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Cervical Mucus is normal & healthy

Cervical mucus is part of your menstrual cycle. You may have heard it called discharge or vaginal discharge. In my work, I refer to it as cervical mucus (CM).  

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The mucus (the white/wet stuff) is coming from your cervix. The cervix is in-between your uterus and vaginal canal. It acts as a passageway.

During your menstrual cycle, you have different hormones that fluctuate at different times throughout the month. These hormones tell your cervix to produce different types of mucus. That's why you see changes throughout the month.

Let's look at real-life photos 

these photos are from multiple people who are not on hormonal birth control 

non-ovulatory mucus

G-type mucus is dry, or thick/pasty. You may feel nothing, or see a thick type of CM 

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Ovulatory mucus 

As estrogen increases you’ll start to see your cervical mucus change into a more moist/wet substance. Then as estrogen peaks, you’ll see it change into a clear, lubricative, maybe egg yolk/snot-like texture

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A healthy cycle will have all types of cervical mucus. Your mucus may look a bit different from these photos though - everyone's cycles have their own characteristics.

 

Your cycle starts on day one of your period and you will see blood. This is your menstrual phase

Right after your period ends you might not notice anything in your underwear (non-ovulatory mucus). Then you might see a change to a lotion-like, more wet substance or feel (ovulatory mucus). This is the follicular phase.

When you ovulate your cervical mucus can be the texture of egg whites  You can stretch it, it could be clear, slippery, and feel like lube. This is the ovulatory phase. 

After you ovulate you might see very thick cervical mucus, or feel/see nothing at all in your underwear or when you wipe (back to non-ovulatory mucus). This is the luteal phase. 

See a medical professional if you ever notice these changes in your CM: 

  • Change in smell that is not your normal

  • Change in color that is not your normal 

  • Abnormal amount of blood (not during your period) 

  • Change in sensation (itchy, dry, etc.)

  • If something feels off to you

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