Brown Cervical Mucus: Could I Be Ovulating?

I am experiencing cervical mucus that is brownish. What causes this? Could I still be ovulating?

Question:

I'm assuming that you are not pregnant, but rather checking cervical mucus for fertility purposes.

Brownish discharge is almost always old blood. When the mucus is tinged with old blood, it is mostly the result of trauma to the cervix (intercourse?) or it could be related to ovulation (ruptured follicle) or implantation.

When the fertilized ovum burrows into the uterine lining, some blood is often released and passed as brown discharge. Most women hardly notice it, but those who check mucus patterns are very aware of it.

So, yes, it could be ovulation, but it could also be implantation. You could check cervical position and basal body temperature to confirm this in your next cycle.

I wish you the best with this.

Answer:
Need Advice?
Get answers from iVillage experts and other moms just like you!
ASK YOUR QUESTION
Question Details
Subject
  1. Pick a subject:
Connect with 1,039,394 members just like you
Share your knowledge, ask questions.