How Does Clomid Affect Cervical Mucus?

How Does Clomid Affect Cervical Mucus?

The overwhelming majority of women who have tried Clomid in their fight for achieving pregnancy have experienced its counter-productive side-effect: vaginal dryness due to thicker cervical mucus. The last few words of the previous sentence might put even a well-seasoned medical practitioner to the test. So in this article, let us start by first deciphering the meaning behind those words, and in the process strive to understand the phenomenon, and think of a way to escape the negative side-effect. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

What is cervical mucus?

First and foremost let us take a look at cervical mucus and how it is crucial to fertility. First of all, let me stress: it plays a key role in successful natural conception. Cervical Mucus is a gel-like fluid produced in the cervix, which has a Janus-faced role when it comes to fertility: it can either be the bridge or the gap between the egg and the sperm. Depending on the monthly cycle of a woman, cervical mucus can either be thin, egg-white, and slippery, or cloudy, thick, and sticky.

What is hostile state?

When sperms enter a woman’s body they first need to cross the pool of cervical mucus to finally arrive at the fallopian tube where the egg awaits. However, if cervical mucus is thick, sticky, and cloudy; meaning it has a closely knit fibre structure similar to a cobweb, low water-content, and is acidic, sperms are caught up in it, and are immobilized by the acidic environment.

This state is often called the “hostile” state. Only if cervical mucus is in a thin, slippery, less acidic state will sperms be able to penetrate, and survive the fluid, which is only naturally possible during ovulation. This state is often referred to as “egg-white” state.

Clomid’s advantages

Now let us see what Clomid is, and how it can alter the natural balance between the two states of cervical mucus. Clomid is a very popular fertility drug, which can jumpstart ovulation with an 80% success rate. It is easy to use because it is available in pill form, and accessible due to its relatively low price. Because of this, Clomid has become a first-line solution for women trying to conceive, who often choose this therapy without professional supervision.

Clomid’s disadvantages

However, it is important to note that Clomid can have several side-effects. While the few minor side-effects are only temporary, such as headaches, mood changes, hot flashes, there is one important risk, which should be emphasized: it can dehydrate the cervical mucus and inpact the duration and timing of the hostile and egg-white phases.

As we already know, a dehydrated, hostile cervical environment severly hinders natural conception. However, thick cervical mucus, or absence of it also makes intercourse painful for the woman, as well as decrease enjoyment for the man.

This decreases sperm count during ejaculation, further lowering the chances for succesful conception. Not to mention that most couples in case of vaginal dryness tend to resort to various types of lubricants, which are also harmful to sperms.

How to negate side effects

So next we will try to find ways to treat or bypass this side-effect entirely. First and foremost, there is a general consensus among professionals that Clomid therapy should not be undertaken for longer than six cycles. Thick cervical mucus can be prevented by taking fertility vitamins, decreasing stress in our everyday environment, and gaining an optimal body weight.

When it comes to medications, some health-care providers may advise a herbal solution such as Evening Primrose Oil. Others may recommend Robitussin because of its acive ingredient, guaifensin, which helps produce egg-white cervical mucus. In either case, be sure to consult with your health-care provider. One of the more gentle solutions is PreSeed, an intimate moisturizer.

It solves the problem of the absent or thick cervical mucus by replenishing vaginal moisture in a sperm-friendly way. As a more extreme solution, in order to bypass the cervical mucus altogether, a doctor might advise a IUI (intrauterine insemination) treatment, during which sperms are injected into the uterus directly.

As a bottom line, Clomid is a successful remedy for ovulation problems. But be aware that it can upset the balance of cervical mucus states, thereby decreasing the chances of a successful conception. It is important that you take the necessary steps to treat, or escape the side-effect of vaginal dryness to ensure the highest probability of pregnancy.

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Monica Scott, BS, RN
Monica Scott, BS, RN | ConceiveEasy
Ms. Scott joined ConceiveEasy after working in prenatal obstetrical care for two years in a private practice before being promoted to Director of Nursing. She has a strong interest in women's health with an emphasis on promoting fertility awareness.