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Can I Have Fertile Cervical Mucus and Not Ovulate?

Can I Have Fertile Cervical Mucus and Not Ovulate?

If you’d like to be pregnant, you know that a sustained temperature rise and fertile cervical mucus are vital signs it’s time to try to conceive. However, what does it mean if your temperature is all over the place, but you have fertile cervical mucus? Most women in Australia don’t know what causes this and the steps they should take when they find themselves in this situation. This post will answer this question to help you make informed decisions or help you get pregnant faster.

How long after egg white cervical mucus do you ovulate?
How long after egg white cervical mucus do you ovulate?

What’s cervical mucus?

This fluid is made and released from a cervix (uterus opening). The hormones in every woman are responsible for the changes that occur with the cervical mucus in the form of texture, colour, and volume throughout the menstrual cycle. You can rely on this information to identify your most fertile days and increase your chances of conception. 

The mucus is dry, white, and thick before ovulation (this is the period when the ovary releases a mature egg). Before you ovulate, the mucus will turn slippery and clear, a consistency that makes it easy for available sperm to swim up and meet an egg during ovulation. Therefore, if you intend to get pregnant, this discharge will tell you that it’s time to have sex.

Certain women in Australia even chart their cervical mucus to know where they are in their menstrual cycle. Other than telling you when you are most fertile, cervical mucus can reveal the days you are not fertile, meaning the chances of conception will be lower. This procedure is known as the cervical mucus method, a form of natural family planning.

What’s the function of cervical mucus?

Cervical fluid or mucus has two primary jobs depending on your menstrual cycle timing. The first task is to assist sperm in moving through the cervix and fertilise a mature egg once it is released in ovulation. The other task is preventing sperm or other substances from entering the cervix.

What are the common forms of cervical mucus?

Although cervical mucus will vary from one person to another, it will resemble all or more of the following throughout your menstrual cycle:

  • A sticky like paste which may be yellow or white
  • Dry or no cervical fluid
  • A creamy like yogurt, maybe smoking in texture and white
  • Watery, wet, and clear
  • Slippery, stretchy, just like raw egg whites

The texture or the type of cervical mucus depends on the menstrual cycle stage you are in. Generally, the mucus begins as dry or pasty before it gets a creamier texture. As the ovulation date draws nearer, the discharge becomes wet, stretchy, and slippery. Super fertile cervical mucus resembles a raw egg white in texture, so you’ll know you’re at your most fertile time. Once you ovulate, your cervical mucus will go back to being dry and thick.

What does Cervical mucus discharge look like during fertile days?
What does Cervical mucus discharge look like during fertile days?

Temperature, mucus, and ovulation

Normally a fertile cervical mucus that’s raw egg-white-like will be discharged right before ovulation. If you record your basal body temperature on a chart and ovulation occurs, you should see a temperature rise within days of noticing the fertile cervical mucus. If you did not get any temperature rise, there might be reasons behind it. Let’s examine some possible explanations to understand this better.

You might not be ovulating

If you notice the fertile cervical mucus but have not experienced any temperature rise,  it could mean that you are not ovulating. The quality of fertile cervical mucus signifies that ovulation is near so that you can plan your sexual intercourse activities accordingly. But, it’s not a guarantee that ovulation will take place. It is possible to have fertile mucus but not ovulate, especially if you have an irregular menstrual cycle. 

So why get fertile Cervical Mucus when you are not ovulating?

Cervical mucus changes severally in preparation for ovulation. The primary purpose of the increased cervical fluids escalating a friendly vaginal environment for the sperm. Blood flow will also increase in the pelvic area, stimulating your sexual desire. This is the natural way of informing you that you can have sexual intercourse if you intend to conceive. Therefore, if you get fertile cervical mucus but you are not ovulating, the chances are that your body is trying to ovulate but is not succeeding.

Cervical mucus will increase just before you ovulate, but the fluids will dry up once the egg has been released. But, women like those dealing with polycystic ovarian syndrome may experience days of quality cervical mucus, then get dryness, and then switch to days of fertile cervical mucus. This means that the body is trying to ovulate over and over again.

Your temperature chart may be off

As you chart your basal body temperature, it’s essential to be meticulous about how you take your temperature. For instance, the temperature should be taken simultaneously before getting up or moving around each morning. If you fail to get accurate readings, you likely miss the temperature rise corresponding with the fertile cervical mucus.

Make sure you take your temperature at the same time throughout the week. Do not sleep or wake up late if this will affect the results. Factors like working the night shift, sleeping problems, or moving around before taking the test throw off the basal body temperatures.

There is no temperature rise

Although many women will experience a slight rise in body temperature after ovulating, a significant percentage do not get one. So, if your temperature does not rise, you might be one of the women who don’t experience a temperature rise.

Luteal Phase
Image courtesy of The Bright Girl Guide by Demi Spaccavento.

How do I know I am ovulating?

If you’re not sure whether you are ovulating, consider scheduling an appointment with your physician. The doctor will perform fertility tests to confirm or check the signs of regular ovulation. The doctor may order blood work or an ultrasound to confirm how you ovulate in some cases.

During the ultrasound, your healthcare provider will look for ovulation evidence on the ovaries. You may also need to take an ultrasound before ovulation occurs to examine the developing follicles and another after ovulation in search of evidence of corpus luteum cyst – it’s what a follicle changes into after releasing the egg.

Blood work may also be needed to check the levels of progesterone. This hormone increases rapidly after you ovulate, and then it declines right before your periods start in case you do not get pregnant.

What will happen if you are not ovulating?

Your physician should be able to conduct more fertility tests or recommend that you see a reproductive endocrinologist for further check-ups. The chances are that you will need fertility treatments if you intend to get pregnant soon.

The bottom line on fertile Cervical Mucus

In most cases, women experience changes in their basal body temperature rise and cervical mucus when the ovulation day draws nearer. Taking time to evaluate these factors carefully can assist you in identifying your most fertile window, increasing your chances of conception. However, it’s important to remember that a temperature rise does not occur even when they ovulate for some women. Also, carelessly charting your basal body temperature can make it difficult to notice a temperature rise when you are ovulating.

If you do not notice body temperature rise and have fertile mucus, you may need to consult your doctor. They will perform blood tests to check progesterone levels and an ultrasound to determine if you ovulate or not. In case you’re not ovulating, you will need further assessment. Also, consulting a fertility specialist may come in handy if you intend to get pregnant.

Can I have fertile cervical mucus & not ovulate? As ovulation nears, your cervical mucus discharge will change become wet, stretchy and slippery