My temperature went up yesterday – why am I still seeing fertile cervical fluid?
The production of fertile cervical fluid usually ends on the day of ovulation. This is because the hormone progesterone is secreted into your bloodstream after ovulation – and this hormone stops the production of fertile fluid.
It’s not uncommon however, to sometimes observe fertile cervical fluid the day after ovulation. This is because:
- it can take a day or so for the last of the fertile fluid to come out of your body and/or
- it may take a little extra time for the hormone progesterone to ‘kick in’ and dry it up
If you notice fertile fluid the day after ovulation – take a closer look. You may find that although it’s still clear and stretchy, it has lost its shiny, watery quality and has become slightly rubbery or tacky. This distinguishes it from the true fertile fluid, which occurs prior to ovulation.
My chart shows that I ovulated several days ago, but I’m experiencing fertile cervical fluid again. What’s going on?
Occasionally you may experience creamy or fertile quality cervical fluid several days after ovulation due to an increase in the hormone estrogen, which is being secreted by your ovaries at this time. It’s not uncommon to experience this fluid a week or so into your luteal phase.
If your chart clearly indicates that ovulation has already occurred, you can rest assured that you’re no longer fertile. However, if you’re not sure whether ovulation has taken place, consider yourself potentially fertile at this time and make the most of it!