Cervical Mucus After Ovulation
Increased cervical mucus is one of the most common signs of ovulation. However, what happens to cervical mucus after ovulation? If you are wondering the same thing, read on as we tackle this topic in this article.
Cervical Mucus and Ovulation
Cervical mucus is simply the fluid secreted by your cervix. During ovulation, cervical mucus changes in consistency, acidity and appearance. This change is needed to provide a more conducive environment for the sperm. Before ovulation, the mucus secreted by your cervix is small in quantity. During ovulation, the levels of estrogen will spike causing a surge in the secretion of the mucus as well.
During ovulation, you will notice egg white cervical mucus (EWCM). When you see your discharges taking on this appearance, you are in fact, very fertile and have a higher chance of conceiving.
But What Happens to the Cervical Mucus After Ovulation?
Typically, your cervical mucus will return to its creamy or white appearance after ovulation. But there will be cases when the mucus remains in its egg white-like state even after your chart shows that you’re not in your ovulation period already. There are many explanations for this.
The reason could be simply because you’re experiencing delays in your ovulation period. It is quite rare to test positive in an ovulation predictor test and not ovulate. It is rare, but there can be cases like that. There can be an increase in the luteinizing hormone (LH); hence the positive predictor test but due to several factors like illness, stress or medication, there’s a possibility that you have not ovulated.
The increase in secretion of cervical mucus is brought about by the surge of estrogen levels. There’s also a possibility that there’s a spike of estrogen post-ovulation, although not as high as during ovulation. This could explain why you notice egg white-like cervical mucus after ovulation.
Sometimes, when you see sporadic episodes of EWCM, it could be a sign that you’re not ovulating. Your body could be secreting estrogen and gearing up for ovulation, but for some reason, you’re not ovulating. One way to confirm if you’re not ovulating is if you’re charting your basal body temperature (BBT) and there’s no clear indication of the rise and fall of the temperature signaling the biphasic cycle. Typically, once you see EWCM, a spike in your BBT should accompany it. If it’s not happening, then it’s a symptom of anovulation.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
PCOS is an endocrine disorder that may also explain EWCM. When you have this condition it is natural to notice EWCM all throughout your menstrual cycle.
You have to keep in mind that there are other factors that may affect the secretion of your cervical mucus. For example, drugs like Clomid and some antihistamines could affect mucus secretion. But, if you notice egg white cervical mucus after ovulation; or perhaps, all throughout your cycle, you may need to consult a doctor since this may be a sign of an underlying condition.