Lack of Cervical Mucus a Sign of Infertility?

on Mar 17, 2013

by Maureen Stephens, BS, RN

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Sometimes, lack of cervical mucus is a side effect of a therapy or a treatment undergone by the lady. You can handle this problem in a number of ways but you should know the reason behind the problem before you start tackling it.

No, you can’t always rely on your cervical mucus to find out whether you are fertile or not because this is not the most obvious sign. Low levels of cervical mucus may be due to various reasons. Lack of cervical mucus can be attributed to a number of things. The causes may be naturally curable or incurable. Sometimes, lack of cervical mucus is a side effect of a therapy or a treatment undergone by the lady. You can handle this problem in a number of ways but you should know the reason behind the problem before you start tackling it. Knowing the cause will make it easier for you to find the cure. As aforesaid, it may be because of a number of reasons such as age, use of some medicines, anovulation, and low estrogen levels. It is very important to ovulate in order to conceive. If you are not ovulating and that is the reason behind the lack of cervical mucus, then you are facing infertility issues. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Anovulation

First and foremost you should know whether you are ovulating. You can chart your menstrual cycle through the basal body temperature to find out. You should see a slight increase in the temperature for around 14 days [on an average] before you get your period. If you see that the temperature is not increasing, you may not be ovulating at all and this may be the reason why you lack cervical mucus. Here you should keep in mind to note the temperature accurately. Many women go wrong and make mistakes, which is why they don’t see the increase. You should check your BBT the first thing in the morning as soon as you wake up, before doing anything else. You should use a good, sensitive thermometer that can detect even a slight increase in the temperature. If you have done everything right and find that you are not ovulating, you should see a fertility specialist.

Weight

It is bad if you are extremely thin and it is bad if you are overweight too. This is because very thin people will have very less estrogen, which is not enough for ovulation to occur. At least 18% body fat is required for ovulation. In obese people, the levels of estrogen are too high and that is a problem too because the hormonal feedback mechanism will be disrupted due to such high levels. If the feedback mechanism fails, the egg won’t mature. Hence you should be healthy and your weight should be normal.

Age

The reason behind less or no cervical mucus may also be your age. With age, the cervical fluid depletes. Even if you have five full days of stretchy fertile fluid in your twenties, you may have just two days of that when you reach your thirties. By the time you reach your forties, even that will come down and you may skip ovulation regularly.

Clomid

Some women who take the drug clomid may have a side effect. Clomid is actually a fertility drug that helps stimulation of ovulation. In some women though, it has the opposite effect. Clomid works to encourage the development of the egg in the ovary but it could result in the depletion of cervical fluid all together. Cervical fluid is important for the transportation of the sperm to the fallopian tube through the cervix. If that doesn’t happen the egg won’t be fertilized. However, this can be overcome by the use of IUI or Intrauterine Insemination procedure.

Low estrogen levels

Low level of estrogen may also be the reason behind lack of cervical fluid. Don’t take estrogen supplements because they may have the opposite effect. These supplements will interfere with the feedback mechanism and deplete whatever is left of your cervical mucus. If you have low estrogen levels, you should consider intrauterine insemination.

Avoiding it

Drinking a lot of water and staying hydrated at all times can help you avoid this problem. You should also avoid antihistamines.

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Ms. Stephens has spent over twenty years in the healthcare world, specializing in obstretical and medical/surgical nursing. She joined ConceiveEasy as she has a strong interest in educating and empowering women and promoting fertility awareness.

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