Implantation is not yet well understood by many. Most women only know pregnancy tests as the first step to knowing that they are pregnant. Cervical mucus after implantation is not regarded as a symptom of pregnancy. It is because most women don’t notice the change.
Cervical mucus is the white fluid expelled by the vaginal glands to flush away bacteria and maintain pH. This vaginal discharge keeps changing during a month and tells a lot about your health.
The color and texture of cervical mucus are enough to predict the stage of the menstrual cycle.
During infections and disease, the color of white discharge becomes green or yellow.
But, are cervical mucus and implantation related?
Yes, there is an influence of implantation on cervical mucus that shows as an early pregnancy sign.
Table of Contents
- How to find the most fertile days during a month?
- What is cervical mucus?
- Cervical mucus After implantation
- What does it mean when your cervical mucus is creamy?
- How does vaginal discharge change during a month?
- How to detect Implantation (egg embedment) using cervical mucus?
How to find the most fertile days during a month?
Most fertile days or fertility window of a woman lies between 3 days before one day ahead of ovulation.
It is essential that you know when you ovulate so that you have sex during that time.
Throughout the month the chances are few compared to the ovulation period.
Only some women have ovulation spotting and pain during follicle rupture.
Others don’t even come to know and have to take ovulation test kits to detect LH surge.
During ovulation, there is a shoot in the level of LH which is the basis of OTKs.
There are many ways to find the most fertile days:
- Basal body temperature charting: Your basal body temperature rises by a degree during ovulation. One can keep track of basal body temperature throughout the month to find ovulation day. It is simple to do and only requires recording temperature using a thermometer. You have to do this without getting out of your bed every morning.
- Ovulation test kits: There are many ovulation test kits available in the market. They detect the LH surge in urine. You need to collect early morning urine and take a test. The kit will show two lines or fertile day with a smiley face.
- Online ovulation calculator: There are many online ovulation calculators available on different websites. You can get a test for free to find your fertile days.
What is cervical mucus?
Cervical mucus is the secretion of vaginal glands. The healthy cervical mucus is white and a spoonful.
Any odor or change in color is a sign that there is some infection. It helps in maintaining the pH and bacterial balance in the vagina.
The levels of estrogen and progesterone are mainly responsible for this.
During the middle of a menstrual cycle, the estrogen hormone reaches peak levels.
It makes the mucus stringy and white. The stringy thin cervical mucus enables sperms to travel smoothly through the vagina.
One of the causes of infertility in women is less amount of cervical mucus or thick white discharge that prevents sperms from entering the vagina.
Some contraceptives also prevent the sperms by changing the consistency of cervical mucus.
During fertilization cervical mucus has up to 98% water content. It facilitates the movement of sperms.
But after fertilization, the mucus becomes thicker as the function changes.
Now it needs to protect the vagina from infections and any foreign matter entering.
When you are trying to get pregnant, the change of cervical mucus consistency is like a validating symptom.
You can cross check your pregnancy test results by looking for changes in cervical mucus.
Cervical mucus After implantation
What should cervical mucus be like after implantation? During implantation the levels of progesterone keep rising and this in turn increases cervical mucus .
It is for the formation of mucus plug to protect the growing embryo.
Women who check their cervical mucus can look for an increase in amount before a few days from the period.
If fertilization and implantation don’t occur, the cervical mucus production is not so high.
What does it mean when your cervical mucus is creamy?
Cervical mucus after ovulation is like raw egg white.
Clear, stringy and abundant discharge is a sign of fertile window.
Even during implantation, a woman has clear and ample discharge. The quantity of cervical mucus after discharge is such that you will feel wet.
Creamy mucus is a more favorable sign regarding egg embedment.
The creamy discharge indicates that the cycle headed to pregnancy instead of the luteal phase.
How does vaginal discharge change during a month?
Starting from the first phase of menses the menstrual cycle has three more.
The proliferative phase leads to the growth of the vaginal lining. It is essential for pregnancy if it occurs.
After this, on the 14th day, there is a surge of LH that leads to rupture of the follicle.
The egg stays viable for 24 hours and then degrades and goes for menstruation.
After this follows the luteal phase in which the cyst produces progesterone.
It is essential for preventing menses before the right time. Later on the levels of estrogen and progesterone decline and menstruation starts.
- During the period you hardly notice your cervical mucus. There is the mixing of blood and cervical mucus, and it looks like clots of blood. The vaginal wall keeps breaking and coming along as period. Some of the clots may also be thick vaginal discharge and blood.
- After menses, you have dry days which last for three days. The cervical mucus is almost negligible, and you feel dry. It is because the glands are preparing for the next cycle.
- As the amount of estrogen picks up, the cervical mucus glands start functioning. The discharge is still not enough and is water like.
- Thick white discharge during proliferation is because the entire shift is towards maturation of follicle. The lining of the uterus again starts forming.
During ovulation, the cervical mucus is stretchy, stringy and clear.
It allows the sperms to move in your vagina easily.
The sperms need to travel up to tubes for fertilization. After sex, the mucus you see may be ejaculate of you or your partner.
There is no need to treat the smell as the vaginal discharge will wash it away. Later on, if conception happens, then the discharge will become thicker.
After conception, the cervical mucus is semi-transparent and less in amount.
Only when implantation occurs, the amount and consistency increase.
There is no need to worry about changes in vaginal discharge after sex unless they have an abnormal color or smell.
At early stages of pregnancy during the 1st week, the amount of cervical mucus increases a lot.
It is for sealing the cervix to prevent anything entering inside as the placenta is yet to form.
The mucus plug stays until the later stages of pregnancy.
1) Egg white cervical mucus
It occurs during ovulation days. It is a sign of most fertile days. EWCM is an ovulating symptom that most women use to detect fertile days.
You can use a tissue paper or insert a clean finger and stretch the discharge between fingers. If it forms strings and is clear then it is the EWCM.
2) Watery cervical mucus
During the proliferation phase of the menstrual cycle, the vaginal discharge is watery.
The discharge will not form strings between your fingers. But it doesn’t nullify the possibility of being fertile.
3) Cream like cervical mucus
When you rub, the mucus feels like the cream and doesn’t stretch during the luteal phase. It is because of increased progesterone.
The cream like cervical mucus is not fertile.
4) Cheesy or gooey discharge
It is a sign of infections and can have a bad odor. If you see this discharge, you may be having a yeast infection.
How to detect Implantation (egg embedment) using cervical mucus?
Monitoring vaginal discharge and early pregnancy signs are preparation for analyzing HPT results.
During the first two weeks of pregnancy cervical mucus changes in terms of color & consistency.
The consistency will keep fluctuating, and you’ll notice it. The constant changes are signs of implantation.
Implantation bleeding is another symptom that you look for to detect implantation.