Cervical mucus is a fluid, expelled from women`s vagina throughout the menstrual cycle. However, it is not always of the same consistency and color. These two parameters vary greatly during different phases of our monthly cycle. Cervical mucus method is one of the easiest ways to identify the most fertile days. Moreover, tracking your vagina discharge will also help you to detect successful implantation. Is it really possible? Yes, it is! In this article we will see, how your vaginal discharge may change, if pregnancy has occurred.
What Cervical Mucus Is and Why It Is So Important for Implantation
Cervical mucus is produced by tiny glands in the woman’s cervix every day. It’s normal and we are quite used to noticing such slight discharge from time to time. However, not all of us try to remember, how this fluid looks like at the beginning of our cycle and in the middle of it. This happens before planning a child. When we expect the desirable two red lines, every new symptom, even the secondary one, becomes important.
How can we know, that implantation has already occurred? The amount of cervical mucus increases around the time of ovulation. It becomes more viscid and contains more water (up to 98%). This discharge helps sperms to reach the ovule. After fertilization its consistency changes a lot. There is no need to force more sperms to the egg, now it is important just to protect it from internal infections and bacteria.
What should cervical mucus after implantation be like? Women, who monitor their vagina discharge throughout the menstrual cycle, want to know, how it changes after conception and implantation. The consistency of cervical mucus is actually determined by the estrogen and progesterone hormones` influence. In the middle of the menstrual cycle estrogen levels are high and the vaginal discharge becomes more thin and stretchy. The infertile mucus is thicker due to the progesterone level’s change in the body.
How Does Vaginal Discharge Change After Conception?
- As you know, conception occurs within 24 hours after ovulation, when the ovum is released from an ovarian follicle. Generally speaking, at this stage cervical mucus practically dries and vagina remains more or less dry until the next cycle. Some women report a small amount of cervical secretions after ovulation. They become more watery. A little amount of estrogen is produced during the luteal phase, that is the matter.
- If a sexual intercourse takes place during ovulation, conception may happen almost immediately – one-two hours after sex. The very first vaginal discharge you will get in this case is a mixture of vaginal secretions with sperm. Even if you take a shower, the mentioned discharge will continue to flow for a short period of time. In a few hours it will smell unpleasantly because the sperm decomposes, leaving your reproductive tract. There is no need to take any special measures to fight with this, the vagina will self-cleanse itself naturally.
- Speaking of cervical mucus after conception, semi-transparent, not abundant discharge is also within the norm. Doctors say that the only thing that matters is that your vaginal secretions shouldn’t have any abnormal color/consistency or turn out to be profuse.
- During the 1st week after conception vaginal discharge may change, which is associated with the physical transformations in your organism, caused by the hormonal reorganization. Many women note, that the amount of cervical secretions increase after conception. Such discharge may be whitish or yellowish in color.
How can you track your vaginal discharge? There are two possible ways: to scrutinize your cervical mucus after wiping with a tissue or toilet paper, and to insert your clean finger into the vagina and to gather a sample of the fluid. As a result you may observe:
• Egg-white stretchy cervical mucus – the most fertile one, appears during ovulation, provides the best conditions for conception.
• Watery cervical mucus – also fertile, do not stretch between fingers, you will definitely feel this type of discharge naturally.
• Cream-like cervical mucus is thought to be infertile, as it slows down the sperms` movement greatly. Looks like a lotion on your fingers.
• Tacky cervical mucus is totally infertile, looks like thick glue.
So, remember such tips:
• Cervical discharge before the menstrual period is slight and hardly noticed.
• The mucus right before ovulation is either egg-white or watery, always more stretchy, opaque and abundant.
• Vaginal discharge during ovulation is the thinnest and the clearest, it becomes more intense.
• Cervical mucus after ovulation becomes more sticky and its amount decreases.
• Vaginal discharge after conception and during implantation usually stays more or less abundant and clearly felt.
Monitoring Vaginal Discharge and Other Early Pregnancy Signs
Remember, that not every woman notices vaginal secretions` changes during implantation. That’s why we cannot call the cervical mucus method one of the most reliable ways of implantation detection. However, the statistics shows that every 3rd woman gets a special signal, indicating that conception has succeeded. So, what to look for in your vaginal discharge?
Implantation bleeding is a very popular topic among women, who are trying to conceive. Such bloody discharge occurs usually 1 week or several days before period. In other words, if it’s still too early for menstruation and you are getting something like 1-2 drops of blood in your cervical mucus on your panty liner, that is nothing else than implantation bleeding. This term itself is not very precise. Such bloody discharge can be better called spotting. The bleeding, caused by implantation, is too scanty and can never be abundant. Sometimes it even goes by unnoticed.
If you don’t experience anything like this, don’t feel discouraged. Not every woman has implantation spotting. Besides, you may experience it during your 1st pregnancy and have nothing for your next one. Look for other signs of implantation: nausea, breasts tenderness, abdominal cramps, hyperosmia (heightened sense of smell).
Generally, the consistency and color of cervical mucus during the first 2-3 weeks after conception may change. You may feel and see nothing or, on the contrary, experience quite abundant discharge, sometimes along with spotting. If you notice something unusual about your cervical secretions, for instance, if it has an unpleasant odor, looks like a cottage cheese or a greenish substance, causes you discomfort/itching or if you have a sudden and intensifying bleeding, contact your gynecologist as soon as possible. Such symptoms almost always indicate serious medical conditions, abnormalities and diseases. It is better to be overcautious when you are pregnant to be sure everything is okay with you and your future baby!