Egg White Cervical Mucus after Ovulation – Pregnant or Not?
Cervical mucus is very handy stuff. While it may seem gross, inconvenient or an unfortunate cause of pantyliner purchases, it’s a protective bodily fluid with many functions. It helps flush away bacteria and other nasty stuff away from the sensitive reproductive organs. And, when needed, it can help to carry sperm up to the egg. Cervical mucus can also serve as a means to help predict fertility or alternatively, help control pregnancy. It can also serve as a means to tell when the body is changing, or when something is wrong. One of the most common phrases used to describe the vaginal discharge is egg white cervical mucus. But, there are times when the appearance of what’s coming out of the baby maker looks like anything but the insides of breakfast’s favorite food. Sometimes, like during a yeast infection, cervical mucus can become very thick, sort of like cottage cheese. And, it can sport a rather weird odor as well, due to the underlying infection.
Sometimes, such as during pregnancy, blood in cervical mucus can be present. This normally occurs near delivery when the mucus plug is passed due to changes in the cervix. This doesn’t necessarily mean that anything is wrong; it’s a natural and normal part of cervical changes occurring as hormones fluctuate and delivery draws near. Often times, the passing of the mucus plug is known as the “bloody show.” But, there are times when regular and common egg white cervical mucus in itself, without any oddities from infection or impending baby delivery, can be very telling in itself.
White mucus discharge occurs several times throughout a woman’s monthly cycle of ovulation. Parenting.com points out that this normal type of white mucus occurs during fertile periods of the ovulation cycle, indicating that pregnancy is more likely during these times. But, they also point out that the most fertile time of the cycle is when egg white cervical mucus is present. This mucus can be incredibly stretchy and transparent and very much increased in abundance.
But, what about when this mucus appears when it doesn’t seem fitting to be there? Egg white cervical mucus immediately following a period can be confusing; because of course it’s during a time in the ovulation cycle when fertility should be at a lull. Leukorrhea is the name given to periods of heavy vaginal discharge that can occur during periods of excessive hormonal change, such as those that occur during pregnancy. And, having egg white cervical mucus during times when it is not normal doesn’t necessarily mean that anything is wrong. But, it could indicate that a pregnancy has occurred; and, increased volume alongside changes from normal clear cervical mucus to an egg white consistency can be potential signals according to JustMommies.com.
Please watch this educational video when Dr. Jay Goldberg discusses how to determine ovulation by using cervical mucus as one of the factors:
Of course, nothing about mucus color, texture or consistency can absolutely diagnose pregnancy. The only way to do that is to take a pregnancy test (and, often multiple ones). While cervical mucus can absolutely be incredibly useful at identifying periods of fertility, it makes a rather poor home pregnancy test, and medical care should be sought out if pregnancy is detected.
It’s also important to note that everyone’s definition of what actually makes up egg white cervical mucus may be different and, that pretty much every vagina is different. What is normal for one person may not be normal for another. Some may never encounter super fertile stretchy cervical mucus, while others may find that type of texture completely frequent and normal. It’s possible that what may seem eggy in nature is merely nothing more than over abundant normal mucus that has an alter ego. And, common sense can needs to be employed as well when determining whether or not vaginal discharge is unusual following intercourse. Since the goo coming from the vagina doesn’t wear a name tag and isn’t colored for “his” and “hers,” don’t rule out semen as a potential source of the unusually timed discharge. It’s quite possible that a mixture of bodily fluids has created an egg like end result.