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Egg White Discharge & Fertility: What Does It Mean?

Egg White Discharge & Fertility: What Does It Mean?

The consistency and the nature of your vaginal discharge and cervical mucus can vary significantly during your menstrual cycle. It can leave you confused or even worried at times. If you know the cause and significance of such changes, you can have great insight into your overall reproductive health. Egg white discharge/cervical mucus (EWCM), as the name suggests, has the consistency of uncooked egg whites.

It is one of the most common types of cervical mucus variation. You can expect this particular change right around your ovulation phase. Hence, it can reveal a tremendous lot about your fertility window and assisting in getting pregnant if you want to know more about egg white discharge and what it means.

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The consistency, colour, and even the discharge odour can reveal important details about your Menstrual cycle, vaginal health, fertility window, and even early pregnancy.

This article explains will help answer all the questions you have about EWCM.
How long after egg white cervical mucus do you ovulate? How long does egg white cervical mucus last?  Read on to find out more.

What does EWCM discharge mean?

Eggy white cervical mucus is the moniker given to the cervical mucus that looks like the raw egg whites, as you might have guessed. It is usually slippery and stretchy. A typical egg white cervical mucus discharge is clear and odourless. For most women, the discharge makes its appearance right around your ovulation. That said, there can be other times in your menstrual cycle where you can see such a discharge. The meaning of such a discharge can vary greatly. Let’s take a closer look at what to make of such a discharge at various times in your cycle.

Egg white cervical mucus before period

If the egg white discharge makes its appearance before the period, it might indicate ovulation. Ovulation occurs around the 14th day, which’s halfway through your cycle. Therefore, if you observe the egg white discharge a couple of weeks before your expected period, it is more likely to indicate that you are ovulating. Utilising an ovulation predictor kit though out your cycle can help confirm if this is ovulation discharge.

The egg white discharge is produced to make it easy for the sperm to fertilize the egg. The thick, stretchy discharge makes it easy for the sperm to survive and reach the egg. If you observe egg white discharge during your cycle and want to get pregnant, it might be the best time to have intercourse.

Egg white discharge after ovulation

If you are using an ovulation kit, you might observe that you have an egg white discharge even after you have ovulated. The egg white discharge can often last for up to two days after ovulation. But if you observe such a discharge much later in your cycle, it might have a different meaning. Egg white discharge after a few weeks of ovulation can be a sign of early pregnancy. In some cases, the discharge might be milky white called Leukorhoea, but it can also be clear.

Fertile discharge in early pregnancy

Many women might experience a whitish vaginal discharge indicating early pregnancy. That said, for some women, this early discharge can even be transparent and relatively thin. This information can be confusing if you want to know whether you are pregnant or not. The volume of discharges also increases during early pregnancy, making it appear similar to those appearing during ovulation. If you observe egg white discharge after a few weeks of having intercourse, it is best to take a home pregnancy test to be sure.

Egg white discharge after menopause

It can catch you off guard if you see a slippery, clear discharge after your menopause. It happens as the vagina increases the secretions during menopause in response to the lower estrogen levels in your body. You might be worried if you observe this, but let’s see what it means. One of the most common reasons for an egg white discharge after menopause is a vaginal infection. It is common to have vaginal infections after menopause.

Bacterial vaginosis, a bacterial infection, can produce a thin, slippery cervical mucus discharge resembling egg white discharge observed during ovulation. However, such a discharge due to an infection is grey. In rare cases, a thin and transparent vaginal discharge after menopause might even indicate endometrial cancer.

It is a form of cancer that generally affects women over 50 years, mostly between 60-70 years old. Other indications of endometrial cancer include vaginal bleeding, pain during intercourse, and even pain during urination. That said, in most cases, an egg white cervical mucus discharge after menopause is not a sign of cancer, but it is best to consult your doctor to rule anything out.

How should an egg white discharge look?

A ‘normal’ egg white cervical mucus discharge indicates ovulation is usually thin, transparent, and odourless. The volume of discharge may also increase during this time. The consistency closely resembles a raw egg white cervical mucus. As we remind ourselves how every woman is different, the egg white discharge of all women is not the same. You might not have an ideal egg white discharge in every cycle, and that’s quite normal. If your egg white cervical mucus discharge is odourless and colourless, there is probably no reason to worry about it. That said, if you observe the following signs, it might be a time to report it to your doctor and get yourself checked out.

• If the cervical mucus discharge is thin and grey

•  Thick egg white discharge resembles cottage cheese

• If the cervical mucus discharge is yellow and frothy

• A fishy odour coming from the vagina

• If you have a burning sensation in your vagina, If you don’t have any of these signs, your EWCM is mostly normal. Now, let’s try to answer some of the most frequently asked questions.

FAQs about egg white vaginal discharge

In this section, let’s answer some of the most commonly asked questions regarding the efficacy of white discharge.

Does white cervical mucus mean ovulation?

The most common reason for observing an egg white discharge is ovulation if you are menstruating. That said, you might experience such a discharge leading up to ovulation or even a couple of days after ovulation as well, which can lead to egg white cervical mucus but no LH surge. Hence, you can’t rely on the appearance of cervical egg white mucus discharge to indicate ovulation. The best way to track your ovulation is by monitoring your fertility hormone levels using an ovulation test.

Does egg white mucus mean I am fertile?

The appearance of egg white cervical mucus discharge right in the middle of your cycle is often recognized as a sign of ovulation. Some women might rely on the consistency of the cervical mucus to track their ovulation. However, the appearance of such a discharge cannot predict ovulation primarily, as such cervical mucus discharge can occur before and even after ovulation. Once the egg is released from the ovary, it is viable only for 24 hours. Hence, if you rely solely on your cervical mucus consistency, you stand a chance of missing your fertility window.

Ovulation test kits allow you to pinpoint your ovulation time by tracking your fertility hormone levels in your urine. These fertility kits can track your ovulation with 99% accuracy and help you know the precise time you are ovulating.

No egg white cervical mucus can I still get pregnant?

Your discharge right around ovulation can vary significantly from the so-called ‘ideal’ discharge in consistency and colour. You might have a considerably thinner discharge, and that’s normal too. However, the appearance of a tacky and crumbly discharge that’s off-white is not a good sign. Such a release is considered hostile for the sperm. It is too thick for the sperm to reach the egg. You can use sperm-friendly lubrication such as Conceive Plus to help assist.

If you are trying to conceive naturally for the past 12 months (6 months if you are above 35 years of age), it is a good idea to pay a visit to a fertility expert. If you can’t observe EWCM throughout your cycle, it can mean that you might have an anovulatory cycle. In such a case, you should immediately consult your physician to rule out any complications.