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How Common is Discharge During Ovulation?

Anna T.
Updated Mar 03, 2024
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Most women have vaginal discharge during ovulation as well as at other times throughout the monthly cycle. It is usually possible for a woman to tell whether she is ovulating or not by examining the appearance of her vaginal discharge at different times in the month. The discharge usually has a different appearance and texture, depending on where a woman is in her cycle. Discharge that occurs during ovulation is normally clear in color and very stretchy, similar to uncooked egg whites.

Many women may not notice discharge during ovulation, but in most cases it is present. If a woman notices no discharge around the time she should be ovulating, it is possible that ovulation did not occur that month. However, in most cases the woman probably did ovulate and only had a small amount of vaginal discharge. If ovulation does not occur during a random month, this is not necessarily a reason to be concerned. Some women may skip ovulating occasionally, and it should only be something to worry about if it is happening regularly.

Just after the monthly menstrual period, most women may experience very little or no vaginal discharge. When a woman is getting closer to ovulating, her discharge may appear to be slightly thick in texture and white in color. During ovulation, the vaginal discharge is normally stretchy and clear. There may also be more of it than at other times during the month. When it is time for the menstrual period to begin again, the amount of vaginal discharge typically decreases and feels stickier when touched.

Some women rely on the presence of discharge during ovulation for the purpose of trying to conceive. When a woman is ovulating, the chances of pregnancy are the greatest. In addition to monitoring the vaginal discharge, it may be helpful for a woman who wants to conceive to keep track of her basal body temperature. This is normally done by tracking the body temperature every day for the month and noticing the changes during ovulation. The body temperature usually increases by roughly half a degree on the day of ovulation and again just after ovulation.

Noticing discharge during ovulation also helps some women prevent pregnancy. Women who practice this method of birth control make a point to notice the ovulation discharge and avoid sexual intercourse during that time. Unfortunately, this is not generally considered a reliable form of birth control because pregnancy can occur at any time during the cycle. Doctors often recommend using condoms as a form of back up birth control for women who use this method.

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Anna T.
By Anna T.
Anna Thurman is a skilled writer who lends her talents to The Health Board. Her ability to research and present information in an engaging and accessible manner allows her to create content that resonates with readers across a wide range of subjects.

Discussion Comments

By anon341437 — On Jul 12, 2013

I had intercourse the same day I had ovulation discharge with a little brown in it. What are the possibilities of getting pregnant?

By shell4life — On Aug 07, 2012

I have noticed changes in my discharge throughout the month, but I never knew it had anything to do with ovulation. I did wonder why it was heavier some weeks than others, though.

There were times when it would be white and thick, and there were days when it would be very clear and gooey. Generally, a day before my period started, it would be rather heavy.

It's nice to know what to look out for in my discharge. Now, I can know when I am ovulating, and that is useful information.

By OeKc05 — On Aug 07, 2012

I sometimes have a brownish discharge during ovulation. This worried me the first time that it happened, but once I heard that it was fairly normal, I relaxed.

Some people have brownish discharge between periods when they are pregnant. I was not pregnant, and this discharge was just a light spotting.

In fact, it made me think that I was starting my period two weeks early. I put in a tampon just in case, but the light discharge only lasted a day.

By orangey03 — On Aug 06, 2012

@feasting – Getting pregnant is not that easy for most women. It seems that the harder a person tries, the more pregnancy eludes them.

My best friend has done just about everything to increase her chances. She started by just observing her discharge, but when that didn't work, she monitored her temperature, kept track of her cycle on a calendar, and bought a kit. After three years of desperate attempts, she finally decided to see a doctor about fertility drugs.

I believe she is probably just one of those people who cannot have a child. She may have to adopt if she wants a baby.

By feasting — On Aug 06, 2012

When my sister was trying to get pregnant, she monitored her discharge. She had read up on the subject, so she knew exactly what to look for, and it worked for her.

Within the first two months of observing her discharge, she got pregnant. It's been three years since she had the baby, and she is considering having another one. I imagine that she will use the same method of monitoring her ovulation as she did before, since it proved successful.

Anna T.

Anna T.

Anna Thurman is a skilled writer who lends her talents to The Health Board. Her ability to research and present information in an engaging and accessible manner allows her to create content that resonates with readers across a wide range of subjects.
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