Age 24 – Most of Cycle

This is the cervix of a 24 year old woman with no history of STIs or abnormal Pap smears.  She is sexually active and tracks her fertility using the Fertility Awareness Method; she and her husband use condoms during her fertile phase as birth control.  This cycle is 25 days long, with ovulation around day 12 or 13.  

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Day 1

First day of bleeding.  You can see red blood flowing from the os and collecting near the speculum.

 

 

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Day 2

 

 

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Day 3

You can see some endometrial tissue (lining of the womb that is shed during menstruation) or a small clot leaving the os.

 

 

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Day 4

There is some light reddish brown flow as a streak to the right of the os. 

 

 

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Day 5

You can see some light red spotting flow to the right of the os.

 

 

 

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Day 6

 

 

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 Day 7

 

 

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Day 8

 



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Day 9

Very fertile cervical fluid that stretches a few inches between the fingers.  This is sometimes called eggwhite cervical fluid because it resembles the stretchiness and slickness of raw eggwhite.  

 

 

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 Day 10

She has entered her fertile window because she is producing wet and lubricative cervical fluid.  You can also see her os is slightly more open and central (and continues to be through Day 13) than in the photos taken earlier in this cycle.

 

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 Day 11

 

 

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 Day 12

 

 

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Day 13

 

 

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Day 14

Based on a rise in basal body temperature and a general ‘drying up’ pattern of her cervical fluid, this woman identifies that she has already ovulated (likely on day 12) and is in her luteal phase.  This cervical fluid is sticky and white and typical for her in her luteal phase.

 

 

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Day 15

 

 

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Day 16

 

 


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Day 23

Her luteal mucous is white, sticky and does not stretch.  You can see that it dried in her panties in streaks, indicating that it does not contain much water and is therefore not fertile.

12 thoughts on “Age 24 – Most of Cycle

  1. Thank you so much I am a young woman who likes to be familiar how her body works and have been frustrated with the lack of knowledge sharing on something so important to our bodies as women. This is exactly the type of information I have been searching for and has helped me alot!

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  2. Thanks for sharing! What is the red splotch on her cervix?

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    Stella Reply:

    I want to know what the redness is too. I also have it on my own cervix.

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    Mary Reply:

    I beleive it is Cervical ectropion tissue(or cervical eversion) is a condition in which the central (endocervical) columnar epithelium protrudes out through the external os of the cervix and onto the vaginal portion of the cervix. It is not unusual to see, I beleive seen more often with women on the birth control pill.

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    Marin Reply:

    I had the same question – what is the red area on her cervix? is that a concern, or is it common?

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  3. Thanks for sharing!!!! Photos made me understand more about the cervic mucus & opening….when I read about it its confusing so the pictures gave me an better understanding 🙂

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  4. Hello, I’m 27. And i had LLETZ 2 months ago. But I have a lot of white watery discharge..I’m very worried, because I had it before the “surgery” and my doctor promised me, that after one it will disappear :(( My underwear looking like it this a woman…expect, my it permanent. It’s without smell or something bad…Is it normally…Maybe my cervix isn’t yet recover?
    Sorry about my english, is not very good:)

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  5. Hello, I’m 27. And i had LLETZ 2 months ago. But I have a lot of white watery discharge..I’m very worried, because I had it before the “surgery” and my doctor told me, that after one it will disappear :(( My underwear looking like it this a woman…expect, my it permanent. It’s without smell or something bad…Is it normally…Maybe my cervix isn’t yet recover?
    Sorry about my english, is not very good:)

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  6. From my medical textbook:
    “Younger women are often found to have a reddish ring of tissue surrounding the os, which is sometimes called a cervical ectropion, but in reality, this is an area of columnar epithelium that has not yet undergone squamous metaplasia. Under the influence of estrogen (birth control pills, pregnancy), the columnar epithelium of more mature women may evert and present a similar-appearing ectropion.

    The columnar cells produce mucus and are more vulnerable to trauma and infection with chlamydia. Therefore women with a cervical ectropion may notice more vaginal secretions and, occasionally, postcoital spotting.”

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