Cervical Mucus Before Period

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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.

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  1. I have a very long cycle this month I’m on cd69 and I had lots of egg white cevical mucous and trying to confirm ov .. I now have dryer crumbly cm and I wanted to know what does that mean?

    • It is possible that you are experiencing an unusual period. It is possible that you are pregnant, then you may be experiencing unusual symptoms of pregnancy. This also may be a sign of ovulation. Continue to monitor your symptoms at this time. Best of luck, Carmen!

  2. I had stretchy egg white cervical mucus 2 days ago and i got my period today. My period came 5 days later than my usual of 24 day cycle. My nipples were sore and i eas convinced i might be pregnant since i had unprotected sex before the discharge and during the mucus discharge but now that i have my period, is that a definate not pregnant? I heard that some people still get periods if pregnant, what do you think?

    • It is possible that you are experiencing an unusual period. It is also possible that you are experiencing symptoms 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, Andrea!

  3. I had stretchy egg white cervical mucus 2 days ago and i got my period today. My period came 5 days later than my usual of 24 day cycle. My nipples were sore and i eas convinced i might be pregnant since i had unprotected sex before the discharge and during the mucus discharge but now that i have my period, is that a definate not pregnant? I heard that some people still get periods if pregnant, what do you think?

    • It is possible that you are experiencing an unusual period. It is also possible that you are experiencing symptoms 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, Andrea!

  4. My menstrual period started August 1-3 and I had unprotected sex August 5 & 6. Is there any possibility of me getting pregnant?

    • It is possible for you to become pregnant during that time. Immediately after your period ends, your body is able to become pregnant. Continue to monitor your experiences for additional symptoms 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, Marg!

  5. I had unprotected sex during the two most fertile days which was July 7th and July 8th. I’ve had white cm since then, and my cervix has stayed pretty low, soft and somewhat open. I’ve also been feeling fatigue, moody eating more and urinating for frequently, and also have tender breast and nipples. I have also been taking prenatal vitamins, and I took a hpt yesterday and it was negative. I am supposed to start my period today but haven’t yet. And today my cervix’s is low, soft and open and have a water white cm. Am I pregnant? Or am I going to be starting my period?

    • It is certainly possible that you are pregnant. You may be experiencing symptoms 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, Desiree!

  6. First day of my period was August 1, and then we had unprotected sex August 5 & 6. Is there a possibility of me getting pregnant?

    • It is possible for you to become pregnant during that time. Immediately after your period ends, your body is able to become pregnant. Continue to monitor your experiences for additional symptoms 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, Margarette!

  7. Hi all,
    I am not believe anything now. bcoz I have all pregnancy symptoms last 6 days. (after 14 days of ovulation period)so I thought I am pregnant. I was so happy.but from today morning I have started periods pain.my periods days is 23rd. I feel cry. I am so sad.

    • Reduce stress in your life at this time. When you find that you are close to ovulation, then have intercourse. You may choose to have intercourse as often as you want. This will help increase your chances of becoming pregnant. Best of luck, Reji!

  8. I have a question. My last period was last week of May 2017. My breasts began to be tender and swollen and I have abdominal cramps on the second week of June. Then I had acid reflux for the whole month of July. I used home pregnancy test on July 12 and I got one faint line and one dark line. I assumed it was negative. Then I went to a doctor on the first week of August and had another pregnancy test and still got one faint line and one dark line. She assumed it was positive. But advised me to test again the following week. After a week I had four tests and got the same results for all the tests, one faint line and one dark line. I had urinalysis last Friday and it was found out that I have UTI and the pregnancy test is negative. I’ve been having dry days for a week now and my breasts are still tender and swollen but the pain has subsided compared to what I felt on June. If I am pregnant, I’ll be 11 weeks by now. But there was no change on my tummy or abdomen. Is it possible to have my period this August?By the way I have egg white cervical mucus on first week of August. That’s why I assumed I am not really pregnant. Thank you.

    • You may want to speak with a medical professional. It is likely that your current symptoms are unusual, yet natural, symptoms of this period during your pregnancy. Continue to monitor your symptoms. This will help you better address any questions that your medical professional may have. Have a great day, Yel!

  9. I had sex with my boyfriend using withdrawal method and he is very accurate with timing and its what we have been using for the past 1 year but i am a day late could i be pregnant even if he we rarely have sex n had it 5 days after my periods

    • It is possible that you are pregnant. Precum has the potential to cause pregnancy, though it is unlikely. Continue to monitor your symptoms 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. Have a great day, Stressed!

  10. My period came on July 14, I had sex July 28,29,and 30. If I calculated this right I have a 32 day cycle.I experienced horrible back pains august 2 went to the ER they said I had a uti and put me on antibiotics ever since then my cm has been milky white I’ve been nauseous before starting the medication but very fatigue, bloated, gassy and feel pressure in my lower abdomen. And flutters which I think may be gas. My period is do in 3 days and my cm is still milky white is it because of the antibiotics or I may be expecting?

    • It is possible that you are experiencing an unusual period. It is possible that you are experiencing 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. Have a great day, Christy!

    • It is possible to become pregnant if you have unprotected sex before your ovulation. It is possible that you are experiencing pregnancy symptoms. Continue to monitor your symptoms at this time. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Confirm the result of your test with a medical professional. Have a great day, Tina!

  11. I had unprotected sex during ovulation as per a calendar. My menstrual cycles are an average of 26 days, longest is 27 and shortest is 24. I had clear mucus type discharge a few days before my expected period and now I am 6 days late / 33rd day in my cycle which has never happened to me before. I took an otc pregnancy test yesterday morning at it was negative. I’ve had mild cramps the past week and have very tender, slightly painful sensations on my nipples. I have had headaches as well. Could I still be pregnant although my test was negative. It was a clear blue strip test, one was faulty with no line in the control panel and the other a dark negative.

    • Anytime that you have unprotected sex during ovulation is an opportunity for pregnancy. Continue to monitor your experiences for additional pregnancy symptoms. Take a pregnancy test in five days. It is possible that you have taken a pregnancy test too early. Confirm the result of your pregnancy test with a medical professional. Best of luck, Anita!

  12. i hd unprotected sex with my hubby now two days before my pearod thick white cm brest pain and weekness could it be that am pregnant or pearod on its way

    • It is possible that you are experiencing early 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 you test with a medical professional. Have a great day, Mary!

  13. I had unprotected sex 3 days before ovulation…my period is due in 8 days, I have been experiencing a lot of discharge. One day i woke and got out of bed, the discharge ran down my leg. Now it is very heavy white discharge…my breast are also sore. IM not sure if this is pre-menstrual symptoms or early pregnancy symptoms. I do know it’s too early to take a home pregnancy test. What do you think?

    • It is possible that you are experiencing symptoms of pregnancy. Continue to monitor these 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, Moni!

        • It is possible that you are experiencing symptoms 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. Have a great day, Leela!

  14. Hello.. I am 3 days late and for the last couple of days I have been having creamy stretchy cm. Usually bf my af its clear can you tell me what it means.

    • It is possible that you are experiencing unusual signs of pregnancy. Continue to monitor your experiences for additional symptoms of pregnancy. Take a pregnancy test in two days. Confirm the result of your test with a medical professional. Best of luck, Michelle!

  15. I have a question, I am supposed to start my period in about 4 days, I had discharge today like clearly gooey off white and I was cramping a little today. I had unprotected intercousre on July 25 a day after ovulation. I felt little different weird feelings in my stomach and my breast just seem to feel a tad bit heavier..I definitely feel gassy and constipated which isn’t normal but maybe it’s just in my head. Can I be pregnant?

    • It is possible that you are experiencing symptoms of pregnancy. Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having for additional pregnancy symptoms. It is possible that you are experiencing an unusual period. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Confirm the result of your test with a medical professional. Have a great day, Nickie!

  16. Hey ladies I took 2 pregnancy test BFN still no sign of AF, I have the symptoms my flow is coming but nothing . Breast are soar 2wks now it goes from left to right extremely tired, minor back ache .

    • It is possible that you are pregnant and your pregnancy test was taken too soon. Continue to monitor your experiences for additional symptoms 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, Niecy!

  17. Hi AF is supposed to start today I’ve been had period like cramps for two weeks now more on the right side than anywhere an weird sensation in my uterus my cm is milky like an stretchy an my cervics is high… possibly pregnant??

    • If it is possible that you are pregnant, then it is possible that you are experiencing pregnancy symptoms. Continue to monitor your experiences for additional symptoms 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, Tammy!

  18. I have a regular 28 day cycle and I had sex unprotected sex on the 7th and 8th day of my cycle is there any possibility of pregnancy

    • It is possible for you to become pregnant anytime that you have intercourse when you are not on your period. It is possible for sperm to survive for days at a time. It may be less likely that you are pregnant, but it is still possible. 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, Jes!

  19. Hi,ur replies have been very useful. I had an unprotected sex a day after ovulation and few days after, I started experiencing fatigue, heavy breast with larger nipples. But two days to the expected menses, I started having back pains and creamy cm.wha is wrong with me?

    • It is certainly possible that you are experiencing pregnancy signs. 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. Have a great day, Precious!

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