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Vaginal (Cervical) Mucus + Discharge Decoded

A conversation that is not had enough is about the different types of fluid also known as cervical mucus that happen in our bodies throughout our cycle. This discharge is supposed to happen. Not only is the vagina a self-cleaning body part, but the fluid it produces can give insight to your overall health.

In this article we'll review the types of discharge that occur during your cycle.

Cervical mucus + fluid: this is stretchy and looks like raw egg-white and is mostly present during ovulation (days 12-16). It is clear, stretchy, and slippery. Prior to ovulation you may also see more cervical fluid which plays a role in transporting sperm- also a possible sign of fertility.

After Ovulation

After ovulation, progesterone is rising and the cervical fluid becomes thicker, more sticky, tacky, or pasty texture. It may also dry up completely.

During the Luteal Phase

You will notice little to no cervical fluid. This phase will be dry compared to around ovulation time.

After Menstruation

Cervical fluid is pretty much absent a few days after menstruation, until estrogen starts to build and stimulate the cervix. Under a microscope, the fluid contains channel-like openings to allow sperm through to swim up to the cervix.

If you see cervical fluid more often throughout your cycle, you may have more estrogen compared to progesterone. This can be commonly seen with PCOS or possibly thyroid condition.

Fluid will also vary with an increase in age and after the use of birth control.

Cervical Fluid and Birth Control

If you have an IUD, it will often thicken cervical mucus to prevent sperm motility. When on the pill, the goal of the pill is to thin the cervical mucus to prevent fertility.

After the use of birth control, give yourself at least 3 months to see your cervical fluid patterns normalize again, even after using the B.L.I.S.S Method.

Other Types of Discharge

Thick white discharge that smells like yeast, with itching/irritation could be a yeast infection. If these are frequent be sure to work with an functional practitioner on your gut.

Grayish discharge resembling a fishy smell could be bacterial vaginosis

If you ever feel like your cervical discharge is "just not right", please always consult your gynecologist.

Your cervical fluid is a great tool to use to determine the health of your cycle. It is also fantastic to be in tune with your fluid when you have fertility goals in mind.

Have fun decoding your natural secretions!

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