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Increase Cervical Mucus Production to Get Pregnant

Increase Cervical Mucus Production to Get Pregnant

It is common for a woman to experience some vaginal dryness throughout her childbearing years, but if this continues it may be a sign of a hormone imbalance, an infection, and can make it difficult to get pregnant. Who knew that getting “wet” down there was not only important to the comfort and ease of enjoying intercourse, but for making a baby as well. The cervical mucus a woman produces actually helps in conception efforts. Here’s how…

What is Cervical Mucus and Why is it Important?

The cervix produces mucus that varies in consistency and amount depending on where a woman is at in her menstrual cycle. Just after menstruation, when the estrogen levels are low, the cervix produces a fluid that is thick and acidic which is designed to prevent sperm from entering the vagina. This is known as infertile mucus.

Fertile cervical mucus (CM), also known as cervical fluid (CF) is produced by your cervix as ovulation approaches and depends on a good supply of estrogen from the ovary. Cervical mucus is necessary for allowing the sperm to swim freely through the cervix. You can see it come from the vagina, or as wetness on your underwear or feel it inside of the vagina. Changes in CM can be charted and may be used to detect your most fertile time. When a woman is about to ovulate there should be an increase in thin cervical mucus, as well as a change in the mucus texture, from “wet” to a more pliable, stretchy, egg white like mucus. This is possible through an increase in both water and electrolyte content, and a reduction in acidity. This higher electrolyte content can be seen with an ovulation microscope as a ferning pattern. Healthy fertile cervical mucus nourishes the sperm, protects them from the natural acidity of the vagina, and guides them toward the ovum.

Charting cervical mucus changes is known as the Ovulation Method. Since 1988, comparative studies of different methods of fertility charting, including the most common methods used to determine ovulation signs, cervical mucus charting alone proved to be the most accurate way to detect a woman’s most fertile time (World Health Organization – WHO). There is also a product known as Ovatel that is a portable hand-held microscope that you can use to see the ‘ferning’ pattern.

Cecilia M.M. Pyper, MD, Hon. Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford and Jane Knight, Fertility Nurse/Researcher & Director share for the Global Library of Women’s Medicine that “The WHO [World Health Organization] multicenter study reported that 94% of women could detect changes in cervical secretions indicating the start of the fertile time. Most women need to observe the secretions for approximately three cycles before recognizing the changes with confidence.”

Low to No Cervical Mucus

You may have noticed that you have vaginal dryness at times, but if this is becoming a regular occurrence, it may be a sign something is not functioning properly. If you have continual vaginal dryness and cannot detect cervical mucus at all, you may need to support your body in producing cervical mucus once again.

For women that have low, thick or no cervical fluid, it is harder for the sperm to reach the vagina and beyond for conception. In some cases there may not be a friendly environment for the sperm to sustain themselves. A woman may have developed antisperm antibodies, have some type of infection (yeast or bacterial infection, STD), or may eat a diet high in acidic foods which may cause Cervical Hostility.

Causes of Low Cervical Mucus

  • Not enough water intake each day.
  • Cervicitis or inflammation or infection of the cervix
  • Poor circulation to the reproductive organs; sedentary lifestyle.
  • Hormonal imbalance may cause changes to the entire menstrual cycle, which may inhibit production of fertile cervical mucus. Both high progesterone and low estrogen levels may cause poor cervical mucus quality. Conditions such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is the result of excess hormones from the ovary that can thicken or thin the mucus at odd times.
  • Fertility medications containing hormones can alter fertile cervical mucus production.
  • Cervical polyp or fibroid (very rare).
  • Loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) and cryosurgery to treat cervical dysplasia or HPV. These procedures can in some cases cause cervical scar tissue damage which may close off the ducts that secrete the cervical mucus. This is very rare.

Note: None of the natural options below will be helpful for those with cervical scar tissue damage. Scar tissue damage from LEEP or cryosurgery or polyp damage need to be discussed with your ob/gyn.

Natural Options for Increasing Cervical Mucus

1. Hydrate

Drink a lot of water throughout the day. This may be all you need, drink more water. Cervical mucus is made up of 90% water (Harvard University reserach in the journal Fertility and Sterility), so if you are not hydrating your body your cervical mucus production may lessen. Regardless if you use any of the supplements, you must drink enough water for your body to be able to make cervical mucus. Drink at least 8 full glasses of clean filtered water a day.

2. Nutritional Supplementation

Be sure you are getting enough essential fatty acids each day in your diet. If you cannot get these through the foods you are eating, you may want to consider taking a complete omega supplement which contains omega 3, 6 and 9.

Essential fatty acids help to:

  • Regulate hormones
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Increase the blood flow to the uterus
  • Reduce sensitivity to the hormone prolactin, which can suppress ovulation
  • Increases egg white cervical mucus, which is needed to help the sperm reach the egg
  • Helps your cycle to become normalized

All of these key areas are vital to healthy, adequate cervical mucus production.

Evening Primrose Oil (EPO) has been used by herbalists for hundreds of years to increase cervical mucus. Evening Primrose Oil is high in omega 6. This plant oil has been shown to increase cervical mucus production while also aiding in hormonal balance.

EPO contains gamma linolenic acid (GLA), a fatty acid that the body converts to a hormone-like substance called prostaglandin E1 (PGE1), and French research published in Fertility and Sterility found that prostaglandins are a important part of the constitution of human cervical mucus. This finding may explain the reason EPO can support healthy cervical mucus production and cervical ripening in late pregnancy.

Borage seed oil is also high in omega-6 essential fatty acids. It has been shown to increase cervical mucus, balance hormones and is similar to evening primrose oil.

L-Arginine is an essential amino acid. Supplementation of L-Arginine helps to promote cervical mucus by supporting the production of nitric oxide (NO). Nitric oxide dilates blood vessels and helps to increase blood flow to the uterus, ovaries, and genitals. Proper circulation to the reproductive organs is vital to the production of cervical mucus.

Both Evening Primrose oil and L-arginine are found in the Fertilica™ Fertile CM Pack. Click here to learn more.

3. Herbs that support healthy cervical mucus production

Herbs that are demulcent and bitter are supportive of mucus gland production function. Some herbs are known to increase circulation to the genitals, while others support hormonal balance which may also be helpful.

    Shatavari root (Asparagus racemosus): This herb is a demulcent. Herbs that have a demulcent action contain mucilage. Mucilage lines the mucus membranes and acts as a protector and tonic for those membranes. Shatavari contains mucilage, this may be helpful for women with low cervical mucus.
    Dandelion leaf and root (Taraxacum officinale): Bitter herb, stimulating to mucus secretion. Nutritive, supports liver health for hormonal balance.
    Licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra): Demulcent, promotes healthy mucus membrane secretions. Encourages hormonal balance by supporting the endocrine system.
    Marshmallow root (Althea officinalis): Demulcent and soothing to mucus membranes, supports natural health for proper function of mucus production.
    Red Clover aerial parts, blossom (Trifolium pratense): Red Clover has been shown to increase cervical mucus, aiding vaginal dryness. Increases circulation to the reproductive organs.

Making some of these herbs into a tea will also help to support daily hydration!

4. Use a sperm friendly lubricant prior to intercourse

Did you know that most lubricants can actually harm sperm? Luckily there are some natural options that have been shown not to harm sperm. These products supply lubrication when cervical mucus is lacking. Using a sperm friendly lubricant may help the sperm to reach their destination, which is past your cervix!

Emerita Natural Lubrication is a natural lubricant that is water-based. This product is free of petroleum, latex, and mineral oil, all of which have been shown to irritate vaginal tissue and harm sperm.


The production of healthy cervical mucus is vital for conception, as it supports the sperm in reaching the ova. Without fertile (thin, but stretchy) cervical mucus this cannot happen as easily. Cervical mucus is also a wonderful tool for detecting a woman’s peak fertile time. There are many natural options for supporting healthy cervical mucus production…

1. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of clean water each day!

2. Consider important nutritional supplements that support cervical mucus production including omega essential fatty acids, L-Arginine and Evening Primrose Oil.

3. Many herbs can support the health of our mucus glands, including how they function. Many of those same herbs also support hormonal balance, which is necessary for appropriate cervical fluid changes.

4. In the meantime, while you are working on the other 3 steps, consider using a natural lubricant to support the sperm in reaching the ova!

Too learn more about related subjects covered in this article, please visit the following links:

Cervical Hostility and Regaining Fertility to Get Pregnant

Shatavari: Fertility Herb from India

Emerita Natural Lubrication


Dr. Kimberly Langdon Cull M.D., OB/GYN
Dr. Kimberly Langdon Cull M.D., OB/GYN

Dr. Kimberly Langdon Cull is a University-trained Obstetrician/Gynecologist with 19-years of clinical experience. She delivered over 2000 babies and specializes in gynecologic diseases such as menstrual disorders, infertility diagnosis and treatment especially pertaining to tubal blockage and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Dr. Langdon is the inventor of 6 patent pending medical devices, and attended Ohio State University from 1987-1995 receiving her Medical Doctorate Degree (M.D.) with Honors in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

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    I am 32, we have been trying to conceive for 15 months. My results are normal, cycles regular, I do ovulate but I do not have cervical mucous. I eat healthy ( maca, lots of vegetables, smoothies) drink lots of water, do not smoke or drink alkohol. I tried evening primrose oil, l- arganine and nothing. Is there anything else I can do?

    • Dear Hanna,

      May I know how much and for long you used of each supplement you’ve tried? Have you heard about the herb Shatavari? Consider learning about that too.

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    Are fertility smoothies safe in pregnancy?

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    Have been trying for over 5 years my boyfriend and I are so desperate we had numerous test done.
    At 1st my partner had low sperm count and low motility.
    After a couple of years of supplement and a good diet everything became normal.
    We had 2 cycle of unsuccessful IVF on the NHS.
    I had a laparoscopy done last year everything was fine they didn’t find anything.
    I’m completely lost and about to give up I’m really young (31 years old). don’t know what cervical Mucus is like but I’m very dried around ovulation time.
    We are both healthy.

    • Hello!

      Cervical mucus is the fluid that helps sperm travel safely thru not only the cervix, but the vagina and uterus to meet an egg for implantation. It is really needed! This is the guide to help you know how to naturally support healthy cervical mucus production. I hope you find it helpful.

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    If you are low progesterone Red Clover can CAUSE dryness.

    I had been seeing improvements in wetness, just doing progesterone cream treatment, but not any volume. So, I was reluctant at first to use it regularly although I had it on hand and had taken Red Clover on the DAY of ovulation one time and it really help with the weakness(hormonal shift) I experienced during those times. I read several things here about Red Clover and drank three tea bags each day for one month and the next time of ovulation I experienced hot flashes and sooo much dryness I felt like I had taken three steps backwards in my health. I’m in my young twenties. The article should really stress balancing hormones first.

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    Pre-Seed contains harmful parabens. I am surprised it is recommended on this website.

    • Dear Meghna,

      Pre-Seed does contain parabens because these ingredients are known or felt to be the best at preventing the product from growing harmful bacteria. I encourage you to visit to read what they have to say about why parabens are in their product.

      Pre-Seed is known to be one of the more sperm-friendly, fertility-friendly, cost-effective lubricants although we know not the only one.

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    Hi Hethir,

    I was wondering whether there is such a thing as taking too many herbs? Im already currently taking Shatavari, Tribulus, Vitex (all from your site) and now after reading this article, if i were to take the suggested supplements, would that be overdoing it? Plus I am also currently taking prenatals.

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    Hethir, Good morning. just to appreciate your good works for women thank you so much I have learn so much from your post thanks a lots. the challenge I have is that most of this herbs are hard to fine in this part of the world.

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    Hi, I have been noticing that in the past few cycles I’ve barely had cm. I’m wondering if that could contribute to a difficult time getting pregnant. Is it ok to add some of these herbs, such as evening primrose oil and licorice root to my existing treatment?

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    Excellent article. Where can I get these herbs and medications to buy in Canada

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    Hi there, I will be having artificial insemination so does it make any difference whether i have any cervical mucus or not. I am checking my fertility with the fertility microscope so if it shows ferning and i do not have any cervical mucus can i still conceive, i am concerned that i wont. Your advice would be most appreciated. Thanks for a great website.

    • Dear Lisa,

      Healthy cervical mucus not only helps sperm travel through the vagina, but through the uterus to the ovum as well. Sperm needs to be able to travel all the way to the fallopian tube where the ovum will be slowly traveling to meet it. Sperm needs health cervical mucus to get there.

      Ferning on the fertility microscope detects in increase in electrolyte content indicting fertile cervical mucus. It is good to see ferning! It could be that you need to try to stay more hydrated and consider supplements to see the fertile cervical mucus externally. Consider revisiting the suggestions under the Natural Options for Increasing Cervical Mucous heading above.

      Don’t hesitate to talk to your doctor about this either. All my best!

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    I’ve been taking Evening Primrose Oil since CD8 and planned to stop once I ovulated based on my thermal shift. It’s now CD25 and still no thermal shift. Also started taking Vitex right before the beginning of my current cycle. I know that introducing these herbs along with stress, etc., can change my cycle length, but what I’m really wondering is, can EVP affect basal body temperature, so that it would be hard for me to detect ovulation? Lately, I’ve noticed a very jagged pattern, which is very unusual. My temp will dip into the high 96s one day, then come back up around the 97.2s or .3s for 2/3 days, then the pattern will repeat. Should I wait for the shift or quit EVP?

    • Dear Libby,

      Both Evening Primrose Oil (EPO) and Vitex impact systems of the body that work to keep hormones balanced. When introducing herbs that do so, the cycle can shift. While concerning, I know, this is a sign the body is responding to the herb’s actions. We typically see menstrual cycle shifts work themselves out within 1-3 cycles of use.

      I have not personally seen Fertilica EPO contribute to menstrual cycle shifts (that are concerning – often they are mostly positive like relieving PMS and increasing CM), but do know Vitex is more likely to do so.

      It is up to you whether you continue both or either, but it may be best to stick to your program for at least 3 cycles.

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    Hello Hethir,
    Thank you so much for this awesome tutorials.

    Like you rightly pointed out, The cervix produces different types of mucous depending on where a woman is at in her menstrual cycle. Just after menstruation, the cervix produces a fluid that is thick and acidic which is designed to prevent sperm from entering the vagina. This is known as infertile mucous.

    A good understanding of this and what to do as you have tutored here increases the chances of conception.


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    I read that water can kill sperm and Emirita is water based – can you comment? Thanks very much.

    • Hello!

      Sperm can not live in fresh water outside of the human body due to osmotic shock which makes sperm explode. Water will not kill sperm once inside the vagina or female reproductive tract. The vaginal and uterine environments along with the consistency of semen protect sperm from mixing well with water once inside the female body.

      Water-based lubricants are not know to harm sperm and are safer to use than lubricants made with synthetic chemicals and preservatives. Emerita Natural Lubricant was made to complement the female body chemistry and protect the delicate vaginal pH balance.

      We suggest working to support healthy cervical mucous and the body’s natural lubricant production, and only using sperm-friendly lubricants sparingly when need be.

      I hope this is helpful!

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      Thank you very much for an informative explanation Ms. Elizabeth, it was very helpful.

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    Hi! At 46, can I still hope to get pregnant? Husband’s sperm count is ZERO and I have done 3 fibroid removals, IVF, several IUIs and now hormonal imbalance and dryness. I am no longer interested in having sex because I don’t enjoy it. Is there any herb that can help rectify this situation?

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    Hi! What kind of supplements can I purchase to assist with my problems… no cervical mucus, high prolactin, poor egg quality, low AMH, no ovulation.
    Thank you!

    • Dear Clare,

      We offer the personalized guidance of learning what herbs, nutritional supplements and natural therapies to consider through our Fertility Consultation program. This is the best way to have help in addressing the issues you’re dealing with and to receive a concise plan with support from a fertility herbalist.

      I hope you will consider and as you do, consider also learning more about the herb Vitex. The article Vitex – The #1 Herb for Female Fertility will share more about this important herb.

      Take care!

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    hi i am just wondering if conceive plus fertility lubricant is safe to use and if it will increase the chances of pregnancy ? thankyou.

    • Hi tina,

      To be honest, I am not familiar with that personal lubricant. I think it would be best to call their customer service and ask them more detailed questions. They will be able to help you better than I.

      All the best!

    • Hi tina,


      We do not consider these to be ‘fertility friendly’.

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    Is there any recommended lubricant?

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    Thank you. I see egg-white cervical mucus throughout my cycle, even in my menses. Is it normal?

    • Dear Amy,

      It may be normal for you…

      Cervical mucus often changes depending during the phases of the menstrual cycle. Just after menstruation, the cervix produces infertile mucus which is thicker, very sticky, can be a cloudy whitish mucus that may also not be seen externally. Just before ovulation fertile cervical mucus is produced. Fertile mucus tends to be more noticeable externally, is more “wet”, stretchy, egg-white like mucus that is less cloudy. The degree to which these changes happen or are noticed may be different from cycle to cycle and will even differ from woman to woman.

  19. Firstly, thank you for all your amazingly informative articles! I always reference your website when I’m looking for information on natural fertility.
    I just wanted to mention that I feel Pre-Seed lubricant has some questionable ingredients, including Parabens. A couple of fertility-friendly lubricant products I’ve found and like are: Aloe Cadabra lubricant, and Yes Baby.
    Thanks again! 🙂

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Hello Ashleigh!

      Thank you for letting us know what you like! We may take some time to learn more about these.

      In health ~ Elizabeth

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    hi dear
    thank you so much
    you are dealing with very crucial issues concerning those who want to conceive (as if you are in my heart and mind and know what I’m thinking about)
    really i thank you from my heart

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    so insightful

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    this is a very educative atricle Ihave never known that drinking water could increase cervical mucus

  23. Where can we get natural lubricant that support the sperm in reaching the ovary. Thanks

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    I’ve read that while L-Arginine increases cervical mucus and blood flow that studies showed that it tends to decrease egg qaulity presumably because it causes some hormones to effect the egg too soon and in too high a dose. FertileCM has L-Arginine so taking FertileCM and L-Arginine will give a double dose of this damaging substance. This information was sited in a book by Rebecca Fett called Its About The Egg.

    • Hi Julie,

      Thank you for your comment. It is difficult for me to address your concerns without researching the references for the studies cited in this book you speak of. I put it on my “to-do” list, but being as busy as I am, it honestly will be some time before I could comment back, directly in regard to this concern.

      We do not suggest combining Fertile CM with additional L-arginine unless directed to do so by a practitioner, who can suggest a correct dose.

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    Hi Hithir, Its 100% true to what is happening to me, iam almolst dry each time we are having intercourse and have no CM at al. The question is, does this have any infection? and where to get the natural suppliment and lubricant and please tell me examples of fatty acids to take. Please help!

  26. Update 2014 – We are back! We have been away for a while and we sure have missed all of your wonderful questions and thoughts on our articles. Moving forward, one of our staff herbalists will be here to respond to comments! We look forward to connecting with our readers once again!

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    Hi Hethir,

    I’ve been taking evening primrose oil for about 2 months and noticed that my mucus discharge has become more watery but reddish brown in colour ever since. And I experience slight cramps every now and then. Is this normal? Should I still continue taking the EPO?

    Kindly advise. Thanks!

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    I am 38 and am experiencing difficulty getting pregnant. We have three children. The first two we conceived easily the third was more difficult. We saw doctors and they thought I had some kind of infection and put me on antibiotics. We conceived our third child shortly after that. I had been charting with the first two but got frustrated with the third one because it was difficult to tell when my days of fertility were. My cm was not getting to the slippery egg white type, and if it did there wasn’t very much of it. Two years later we conceived again, also being on antibiotics for a sinus infection. We lost that child at 9 weeks. Two months ago we were pregnant again, also being on antibiotics. We lost that child at 5 weeks. We are working with our doctor to try to figure why we have lost two babies in a row.
    Could it have been the antibiotics that helped increase the quality and quantity of my cm? I don’t want to be on antibiotics if they are not needed. Any suggestions as to what supplements to start with that would do the same thing?
    Thank you!

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    just wanted to know how much l-arginine i should take to improve CM? i’ve read 1000mg, the one i’ve found is 500mg and recommended dosage is 1 tablet/day… i also have 100mg in my conception supplements.
    last month i had lots of cm for about 10 days before ovulation, this month barely any, although it’s stretchy and i feel wet… i’m currently doing a detox, could some of the herbs contained in the blent dry up cm?
    last but not least, can l-arginine be taken safely and successefully or is it better to use the FertileCM blend? it is so expensive and i already take agnus castus, vitamin b6 (to regulate cycle post breastfeeding) and omega 3,6 and 9…

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    Dear Dalene,
    Subscribed recently and its a great site. I ve been ttc for the past eight months, had a HSG which showed a right blocked tube and very narrow cervix (fibroses) most likely from instrumentation and/or PID. Please advice me on how to proceed.
    Thanks, Jiddah

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    Hi Hethir,
    Tell me, while I’m having sex my fiancee complain that he feels paining while friction taking place this is because i have no enough mucus in my virgin, even me I feel paining, What can I do, I don’t feel good, help me please.


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    if you have cm without noticing the egg white, does it mean ovulation did not occur?

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    I have terrible CM – nothing has really helped yet. I have tried royal jelly, 2+ months of FertileCM, I drink green tea and lots of water, I take zinc ~daily – what would you recommend? We have been TTC for 2.5years, and we use PreSeed. I had cervical cyrosurgury about 6 years ago.

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    where can i source evening primrose oil. can it be source in nigeria? presently am taking royal jerry, bee pollen and omega 3. Can it increase my CM?

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    Hey i stupidly got the depo shot after losing a baby in August it ran out in October but i know it can take up to a year to completely leave your system. I’m taking milk thistle 3 times a day to try and help my liver flush out any left over hormones but i was also wondering if you could suggest anything else i could take to help my CM to get thicker?
    Thank you.

    • Hi Marie,

      Any of the tips on this page will help promote proper cervical mucous consistency. Be sure you are getting that water in!

      Best Wishes,


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    Hi Dalene,
    I have been trying for 3yrs now to get pregnant until I came accross your page.My friend introduced EPO to me so as to increase my CM.I just want to know if I am to take any other suppliment with it.Thanks.

    • Hi Bunmi,

      It is best to stick to one supplement at a time. This gives your body time to adjust to it and time for you to notice any changes. If you begin other supplements at the same time, for the same issue, you may not know which one is working or not.

      Best Wishes,


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    i am suffering from pcos since last 6 years with a history of miscarriages. too much worried for conception. please guide me and help me what i do. please reply me through e.mail. my doctor suggested me neodipar 500mg. i am taking this for last 5 it good in pregnancy or not?please help me. thanks

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    Hey! Ladies,
    Just eat Ladies fingers ( Okra ), it works like crazy, just within days you get wet,wet.wet. If you dont get pregant, try drinking molasses, the dark syrup from sugar cane and the good news is, it clears fibroids as well.


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    Hi Dalene,

    I have been on spirulina, folic acid, royal jelly and epo for a month and a half now to hopefully regulate my monthly periods and generate more fertile mucus. My periods have been 44 days and more and never regular. I also experience lack in sexual desire and no fertile mucus before this. Though i hv been taking these supplements for a while now, it doesnt seem to do anything. Been ttc for 4 months now and still no luck. I have been doing bbt’s for a month now and it does show that i did ovulated. Oh and by the way, ive had a yeast infection since being on the supplements, dont know for sure that they were to blame for the infection though.

    What are your thoughts on this as i do really want to know whether i am on the right track to succeed in getting pregnant. I would really like to know as well how do i get to have 28 day cycle as compared to what im going through now. Thx.

    • Sammy,
      The best suggestion I can give is for you to book a Fertility Consultation. We can take a look at your health history, menstrual cycle, diet, etc. And then make suggestions based on your personal situation. The supplements you are currently taking are great as a foundational supplement program, but not what we would specifically suggest for regulating your cycle. Vitex is definitely an herb for you to look into for harmonizing your cycle as well as dong quai.

      Yeast infections are caused from having candida in the body. None of these supplements promote the growth of yeast (sugars are the main cause) in the body. Diet changes can help with clearing the yeast infection, mainly cutting out sugar and increasing your consumption of probiotic foods are the two first steps one can take.

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    I’m breastfeeding a 2 1/2 yr old, I was wondering if it’s OK to take L-Arginine and Maca? How much to increase CM?

    • Hi Amy,

      Honestly there is not enough research to say if it is safe to supplement with L-Arginine while breastfeeding your baby. It would be best to consider trying other known safe alternatives like Evening Primrose Oil to increase cervical mucous. Peruvian natives have been consuming maca for thousands of years, with no known toxic side effects. They almost exclusively breastfeed their babies. I have also know that many breastfeeding moms consume maca, but again there is really no research on the subject, so I cannot say if it “safe” or not.

      Best Wishes,


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    How effective is flax seed for increasing cm? Does it really work?.. If so how long will it take before seeing results?

    • Hi Nique,

      Flax oil and fish oil are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 acids have been shown to help fertility by helping to regulate hormones in the body, increase cervical mucous, promote ovulation and overall improve the quality of the uterus by increasing the blood flow to the reproductive organs. Omega-3 fatty acids should be part of a nutrient dense whole food diet. They help to promote essential proper functions in the body. Maintaining adequate levels of essential fatty acids help the body to function normally. Having little to no cervical mucous is a sign of an imbalance in the body. So, consuming flax oil regularly may help to balance health overall, which may increase cervical mucous. Flax oil alone should not be relied upon to increase CM, though it may help. If you desiring to increase CM, the suggestions in this article may be better than flax alone. Depending on what your fertility issues are, your dietary and exercise habits, there is no real way for me to know how long it may take for your CM to come back to adequate levels.

      Best Wishes!


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    Is it safe to take L-Arginine(3,000mg/day) and Maca(3,000mg/day) at the same time? And also i love this site it is the best ! Thanks!

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    Hi there!
    I am 39 and have been TTC for approximately 6 months now with no success. We are currently under the care of an RE and have had all the tests run and everything comes back fine except for the post coital test. We’ve done 2 now and both came back poor.
    I had a LEEP done about 8 years ago to remove pre-cancerous cells from my cervix and apparently the procedure forever scarred my cervix so that it doesn’t produce enough CM.
    I’ve been taking Royal Jelly for 2 months now and that has made a tiny difference but not much. I also just ordered EPO and L-Arginine so I’ll be taking those next cycle as well, if we aren’t pregnant this month.
    My question to you is: Is it safe to take the Royal Jelly, EPO and L-Arginine together?
    And if so, what dosage should I be taking for all 3?
    Thank you!!

    • Hi Adrianne,

      I am sorry to hear of the scarring your cervix endured. While it may seem a good idea to take supplements specific to increasing cervical mucous, they alone cannot solve the scar tissue issue you are dealing with. It is a good idea to increase circulation to the reproductive organs, which L-Arginine may do, but your cervix cannot produce cervical mucous if the openings to the glands are scarred over. You may want to do some research into Fertility Enzyme Therapy. This type of therapy uses systemic enzymes, which dissolve scar tissue. You may also want to consider some time of inter-vaginal massage on the cervix area to support health blood flow directly to the cervix. This type of massage may also help the cervix to become more supple and functional.

      Royal Jelly, EPO and L-Arginine have all been shown to combine safely.

      Please follow the suggested dosage on the product label.

      Best Wishes,


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    Hello Dalene,

    I’m 39 and my husband and I have been trying for a year and a half. I have regular periods, I track my temp and know when I should ovulate. I have tried some fertility pills that have L-Arginine (as well as many of the other supplements that you have suggested) and while taking them I noticed an increase in my cm. However, I had to stop taking them because the L-Arginine causes me other health issues that prevent us from having intercourse. Since I have stopped taking them my cm has been thick and very little to none. Could you suggest an alternative?

    • Hi WouldLikeToBeBlessed,

      If you are drinking adequate amounts of water, at least 8 full glasses of water a day, and you are still experiencing low CM, you could try to get more essential fatty acids in your diet. Omega EFA’s may give your body the extra support it needs to support healthy CM. Evening Primrose Oil contains Omega 6 EFA. EPO has been used by herbalists for hundreds of years to increase cervical mucous. I am sorry to hear you have negative experience with L-Arginine.

      Best Wishes,


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    After getting off from contraceptive pills to regulate my menstrual cycle, I have spotting (brownish sticky) and sometimes light bleeding. after 7 days of no pill, I started Donquai and evening primrose since I haven’t got my vitex yet. I took donquai for 1 week then vitex (twice a day as instructed for the first 2 months). Then I still have my brownish discharge and very light bleeding or spotting. I am confused or is it still effect of hormonal change? I used to have about around 5 days after my normal period while on pills. Please advise. Thanks…ALexi