Does Cervical Mucus Mean Im Ovulating?
Cervical mucus is present all throughout our menstrual cycles; it is typically more noticeable during certain times of the cycle. Around the time of ovulation you will typically notice your cervical mucus, even if you do not notice it any other time during your cycle. The reason for this is that mucus production really peaks at this stage as it plays a vital role in facilitating the meeting of sperm and egg in the fallopian tube.
Any cervical mucus seen does not mean that you are ovulating. Every woman has differing amounts of cervical mucus during their cycle, so some will notice the mucus in their panties and such throughout their whole cycle. If you are one of these women you cannot assume just because you see cervical mucus that you are ovulating. Instead of simply looking for cervical mucus you should be looking for a particular type of mucus, as it changes from one week to the next during your cycle.
Your cervical mucus changes right before ovulation, and typically it will become quite wet, slippery, clear, and not unlike the consistency of egg whites. You may begin to see this type of cervical mucus to two three days before ovulation and it will last at most three to four days after you have ovulated. The change is usually gradual and as you near ovulation it will get thinner and thinner and then afterward it will generally get thicker and tackier.
Basically if you want to know if your cervical mucus is indicating if you are ovulating you need to know what it looked like when you were not. But, if you notice that your mucus is very thin, slippery, and could be mistaken for egg whites that is a good indication that you are getting ready to, are, or have just ovulated. To be sure you should definitely use your cervical mucus in conjunction with your basal temperature, which will tell you with a good amount of accuracy whether or not you are ovulating.
Cervical mucus can be tricky because there are not real hard and fast rules because what is normal really varies from one woman to the next. Some women can easily tell the difference between their cervical mucus when they are ovulating and their mucus when they are not while other women never really see any mucus. Normally if you are well hydrated and you pay close attention for two cycles you will be able to identify fairly easily when you are and are not ovulating. Practice typically makes perfect, the more you know about your body the more in tune you will be with when you are ovulating and your personal changes that coincide with that time of your cycle.