Trying to Conceive: Can You Help Increase Your Cervical Mucus?

I went off the pill and promptly began ovulating. (I used an ovulation predictor kit to determine this.) I also get the classic pains associated with ovulation right at day 15 of my 30-day cycle, but see no cervical mucus at all. We are trying to conceive, and I am worried and discouraged. Is there anything I can do to encourage my body to produce cervical mucus?


Peg Plumbo CNM

Peg Plumbo has been a certified nurse-midwife (CNM) since 1976. She has assisted at over 1,000 births and currently teaches in the... Read more

I would try not to get discouraged yet as you do have the classic signs of ovulation and a positive ovulatory test. It may be that the cervical mucus is being retained or the cervix is in a very posterior position. You may wish to have your care provider check your cervix when you suspect you are ovulating to confirm your suspicions or reassure you that all is okay.

Thickened cervical mucus is a possibility. This thickened mucus often fails to undergo the typical midcycle thinning and can form a barrier to sperm penetration. This type of mucus has been shown to be more frequent in women with a family history of cystic fibrosis.

One at-home treatment for thickened cervical mucus is 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 can loosen and thin the cervical mucus as it loosens and thins congestion in the respiratory tract.

If this does not work, and infertility is a reality, you may wish to consult a reproductive endocrinologist. Ovulation induction with clomid can be useful in these cases, even though you seem to be ovulating. And intrauterine insemination is often successful, as it bypasses cervical mucus.

I really wish you the best with this and hope you are able to achieve a pregnancy very soon.

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