How does your Discharge change during Ovulation
The cervical mucus or discharge is an important indicator of ovulation. It changes in consistency, texture, and amount throughout the menstrual cycle. During ovulation, the discharge changes to become more fertile, allowing for easier sperm movement and increasing the chances of conception.
Typically, the discharge during ovulation becomes thinner, clearer, and more slippery, with a consistency similar to egg whites. This type of discharge is often referred to as “egg white cervical mucus” (EWCM) due to its appearance. It may also stretch between the fingers when touched, making it easier for sperm to swim through.
The changes in cervical mucus occur due to fluctuations in hormone levels, specifically estrogen and progesterone. As estrogen levels rise, the cervix produces more mucus, making it easier for sperm to move through the uterus and into the fallopian tubes. This fertile cervical mucus lasts for a few days during the ovulation window and helps to indicate the best time for intercourse to conceive.
After ovulation, the cervical mucus changes again, becoming thicker and less fertile, making it harder for sperm to move through. It is important to track changes in cervical mucus as a way of predicting ovulation and to maximize the chances of conceiving. Women who are trying to conceive can monitor their cervical mucus daily and look for changes in texture and consistency to help predict the optimal time for intercourse.