Improve your Cervical Mucus for Fertility
Many people like you want to find out if they have good quality cervical mucus that can help them get pregnant.
In this article, I'm going to tell you what you can do to improve your cervical mucus if you've got none or little cervical mucus.
I'm Dr. Amanda Miller, fertility expert, and I work with couples from all over the world to make sure that they can get pregnant naturally.
So cervical mucus, why is it so important?
This article is going to give you all the details that you need to understand and potentially change to improve your cervical mucus.
Well, cervical mucus is really important for good vaginal health and environment. It helps to keep the individual canal in the vaginal area proper balance and keeps it all healthy and clean. On top of that, it helps it protects the sperm and transport the sperm to where it needs to go, which is your egg.
A great lubricant
It also is a great lubricant for intercourse, which we always need, because without proper healthy lubrication during intercourse, one, it's hard to have intercourse. It makes it a little bit more uncomfortable, more painful and less enjoyable. So we want to make sure we have good, healthy lubrication or you specifically have good, healthy lubrication when you are trying to get pregnant and trying naturally.
Here are some things to consider when we're talking about cervical mucus. First and foremost is what is considered good quality cervical mucus.
All of you, I'm sure, have noticed that your cervical mucus changes at different times of your cycle, depending on where you are in your cycle, and potentially also depending on your health and how you're feeling. So cervical mucus can shift and be different at different times of your entire cycle.
Sometimes it could just be a little sticky, sometimes it could be a little creamy and white sometimes, which is what we're really looking for is that egg white cervical mucus, exactly what it sounds like. And then other times it can be more watery.
Ideally, what we're seeing is that we see that progression throughout the first half of your cycle. And as you get closer to ovulation - let's assume on day 14 - we observe that starting around day 11 or 12 that we're starting to see a shift more towards egg whites, cervical mucus, and away from the either sticky, watery or creamy cervical mucus.
And that you have that for a few days, two to three days during that fertile window when you're ovulating.
And then afterwards it can become watery as as you're shifting into that luteal phase and then potentially get a little bit drier. That happens because you should be more fertile around ovulation and your body is getting ready to prepare a healthy environment in the vaginal area and vaginal canal for intercourse and to protect the sperm and transport them to where they need to go. So it's a natural process that we want to see happen.
Now, there's many patients who email me and say « how? »
So how do we check for proper, healthy cervical mucus? For many of you, if you have an abundant amount of cervical mucus, you might even feel that discharge come out.
You might be able to notice it on your panties and you're able to check that way. But for many of you, there's not enough. During that time, it's not as abundant. And you're going to have to insert two fingers to get out a proper, healthy enough amount of cervical mucus so you can start to check it and inspect it.
And there's nothing wrong with that. Remember we just want the egg white texture. That is a proper, healthy cervical mucus. It should be clear, sticky and stretchy.
If you're having a hard time knowing what is good quality, I suggest you crack open an egg, just get the egg yolk and start to play with it so you can see and inspect what it should look like. It's exactly that egg. White cervical mucus.
So poor mucus or having no cervical mucus starts to show that there's potentially a hormone imbalance and more specifically, lower estrogen levels. This hormone in the first half of your cycle, the follicular phase of your cycle, and that helps to support healthy cervical mucus.
So if we're having a low amount or no amount or no good quality cervical mucus, then that's definitely something that we need to improve. And so checking your hormones, making sure that estrogen is being supported properly is going to be a big piece to that puzzle for you. Also, some things that can affect good quality cervical mucus is Candida or more specifically, Candida overgrowth. This is definitely a topic that I talk about often with my patients.
Candida overgrowth can definitely affect the quality of your cervical mucus and that can can block the sperm from being able to get through. So it no longer is transporting, being a good environmental transportation piece to get the sperm to the egg. It's becoming a barrier because the sperm can't get through.
So we don't really want that, obviously. And so this is definitely something that needs to be cleaned up. There's several pieces to this process when we start trying to clean up the Candida overgrowth. Diet is a big, big piece of that.
This is where I recommend to my patients that we cut out all sugar, all processed sugar. We cut out a lot of carbs and go to a more low carb diet. And I also recommend using probiotics both orally and vaginally.
A key one that I like to recommend is Saccharomyces Belardi. You can also get a good quality probiotic at the health food store that you can use vaginally and those are some good simple tips.
I just want to warn you and can take several months, two to three months to get rid of it completely. But it's well worth it not only for your fertility, but for your overall health. You'll feel awesome afterwards.
If you have been on birth control, this can definitely cause your cervical mucus to change and can cause or lead to poor cervical mucus or no cervical mucus. And it can also lead to you're more prone to have Candida overgrowth and yeast overgrowth. So that's something to check out. If you've been on birth control for a prolonged period of time, restoring proper hormone balance is really important to restoring estrogen balance. And often when this is done, we will see good cervical mucus be restored, go back to normal, and we've got a good environment in the vagina to allow for the sperm to get to where they need to go.
So what are some other tips to help you restore cervical mucus and proper, healthy cervical mucus?
More importantly, first and foremost, is to reduce your exposure to toxins. This is key. Toxins can be found in many, many different places in our environment and our world today. And that is no different when it comes to this piece as it relates to estrogen.
So one is reduce the exposure to toxins in the environment in your specific house. So you're cleaning products, the things you use around your home. We want to make those as natural and as safe as possible. And if you're using anything that you have questions about, you're not sure if it's safe or healthy to use, then my suggestion is, if you're questioning it, then change it and find something better or healthier to clean your house or to use in your environment around you, because you're going to be inhaling that. That is going to affect your hormones and your system.
Also, food, tons of chemicals, antibiotics, roundup, so forth… can be found in your food and we don't want that. So that's definitely something to clean up and be a little bit more careful with as well.
And then last, the water that you're drinking can definitely have tons of toxins in it. And so you want to make sure you're using a good filter, so that you're drinking clean water.
As we are talking about water, hydration is really, really important. Cervical mucus is mostly water. We need to be hydrated so that not only for our body, because our body needs it, but also our cervical mucus to create good, healthy balance, cervical mucus, we need to be hydrated as well.
So my two tips, when it comes to drinking enough water is going to be one drink, half your body weight in ounces every day. Hopefully drinking it in a glass or stainless steel bottle and no plastics and then mineral water specifically.
The problem with using a filter that takes out all the toxins, it also takes out all the minerals. So we want to add those minerals back in so that our cells can get hydrated because without the minerals in the water, it's very difficult for that water to get into the cell because those minerals are conductive and they allow the water to get into the cell and rehydrate it.
Supplements are always something I'm asked about. So when it comes to cervical mucus, supplements are no different. I do think essential fatty acids like omega fish oils are going to be essential in this case.
So we do want to make sure you're consuming that and making sure you're getting a good quality. Fish oil is even more important because fish oils, just like anything else, can have a lot of toxins and more specifically heavy metals. So we want to make sure that's being tested and used.
I do like to recommend that vitamin D is an essential nutrient that it used for all sorts of hormone related balancing. So I always recommend vitamin D and having your levels checked.
And then on top of that, something that I often recommend for patients, but it does get customized for each individual based on your diagnosis and needs is some Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture, which I love to recommend for patients as well.
So those are the tips that I think are going to be important to influencing and affecting your cervical mucus and hopefully improving the quality of the cervical mucus that you are producing.
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