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How do you know if you have fertile cervical mucus? What can you do to improve the quantity and quality? Having the right amount and the right consistency of cervical mucus is critical to conception. During your cycle you have a “fertile window” when your cervical mucus is sperm friendly which is usually right before and during ovulation. So how do you improve your cervical mucus? Here are some things you can do:

Drink water

It just makes sense that if you are dehydrated or underhydrated that your cervical mucus will be thick with less volume. When you have a cold or cough, one of the first things doctors will tell you to do is “drink plenty of fluids”. Why? Because it thins out your mucus so you can cough it up. The same thing holds true for cervical mucus, with proper hydration, the consistency will be thinner and you will have more of it. Sperm need “egg white” consistency cervical mucus.

Dietary Changes

Grapefruit juice:
Drinking grapefruit juice seems to help some women with the consistency of their cervical mucus.

Limit Dairy Products
Dairy products may make cervical mucus thick

Dark Beans
Try to consume black or red beans

Dark Leafy green vegetables
Blackberries, blueberries, strawberries

Evening Primrose Oil
This should be taken in the first half of your cycle before ovulation. The recommended amount is 1500-3000mg per day

Cough syrups which contain the expectorant guaifenesin.
The idea here is that it thins out the mucus in your lungs so you can cough it out but it will also have an effect on thinning out your cervical mucus. Follow the directions on the package as differing brands will contain differing amounts.

Egg Whites As A Vaginal Lubricant
Remove a fresh egg from the refrigerator, and let it get to room temperature (although you should not let the egg stay out of the refrigerator for more than an hour). Separate the yolk from the white and discard the yolk. Ensure that there are no bits of shells present in the egg white and use as you normally would with a vaginal lubricant. Make sure your hands have been freshly washed and careful attention should be made to make sure that the egg has not been out of the refrigerator for more than an hour to avoid contamination with bacteria.

Medications/Supplements to avoid:

Avoid taking too much vitamin C as this could cause your cervical mucus to become too acidic

Avoid taking antihistamines as these dry up your mucus which may be good for your nasal passages, but it will dry up and make cervical mucus thick as well.

Avoid over-the counter vaginal lubricants as these typically do not create the proper environment for sperm. However, there are some lubricants on the market like "Pre-seed" which are sperm friendly.

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