Cervical Mucus: What is It?
Cervical mucus is one of many types of vaginal discharges and like the rest, it serves a very important purpose in your body. The primary roles played by cervical mucus are with regard to conception and pregnancy, especially when it comes to allowing for fertilization after intercourse. It is also important to note that hormonal fluctuations can change the composition of cervical mucus throughout a woman’s menstrual cycle as well.
Additionally, cervical mucus serves as an indicator of your reproductive health while also providing you with information about your fertility. If you ever want to check your cervical mucus for this purpose, you can do so with your fingers or even with toilet paper if you prefer.
Throughout the majority of your cycle, your cervical mucus serves an invaluable role by forming a thick plug that stops sperm from entering your uterus. Before ovulation occurs, the volume of your mucus will increase while also thinning out and becoming stretchy. This happens as a result of increased levels of estrogen in your body that occurs in conjunction with ovulation.
Why is There a Brownish Tinge to My Cervical Mucus?
While most women assume that there is a problem with their body if their cervical mucus is brown, this generally isn’t the case. In fact, there are many reasons why you might have a brownish tinge to your cervical mucus, so there is no reason to panic.
The most common reason why you will experience a brownish tinge to your cervical mucus is because your body is releasing old blood that might still be remaining from your last period. Additionally, a brown tinge is often present during ovulation, if you have experienced a ruptured follicle, or due to trauma to the cervix. Of course, this doesn’t always mean trauma, since trauma can be something as simple as sexual intercourse or possibly an infection.
Less frequently, you will experience a brownish tinge as a result of implantation, meaning that you are pregnant. Following ovulation, a mature ovum is released and can be fertilized if there is a healthy sperm present at the time of its release. If this occurs, you are likely to get pregnant and when an ovum implants itself into the uterine lining, blood is often released. While this isn’t a large amount of blood, it is often enough to make your cervical mucus brown. Often, most women won’t even notice if they have a brownish tinge to their mucus. If you don’t regularly conduct cervical mucus checks, you aren’t likely to take notice of this change either.
As you can see, there are two main things that a brownish tinge can mean when it comes to your cervical mucus. Most frequently, it is an indication of either ovulation or implantation. It is always beneficial if you take the time to monitor changes in your cervical mucus over time, especially because it can tell you so much about your reproductive health and what is occurring in your body. Of course, it can also serve as a tool in helping to predict ovulation and plan pregnancies when you’re also monitoring your basal body temperature.