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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham Dr. Higginbotham
Obstetrics & Gynecology
26 years in practice
University of Kansas School of Medicine
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Does a mucus plug pass during ovulation?

Does a mucus plug pass during ovulation?

Semantics: The cervical mucous becomes thin and watery around the time of ovulation. If there were to be thick mucous (i.e. A plug) in the cervix, it may very well be passed at that time. It would not be a predictable occurrence.

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Like material that functions to moisten and protect inner body surfaces. The viscous slippery substance that consists chiefly of mucin, water, cells, and inorganic salts and that is secreted as a protective lubricant coating by the cells and glands of the mucous membranes. The free slime of the mucous membranes, composed of secretion of the glands, various salts, ...Read more


Dr. Rebecca Burdette Dr. Burdette
Obstetrics & Gynecology
25 years in practice
West Virginia University School of Medicine
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Had intercourse on the day I started ovulating after we was done went to clean up wiped what looked like a mucus plug with a little bit of blood on it?

Had intercourse on the day I started ovulating after we was done went to clean up wiped what looked like a mucus plug with a little bit of blood on it?

Probably normal.: During ovulation your cervix will emit a clear, stretchy discharge. The post coital bleeding you have described, "a little bit of blood", may be normal. However, infection can also cause this type of bleeding. So, a visit to the gynecologist is warranted. Also, if you are trying to get pregnant make sure you are taking a prenatal vitamin.

Dr. Jeff Livingston Dr. Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
18 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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I experienced spotting, cramps and cervical fluid that looks like the mucus plug photos on google. On CD20, not sure when I ovulated, what does it mean?

I experienced spotting, cramps and cervical fluid that looks like the mucus plug photos on google. On CD20, not sure when I ovulated, what does it mean?

Ovulation: Typically ovulation occurs about 14 days before the next menstrual cycle. use your past menstrual history to determine the likely days of ovulation. If you are experiencing abnormal discharge and spotting see and obgyn for testing

Dr. Mazin Abdullah Dr. Abdullah
Fertility Medicine
11 years in practice
University of Louisville School of Medicine
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I'm 8 weeks pregnant and had sex last night. This afternoon there was what looked like ovulation mucous, no blood. Is this the mucous plug? Worried!

Yes: During early pregnancy your hormones are elevated. These hormones my increase your cervical mucus, or may increase natural vaginal discharges. There is no concern as long as you are not bleeding or cramping.

Dr. Dennis Higginbotham Dr. Higginbotham
Obstetrics & Gynecology
26 years in practice
University of Kansas School of Medicine
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Could I be dilating and effacing and still have my mucus plug in there?

Could I be dilating and effacing and still have my mucus plug in there?

Possible: The cervical mucous is thick and sticky so it will try to stay in the cervix. However, as you dilate the mucous will inevitably begin to pass out of the vagina. You could notice large clumps of mucous but you may only see an increase in the amount of vaginal discharge as the mucous plug goes away.

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Dr. Gerard Honore Dr. Honore
Fertility Medicine
25 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Dr. Alan Patterson Dr. Patterson
Obstetrics & Gynecology
38 years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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Is the mucus plug white thick discharge?

Could be: Could be other colors like light red brown, yellowish the main thing is the mucus is thick and may or may not come out at once could come out over a number of days, if the discharge is thin call your OB as it could be rupture of membranes or if u are not sure always call your OB like I instruct my pts to call me.

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Dr. PAUL EUN Dr. EUN
Obstetrics & Gynecology
34 years in practice
Loma Linda University School of Medicine
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Can u dialate without loosing mucus plug?

Dr. PAUL EUN Dr. EUN
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Can u dialate without loosing mucus plug?

Yes: The mucus plug isn't always identifiable by either patients or physicians. It is not a reliable sign of labor by any means. So it isn't helpful to focus on the recognition of this to guide you in labor process.

Dr. Sheldon Brownstein Dr. Brownstein
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology
years in practice
University of Rome-La Sapienza Faculty of Medicine
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Do losing you mucus plug help you dilate?

Mucous plug: During normal pregnancy losing mucous plug generally implies impending labor

Dr. Brian Nguyen Dr. Nguyen
Obstetrics & Gynecology
7 years in practice
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
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Will walking help my mucus plug come out faster?

Not necessarily: The mucus plug is made up of thick cervical mucus that your body forms as soon as you're pregnant. The mucus protects and prevents anything from traveling up the cervix. 72 hours before labor, your cvx begins to change and the mucus loosens and mixes w/ blood from cervical change until it falls out as a "plug." Your cvx will continue to make mucus and you may have more discharge afterwards.

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Dr. Bryan Kurtz Dr. Kurtz
Obstetrics & Gynecology
30 years in practice
East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
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Is it normal to lose your mucus plug at 23 weeks?

Not normal: It's not normal but not necessarily a bad thing. Your cervix is constantly making more mucous. You should still be checked to make sure you are not dilating early.

Dr. Charles Whiting Dr. Whiting
Obstetrics & Gynecology
23 years in practice
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What is the definition or description of: Lost mucus plug?

Mucus from Cervix: During Pregnancy, the cervical canal is plugged with mucus. During the later stages of pregnancy, the mucus plug can come out of the cervix and is seen by the expecting mother. This is a "lost" mucus plug. It may reform and mean nothing. Sometimes--especially if bloody, it heralds the onset of labor.

Dr. Alan Patterson Dr. Patterson
Obstetrics & Gynecology
38 years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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How long should your water break after you lose your mucus plug?

How long should your water break after you lose your mucus plug?

Please ask your OB: All? S like this esp at the end of your pregnancy should be directed to your OB as your OB knows your situation and that is part of their job to answer all? S u have, it could happen soon or never happen, losing your plug does not correlate with rupture of membranes, my advise to you is don't go past your due date 39-40 wks is the ideal time to deliver for the baby, I induce everyone by 40 wks.

Dr. Jane Van Dis Dr. Van Dis
Obstetrics & Gynecology
14 years in practice
Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota
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Losing the mucus plug at week 35 and it's bloody is that a bad sign?

Losing the mucus plug at week 35 and it's bloody is that a bad sign?

No: I haven't found that mucous plug is a good predictor of when a woman goes into labor. Women lose it at 35 weeks all the time and then go on to deliver weeks and weeks later. If you're having contractions or bleeding, definitely go to l&d, but rest assured that you're unlikely to deliver premature. Have doctor check your cervix at next visit, that is a greater predictor and will yield more info.

Dr. Louise Andrew Dr. Andrew
Emergency Medicine
42 years in practice
Duke University School of Medicine
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Can I go swimming in the lake after loosing my mucus plug this morning?

Can I go swimming in the lake after loosing my mucus plug this morning?

NOt a good idea: Since lakes can harbor a lot of germs and now you don't have as much protection for your baby. How about a nice long walk around the lake instead? Good luck with L&D.

Dr. Ahmed Yousry Dr. Yousry
Obstetrics & Gynecology
25 years in practice
University of Alexandria Faculty of Medicine
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Dr. Lori Mcneal Dr. Mcneal
Obstetrics & Gynecology
30 years in practice
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Is it normal for the mucus plug to be dark red, about two or three inches long, and thick?

Is it normal for the mucus plug to be dark red, about two or three inches long, and thick?

Mucus plug: The mucus plug for lack of a more elegant visual looks like a ball of snot with some blood mixed in with it. A woman can lose the plug before onset of labor or even during labor.

Dr. Parul Krishnamurthy Dr. Krishnamurthy
Obstetrics & Gynecology
30 years in practice
Bombay University, Dr D. Y. Patil Medical College
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100% effaced, baby "dropped" and I lost my mucus plug. How likely do you think it is that my baby will come soon?

100% effaced, baby "dropped" and I lost my mucus plug. How likely do you think it is that my baby will come soon?

Soon: But impossible to say when, what is the dilation, and what is your gestational age?

Dr. Philip Chenette
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