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...so typically I thought that one's vagina gets dryer while breastfeeding. That's what I've read, what my doc has told me, etc...
I've never really dried up down there (TMI, I know). My PP bleeding stopped, and switched to yellowish/clear CM. It's pretty much stayed that way and I am now 4 months PP.
I get a LOT of clear/yellowish CM on a daily basis. Back in December, I had what I thought was ovulation pain (I get cysts on my ovaries during ovulation that causes this pain) so I expected to get my period a few weeks later. Nothing.
I have a copper IUD, so maybe that is making me create all this excess mucus?
It's making it hard to read my body, that's for sure. I'm getting what seems like fertile mucus every day! lol
It's common for breastfeeding Moms to have constant infertile discharge. It can even seem a lot like fertile CM.
But yes, the IUD can be causing it too. The IUD works by causing inflammation to the lining of the uterus and also the cervix (where CM is produced). During times of infertility, there is a thick plug of mucus in the cervix that seals off the uterus from germs. The strings of the IUD hang through the cervix and disrupt this mucus plug, which means you'll notice mucus leaving your body.
After I had DD, I was VERY dry, even once I resumed menstruation at 12 months PP. This time, however, I have had a TON of CM from the time my PP bleeding stopped and DS is now 8 months, with no return of ovulation/menstruation. I do get a lot of patches of what SOME would consider fertile mucus but since I am so used to having it, I am able to differentiate.