The uterus and vagina secrete mucous secretions throughout a woman’s menstrual cycle. The secretions change according to the days of menstruation. Vaginal secretions differ from the days of ovulation, different from the post-ovulation period, and certainly different from pregnancy secretions.

In this article, we discuss the vaginal secretions during ovulation, and we know the reason for the lack of vaginal secretions during and after ovulation.

cervical mucus

Cervical mucus with vaginal secretions comes out of the body through the vagina, and it changes with the change in the days of the menstrual cycle as a result of the different level of female hormones, and its properties vary in terms of texture and size, ranging between viscosity, thickness, transparency and darkness of color, and its color may change To yellow, or green, or also gray.

Slippery and wet vaginal secretions indicate high fertility, as they facilitate the swimming of sperm to the egg for fertilization in days. The slippery and rubbery form of vaginal secretions during ovulation days helps to know the best times for sexual intercourse in order to raise the chances of pregnancy. (2)

Stages of vaginal secretions during ovulation

The menstrual cycle for most women is 28 days, ovulation occurs in the middle of the menstrual cycle, that is, often on day 14.

It is characterized by a number of stages before, during and after ovulation, we review them as follows: (3) (4)

Vaginal secretions before ovulation

The form of vaginal discharge before ovulation is thick in white, the texture can be likened to creamy, yoghurt-like, slightly moist and cloudy, on days 7 to 9 of the menstrual cycle.

Vaginal discharge during ovulation

Vaginal secretions at the time of ovulation and immediately before ovulation become slippery, rubbery, more transparent and clear, similar to egg whites.

This increases the chances of fertilization of the egg and the occurrence of pregnancy, so couples who plan to become pregnant are keen to have intercourse on the days of high fertile ovulation, or to stay away from those days for those who wish not to have children by natural methods without using contraceptives.

Decreased vaginal secretions after ovulation

The woman notices a lack of vaginal secretions immediately after ovulation, as the secretions become turbid, thicker and drier compared to the vaginal secretions on the days of ovulation, those days extend from day 15 to day 28 until the menstrual bleeding.

These days are suitable for sexual relations between couples who do not want to become pregnant, as thick vaginal secretions impede the movement of the sperm, so it cannot reach the egg and fertilize it.

Causes of interruption of vaginal secretions after ovulation

It is the main controller of the form of vaginal secretions during and after ovulation. The estrogen hormone rises just before ovulation, causing that fertile mucus that facilitates the process of insemination. Estrogen decreases immediately afterwards and the progesterone hormone rises. The woman notices the lack of vaginal secretions after ovulation.

Progesterone works to stabilize the fertilized egg well in the uterus, in the event of pregnancy, so pregnancy is the most important reason for the interruption of vaginal secretions after ovulation. Those thick secretions may be accompanied by a spot of blood as a result of the implantation of the fertilized egg in the uterus, and this is one of the early signs of pregnancy. (1)

Decreased vaginal secretions during ovulation

There are a number of factors that transform vaginal secretions during ovulation from a clear and light liquid form to thick, dry secretions, which impede the process of fertilization and pregnancy. Among those reasons are the following:

  1. Hormonal contraceptives: The hormonal IUD and other methods containing hormones increase the density of cervical mucus and vaginal secretions in order to prevent sperm from reaching the egg, so the woman who uses these methods notices a lack of vaginal secretions during ovulation days.
  2. Breastfeeding.
  3. Medicines and nutritional supplements.
  4. Having a sexually transmitted disease.
  5. Vaginal infections such as bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections.
  6. Undergoing uterine surgery.
  7. Stress and psychological and physical stress, which are among the reasons for the lack of vaginal secretions during ovulation, especially for girls.
  8. Unhealthy diets. (1)(2)