21 Tips to Increase Your Cervical Mucus Naturally
Fertile cervical mucus helps sperm move up the cervix to fertilize the egg. Boost your cervical fluid quality and quantity to get pregnant using our tips!
How is cervical mucus created?
Cervical mucus is created by estrogen. Before you are ovulating, your estrogen rises quite a bit and this rise in estrogen through a progression of steps is what causes the fertile cervical mucus to be created. So the main reasons why you might not be creating enough cervical mucus or not good fertile quality, is because of your estrogen levels.
What does affect estrogen levels?
Hormonal imbalances are going to affect your estrogen. It can also be caused by dehydration because your cervical mucus is a fluid, you need to be hydrated. It can also be caused by infections or inflammation in and around your cervix. We can also mention poor circulation to your reproductive system as well as candida overgrowth or yeast infections. Also another thing could be conditions like polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).
Address estrogen issues to increase and improve your cervical mucus
I'm going to list ways to improve cervical mucus in a natural way. Non-invasive, prescription free and relatively inexpensive, you can try some of them to increase your chances of getting pregnant.
1. Stay hydrated
This is a very basic one and you hear it all the time : stay hydrated! Because obviously your cervical mucus is a fluid and so it needs water. It needs hydration from your body in order to be produced. So drink fluids throughout the day, throughout all of your days. And not just drinking water but any type of fluid is going to help produce good quality and fertile cervical mucus.
2. Electrolyte balance
Incorporating electrolytes in your fluid intake can be very beneficial for your cervical mucus. If you're just strictly drinking water and trying to drink as much water as possible just for the sake being hydrated, you can suffer from over hydration. This is caused when you are getting too much water in comparison to electrolytes (sodium and potassium for example). Low electrolyte levels may not be noticeable at first, you might not have any symptoms but as you continue to keep drinking more water than your body can excrete, you might start to notice symptoms like nausea. Discuss this with your physician, it could be a good idea to start incorporating electrolytes into your water consumption.
3. Omega supplements
I often suggest to increase the amount of essential fatty acids that women TTC are consuming. Essential fatty acids or healthy oils in general, are really going to help you with your hormones. Hormones are built up of proteins and fats mainly. So you need enough healthy fat in your diet to produce and release these hormones that you require for not only cervical mucus, but for all of your reproductive functions. When it comes to supplemental form of essential fatty acids, this is usually found in omega-3 fish oil supplements. I also suggest krill oil supplements. Krill oil is can be easier for the body to absorb than omega-3 fish oil. Another reason is that krill oil contains a lot more antioxidants than fish oil.
4. Essential fatty acids in your diet
Increasing the amount of omega-3s and essential fatty acids that you get through the foods that you eat is very important. So one of the main ones that is always suggested is eating fish fatty. Alternatively you can get this boost of essential fatty acids with flaxseeds, chia seeds, walnuts, avocado, coconut oil and even Brussels sprouts. They all have high levels of omega-3.
5. Beta carotene
To increase the quantity of your cervical mucus you can take Beta carotene. This might sound a little bit surprising, but adding carrots to your diet is actually going to increase the quantity of your cervical mucus. This is due to carrots being high in beta-carotene, which helps creating vitamin A.
Do not take a vitamin A supplement though. If you do become pregnant, high levels of vitamin A can actually cause abnormalities or deformities in your baby.
6. Grapefruit juice
Eating grapefruits or drinking grapefruit juice can be very beneficial to produce fertile cervical mucus. It prevents estrogen from naturally being broken down. Just eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice a few days before you're going to ovulate, when you do want your estrogen levels to be increasing. So you don't want to be doing this during your whole cycle.
Now we're going to get into some vitamins, supplements and herbs that can help you out with your cervical mucus:
7. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is known to increase the quantity and the consistency of your cervical mucus. It works by increasing your blood flow and by increasing the water in your cervical mucus. You want to be taking citrus fruits, strawberries, foods that contain a lot of vitamin C. You don't want to be taking a synthetic form of vitamin C, especially if you're trying to conceive because there is the possibility that high levels of the synthetic form of vitamin C can cause early miscarriages. But if you're taking a vitamin C, even if it's a supplement that is derived from like a whole food, so a more natural supplement, that is a lot better. But if you could just get it in food form, that's the optimal way to do it.
Instead of getting into every single vitamin that is going to help improve your cervical mucus - because there are so many - it's a great idea to take a multivitamin to cover everything that you need. Your hormones are creating your cervical mucus and when it comes to hormonal balance, you really need overall health. In order to get overall health, there are a lot of different things to do but one of the big things is to make sure that you're just getting all of the different nutrients that your body needs. A multivitamin is always a good idea because if you're trying to conceive, then it's a good idea to take a prenatal multivitamin
9. Primrose oil
Primrose oil has been shown to increase the amount of cervical mucus and also helps to balance out your hormones. Primrose oil has been used for hundreds of years and it is a highly recommended supplement. Borage seed oil is a good alternative.
l-arginine supplement works by increasing blood flow. Increasing the blood flow to your reproductive system helps with cervical mucus production. However if you do have herpes, sort of dormant in your body, this can cause flare-ups sometimes.
Shatavari can actually do a lot of different things but the thing that it can do for your cervical mucus is that it is a demulcent. This means that it reduces inflammation and irritation with the mucous membranes. It's going to help you produce more cervical mucus by lining the mucous membranes and protecting the mucous membranes. It's like a tonic for your mucous membranes.
Dandelion herb or dandelion root is like a detox. It's great for your blood, it's great for your liver and liver is really important for hormonal balance. Your liver has to be clean and working properly in order for your hormones to work properly.
13. Licorice root
Licorice root is going to help your mucous membranes by reducing irritation and inflammation.
14. Marshmallow root
This is another demulcent. You don't have to be taking all of them but if you find a herbal tea that does contain all of them then that's a great product for you.
15. Red clover
Red clover helps by increasing blood flow.
Increasing your amount of probiotics and healthy bacteria. You could do this through supplemental form like getting a probiotic pill supplement or you can do it through food. Different foods like natural homemade sauerkraut. Not the stuff that's made with vinegar but the stuff that's actually fermented. Kefir, kombucha, kimchi... basically fermented foods are all going to have great amounts of healthy gut bacteria and healthy probiotics in them.
If you do have a candida overgrowth or yeast infection going on, it's probably a great idea to take a probiotic.
Get more active! Exercising is great for your overall health. When it comes to your cervical mucus, exercising is going to increase the blood flow in your body and this is in turn going to help with your cervical fluids.
18. Avoid lubricants
Avoid lubricants that are going to harm sperm. This is actually the majority of lubricants unless it is made for trying to conceive. I would not use a lubricant because it's probably just going to hurt the sperm instead of actually helping it out.
19. Avoid douching and feminine products that contain chemicals
Avoid using any sort of chemical based feminine hygiene products. Even if that's like a scented toilet paper or if it's douching. Avoid getting any chemicals or wiping any chemicals or douching anything inside of your vagina because it's just it's just gonna interfere with your natural cervical mucus production .
20. Avoid antihistamines
Antihistamines are allergy medication or decongestants. sSo if you have a stuffy nose, the medicine that you take for that is usually a decongestant. These sort of products are meant to dry up cervical fluids. They're meant to dry up mucous membranes and this can include drying up your cervical mucus.
21. Avoid dairy products
I wouldn't say avoid them completely but you can limit it. Dairy products can be known to thicken your cervical mucus which makes it more difficult for sperm to swim through it .