Ovulation Discharge

Are you ovulating? Even if you're not using an ovulation calculator or ovulation calendar, it's possible to identify the signs and symptoms that indicate the most fertile time in your cycle. Keep an eye out for cramping, mucus and these other symptoms that could predict if you're ovulating.

If you participate in any of the many TTC (trying to conceive) forums or message boards on the Internet, you have undoubtedly run across the following terms: cervical mucus (CM), egg white cervical mucus (EWCM), and fertile-quality cervical mucus. Cervical mucus certainly gets plenty of attention in TTC circles, and for good reason.

During each monthly cycle, healthy couples in their 20s or early 30s who aren't using birth control have a 20 percent chance of  getting pregnant . And that's a surprisingly high percentage considering that you can conceive only around the time of ovulation — a small window of opportunity each month (usually about 12 to 24 hours) during which the egg is viable, or open for the business of fertilization.

Vaginal discharge is normal and varies during your menstrual cycle . Before ovulation (the release of the egg), there is a lot of mucous produced, up to 30 times more than after ovulation. It is also more watery and elastic during that phase of your cycle. You may want to wear panty liners during that time. The things to be worried about include if the discharge has a yellow or green color, is clumpy like cottage cheese, or has a bad odor. If you are worried, see a doctor.