Have you ever wondered why the heck your cervical mucus seems to change every few days? It can be confusing and frustrating trying to keep track of what’s going on down there. Well, grab a seat and get ready to finally decode your cycle!
What is Cervical Mucus?
If you’re scratching your head wondering what cervical mucus even is, don’t fret! It’s totally normal not to know all about it. In layman's terms, cervical mucus is a thick fluid that lines the cervix (the opening of the uterus) in women.
Why Does Cervical Mucous Change Throughout The Course Of Your Menstrual Cycle?
Before we dive into how your cervical mucous changes throughout your cycle, let’s first discuss why these changes occur. Hormones! That’s right ladies, our reproductive hormones control everything related to our menstrual cycles including our lovely friend cervical mucus.
So what exactly are these hormones responsible for affecting those pesky mucous variations before menstruation? During different phases of our cycle, varying hormone levels impact viscosity (thickness), colouration and texture of this magical love juice.
How To Read Your Cervical Mucous
We’ve got a handle on what exactly makes up dental-floss-like vaginal goop- so now what? Time for decoding!
When you pull out that TP or liner check out consistency text more closely for clues surrounding ovulation causes increased chances of conception Here are four types:
Type 1- Dry:
No discharge whatsoever—for some people this one will come as brief relief/norm when compared with usual wetness.Paperwork syndrome could stem from change after birth control pills flu or other medication so if doubtful pop over doc.If consistently transpires monthly likely sign associated with low estrogen levels, but need examination by gynecologist for more accurate diagnosis.
Type 2- Sticky:
This mucus is pretty much what it says on the box, sticky. It can be whitish or yellow in colour and has a glue-like texture to it. It typically signals that your fertility window hasn't started yet but there’s likely fertile testosterone around an increase in LH hormone which suggests ovulation about to occur soon
Type 3 - Egg White:
No cracking open eggshells however this type resembles raw egg whites—clear thin abundant—stretchy when u put fingers together apart.This indicates peak post-fertile days symptoms are favourable sign of ovulation approaching More ‘spinnbarkeit' (German word meaning stretchiness) indicates higher chances that sperm will penetrate cervix travel toward fallopian tube
Type 4 - Creamy:
Last but not snooze-inducing least creamy cervical discharge usually appears during closing off ways.Occurring due rise progesterone levels.(post-ovulatory stage increases appetite bloating, crying etc.).Keep track if happens monthly could serve as phenomenal tool for knowing period schedule average length.
What Should Your Perfectly Cyclic Cycle Look Like?
We want every cycle be like the unwrapping of delightful birthday gift you know exactly what gets with each phase/prep yourself accordingly.If your alarm clock long past when friends brag starting birth control ironically having more consistant cycles then here's crash course of ideal menstrual cycle timeline:
- Follicular Phase: Typically lasts from Day one until day fourteen.
- Estrogen is rising
- The uterine lining prepares itself for a potential fertilized egg cell implantation
- Ovulatory Phase: Begin releasing matured eggs after ripening while follicles promote estrogen release thanks surge luteinizing hormone . Increased Sexual urge ????
- Luteal Phase After ovulation ends, this last bit begins and will endure until menstruation or pregnancy announced
- estrogen dissipates, replaced by rise in progesterone which thickens uterine lining.
- Menstrual Phase : As Corpus Luteum "is dying" rises and falls hormone levels finally bring on period; ideal length around five days.
Always be mindful that every lady's menstrual cycle is unique/fluctuates so don’t pressurize compare own data with others.Most importantly always consult medical professional if less sure of yourself.Gynecologist/Nurse Practitioner provide more accurate diagnosis support for anything specific next steps planning family/hormonal issues etc.Itzy Ritzy Happy decoding!