How to increase your fertile cervical mucus naturally.
You may not have notice this before trying for a baby but your cervical mucus changes throughout your cycle. As explained in the section titled ‘What is the fertile window?‘ you get a specific fertile vaginal discharge which is particularly watery or resembles egg white (EWCM) when you are fertile i.e. a few days before and during ovulation. This ‘fertile’ cervical mucus gives perfect conditions for sperm to swim and survive on their journey to the egg.
During the fertile window, your ovaries start to produce lots of the hormone estrogen which should increase the amount of your fertile cervical mucus. Unfortunately for some women however (including me), they don’t get very much of it. This can be a problem as having vaginal dryness when you need lubrication the most, can make sex painful for both you and your partner and can inhibit sperm on their journey to getting you pregnant. This often means that you reach for your favourite lube to make things more pleasant …………but then as discussed in my post on ‘sperm friendly lubricants‘, your normal lube can be doing more harm than good.
Most women are OK with investing in and using sperm friendly lubricants, but some would much prefer to try to increase the amount of her own natural fertile fluids instead. Luckily there are some great ways to increase your cervical mucus naturally and I will go through the top 10 ways to do this below.
1. Keep Hydrated.
You won’t be surprised to know that your cervical mucus is made up of around 90% water. It therefore makes sense that if you stay hydrated and drink plenty of water that you would be supporting the production of cervical mucus when it is needed.
If you find you are not producing much watery discharge or EWCM during ovulation, then your solution may be to just drink a few more glasses of water a day. We are all guilty at times of not drinking enough but if you already feel you are drinking plenty then don’t over do it. The average adult should drink around 2 litres a day to stay hydrated.
2. Does green tea help cervical mucus?
I have not tried this out myself as I do not like the taste of green tea but it is worth noting that some women have seen an increase in their fertile cervical mucus after drinking it.
Its effects have not been scientifically proven but as green tea has so many health benefits anyway, it won’t do you any harm and if anything if will simply up your intake of water.
3. Grapefruit juice and fertility.
I have read a lot about grapefruit juice increasing a woman’s fertility on different trying to conceive forums. Grapefruit juice is thought to help a woman’s vagina produce the optimal conditions for sperm and despite it being acidic it has an alkalizing effect on the body once it has been digested. Lots of women have reported seeing an increase in their fertile cervical mucus if they drink a glass a day during their fertile window which will then help sperm to survive and swim to the egg. In addition, grapefruit juice may also improve the texture of your cervical mucus further enhancing the passage of sperm through it.
It needs to be 100% grapefruit juice though, which is free of concentrate and sugar/sweeteners. You can squeeze your own juice or buy pre-squeezed juice and although you may find it difficult to get juice free from concentrate in your local supermarket, you may find it in a health food shop or online. The brands ‘eager‘ and Beutelsbacher Demeter are very good.
4. Green vegetable smoothies and soups.
We are told consistently by dietitians that we all need to be eating lots of veg to stay healthy, in particular green veg as they are so high in various vitamins. It is also true that leafy green vegetables can greatly help a woman’s fertility, in particular the quality of her cervical mucus, so it has an added benefit.
If you do not like eating green vegetables and could not face a daily dose of broccoli or spinach, you could make a smoothie and add in some coconut milk, banana and nut butter (peanut or almond is very good) to make it taste more palatable. I currently have a Vitamix blender which is amazing and I would argue it is the best blender available at the moment! You just roughly chop up your veg and blitz it with some fruit, nuts, seeds etc and you can boost your fertility no end. Then once you have your little one all of your own, you can use it to make their baby food, smoothies, healthy ice-cream etc.
I often make a green smoothie for my son which we call ‘dinosaur juice’ and I hide all sorts in there including chia seeds, spinach and avocado. The Vitamix is so good because it keeps all the fibre and makes the drink so smooth you would have no idea of the contents. The same goes for vegetable soups. Throw a load of boiled veg in the Vitamix with a stock cube and the left over veg water and turn it on. It not only blends the soup to an almost silky smooth texture. If you are making a raw vegetable soup, it also heats it up as it blends. You can ensure your smoothie or soup is full of goodness and easy to digest and it will improve your fertile mucus production and your fertility in general. You would have no excuses for you and your growing family to not get your 5 a day so is a great investment.
5. Garlic and fertility.
If you really want to go down the natural route then this one may be worth a go. Some women have seen an increase in their fertile cervical mucus after eating a clove of raw garlic every day before ovulation.
They do say the more garlic you eat, the less you can smell it on your breath but I will honestly say I gave this one a miss. Maybe if your partner eats some as well it wouldn’t be so bad.
FertileCM is a dietary supplement specifically designed to enhance the production of fertile cervical mucus and brings about ideal conditions for sperm to survive. It contains L-Arginine which is known to increases cervical mucus production. It also helps to support and enhance the uterine lining ready for implantation of a fertilised egg. An added bonus of using this supplement is that some ingredients in FertileCM have been shown to increase a woman’s sex drive and so can make trying for a baby less of a means to an end and more enjoyable. After taking FertileCM for a few cycles I definitely noticed an increase in the amount of egg white cervical mucus I had during ovulation.
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7. Evening Primrose Oil and fertility.
Evening Primrose oil is a must have when trying to increase your cervical mucus naturally. It is a herbal supplement containing a fatty acid called GLA (Gamma Linolenic Acid). This GLA is converted into prostaglandins in the body, which may enhance the production of your fertile cervical mucus. Evening primrose oil capsules should be taken between your period and ovulation ONLY. You should stop taking evening primrose oil after ovulation as it may cause mild uterine contractions. This is not helpful when you want a fertilised egg to attach to the uterine lining. If you chart your temperatures or have other reliable signs of ovulation then you can stop taking them at the correct time. The suggested dose is 500mg three times a day (1500mg per day) for the first cycle. If your cervical mucus has not increased then you may up that dose to 1000mg three times a day during your next cycle.
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8. L-Arginine and fertility.
L arginine is an amino acid which we can take it as a supplement. It may enhance blood flow to the pelvic area by helping our bodies increase the production of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide dilates blood vessels and helps to increase blood flow to the uterus, ovaries, and genitals and can help improve fertility for both a woman and man. One of the benefits to women is that it can increase the amount of cervical mucus produced. Be aware that FertileCM contains L-Arginine so you should not take both supplements together. Recommended dose is 1000mg twice daily. If you have a good intake of red meat then this supplement may be unnecessary but for all those vegetarians out there, it could really help your fertility.
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9. Borage oil and fertility.
Borage seed oil is high in omega-6 essential fatty acids. It has anti-inflammatory properties and is a great source of gamma linolenic acid (GLA), the precurser of prostaglandins (which may increase fertile cervical mucus). It not only increases cervical mucous but it can balance out hormone levels but as it works in a similar way to evening primrose oil, it should not be taken together. The recommended dose is 1000mg daily.
Borage Oil 1000 Mg (Yielding 240 Mg of GLA) 3 months supply (90 capules).
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10. Red Clover and Fertility.
Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) has been shown to increase cervical mucus and therefore aids vaginal dryness. It does this by increasing the blood circulation to the uterus and ovaries. It can be taken in tea form or in capsules and tinctures. Red clover contains compounds similar to phystoestrogens which help to increase levels of estrogen before ovulation. Estrogen not only helps to stimulate the maturation of an egg on the ovaries but it also stimulates the production of cervical mucus.
Capsules: High Strength Red Clover 1000mg – 3 months supply (120 capsules).
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Tea: Neuner’s Organic Red Clover Tea 40 tea bags – 10-20 days supply (if drinking 2-4 cups a day).
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Tincture: 100% Organic Red Clover Tincture 100ml – Dose is 60–100 drops one to three times a day.
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Antihistamines and cervical mucus.
If you suffer from allergies like hay fever or pet allergies then you may be taking antihistamines such as piriton daily. These medicines are great at drying up your runny nose but sadly they could be having a negative effect your fertility.Although they are designed to help dry up mucus in your nose, they may also be causing your cervical mucus to dry up too. If you take antihistamines regularly and you find you are having problems with vaginal dryness then it may be worth investing in some sperm friendly lubricants such as Pre-seed or Conceive plus. You may also ask your doctor for advice on this matter.
I really hope you enjoyed this post and would love to hear about anymore natural ways to increase the amount of cervical mucus. Feel free to comment below.