There are unique changes in the cervical mucus that obviously indicate that a person is ovulation. Along with other ovulation symptoms, such as pain on one side of the pelvis when the egg is released, there are cervical mucus changes that indicate signs of ovulation. When ovulation occurs, ideally the mucus should be stringy and stretchy; it should stretch at least a few inches between your index finger and forefinger.
This cervical mucus change is one of the obvious ovulation signs that indicate the sperm will have an easier passage up the birth canal, into the uterus and into the fallopian tubes for fertilization. If you have no cervical mucus when ovulating, the sperm have no “highway” to travel on and fertilization will be much harder.
Can you ovulate without cervical mucus? Certainly ovulation is possible; however, fertilization of the released egg will be very difficult without the presence of watery, egg white-like cervical mucus at the time of ovulation.
Cervical Mucus Ovulation Changes
The stringy, stretchy and clear cervical mucus occurring during ovulation only lasts for a couple of days. Then the egg will have been released and progesterone is made by the egg follicle on the ovary and, post ovulation, the mucus will change from clear and stretchy to thick and a little bit grainy or creamy. Knowing the ovulation stages can help you get pregnant and can help prevent a pregnancy. For example, if you are trying to get pregnant, your most fertile day is the ovulation day. The sperm has the perfect medium to travel in and fertilizing the egg becomes much easier.
If, on the other hand, you don’t want to get pregnant, you will have to refrain from sex while ovulating or use condoms. Remember that when you are trying not to become pregnant that sperm can survive in the vaginal milieu for up to five days before ovulation day (which usually comes at around the 14th day after the onset of the menstrual period) so you should make sure to use condoms or other barrier forms of contraception, starting at day 9 of the cycle. It only takes one sperm to ovulate an egg so if you are constantly introducing sperm into the vagina during days 9-15 of the cycle, it is possible to get pregnant.