Long Follicular Stage and Thick Cervical Mucus
The doctor who wrote "How to Get Pregnant" says that I have a reduced chance of conceiving because I have a long follicular phase and because my basal temperature rises in steps, but he doesn't explain why. My follicular phase is sometimes 20 days. However, the author of "Taking Charge of Your Fertility" implies that it is perfectly normal to have a long follicular phase. Will I have a harder time conceiving and is there anything I can do about it? Is it possible to make cervical mucus more egg-whitish?"Question:
Just because you have a longer pre-ovulatory phase, does not necessarily mean that you are less fertile. In "Taking Charge of Your Fertility," Tony Weschler discusses late ovulation on pages 54 to 56 and page 139. Also, on page 74, she has examples of non-typical ovulation patterns. The important thing is that you will be able to identify your own pattern.
One treatment for thick cervical mucus is the use of guaifenesin, the active ingredient in Robutussin cough syrup or its generic equivalent. Taking one to two tablespoons of this during the days preceding ovulation has helped some couples achieve pregnancy. It loosens and thins the cervical mucus as it loosens and thins congestion in the respiratory tract.
I hope this helps and that you able to conceive a baby very soon.
Editor's note: Taking Charge of Your Fertility and How to Get Pregnant are available for purchase online at Amazon.com. For more information, or to order one of the above books, click on the link in the book title.Answer: