Why Is There Blood in My Cervical Mucus?

Blood in Cervical Mucus


Your cervical mucus, also known as cervical fluid, is an important part of conception. It normally shows up just before ovulation and in some instances it can also be used to chart your most fertile time. If you are seeing blood in the mix, it is most likely due to common non-threatening sources. The main reasons you may see blood are implantation of a fertilized egg, the breach that happens as your egg is released you’re your ovaries, and even trauma to the cervix due to intercourse.

What is Cervical Mucus?

Fertile cervical mucus is a clear, slick, and moist fluid produced by a woman’s body to help a man’s sperm to reach their destination. In addition to leading the sperm to your cervix, this substance also helps to protect healthy sperm and filter out the unhealthy little swimmers. In other words, the cervical fluid plays a key role in helping a woman to conceive a child.

As your body changes in preparation for ovulation and conception the fluid will change as well. You may notice that your cervical mucus starts out as clear and thick before thinning out and eventually drying up as you near the end of ovulation. In some instances, women will not produce the substance outside of the body. You can still check for the presence of your cervical fluid by using your fingers to collect a small amount from your cervix.

Common Reasons For Blood in Your Cervical Mucus

The moment you notice blood in your cervical fluid, is not the time to panic. The spotting you see in your mucus is usually from several common occurrences. Light bleeding or a pink-ish colored cervical fluid can also be a good sign if you are trying to conceive. Implantation of a fertilized egg is one of the causes of blood in the cervical mucus. This bleeding occurs when the egg implants itself in your uterine wall and will last up to 2 days. Unfortunately this does not happen for every woman.

One of the most common reasons for the presence of a pink tint in your fluid is the shedding of old blood from your previous menstrual cycle. As you finish your period, there may be a small amount of blood trapped in the cervix. When you begin ovulation, this blood will mix with your cervical mucus and cause the spotting of blood.

Other reasons for seeing blood in your cervical mucus include ovulation and trauma to the cervix. When ovulation begins, many women may notice the presence of blood. As your egg leaves the ovaries, it may cause a small rupture in the ovarian follicle and result in the appearance of a small amount of blood. This is quite common and there is no need for you to worry. Blood in your cervical mucus is also commonly caused by trauma to your cervix. It really isn’t as dramatic as it sounds. Trauma could be anything from intercourse to a small scratch from your nails when checking for cervical fluid.

The many causes of blood in your cervical mucus ensure that most often the occurrence is nothing to worry about. A light spotting on or around the time of your ovulation can actually be a very good sign and in some cases may indicate that you are carrying new life. If you find that the bleeding gets heavier or will not cease, you should contact your doctor as soon as possible. Only a physician can rule out negative causes for any heavy non-period bleeding.

  • mrscolts

    i was 1 day late then i had had brown stuff come out of me then i started spotting then started bleeding heavy for 3 days now it stopped why

  • earthsmagic

    It just sounds like your period to me. A day late isn’t really a big deal. There are a lot of things that can cause a delay like stress, your weight, increased exercise, starting or stopping new medications, birth control, and medical issues like PCOS.

  • natsu08

    i had my period this june 12-16,on june 19 i had unprotective sex with my husband.after 2 days i had this spotting and when i wipe it it had a little streak of blood. is this ovulation? we also had sex the day after that brownish spotting.i have a irregular period so i dont know exactly when im going to have ovulate/menstruation. it is like 26 27 or 28 cycle.

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    Ovulation typically is 14 days from the day you start your period. The 19 and 20th would have been too early. It could be that the blood that you saw was actually left over from your period. Our ovulation calendar shows the following for your fertile time, based on a 27 day cycle:

    Friday 21st June 2013 – A little bit fertile
    Saturday 22nd June 2013 – Fertile
    Sunday 23rd June 2013 – VERY fertile
    Monday 24th June 2013 – Time to ovulate

  • Mamma11

    I was 11 days late for my period the day before I got it I spotted a little bit in the morning the next day my period started but very light it was off and on stopping and starting 8 days later I’ve started bleeding again with watery red blood through stringy mucus I’m confused

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    Unfortunately, you may want to contact your doctor to find out what could be going on as this is not a typical bleeding pattern.

  • jlove

    i was suppose to have had my period on july 13th but i just started today it is bright red stringy mucus type stuff should i take a home test?

  • mdj

    I have a 28 day cycle I started my period on july 3 and ended july 10 on july 20th I had pink mucus spotting only when I wiped less than a day, is this implantation spotting or ovulation spotting?

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    Based on our ovulation calendar, and the assumption you have the average 28 day cycle:

    Wednesday 3rd July 2013 – First day of your cycle
    Saturday 13th July 2013 – A little bit fertile
    Sunday 14th July 2013 – Fertile
    Monday 15th July 2013 – VERY fertile
    Tuesday 16th July 2013 – Time to ovulate

    Based on these dates, it is hard to say what the cause was. Implantation bleeding typically happens about 6 days after ovulation. If you have a cycle that is longer than 28 days, it could be ovulation spotting.

  • vwest82711

    I have a very regular period normally start at the end of every month. I am supposed to get my period on the 29th of this month but onn the 20 I had streaks of blood in my cervical mucus. it was only three times when I wiped, and it has stopped since then I have had mild cramping now and then. Is this normal? Should I test for pregnancy?
    Thank you, Vicki w.

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    If you had sex around ovulation, that could have been implantation bleeding. Any pregnancy test you use now should show if you are pregnant.

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    Have you taken a pregnancy test? If you got pregnant in June, a pregnancy test would definitely show by now. Based on what you are saying though, if you are pregnant, it would most likely be from sex this month.

    The ovulation calendar shows the following:

    Friday 12th July 2013 – A little bit fertile
    Saturday 13th July 2013 – Fertile
    Sunday 14th July 2013 – VERY fertile
    Monday 15th July 2013 – Time to ovulate

    If you had sex any of these days without protection, there is a chance that your symptoms could be caused by being pregnant.

  • Jesa

    My period was a day late and then only lasted a day. That was July 11. Now I am having cramping and had some mucus with a little blood in it. Could this mean anything?

  • yohana

    i have a 28-30 day cycle but recently got delayed for 2wks during which i tested negative 2x for pregnancy. my partner and i dont use protection and use the calendar and withdrawal method. now,im having a light bleed and mucus spotting 2 weeks after my period. is it possible i was ovulating while i was having my delayed period?

  • Wondering

    My highest fertility date was the 21st I had sex 2days later I have brown bloody discharge . My period not due until oct7th .what is the discharge about

  • peng

    i had my mens august 21-25 last month, and supposed to get it last september 21 but still none until now.. i had a dark brown stinged cervical mucus yesterday and today and even on the 2nd wk or 3rd wk this month (i cannot remember the exact days, and it was for 3-4 days).. we had coitus last september 3 and september 11 or 12 (i am not sure with the date), he came inside me but with condom all through the deed.. i took 3 home urine PTs and were all negatives. i have not gone to any clinic yet.. im so worried to what caused my delayed menstruation and the dark brown stinged cervical mucus? my cousin has PCOS, im worried about that too.. i also had weight loss.. this is not the first time that i experienced this kind of delay, i also experienced it for 2weeks way back in college and last year.. but still, i am worried.. please help!

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    If the tests are negative all you can do is go to the doctor and get a blood pregnancy test. It could be that something changed in your system (like the weight loss or stress) that threw off your cycle. If you are worried, you should visit your doctor to make sure everything is okay.

  • Jamye-lee JamYeah Pick

    This is a little complicated to explain, but I’ll try my best.
    6 months ago my ex partner cheated on me and caught chlamydia and gave it to me. It scarred and blocked my tubes. Last month I had an operation to repair it. The operation has given me a 50% chance of conceiving. I went on the pill (Yaz Flex) and it made me very ill. I went off it mid last week. My partner and I had sex last night and afterwards there was a pink tinge of blood. Since then I have a bright red mucus. Does anyone know what this could be? Could I be pregnant as I wasn’t on the pill for a full month?

  • hmmm…

    I also am in the same position as you, i got chlamydia from an ex, and the scarring caused my tubes to block..I had a scary tubal pregnancy, which resulted in the removal of my left tube and ovary..i was told i also had about a 50% chance at conception..I have been trying with my current bf to get pregnant. .and directly after intercourse last night, I , too, had bright red mucous and pink tinge..hmmm..any thoughts or answers would be great!..I can’t believe how similar our stories are!..
    good luck to you.. :-)

  • smpOak

    My Fiance and I are trying to conceive and normally my cycle is pretty regular, once and awhile might be a day or two early or late, this month my cycle was supposed to begin on 12/02 (took a pregnancy test on 12/03, it was negative) 6 days later it started on 12/09 and lasted for 7 days. This has never happened before my periods are only ever 5 days. I usually have very heavy periods with painful cramping, I didn’t have either of these it was a lot lighter then usual and no cramping at all. Now it is 12/19 and yesterday I had a brownish color in my cervical mucus, and today it is light pinkish. I am just wondering is it possible I could be pregnant or what other reason could cause this?

  • mandym32

    I just checked my cervical mucus an it looks like egg whites and streches to about a inch an half i had sexual intercourse 28th an 30th an checked my cervical mucus today the 31st of dec what are the chances of me being pregnant an also took a ovulation test 29th an 30th and both lines were the exact same color but i dont know if i did the test right

  • ammelia

    Hey new i had my implant removed 2 days ago i had sex the day after and today i and the day after when me nd my partner did it i came on my period and today bloody egg white came out when i wiped myself answers guys :-)

  • Janette

    I started my period 3/19-2/24 the following day my bf and i had unprotected sex, he used the “pull out method” then we did it again 2 days later on friday 3/7 i noticed a light pink bleeding when i wiped. It couldnt be my period…. Im always on time never spotted before, i took a hpt it came out negative but i am still having a discharge… What can it b if im not pregnant? Help!

  • Janette

    Ment 2/19-2/24

  • LilMomma

    I was breastfeeding for almost 9 months and got my period back twice. Now Im on day 37 tomorrow, no period. I kept feeling like Id start almost two weeks ago and again since a few days ago. I had a couple very small bits of pink tinged mucus a couple days ago instead of a period. Should I test or just wait? Why would I have the pink tinge so late in a cycle? Is this just normal after breastfeeding?

  • Marie

    Hi. My last monthly was on April 9th. My cycles are 28-30 days. I had bloody mucus this morning. Do you yhink there us a chance that Iit was implantation?

  • Mommy 1989

    I am not due for my period for two weeks n am having some mucus discharge with blood in it. Never had it before. What could this be???

  • zohra

    I m 50 years old I have mucus bloody discharge vaginal every day after my period

  • marissa

    i stopped depo after 2yrs on it to switch to pills and got a regular bleeding immediately. 3months later it stopped completely. since then its been continuous spotting for the past 5months. I’ve taken 4pregnancy tests.all were negative. what could it be??

  • nami

    I am 8 days late, Urine test -Ve but today afternoon i saw white fluid with thin blood line (red line).. am i pregnant?

  • Courtnr14

    I haven’t had my period yet but like in the mucus it’s just a light tent like you couldn’t tell if you wasn’t looking close…what could this mean and I know I can’t be pregnant

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    It could just be how your body is. If it is worrying you, you should go and see your doctor.

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    It could be that your period was just about starting.

  • Someone

    Hi. I have irregular periods. My cycle is as early as 20 days and as late as 38 days. But for the past couple months it has been 33 days. So my period this month should come on the 27th/28th. Now its the 23rd. I just started the habit of checking my cervical mucus myself. Today i saw a few specs of blood ish dots in my white cervical mucus. Any idea what it may be? I’m trying to conceive btw.

  • flossyflower

    I have a 35 day cycle. I ovulated on the 24th july-26th july, 1st august I had mucus with red blood streaked through, now I its pink mucus nothing more.. I have 8 days until next due. Is this implantation bleeding? Weve been trying 3 years for our 2nd child.

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    It could be. If you take a pregnancy test in 3 or 4 days, you may be able to see a positive result if you are pregnant.

  • cc

    i have not had my period since i had a diagnostic lap and d&c in july. now i have light red discharge off and on during the day and night. what could it be?

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    It could be your body trying to regain it’s balance. If you are concerned, I suggest you contact your doctor for reassurance.

  • Shanae L. Pettigrew

    So yesterday my CM was white and tacky, today there is a fairly decent amount of blood and my CM is like egg whites but like I said bloody. “It’s not from trauma because I haven’t done anything sexually.” Please help I don’t know what’s going on!

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    It is most likely ovulatory bleeding. When your body ovulates and releases the egg, there can also be a bit of blood that is released as well. At this point, I wouldn’t worry. If the bleeding continues or if the amount of blood increases, you might want to talk to your doctor to see what is going on.

  • sarah

    Hi my last period was two and a half weeks ago. I’ve been having headaches and yesterday splitting back pain at work. my right side hurts and light cramping. I’ve noticed light blood in my vag. discharge this morning. stomach has been hurting off and on but not severe pain. help somebody.

  • yanira torres

    I have same problem finished my period bout 2 1/2 week ago but I been spotting slimy blood about 4 days my head been hurting & also my right back side hurts a little does anyone know what can it be I’m getting kind of scared

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    The timing could be implantation bleeding but it shouldn’t be causing any pain like what you are talking about. The mid cycle bleeding could be a sign of a hormonal imbalance so you might want to check with your doctor just to make sure everything is in proper working order.

  • Ctgrl

    I had my last period August 3. I have a regular cycle this is very uncommon for me. I have had sex with my husband always using a condom. I have taken 3 pregnancy tests but all were negative, but today I had a small trace of blood in my cervila mucus. Could I be pregnant?

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    It’s not really possible to say because there are so many variables at play here. Did you have sex around the time you were ovulating? Have you been sick or started or stopped an exercise routine. Those things can make your period not arrive when it should. If you are concerned, you might want to schedule a visit with your doctor to discuss this.

  • Amy

    Hi on the 17th of August I got a positive opk test and when I check my cervix they was a ting bit of bright red blood mixed in with my cm. I had all the signs of ovulations too but two days later on the 19th I got another positive opk test which got me thinking which day did the egg come out on then?. We had sex on the 13th 14th and 15th then my husband Was working away. Do you think my egg got released on the 17th when I found the blood? We are ttc our second child and we have been trying for 1 year and 4 months.

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    Typically a positive opk means that you will ovulated within the next 12 to 36 hours. If you tested on the 15 and 16th as well and they were negative, then the blood you saw on the 17th shouldn’t have been ovulatory bleeding. Unfortunately, due to the way you had positive test results spread out, there is no way to really tell when you actually ovulated.

  • NicMar

    August 8th was my last period..2-3wks ago I had a uti took bactrim for 7 days.. no period for 54 days as of now, on the 23rd of oct had a positive opk on the 25th til now im spotting pinkish then brown with mucus since the25th only spotting when I wipe changes from pink to brown.bfn on the 28th? I am ttc

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    Well, the spotting that you are seeing could be ovulation bleeding. A pregnancy test won’t show a positive result until about 10 to 14 days after you ovulation. The positive opk means that you will ovulate in 24 to 36 hours which means you ovulated on the 26th or 27th.

  • desilou

    Wow! This website helped me a million. Thank you! This is exactly what happened to me about cm being pink-ish, reddish. Starting a new life may be insane but its all our time, eventually.

  • desilou

    Wow! This website helped me a million. Thank you! This is exactly what happened to me about cm being pink-ish, reddish. Starting a new life may be insane but its all our time, eventually.

  • Jade

    I’m 3months pregnant and experienced some thick, clear, mucus-like fluid that came out along with some blood after my boyfriend and I had sex. I’m afraid, because I don’t know if that’s normal or what it is.

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    You may want to get in contact with your doctor to just check. Unless you continue to bleed or start to feel cramping, my guess would be that, what you experienced, was due to you having sex.

  • Louise

    Had sexual inter cause last night and went to the loo this morning and as I wiped I had cervical discharge and a little bit of blood

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    Sometimes the cervix can become a little irritate and bleed when you are having sex. That sounds like what happened here.

  • mother of 3

    I had unprotected sex 2 days after my period finished (i fell pregnant with my 2nd daughter after having sex 3 days after my period finished) my period finished 2.5 weeks ago and i have a 28 day cycle but have just noticed some bleeding in the mucus. I did a pregnancy test and it was negative. Is this normal?

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    I am having a difficult time figuring out where in your cycle you were when you saw the blood in your cervical mucus. If it was before your period was due, it could have been implantation bleeding.

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