How to Increase Cervical Mucus

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If you are trying to get pregnant, you have probably heard that cervical mucus is an important part of the process. Not only can cervical mucus allow you to know when you are ovulating, it can actually create an environment that is perfect for sperm and the fertilization of your eggs. However, not every woman develops the cervical mucus that she needs in order to get pregnant.

While an absence of cervical mucus will not prevent you from getting pregnant, having healthier mucus can definitely help. With this in mind, there are some things that you can do in order to improve the health of your cervical mucus and to increase the amount of it that you have.

1. Drink More Water

We all know that our bodies need water in order to be healthy. However, women who are trying to get pregnant will find that they need to remain hydrated as much as possible. Cervical mucus is directly related to your body’s hydration levels so it is important to drink about six to eight glasses of water each day.

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You should avoid drinking caffeine and you should also stop smoking. Both of these items have been shown to decrease the quality of your cervical mucus and have also been shown to decrease the amount that is produced by the body.

2. Don’t take allergy or cold medications

This may be somewhat difficult to do, especially if you have developed a cold or other allergy related issues. However, these medications have been shown to dry up cervical mucus, the same way they dry up your sinuses.

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Avoid medications that have antihistamines in them and take those with guaifenesin instead. Robitussin or Mucinex are both great options when it comes to maintaining healthy cervical mucus levels and getting rid of that nasty cold.

3. Use the right type of lubricant

When you are having intercourse, it is best to avoid using lubricants because many of these lubricants can actually prevent sperm from getting to their desired locations. However, there are some brands, such as Pre-seed that will act as a replacement to cervical mucus. This may be a good option for women who are not developing healthy cervical mucus on their own.

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4. Drink Green Tea

Many women have found that adding green tea to their diet helps tremendously when they are struggling to produce healthy cervical mucus. Although there is little scientific proof regarding the successfulness of this method, it is believed to help. There are also a number of nutrients that are said to be extremely healthy in green tea and this may benefit your overall health as well.

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5. Try taking supplements

There are many vitamins and over the counter supplements that have been shown to help women who are trying to get pregnant and may help improve and increase your cervical mucus. A couple of the most popular options are primrose oil and l-arginine. However, it is important that you talk to your doctor before taking any supplements.

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It is important to note that you should not take supplements if you are taking fertility treatments or if your doctor suggests that you refrain from them. Many of the fertility drugs and supplements that typically help with getting pregnant may actually counteract each other if they are taken at the same time.

6. Why am I not producing cervical mucus?

There are many reasons that cervical mucus may not be produced in the body. Some women have found that certain surgeries hinder the process that their bodies go through when it should be making cervical mucus.

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However, there are many other reasons and your doctor may be able to offer guidance in this area. It is important that you seek your doctor’s advice if you are looking for a cause for a lack of cervical mucus.

7. Conclusion

For women trying to get pregnant a lack of cervical mucus can be very frustrating. Although it is not required for getting pregnant, it definitely helps the process and for some women it is crucial. It is important that you monitor your cervical mucus in order to determine if your body is producing it correctly. Your doctor will be able to give you more information on the proper way to monitor it and on other methods that you can do in order to increase the quantity and quality of your cervical mucus.

Ms. Belanger has 20 years of experience in women's healthcare and nursing, including labor and delivery, postpartum and antenatal. She is passionate toward improving both maternal and fetal outcomes of high-risk obstetrics patients.