3. Mid Follicular Phase
During the early or mid follicular phase of a menstrual cycle, the levels of estrogen in the body begin to go up. Estrogen is produced by the follicles as they are growing. When the levels of estrogen rise, the production of fluid is increased as well. Most women do not notice much of a discharge in the days after their period. This time is often a dry fluid period for many women. However, some women may notice a fluid that is a bit sticky.
Most often, cervical fluid will be noticeable during the middle of the follicular phase. In a 28 day cycle this occurs at about day 7. This dry or sticky fluid is the result of the increase in estrogen and is quite normal. It is caused by the cervix getting ready for fertilization of the egg. Essentially, the fluid and discharge associated with it is the body’s way of gearing up for a potential pregnancy.