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.


    • You will want to address your questions with a medical professional. They will be able to give you the appropriate tests and diagnoses. Best of luck, Teresa!

  1. Hello,
    -My period start on the 20th of Aug 2019 and ended on the 24th of Aug. (5 days)
    -On the 27th and 28th of Aug ( 8,9 Day of cycle ) i experience very good amount of a long stretchy discharge both first in morning time.
    – On the 29th ( 10 day of cycle ) i went to the doctor because my BBT told me im ovulating, and my doctor confirmed it with two big size eggs in both right and left ovaries, then she gave me HCG injection in the same day.and to take progesterone on the 3rd day of the HCG injection.
    – I had intercourse on the 29th, 30th, and the 31 of Aug. and start taking progesterone on the 31 of Aug.
    – On the 4th of sep (16 Day of cycle), i had intercourse agin evening time but i get up fast to do something and i used the bathroom, on the next morning i went to the bathroom to find a big amount of long stretchy discharge again and my BBT told me that im ovulating on the 4th of sep.
    Whats that mean? and what should i do?

    Thank you

    • You are having various symptoms that may be caused by any number of things in your life at this time. Make an appointment with a medical professional. Continue to monitor your experiences, as this will help you better address any questions that your doctor may have. They will be able to diagnose and treat you. Best of luck, Teresa!

  2. Had a crazy cold out of know where missed my period by a week and today heavy discharge clear thick discarge when I went to bathroom in afternoon had light pink color is that sign of pregnancy

    • Your late period may be caused by your illness. It is possible that you are experience pregnancy symptoms. You may have experienced implantation bleeding. Take a pregnancy test at this time. Confirm the result of your test with a medical professional. Best of luck, Rose!

  3. I recently had unprotected sex during my most fertile of ovulation. I have been having cramps in my vagina area and I did a quick finger check and my discharge is white-ish. Could I be pregnant??

    • It is possible that you are experiencing symptoms of pregnancy. Continue to monitor your experiences for additional symptoms of pregnancy. If you miss your period, then take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Confirm the result of your test with a medical professional. Best of luck, Kale!

  4. I had my cycle May 16 it ended on the 19th, i recently had an ectopic pregnancy and had my left tube removed on April 7. Today it’s cycle day 21 my cm is stretchy(stretched more than 1 in) and somewhat clear. I’m pretty sure I already ovulated this cycle,I was wondering if it’s possible that I could be pregnant. I vaguely remember having the same cm my last pregnancy. My breasts aren’t as sore as before but they are heavy and somewhat swollen.

    • It is possible that you are experiencing implantation bleeding. Continue to monitor your symptom for other 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, Nika!

  5. Hello, my husband and I have been trying to conceive for the past year. I have just been diagnosed with PCOS and I already have 3 children. My husband and I are trying for one more. My doctor put me on 100mg of Progestrone to help ovulation. We had intercourse 5/28, 5/29, & 5/30. We took ovulation tests 2 days prior and ovulation tests turned out positive. I am now on day 16 of my cycle. Is it possible for my egg to be fertilized yet? Thank you for your help.

    • It seems like you may have commented twice on this one. I have to approve each comment manually, so it may take a little while for it to appear and be answered. If you do not see your comment right away, do not worry because you will. Read through my first response and let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks for commenting!

  6. Hello, my husband and I have been trying to conceive for the past year. I have just been diagnosed with PCOS and I already have 3 children. My husband and I are trying for one more. My doctor put me on 100mg of Progestrone to help ovulation. We had intercourse 5/28, 5/29, & 5/30. We took ovulation tests 2 days prior and ovulation tests turned out positive. I am now on day 16 of my cycle. Is it possible for my egg to be fertilized yet? Thank you for your help.

    • The egg could be fertilized already because fertilization occurs pretty soon after ovulation. It probably hasn’t implanted itself on the uterine wall yet though, so it will be a couple of weeks before you would even be able to take a pregnancy test and find out for sure if you are pregnant or not. Good luck, S!

  7. I’m on day 26 of my cycle and I’m having stretchy clear discharge. I had it about 7-10 days ago as well. What does this mean?

    • It is probably just a normal part of your cycle since this type of discharge normally occurs during the menstrual cycle in healthy women.

  8. I had unprotected sex while I was leaking a clear white liquid and I’m still leaking is it possible I am pregnant

    • It depends. Are you on birth control? Did you use a condom? Did he ejaculate in you? Are you ovulating or did you just finish ovulating? There are a lot of factors to consider. If you had unprotected sex without any form of birth control, it is possible you are pregnant. If you do not want to be pregnant, there are emergency contraceptives that you can get to prevent that from happening, but you need to get them now for them to be effective.

  9. Goodeve .just want a advice .. my first day of my last menstration was april 5 den i had unprotected sex on april 10 11 and 12 .. after that i had spotting color brown on may 4 morning .then it stops the whole day.then tomoro i have a small amount of blood (brownnish) until today april 7 there still a little amount of bronwish blood that comes out .. and a mucus brown color its like jelly ..but it comea out and go .. from 5.6.and today 7 sometmes it comes out sometimes its not .. is it possible that im pregnant ?? Is it an implantation bleeding ? Pls do help me know bcoz iam so worried about it .. it was my first prgnancy if im pregnant this moment ..

    • It may just be an irregular menstrual cycle this month. The best thing to do would be to just take a pregnancy test and find out for sure. You can buy them for $1 at just about any dollar store, so it would be a cheap way to set your mind at ease. Good luck, Lane!


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here