing back to 28-30 days but its been 5 days and I still haven’t got my period. I’ve had mild cramping since a couple of days and noticed stretchy discharge today. Could I be pregnant?
    (Ps. Ive also had a 53 day cycle so my period can get pretty irregular which makes me all the more confused.)

    • It is possible that you are pregnant. Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having at this time. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. It may be beneficial for you to make an appointment at this time. You will be better able to address any questions that your doctor may have. Best of luck, Mary!

  5. I’m 5 days away from my period due date and I have had egg white CM for three days rather than dryness. What could be the cause?

    • It is possible that you are experiencing symptoms of a late ovulation. It is possible that you are experiencing signs of pregnancy. Continue to monitor your experiences for symptoms of pregnancy. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Confirm the result of the test with a medical professional. Best of luck, Christy!

  6. Hi
    Iam on cd50 I had very slight brown spotting on cd32 and cd33 just once or twice and then it was clear sometimes white sometimes watery and sometimes I feel wet and sometimes feel dry. I have a regular cycle between 32 to 35.I am actively trying to conceive from last 9 month.I have slight cramps in abdomen when get up in the morning and they are gone in a minute.today I am feeling very tight abdomen and back.there is slight cramping as well.I did a blood test on cd43 it was negative and did hpt on cd 50 it was negative.I have shortness of breath too at times. Am I pregnant

    • You would be benefited by speaking with a medical professional. Make an appointment with one at this time. Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having. Take a pregnancy test if it is possible that you are pregnant. Confirm the result of your test with a medical professional. Have a great day, Sana!

  7. My app says I should have already had my cycle but the 12th will be exactly a month from my last one. My cm is clear and sometimes milking. I’ve had extreme fatigue for about 2 weeks, a lot of cramping for about 2 weeks, my face is breaking out a lot, I’ve had a headache daily for about a week or so, and really bloated, but no sore breasts. I’ve taken 5 pregnancy tests this past week and all of them say negative. Am I just going to have a really bad period or am I experiencing false negatives?

    • It is possible that you are experiencing a range of symptoms that would be better addressed by speaking with a medical professional. You may want to make an appointment at this time. Continue to monitor your experiences for additional symptoms. This will ensure that you are better able to address any questions that your medical professional may ask. Best of luck, Becka!

  8. I should start my cycle on the 12th, my cm is clear to milky white, I’ve been cramping for about a week and a half I’ve had extreme fatigue for about 2.5 weeks, horrible headaches all day long for almost 2 weeks, my face has been breaking out for a couple of days now, but no sore breasts. I’ve taken 5 pregnancy tests this week ( my app said that I should have started my cycle already, but the 12th will be exactly a month from my last one) and they have all said negative. My emotionals have been all over the place ( more so than usual even for my cycle). Am I just going to have a really bad period or am I experiencing false negatives?

    • It is possible that you are experiencing a range of symptoms that would be better addressed by speaking with a medical professional. You may want to make an appointment at this time. Continue to monitor your experiences for additional symptoms. This will ensure that you are better able to address any questions that your medical professional may ask. Best of luck, Becka!

  9. Hi. I have a few things going on with me. My breast are sore and leaking milk. I have been having serve diarrhea amd peeing a lot more than usual. My cervical mucus is watery and clumps of lotion like. My cervix is high soft and closed and my period is 3 days away. My sense of smell is enhanced. I have a two year old wjonwas breasted And stopped at 18 months she is obsessed with my breast. She is really attached tho me more than usual. Is this nornal. I also had a miscarriage with twins March 28 of this year.

    • It sounds as though it would be beneficial for you to make an appointment with a medical professional. It is possible that you are experiencing unusual symptoms of pregnancy. A doctor will be able to diagnose and treat any causes that may be present. Reduce stress in your life at this time. Best of luck, Jamie!

  10. Hi i have a question i have flyid a clear and times creamy white fluid come out of my vagaina and im suppose to get my period either today or tommorrow and nothing has come down and i have been having cramps like if i would get my period but nothing and im stressing out little bit nauseas but i had sex on the 25 he came lil bit on me but i use the emergency pill thr next day but im worring because no period and also i did pregancy test and they all came out negative whats going on please help

    • This may be an early sign of pregnancy. This may be a sign of late ovulation. It is possible that you are pregnant. Continue to monitor your experiences for additional pregnancy symptoms. If you miss your period, then take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Confirm the result with a medical professional. Best of luck, Shy!

  11. Hello. I am two days before my period and my cervix has been soft, high, and tightly closed since ovulation. I took two pregnancy tests and one came back positive and the other negative. I have been experiencing sore breasts, larger nipples, headaches, and fatigue with some sensitivity to smells. I haven’t had any of my usual period symptoms yet and usually start spotting two to three days before period starts. Please help, I’m so confused!

    • False positives are rare. It is likely that you are pregnant. Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having at this time for additional pregnancy symptoms. Make an appointment with a medical professional at this time. Take a pregnancy test in three days. Reduce stress in your life and keep note of your experiences so you may better address the questions that your doctor may have. Have a great day, Mary!

  12. Hello, I am having slight abdominal discomfort and am two days away from my period. I took a pregnancy test because my cervix has been really high since ovulation. It was soft, high and tightly closed and it still is. I have been having headaches and very fatigued, sore breasts, larger nipples and sensitivity to smells. The first test came back positive and the second negative. I’m not having any of my usual period symptoms but I am now confused as to why two different results. Please help! Going to test again in the morning.

    • False positives are rare. It is likely that you are pregnant. Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having at this time for additional pregnancy symptoms. Make an appointment with a medical professional at this time. Take a pregnancy test in three days. Reduce stress in your life and keep note of your experiences so you may better address the questions that your doctor may have. Have a great day, Ms. Williams!

    • It is possible that this is a sign of late ovulation. It may also be a sign that you are experiencing an unusual period. Continue to monitor your experiences at this time for additional symptoms. If you find that your experiences are noteworthy, then write them down in a journal for future reference. Best of luck, Shay!

    • It is possible that you have an irregular period. If you are experiencing signs of pregnancy, then you may have experienced implantation bleeding. More information is needed to make any reasonable diagnosis. You will want to speak with a medical professional if you experience pregnancy symptoms. Best of luck, Ebere!

  13. Hello!
    So I am 5 days away from my period due date. 2 days in a row I had thick white stretchy cm, and it was only at night. Now it’s turned to just a white sort of stretchy discharge. I have also had some mild cramping the past few days. Is that normal before a period or could I be pregnant?

    • It is possible that you are experiencing a late ovulation, an unusual period, or signs of pregnancy. Continue to monitor your experiences for additional 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, Anna!

    • It is possible that you are experiencing signs of a pregnancy. You may also be having symptoms of an unusual period. Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having at this time. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Confirm the result of your test with a medical professional. Best of luck, Chitra!

  14. Hello I’m 11 if I don’t have a flat chest and kinda have boobs should I be starting my period this year I’m turning 12

    • Some girls do not start their period until they reach age 16, although many start around the age of 12. It all depends on your body and genetics. I really wouldn’t worry about it for now.

  15. Hi. My period is 4 days late already. Ive been experiencing mild cramps and white creamy cervical mucus but no headaches, sore breasts or nausea. And I’ve been stressing about my missed period, ive been sleeping late and waking up late. Sometimes miss eating breakfasts and lunch.

    • Take a pregnancy test tomorrow. If you find that your pregnancy test results are positive, then make an appointment with a medical professional. If they are negative and your pregnancy symptoms continue, then take a pregnancy test three days later. You will be benefited by reducing stress in your life. Make sure that you eat the proper amount of nutrients throughout the day. Best of luck, Emily!

  16. Hi. My period is 4 days late already. Ive been experiencing mild cramps and white creamy cervical mucus but no headaches, sore breasts or nausea.

    • Take a pregnancy test tomorrow. If you find that your pregnancy test results are positive, then make an appointment with a medical professional. If they are negative and your pregnancy symptoms continue, then take a pregnancy test three days later. Best of luck, Emily!

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here