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It is common for a woman to experience some vaginal dryness throughout her childbearing years, but if this continues it may be difficult to get pregnant. Having adequate amounts of fertile cervical mucus is necessary for conception. Learn more about the importance of cervical mucus, common causes for disruptions in its production and natural ways to aid the body in producing healthy, fertile cervical mucus…
What is Cervical Mucus?
Cervical mucus, more technically referred to cervical fluid or CM for short, is the substance produced by the cervix to assist sperm in reaching the egg after ovulation. It can be seen externally and changes throughout the menstrual cycle or “cycle” – it can be:
- dry when you don’t see much right after a period, sticky (non-fertile CM)
- then liquidy and clear and stretchy (fertile CM or egg-white CM, indicates ovulation is approaching)
- it will likely go back to dry or sticky shortly after ovulation as well
Monitoring your CM is extremely helpful when trying to conceive. Again, mid-cycle or half way through the cycle CM should be liquidy and clear and stretchy, a good indicator of ovulation.
Why is CM Necessary?
A woman’s CM aids a man’s sperm in reaching the egg awaiting fertilization. It helps protect the sperm as they travel through the vagina, the cervix and uterus into the fallopian tube where it meets the egg. CM also nourishes the sperm. Healthy, fertile CM is 90% water and contains electrolytes which are necessary for every cell of the body to function properly.
What If There is No CM?
Having low/no cervical mucus is not an immediate indicator of infertility, yet can mean there is an imbalance. Common causes of low to no CM:
- hormonal balance
- overuse of antihistamines or antibiotics
- use of contraceptives or hormonal medications
- cervical fibroids (very rare)
How To Promote Healthy CM Production
Thankfully there are many natural ways to support healthy CM production. The main areas to focus are:
1. Hydration! Drink water – Eight, 8 ounces glasses of water a day with fresh lemon juice is the general suggestion for proper hydration. Herbal tea is hydrating as well.
2. Try coconut water – It’s “nature’s electrolyte beverage”.
3. Learn more about herbs and supplements:
- EPO or Evening Primrose Oil (from Oenothera biennis seeds)
- Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus)
4. Learn Self Fertility MassageTM – Massage is known to promote healthy circulation throughout the body.
5. Exercise – Aim for 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise at least 5 days a week.
Be sure to review our articles Increase Cervical Mucus to Get Pregnant and The Best Herbal Remedies to Increase Cervical Mucous Production as well. They share even more about the natural therapies above, plus much more.