Mucus is generally something that most people do not feel the need to discuss, but when you are trying to conceive you’ll notice right away that you talk about things that you generally wouldn’t, including mucus. Cervical mucus is something that most women consider when they learn about the cycle that their body goes through each month, and how the mucus or discharge that they see each day can give them real clues about their fertility. While most women overlook the mucus on a day-to-day basis, when you are trying to conceive it’s almost like a map to conception, because every little change means something important!
As most women acknowledge, we are always expelling some sort of discharge or mucus, and this is generally referred to as cervical mucus. As you progress through your cycle each month, you’ll probably notice that the mucus changes. Right after your period you might notice that you have very little in the way of discharged mucus or what mucus you do have is very sticky. As you progress, you’ll notice that your cervical mucus becomes more and more watery, and this will aid in the longevity and mobility of any sperm that may enter the body.
Many women feel as though they are not becoming pregnant because they do not have enough cervical mucus. While this may be true for some women, it’s not the case with most. If you feel you might not have enough cervical mucus and this is why you are not becoming pregnant, you can actually help your body produce more cervical mucus. A main ingredient in the cough medicine known as Robitussin, guaifenesin, can help you produce more cervical mucus. Taking just a tablespoon or two a day in the days leading up to ovulation will help with the cervical mucus, creating a favorable environment for fertilization.
The problem with treating yourself for a lack of cervical mucus is that may not be your problem. Many women believe that they don’t have enough cervical mucus when the opposite is actually true and there is too much. When there is too much cervical mucus it makes it difficult for the sperm to get through the mucus barrier and fertilize an egg, resulting in pregnancy. So, if you want to try the Robitussin trick you can, but if you don’t have better luck within a month or two, you might want to think about getting with your doctor to determine if a lack of mucus is really the issue at hand.