No Cervical Mucus: What Can I Do?
on Jan 12, 2013
by Dr. Renee Hanton, MD
Cervical mucus is a very important part of conception. But if you have no cervical mucus, what can you do?
Cervical mucus is a very important part of conception. Cervical mucus is a jelly like fluid that is produced by a woman’s body. During the course of a woman’s cycle, cervical mucus will go through all sorts of changes. It can be thick or thin, can change colors from clear to grey to white to brownish, and can sometimes not be visible at all. Cervical mucus is what helps the sperm to survive inside the vagina. Cervical mucus protects the sperm from the acid inside the vagina, and gives the sperm something to “grab on” to as they swim toward the egg. Without enough good quality cervical mucus, sperm can die before they even have a chance to reach the egg. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
The best cervical mucus resembles the whites of an egg. In fact, it is nicknamed “egg white cervical mucus“. That is what you want your cervical mucus to look like for the best chance of conceiving. While it is normal for most women to have no cervical mucus at all for up to a week after their periods, after that your cervical mucus should start to increase and you should definitely begin to see more. It should continue to increase as you get near ovulation, and by the time you ovulate, your cervical mucus should be thin, stretchy, and look like egg whites. There should be quite a bit of it by the time you ovulate.
Many women struggle with not producing enough cervical mucus. If you don’t have any cervical mucus immediately following your period, that is normal. However, if you don’t have any cervical mucus during your entire cycle, that can make it very difficult to get pregnant. There are a ton of things that many women swear by to help increase their production of egg white cervical mucus. Here are a few of them.
The active ingredient in Robitussin is Guainfenisen. Guainfenisen is known to thin the cervical mucus. A lot of women who are trying to improve the quality of their cervical mucus choose to take Robitussin. It can help to get rid of hostile cervical mucus and bring on egg white cervical mucus. Ask your doctor if this will work for you.
Evening Primrose Oil is used by many women as a herbal aid for improving cervical mucus. It can help to increase the amount of egg white cervical mucus as well as improve hormonal balance. Evening Primrose Oil is one of the most common herbal remedies to help with cervical mucus.
L-Arginine is an important essential amino acid that the body produces. Some women think that L-Arginine can help to improve cervical mucus as well. It can also help other parts of the reproductive system as well.
It might sound simple, but the less water you intake during the day, the less cervical mucus you will produce. By increasing the amount of water and other fluids that you are taking in during the course of the day, you will be able to produce more cervical mucus.
There are a ton of natural remedies to help increase cervical mucus. Each woman is different, so some methods might work for you and some may not. Some of the most common herbal remedies include things like Borage Seed Oil, Dandelion Root, Licorice Root, Marshmallow Root, Red Clover and Shavarti Root. There are also some “natural, sperm friendly” lubricants such as PreSeed that can help make sure that your cervical mucus stays healthy. Give these a try and see which one works best for you!
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Dr. Renee Hanton is ConceiveEasy's Senior Physician with expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility. Dr. Hanton specializes in the endocrine causes of infertility, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)