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Let's Talk Cervical Mucous!
a blog by Marie Lee
Let’s talk cervical mucous! This may involve looking at the tissue after you wipe, or poking around in your (as Oprah would say) va-jay-jay.
Cervical mucous is a wonder of nature. During your infertile times, it provides a nice plug to keep bad things out of your cervix (in fact, some birth control pills work by promoting what’s called “hostile” mucous?). But as you get closer to ovulation, your mucous should become more copious, clear, and stretchy (think “egg whites”). If you look at it under the microscope, you’d see these little fiber thingies in it that are all jumbled, but near ovulation—tadah!—the fibers all go one way… making a ladder to help the ol’ sperm along.
The best way to get acquainted with the old CM is to read Toni Weschler’s Taking Charge of Your Fertility, which will explain all about charting your temps and other fertility signs (you’ll learn the most about your cycle if you look at all the signs together). In fact, my friend Susan accidentally got pregnant when she read the book wrong and mixed up her fertile and non- fertile times. Oops!
You may find that you have a lack of CM, or that the stuff you do have doesn’t stretch (it should be clear and stretch a good inch between thumb and forefinger during your fertile period). There are many things that can affect CM, including stress, medications, diet (dairy can cause extra thick mucous) . . . and CLOMID.
Clomid is something referred to as a “gateway” drug, and I see why. It both thins your uterine lining AND can cause hostile CM. Your doctor will probably give you more drugs for that, maybe more drugs for something else…don’t ask me.
But there ARE things you can do to ready your CM: cut down on the dairy, drink lots of water, take evening primrose oil.
If your mucous is still too thick you could try, get this, Robitussin. Actually, it doesn’t have to be that exact brand, but you want something that’s “guaifenesin-only,” (guaifenesin being the active ingredient). The recommended dose for improving cervical mucus, based on a 1982 article in Fertility and Sterility, is two teaspoons (200 mg) taken orally three times per day. And take it with a huge glass of water. You need water to make mucous.
Now, Robitussin will THIN your CM, not create more if you don’t have enough. One product that does both (and helps your uterine lining) NATURALLY, I might add, is FertileCM from Fairhaven Health. At first I thought, that’s funny, I already take most of the ingredients (grapeseed extract, coral calcium, vitamin C, lactobacillus) for general health and fertility, but after a month and a half of faithfully taking this product, I noticed a significant difference in my CM. Probably it has to do with the combining of the ingredients. Sperm can live up to five days in CM, BUT hostile CM will kill them. This product also purports to help keep the proper pH of your CM for proper sperm nurturance.
I have NO IDEA if you can take this product with Clomid (although I suspect you can, as there aren’t any estrogenic herbs). As it says on the label, ASK YOUR DOCTOR.
Your doctor can also give you a test to see if you have hostile CM.