Cervical mucus is created by the female reproductive system throughout the menstrual cycle. During menstruation, the mucus is absent. As the cycle progresses, the mucus increases in quantity, with the most fertile period having abundant, clear, stretchy mucus that is sometimes referred to as "egg white cervical mucus" or EWCM. This mucus is an excellent home for sperm and the structure allows free and easy passage for sperm through the cervix and into the uterus. Increasing the amount of cervical mucus near ovulation can help a woman become pregnant more easily.
Drink more water. Mucus production is directly related to the body's hydration levels. The recommended amount is six to eight glasses of water daily. Avoid caffeinated beverages and smoking as they can decrease the amount and quality of the mucus.
Avoid cold, sinus and allergy medications that contain antihistamines. These will dry up runny noses, but they will also dry up cervical mucus.
Take medication whose active ingredient is only guaifenesin, such as plain Robitussin or Mucinex. These will increase mucus production.
Use an appropriate lubricant during intercourse. Most commercial lubricants are hostile to sperm. Using a water-based lubricant such as Pre-seed will not increase cervical mucus; instead, it acts as a replacement.
Tips & Warnings
- Consult your doctor before starting any medications.
- Increasing cervical mucus
- "Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health" by Toni Weschler. Collins; Revised edition (2001)
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