Your cervical mucus can tell you a lot about what is going on inside your body — hormonally and physically. This is why it is important to keep track of your cervical and vaginal mucus so you can identify problems that may be arising or can identify when you are most fertile. Knowing what is going on with your cervical mucus can be very important, especially when it comes to identifying infections and staging your cervical mucus.
A woman can technically determine if she is likely to be pregnant or not on the basis of changes in her cervical mucus. During the menstrual cycle, the cervical mucus changes due to the level of estrogen, progesterone, FSH and luteinizing hormones that occur during the cycle but, once a woman becomes pregnant, new changes in hormones occur. The egg white cervical mucus of ovulation no longer occurs because a woman does not need to ovulate while she is already pregnant.
Many women do not pay much attention to their cervical mucus when, in fact, there are changes in the cervical mucus all the time that can reveal a lot about what is going on in the woman’s reproductive tract. Cervical mucus changes throughout the normal menstrual cycle and even changes after implantation of the zygote, indicating one of the first changes to happen to a woman after she becomes pregnant.
Your cervical mucus changes drastically during your period and knowing what your cervical mucus is like can help you know where you are in the cycle, whether or not you are ovulating and if you have an infection of any kind. Sometimes cervical mucus changes are the only way you have an infection so it pays to know what the mucus is supposed to look like.