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.
You begin your menstrual cycle at the first day of bleeding during your period. At that time, the cervical mucus is relatively scant unless you are sexually aroused, in which case many women have large amounts of lubricating cervical mucus.
As the cycle continues, the estrogen level rises and you begin to have increased cervical mucus. During this period of time, you may have creamy cervical mucus or clear cervical mucus. Its texture will be smooth. If you are sexually aroused during this time, you may have watery cervical mucus that helps lubricate the vaginal area during sex.
At the time of ovulation, the cervical mucus will abruptly change. You will develop lots of cervical mucus that will be relatively stringy and stretchy. Stretchy cervical mucus will hold even when you have some of it on your forefinger and some of it on your thumb and separate the two, stretching the mucus between these two digits by several inches.
Sperm like this kind of cervical mucus as it allows for easier passage through the cervix and into the uterus and Fallopian tubes for fertilization and before pregnancy can occur. This egg white cervical mucus acts like a conduit for the passage of sperm, which can swim in this watery cervical mucus very easily. If you have dry cervical mucus or no cervical mucus during this time, you will not likely have easy passage of sperm and will not likely get pregnant.
Cervical mucus before ovulation
The cervical mucus before ovulation does not allow for sperm passage but this thick white cervical mucus will allow sperm to live in before the ovulation happens. This is why you can become pregnant even if you don’t have sex at the time of ovulation, you can still get pregnant. Sperm can live up to five days in this environment and, when the cervical mucus changes to allow for passage of sperm into the uterus, you can still get pregnant.