Fertile cervical mucus, the fluid secreted by your cervix during your fertile days right before ovulation, plays an important role in conception.
This mucus looks a lot like raw egg white, and is therefore often called “egg white cervical mucus” (EWCM). It provides the ideal environment for sperm cells to travel through your vagina and your uterus, and up to the fallopian tubes where they can fertilize the egg.
Many women conceive without any problems, despite never observing any egg white cervical mucus at all. For others, however, having little or no fertile cervical mucus can make it more difficult to get pregnant.
Even if your cervical mucus is abundant, it may be too thick to allow sperm cells to easily penetrate the cervix. Your cervical mucus may also be hostile to sperm if it’s too acidic.
Water, garlic, supplements and lubricant: here are 9 easy ways to increase your supply of good fertile-quality cervical mucus, in order to maximize your chances to conceive.
1. STAY HYDRATED
Your cervical mucus consists of about 90% water. If you are not sufficiently hydrated, your cervial mucus production will suffer.
Try to drink about 8 big glasses of water every day, but don’t exaggerate. If you’re unsure how much liquid you need to drink on a daily basis, ask your doctor.
If you don’t really fancy drinking water, green tea is a good alternative. Although some women report increased fertile cervical mucus when they drink green tea, the effect is not scientifically proven. However, green tea has many other health benefits and is a good way to supplement your water intake.
2. DRINK GRAPEFRUIT JUICE
Many women observe more abundant fertile cervical mucus when they drink a big glass of grapefruit juice every day during the last week or so before ovulation.
Grapefruit juice can also improve the texture of your mucus, making it thinner and easier to move through for the sperm cells.
Despite being acidic, grapefruit juice has an alkalizing effect once digested, which can help make the mucus even more sperm-friendly.
Warning: Grapefruit juice may interact with certain types of prescription medication, increasing the effect of the medication and exacerbating side effects. Consult your physician before drinking grapefruit juice if you are using prescription medications.
3. TAKE FERTILECM
FertileCM is a dietary supplement designed specifically to enhance the production of fertile cervical mucus.
It also promotes the endometrial secretions that build the uterine lining, preparing it for the fertilized egg to implant.
Bonus benefit: some ingredients in FertileCM have been clinically demonstrated to support female arousal and sexual stimulation.
4. GARLIC AND CERVICAL MUCUS
Some women have reported more abundant cervical mucus after eating a clove of fresh, raw garlic every day before ovulation.
Can garlic give you more and better cervical mucus? Either way, garlic is both healthy and tasty!
If you want to try this method, it’s probably a good idea to make sure your partner eats some, too — even world-class fertile cervical mucus will not help you get pregnant if he turns his back on you in bed!
5. BE CAREFUL WITH ANTIHISTAMINES
Antihistamines (allergy medicine) and decongestants are great for drying up your runny nose, but unfortunately they may have the same effect on your cervical mucus.
If you need to use antihistamines, ask your doctor for advice on how to avoid adverse effects on your production of cervical mucus while you are trying to conceive.
6. TRY COUGH SYRUP
If you think your cervical mucus is too thick, expectorant cough medicine can help make it thinner. Your choice of syrup will depend on where you live, but make sure the active ingredient is guaifenesin (ask at your local pharmacy or order online).
Use it only during the last few days before ovulation, and do not take more than the recommended daily dose indicated on the package.
7. TRY EVENING PRIMROSE OIL
Evening Primrose Oil is a herbal supplement containing a fatty acid called GLA (Gamma Linolenic Acid).
The human body converts GLA into prostaglandins, which may enhance the production of fertile cervical mucus.
8. TRY L-ARGININE
L-Arginine is another supplement which may help improve cervical mucus by increasing the production of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide dilates blood vessels and helps to increase blood flow to the uterus, ovaries, and genitals.
9. SUPPLEMENT WITH A FERTILITY LUBRICANT
BabyDance is a lubricant specifically designed for couples trying to conceive. Its structure and composition is very close to natural fertile cervical mucus.