Ovulation discharge is an important phenomenon for a woman. Same like anything in nature, female organism is living according to a cycle. The changes a woman experiences in terms of her menstrual cycle, as a rule, don’t remain unnoticed. However, we either don’t pay attention to them or lack knowledge of how to interpret them. One of the crucial changes in this relation is, certainly, the change, associated with normal vaginal discharge, varying in its color, amount and consistency as your menstrual cycle progresses.
Gynecologists say that during one menstrual cycle a woman is living through 4 seasons. In the course of hormonal metamorphoses, woman’s mood changes as well as her appetite, libido and generally the way she feels. Besides, the character of cervical mucus changes dramatically.
An ability to identify the discharge, accompanying ovulation, will help you to determine the most favorable days for conception and plan your pregnancy. Understanding how this discharge must look like as a variant of norm can assist in early detection of possible pathologies in your reproductive system. So, let’s throw more light on the issues.
Ovulation Discharge As a Variant of Norm: What Is It Like?
Even though many women succeed to recognize the beginning of ovulation, basing on the pulling painful sensation in the lower back or abdomen, a more reliable sign of the ovulation arrival is the character of the cervical mucus excreted from the vagina during these important days in your cycle, or hours, to be more precise.
Cervical mucus is the substance, produced by the cervix and filling the cervical channel. Depending on the phase of menstrual cycle, it changes its texture and consistence.
- Discharge during ovulation is slippery, abundant, usually transparent. It reminds egg’s white in its texture. The mucus stretches between fingers like a thread.
How To Monitor Changes in Cervical Mucus Through Your Cycle?
As your cycle progresses, try to monitor your discharge daily. Cervical mucus can be checked on underwear or toilet paper after usage. Otherwise, insert a clean finger into your vagina. You are going to detect 4 stages of changes. Having understood how to distinguish them, you will quickly learn to recognize the beginning of ovulation.
- After menstrual bleeding is over, cervical mucus is very thick and dense. It closes the cervical entrance, preventing photogenic organisms from penetrating inside. During this period a woman normally doesn’t spot any discharge and these days are sometimes referred to as “dry days”.
- Closer to ovulation the mucus is getting more watery and transparent. These days you may even feel like you watered your underwear slightly. Watery discharge is getting a little thicker, looking like raw egg’s white in consistency. It’s so elastic that you can take it between your fingers and stretch up to 5-7 cm. Such mucus helps spermatozoids to travel up the cervix very fast, and these are your best days for getting pregnant.
- After ovulation cervical mucus acquires a cream-like consistency that prevents effortless advancement of sperm. Such mucus can be pearl white or slightly yellowish, reminds body lotion in its texture.
- Closer to the beginning of menstruation the mucus is getting sticky, sometimes lumpy, which is the least favorable option for an attempt to conceive a baby at this point because it’s very difficult for spermatozoids to move in thick mucus.
Ovulation Discharge & Spotting
During ovulation many women notice some spotting on a pantyliner and get worried. In reality if this bloody discharge is not abundant and doesn’t last longer than 2-3 days, it’s just your individual reaction to ovulation and a variant of norm.
Why does ovulation spotting occur in some women? Very simply: the ovum exits out of the follicle, ruptures its walls which traumatizes blood vessels, generously supplied with blood before ovulation. If you are a woman with delicate blood vessels, you are likely to experience slight spotting or admixture of bloody streaks in your cervical mucus through ovulation period. This spotting usually has brownish color in contrast to bright red menstrual bleeding.
Ovulation discharge in women is associated with fertile period: pregnancy will occur only if a mature ovum goes out of a follicle. That’s why most women try to detect ovulation. Having determined the most favorable days for conception, you can boost your chances to get pregnant during this cycle. Some women also try to avoid undesirable pregnancy this way, though this is, definitely, not a reliable method of contraception.