Cervical Fluid... An exceptional body secretion.
What is the white stuff in my underwear?
Cervical fluid (CF), or cervical mucus, is a vaginal secretion commonly known to society as “discharge.” Many people receive an initial fright when noticing this fluid in their underwear, insisting it is an infection. Although you may notice an infection at some point in your life, cervical fluid is usually an sign that you are very healthy! It is an indicator that you are within your fertile window.
Tracking ovulation with fertility awareness will create your awareness of cervical fluid patterns.
A vagina is acidic for majority of the menstrual cycle, and cervical fluid comes in to alkalize the environment in order to keep sperm alive and able to travel through the cervix and into the fallopian tubes.
- Your flow of cervical fluid will show a unique pattern each cycle, laying out the story of your internal health
- CF is the deciding factor on whether sperm will be able to make it to the egg for fertilization at the time of ovulation
- The consistency changes throughout the menstrual cycle, starting out on the dryer end of the spectrum and increasing in water content as ovulation approaches. Usually it is classified as sticky to creamy to egg-white to watery consistency, but it varies from human to human!
Next time you go to the bathroom:
- Wash your hands.
- Check your vulva as well as the gusset of your underwear (where your vulva touches).
- Is there anything there? Maybe not right now. Check again next time you go to the bathroom.
- What color is it - white, cloudy, clear?
- Red? You might be on your period, or spotting.
- Back to CF.
- Touch it between your fingers... Is it thick and crumbly/sticky, creamy like lotion, stretchy like an egg-white, watery?
- Is there only a little bit? A lot? None at all?
Write your daily observations on a fertility chart.
Cervical Fluid patterns
After menstruation, we will typically notice the following cervical fluid types over the course of approximately 12-20 days (in relation to 24-32 day cycles).
Dry vaginal sensation, with a paste-like CF on underwear that will crumble between your fingertips.
Vaginal sensation becomes cooler. More water is present in CF, becoming more comparable to creamy lotion.
Stretchy Egg-white / Watery
Vaginal sensation becomes slippery or wet, and CF is clear, stretchy and/or slippery when touched.
There will be some days of your cycle without the presence of any CF. Keep track of these days also as they are just as important in your fertility.
If your cervical fluid becomes dark yellow or green in color, cottage cheese in consistency or itches, please be sure to contact your loving gynecologist to take a loving look at your needs in person. Also, drink fresh water throughout each day for optimal observations.