Clear jelly like discharge often occurs during a woman’s menstrual cycle. This discharge isn’t a cause for concern, and it can be used to help predict fertility. Cervical mucus changes throughout a woman’s cycle, and these changes are used as an indicator of ovulation.
Your reproductive system stays healthy because of your vaginal discharge.
The discharge works to remove bacterium. If you pay close attention to your reproductive cycle, you’ll find that the discharge changes throughout the month. These changes occur in phases.
Jelly like discharge can tell a woman a lot about her cycle.
What Does Jelly Discharge Look Like?
If you’re experiencing discharge, it may look like a clear, gel-like discharge. This is described as jelly like discharge. Vaginal discharge is thicker at this time in your cycle, and this thickness causes a jelly-like appearance.
In terms of color, it’s often clear or a very light, white color.
A good example of what this jelly like discharge looks like is an egg white. If you’ve ever cracked an egg open before, you’ll know that there is the yoke (yellow in color) and the egg whites (jelly-like in appearance).
This is what the discharge we’re discussing will look like – egg whites.
Before your period, the thickness of the discharge will increase.
Causes of Jelly Discharge
Discharge that isn’t tinged with blood or red in color is often normal. You’ll want to be concerned if the discharge is constant. If you have had a new sex partner and other symptoms present, you may want to get tested for an STD.
Odors or smells that are emitted from the discharge may be a sign of bacteria or an infection.
While many STDs can result in discharge, jelly like discharge happens naturally throughout the cycle. The reason for this discharge is to indicator of ovulation and to keep the reproductive system clean and healthy.
Discharge is filled with dead cells and bacteria.
Consistency varies throughout a woman’s cycle. Oftentimes, discharge is thick and sticky. Germs are carried out via the discharge.
But the discharge will become watery during your cycle, too. Cervical mucus (discharge) goes through a cycle:
- Thick discharge
- Creamy discharge
- Jelly like discharge (clear or white)
The final thick discharge occurs before a period. Estrogen is the key deciding factor in discharge changes. Estrogen levels hit their peak at ovulation and begins to decline soon after.
An abundance of this clear, jelly like discharge is present when a woman is ovulating.
See, the jelly is easier for sperm to traverse. When the discharge is thick, it makes it difficult to traverse and enter the vaginal canal. But, when the discharge has a jelly-like texture, this allows for a higher probability of fertilization.
But you need to know how to check your discharge because you want to have sex before ovulation for best results.
You can also have sex during ovulation to boost your chances of conceiving.
Estrogen is responsible for an increase in cervical mucus. The mucus has two main jobs to fill:
- Prevent foreign substances from entering the uterus.
- Nourish and transport sperm into the uterus.
Stretchy and viscous, the discharge helps the sperm survive in the cervix and swim deeper into the uterus in attempt to fertilize the egg.
It’s a very consistent and precise function, and if you want to determine ovulation, you need to know how to check your own discharge for signs of ovulation.
How to Check Discharge to Determine Ovulation
Women can boost their chances of becoming pregnant through “reading” their discharge. This discharge is a sign of internal, chemical changes in the body that allow sperm to have an advantage when entering in the cervix.
Every woman’s body is different, but it will go through a standard cycle:
- Dry and/or sticky (after a period).
- Lotion-like, or creamy.
- Watery and wet.
- Egg white consistency.
- Dry and sticky.
It’s harder to get pregnant during the 1st, 2nd and 5th stages mentioned above. The ideal time to try and conceive is during the 3rd and 4th stages, or when the discharge becomes watery and wet, or egg-like in consistency.
If you want to check your discharge, you’ll want to follow these eight steps:
- Wash your hands-and dry them well.
- Enter a position that allows for easy insertion.
- Sit on a toilet.
- Lay on your back and lift one leg.
- Stand with one leg on a step or a seat.
- Insert your middle or index finger into the vagina.
- Remove and examine the mucus.
This allows you to view and examine the mucus properly. If you don’t wash your hands, you risk bacteria entering the cervix, and you risk changing the consistency or color of the discharge.
You’ll be able to use these hints to determine what’s happening in your cycle:
- Sticky or scant mucus means you’re not ovulating.
- Creamy mucus means you’re close to ovulation, but you’re not there yet.
- Watery, wet and even a little stretchy mucus means it’s time to have a lot of sex to try and conceive – ovulation is on the way.
- Jelly-like discharge that stretches between your fingers for an inch means you’re very fertile. This is when ovulation is coming, and increased intercourse will allow for a higher chance of getting pregnant.
Discharge plays a very strong role in a woman’s cycle, and reading your discharge will pay off if you’re trying to get pregnant. Just remember that every woman has a different chemical makeup, and some women will chart their discharge to know when changes occur.
A good idea is to:
- Use a journal to chart your discharge and mucus changes.
- Examine your discharge the moment your period ends, and write down your findings.
- Use the method above for examining your discharge, and remember to write down your findings in detail daily.
- Continue until your period begins.
This gives you a personal discharge reference based off your own cycle. If you find that your discharge begins to get watery around day 8 into your cycle, you know to increase your intercourse around day 8 next month to get pregnant.
Ovulation occurs 12 – 14 days before a woman’s period starts – on average.
Some women don’t have a standard 28-day cycle, so this will skew your results. If you want to track your discharge and cycle properly, you’ll have a better chance of tracking and choosing a time to get pregnant.
A woman with a 30-day cycle will be 16 – 18 days into her cycle.
One mistake that women always make is that they start counting after their period, and this is wrong. The first day of your period is the first day of your cycle.
Clear jelly like discharge can be used to your advantage. This is the body’s estrogen working to produce a highly fertile environment so that you can conceive a child. If you properly track and monitor your own discharge, you can use this to enhance your chances of getting pregnant.
If you have jelly-like discharge all cycle long, you’ll want to consult with your physician. In a normal cycle, the discharge changes in consistency and even color, so if you have gel like discharge all month, it may be a sign of a medical issue.