EWCM After Ovulation: The Important Things You Should Know About
Pregnancy is a common topic in forums and group chats among women. Indeed for first-time mothers, the need to know the early signs and symptoms is essential. At times, women are unaware of the changes happening to them during conception. Some symptoms are also mistaken to be a beautiful occurrence during menstruation.
Pregnancy signs and symptoms are often confusing. For instance, have you hear of the term EWCM or egg white cervical mucus? Are you aware of what the medical term means? In this article, I will explain what the EWCM means and why does it happen. You are probably unaware that you are experiencing this.
What is EWCM?
Egg white cervical mucus (EWCM) is the term commonly used in describing the cervical mucus when it’s in its most fertile phase. If you encounter the abbreviation EWCM, you think that they are talking about the egg white cervical mucus. Often, women tend to confuse vaginal discharge as a hygienic problem. This leads them to douche to get rid of it, but this should not be done when you suspect EWCM.
However, if you are trying to get pregnant, EWCM is a perfect sign that you should do it with your partner. Meaning, when you see EWCM, you can have what they call the “baby dance”. It tells you that you are ready for ovulation.
Egg white cervical mucus plays a vital role in letting you understand your fertility cycle. This will enable you to monitor your ovulation cycle as well as the perfect time to have sex. EWCM is a usual sign that ovulation is nearing. If you notice that EWCM happens after ovulation, do not wonder.
EWCM after ovulation is also possible. What does this mean? EWCM after ovulation can be caused by estrogen level, delayed ovulation, and anovulatory (absence of ovulation) cycle. This will be discussed further.
What Does It Look Like?
Not to be confused with the regular vaginal discharge, egg white cervical mucus is unspecific changes in appearance and quantity. Sometimes, you will observe full release, but it will be watery at times. When ovulation occurs, the EWCM becomes stretchy and definite as the white portion of a fresh egg.
Usually, the EWCM appears to be stretchy and clear. This is when conception is high because it allows the sperm to swim faster into the body. You can sometimes notice a sticky, watery or creamy discharge. However, conception is lower during these times because the thick texture hinders the sperm from moving.
With the name itself, EWCM is really derived from the word ‘egg white’ since the appearance resembles that of an egg white. The egg white discharge plays a vital role in the survival of the sperm and its movement speed. It becomes easier to get pregnant if EWCM occurs during ovulation. Ovulation usually happens within a day of the secretion.
Why Does EWCM After Ovulation Occur?
As I have mentioned, EWCM after ovulation also happens. Most of the times, there are possible causes why this happens. Below are the possibilities why EWCM after ovulation occurs:
1. EWCM and Estrogen
Due to high estrogen level, the body secretes egg white cervical mucus. One week after ovulation, your estrogen level is also high, but it is not as significant as the level during ovulation. The high estrogen and progesterone hormones assist in the thickening of the uterus lining which helps in the implantation preparation. During this time, the second period of EWCM happens. This scenario is uncommon, but it is not surprising.
2. EWCM Due to Delayed Ovulation
EWCM after ovulation is also due to delayed ovulation. At times, you will experience delays in your ovulation due to some reasons. Some women notice an increase in their Luteinizing Hormone (LH) and fertile cervical mucus. However, stress, illness or some other factors delay the ovulation process. Thus, it is recommendable always to check the appearance of the cervical fluid.
3. EWCM and Anovulatory Cycles
Anovulatory cycle refers to the absence of ovulation. Sometimes, you will notice multiple EWCM spots but your body temperature remains consistent. In this case, the possibility of the anovulatory cycle is high. This means your body tries to ovulate, but it seems like it is not happening.
EWCM during ovulation also causes the fluctuations of your body temperature and decreasing cervical mucus. After ovulation, you should have the feeling of dryness. This process is just one of the ways to confirm that you just ovulated. In case you have fertile cervical mucus, but there is no watery texture, you are unlikely ovulating. This time, you should seek advice from your doctor.
What Are The Changes In Your Cervical Mucus?
Women have their own versions of changes. They experience different changes and signs could also be slightly different from others. It is advisable for you to monitor and track your ovulation cycle. If you are planning to get pregnant, get a chart and start jotting down the signs and symptoms or the changes that you are experiencing.
Here, I have listed the common variations in the cervical mucus during the ovulation cycle:
- Non-fertile Stage. After your menstrual period, your cervical mucus becomes dry and absent. But throughout the cycle, increased mucus flow becomes more noticeable. You will notice cloudy, sticky, and yellow discharge which means you have a low risk of conception.
- Pre-ovulation. When your ovulation date approaches, your cervical discharge also increases. The appearance becomes creamy and moist unlike the ones in the first stage. This time, your body prepares for the possibility of pregnancy.
- Ovulation. Ovulation allows your body to secrete more cervical mucus. This stage is the best time for conception since it is when the egg white cervical mucus occurs. Notice the egg white and stretchy cervical discharge.
- Post-ovulation. EWCM after ovulation decreases and becomes watery. When your progesterone level increases, you will feel dry. At this stage, pregnancy is less likely possible.
EWCM After Ovulation And What It Tells You
Egg white cervical mucus (EWCM) as explained happens during ovulation, though EWCM after ovulation is not impossible. The EWCM is usually a sign to get pregnant. It means you are now ready to conceive. However, EWCM after ovulation can also be a sign that you are already pregnant. If you notice creamier and whitish cervical mucus, this means that you are pregnant.
During post-ovulation, you usually become dry, but if you feel otherwise, you might already be conceiving. EWCM allows you to experience Leukorrhea (the rise in body hormones during pregnancy) in about 5 to 7 days after ovulation. Thus, it is important to note whether you feel dry after ovulation or not.
If you usually feel dry and then suddenly another EWCM patches occurred, this could be a good sign of conception. According to studies, the possibility of having cervical mucus after ovulation can be caused by pregnancy. But you still have to confirm it once you experience this.