Are There Changes in Cervical Mucus After Conception Occurs?
Throughout your monthly cycle, there are always several changes that can occur with regard to your cervical mucus. This is to be expected, depending on where in your cycle you are. Women, who are actively trying to conceive, look for any and all signs that they have conceived as soon as they have ovulated.
When you’re trying to get pregnant, cervical mucus assists the sperm, helping it to survive within your body after intercourse and facilitates the sperm’s travel through your reproductive system.
Your cervical mucus changes through out your cycle. You will notice changes in color and consistency. After your period has occurred, you won’t have cervical mucus for anywhere from three to five days. However, once this period of time has passed, you will begin to notice small amounts of cervical mucus that will have a sticky consistency and range in color from a cloudy clear appearance to white.
Once ovulation approaches, you will realize that you are producing more cervical mucus. The consistency will also begin to change at this point, becoming moist and sticky and representing a substance similar to that of hand lotion. Once ovulation is about to occur and shortly afterwards, your cervical mucus will be more of an egg white consistency in both its appearance and texture. Typically, this type of cervical mucus is referred to as “egg white cervical mucus”. Most notably, it is important to remember that this type of cervical mucus is required for conception to occur. Once you’re done ovulating, you will experience a decrease in cervical mucus and it will become less slippery as well.
Unfortunately, changes in your cervical mucus is not a reliable indicator of pregnancy. Your cervical mucus will change after you conceive, but how it changes varies from woman to woman. Some woman end up having virtually no cervical mucus and others will have an abundant amount. The color and consistency can vary from clear to cloudy and sticky to slick. If you are intimately aware of how your cervical mucus is through out your cycle, and have been tracking it for several months, you might be able to guess that you conceived if your cervical mucus trend and tendency after ovulation changes.
If you do conceive, your cervical mucus will actually form the mucus plug that will remain during your pregnancy. Throughout the course of your pregnancy, cervical mucus will become increasingly dry as well. Additionally, you can expect to experience some egg white cervical mucus discharge later on in your pregnancy.