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Hostile Cervical Mucus
on Jan 20, 2013
by Dr. Christine Lee, MD
When a woman's cervical mucus is hostile, that means it is too thick to allow the sperm to penetrate the cervix.
If you are trying to conceive, chances are you already know a little bit about cervical mucus. Cervical mucus is the natural jelly-like substance that a woman’s body produces. Cervical mucus has a very important job when it comes to conception. Cervical mucus protects the sperm from the naturally acidic environment of the vagina and helps the sperm to get safely to the egg. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
Cervical mucus is supposed to protect the sperm on their journey and help to keep them safe. The best cervical mucus for protecting sperm is known as “egg white cervical mucus”. This cervical mucus is clear, stretchy, and has the consistency of egg whites. Sometimes however, cervical mucus turns “hostile”, and actually hurts the sperm instead of protecting it. When a woman’s cervical mucus is hostile, that means it is too thick to allow the sperm to penetrate the cervix, and the cervical mucus is actually doing more harm than good.
There are several different causes of hostile cervical mucus. One of the most common causes of hostile cervical mucus is a poor diet. When a woman doesn’t get enough water, or consumes too much dairy, her cervical mucus can quickly become hostile. Another reason for hostile cervical mucus can be medications. One of the most common fertility drugs, Clomid, can be responsible for creating hostile cervical mucus in many women. Other common over the counter drugs, such as antihistamines can also create hostile cervical mucus.
Sometimes, simply changing your diet or increasing your water intake can help to improve your cervical mucus. However, this is not always enough. Sometimes a woman might need to stop taking a certain medication, such as antihistamines, to improve cervical mucus. Sometimes, a woman might be able to improve cervical mucus by actually taking a medication. Some women find that taking the over the counter cough medication Robitussin can really improve cervical mucus. This is because the active ingredient in Robitussin, Guafenesin, is known to thin all mucus, cervical mucus included. Some women also find that taking natural or herbal supplements can help to thin their cervical mucus. One of the most common herbal supplements known to thin cervical mucus is Evening Primrose Oil.
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Dr. Christine Lee earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Biology and Master of Science in Biomolecular Organization. Dr. Lee is Lab Director for ConceiveEasy and is board certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD).