EWCM (Egg White Cervical Mucous) After Ovulation
Egg white cervical mucous is a fertile sign, right? From everything you have read about cervical fluid and ovulation, you probably know that seeing egg white looking cervical mucous is a sign that ovulation is approaching. But, what if you notice ewcm after your chart shows that you have ovulated. What does this mean?
There are a few possibilities. It is possible to have ewcm after you ovulate. The hormone estrogen is involved in the production of ewcm. As estrogen increases just before ovulation, you will notice an increase in cervical mucous. This egg white looking mucous is a sign of high fertility. When you notice ewcm you should consider yourself fertile and plan on having intercourse if you are trying to conceive.
EWCM and estrogen
EWCM occurs as a response to increases in estrogen levels. About a week after you ovulate you may have another increase in estrogen, but this increase is not quite as high as what occurs during ovulation. Estrogen and progesterone levels increase to help thicken the lining of your uterus in preparation for implantation. When this happens you might notice a second patch of ewcm. This is not necessarily typical but it is also not unusual.
EWCM due to delayed ovulation
Another possibility is that you did not ovulate when you originally thought or your ovulation was delayed for some reason. It is possible to gear up to ovulate and then not ovulate. Some women will have an increase in LH which shows up as a positive ovulation test and have fertile cervical mucous, but then because of stress, illness or some other factor, not actually ovulate. If you do not have a clear thermal shift on your chart or you are not sure if you have in fact ovulated, it is best to consider this type of cervical fluid a sign of fertility. You should plan to have intercourse when you see this type of fluid to cover your bases so to speak.
EWCM and anovulatory cycles
If you are noticing multiple patches of ewcm on your chart but your temperatures do not show a clear thermal shift, you may be having anovulatory cycles. What this means is that your body may be trying to ovulate, which is why you are seeing the patches of ewcm, but for some reason you are not ovulating. During a typical ovulation chart you will see ewcm followed by a temperature shift and a drying up of cervical mucous. You should feel dry after you ovulate. This is one way to confirm that ovulation has occurred. If you are having patches of fertile CM but you are not seeing a clearly biphasic chart (a follicular phase, ovulation and a luteal phase), it could mean that you are not ovulating. If this is the case, you may want to bring your charts to your doctor and get further advice.