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A 17-year-old female asked:

You start getting vaginal mucous a few days before ovulation right? not just the day the egg is released?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jane Van Dis
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
Misnomer: It's normal to have vaginal discharge every day. Every day. The vagina produces mucous every day. The nature of one's cervical mucous (you have to reach up there and touch the cervical mucous) does change at the time of ovulation. If, at 17, you're trying to conceive, which i wouldn't recommend, then an ovulation predictor kit is going to be more accurate. Please be safe.
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Dr. Brian Nguyen
Obstetrics and Gynecology 13 years experience
Or maybe you're trying to figure out when you're fertile and when you can have unprotected sex....in which case, yes, a thin stretchy cervical mucous is indicative of fertility, but I would NEVER trust this as a good contraceptive method. Sperm can live in the vagina for 5 days and so it's possible that you might mistime intercourse and get pregnant earlier than you'd like.
Mar 11, 2014
Last updated Mar 11, 2014


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