Fertile cervical mucus, the fluid secreted by your cervix during your fertile days right before ovulation, plays an important role in conception. Fertile cervical mucus, which looks a lot like raw egg white, 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 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. Finally, your cervical mucus may also be hostile to sperm if it’s too acidic.
Here are 10 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. You should drink about 8 big glasses of water every day, but don’t go overboard — water intoxication is a real thing. If you’re unsure how much liquid you need to drink on a daily basis, ask your physician.
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 take prescription medications.
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4. Eat your vegetables
Sperm cells thrive in alkaline (high pH) environments. The pH of your cervical mucus is a result of the overall pH level in your body, which in turn is largely a result of your diet. The good news is that the alkaline foods which will make your cervical mucus more sperm-friendly, are also good for your general health.
Vegetables (especially the dark green ones), onions, lima beans, almonds and most fruits — including citrus fruits — are great alkaline foods. You should limit your intake of the most acidifying foods such as processed foods, sugar, dairy, meat and refined grains.
Some women have reported more abundant cervical mucus after eating a clove of fresh, raw garlic every day before ovulation.
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!
6. 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.
7. 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.
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The human body converts GLA into prostaglandins, which may enhance the production of fertile cervical mucus. Order online
9. 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. Order online
10. Supplement with Pre~Seed lubricant
Pre~Seed is a lubricant specifically designed for couples trying to conceive. Its structure is very close to natural fertile cervical mucus, and if your own cervical mucus is scarce, Pre~Seed can supplement it to make intercourse more comfortable and provide a more sperm-friendly environment. Order online