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Egg White Recipes: Cervical Mucous and Conception

eggsThroughout your menstrual cycle, your body produces different varieties of cervical mucous, often seen in your knickers or on toilet paper as various types of discharge. Around ovulation, your body produces fertile quality cervical fluid, also known as egg white cervical mucus (EWCM) to provide the most friendly and hospitable environment for sperm. This type of cervical fluid is clear and stretchy, just the like egg whites you get when you crack open an egg.

Good, fertile quality cervical fluid is a great swimming environment for sperm and helps the sperm to stay alive for up to five days, increasing the window when a healthy sperm can meet a viable egg. If your body is producing little or no fertile egg white, there are steps you can take to help improve the quality and quantity of cervical mucous.

What You Need to Know

Some of remedies are only suggested from the first day of your period until you ovulate, or for a few days before ovulation.

Obviously, in order to take them as suggested, you need to know when you are ovulating. Despite what we learned in Health Class, few women have a text-book 28 day cycle with ovulation on day 14. Cycle charting with a Basal Body Temperature (BBT) thermometer or the use of Ovulation Predictor Kits (OPKs) can assist with determining your ovulatory patterns. Most women find that one or both methods are worth while as they will also help you to time intercourse for your peak fertility days.

You will also need to observe and understand the various consistancies of cervical fluids your body produces and learn how to check for them. There are many resources online for learning the basic method.

All of the egg white helpers listed below can be bought over the counter at a pharmacy, natural foods store, or online. However, when you are trying to conceive, you should talk to your physician about any medications or supplements you are taking, even over the counter ones. If you are working with a healthcare provider for fertility issues and are taking any prescription medications, be sure to check each item on the list with her. Even over-the-counter, natural and herbal remedies can interact with prescription drugs.

Folic Acid
0.4mg every day

If you are actively trying to conceive, an adequate daily supply of folic acid should be your first port of call. While folic acid doesn’t have any effect on cervical mucous, an adequate supply of folic acid can help prevent up to 70% of birth defects.
A prenatal vitamin, folic acid tablet or multivitamin with at least 400 micrograms (0.4 mg) of folic acid should be taken every day, preferably beginning a month before you plan to start trying to conceive, and through the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

Evening Primrose Oil
1000 – 3000mg, CD 1 until ovulation

Evening Primrose Oil is one of the dietary supplements most widely used by women trying to increase the quantity and quality of their egg whites. EPO is an essential fatty acid that comes in capsule or liquid form. Many variities of EPO come with added Vitamin E supplements, which helps to normalize hormone production.

The dosage for increasing cervical mucous is initially 500mg, three times a day for a total of 1500mg per day. If you don’t get results in your first cycle, you can bump up to 3,000 mg a day in your next cycle. Evening Primrose Oil can cause uterine contractions in pregnancy, which is why you should not take it past ovulation (in case you fall pregnant.)

Green Tea
One cup per day, CD 1 until ovulation

The use of green tea for aiding conception is controversial. Many women swear by it for increasing cervical mucous. However, studies have shown that when consumed in large quantities, green tea interferes with folic acid absorption, increasing the risk of neural tube defects. There are also mutterings about the caffeine in green tea and associated fertility problems. Keep in mind, however, that the average cup of green tea has only 30mg of caffeine, compared to 120mg in a cup of coffee. It is up to you how caffeine free you want your pre-conception days to be.

A conservative approach if you’re interested in trying green tea is to drink one cup a day until the day ovulation is confirmed, and then stop until your next cycle.

Guaifenesin (Expectorant)
1200mg per day, five days before ovulation

Guaifenesin is a drug found in over the counter expectorants – remedies that help to loosen phlegm. While they are usually used to release the mucous of chesty coughs, expectorants can also deliver excellent results in helping your body to produce more cervical mucous. Guaifenesin can be found in many brands of cold and cough remedies, but it is extremely important that guaifenesin is the ONLY active ingredient in any remedy you buy. Cough and cold remedies often include antihistamines to help dry you out – excellent if you have a nasty cold, but the exact opposite effect you’re after if you want to produce nice, wet egg whites.

Mucinex is a tablet expectorant whose sole active ingredient is a 600mg dose of guaifenesin. It is a 12 hour tablet, so the conventional wisdom is to take 2 tablets 12 hours apart for five days, up to and including the day of ovulation.

Alternatively, Robitussin is a liquid congestion reliever that contains 100mg of guaifenesin. Most women take it 3 times a day to get the full 1200mg dose. Be sure you are buying the plain Robitussin Chest Congestion variety; it is clearly marked “guaifenesin” on the box. Other varieties of Robitussin (Robitussin DM) will contain drying agents and you need to avoid those.

If you live in a country where these brands or varieties are not available, talk to your chemist or pharmacist. Guaifenesin is a common congestion reliever found in many brands all over the world, including (in the UK and Ireland) the children’s cough medicine Tyxilyx.

Raw Garlic
Once per day, 3 days before ovulation

As well as warding off vampires, garlic is a traditional expectorant. Some people take garlic as a natural alternative to the
Guaifenesin found in over the counter cough medications in order to increase cervical mucous. Unfortunately, you have to take it in its fresh, raw form. You can mash a clove of peeled garlic, put it in a teaspoon and swallow it down with a glass of water. If you find this rather gag-inducing, another option is to put it on a teaspoon and fill the rest of the teaspoon with liquid Evening Primrose Oil and swallow the lot.

Vitamin A
As part of a balanced diet

Beta carotene is a substance from plants that the body converts into the particular form of vitamin A thought to be most useful in boosting EWCM. Foods rich in beta carotene include carrots, oatmeal, cantaloupes, sweet potatoes, kale and spinach. While these are part of a healthy diet all month long, adding foods high in beta carotene to one or two meals a day for five days before ovulation can help boost EWCM.

Natural fruit and vegetable sources are the best and safest place to get vitamin A and beta carotene. Synthetic beta carotene supplements have now been linked to a serious risk for lung cancer in smokers. Vitamin A supplements from animal products (not from plant products) are associated with osteoporosis and, at high levels, a toxic condition called hypervitaminosis A that can cause birth defects.

Pre-Seed
Applied before intercourse

Pre-Seed is a vaginal lubricant (like KY or Liquid Silk) that is pH balanced to match fertile cervical mucus and markets itself as “sperm friendly.” This should not in any way be interpreted to mean that other brands of lubricant are a form of birth control; they are not. However, couples who want to optimize their chances of conceiving sometimes prefer to use Preseed to encourage a friendly, PH balanced environment for sperm.

Pre-Seed comes in a box with 6 pre-filled applicators. You insert the contents of one applicator into your vagina (much like inserting a tampon) about 15 minutes before intercourse. Because of the insertion method, the Pre-Seed coats both your cervix and your vaginal canal, which can be helpful to sperm if you’re not producing a lot of good quality egg white.

Water
2 – 2.5 litres through the day

It’s pretty obvious, but excellent hydration is an essential component of fertile quality cervical mucous. Most of us do not drink enough water and dehydration is a commonplace condition. Your urine should be clear or lightly colored; darker urine can be a sign you are not drinking enough water. Your body needs about two litres of water per day, although that can increase with exercise, in hot weather, if you take a diuretic, or if you consume a lot of caffeine. But not all of your water requirement has to come out of the tap or designer water bottle. The requirement includes water from food sources too – fruits and vegetables count towards your water intake. Even bread can contain up to 35% water.

One approach is to drink your way through a 1.5L bottle of water each day and to make sure you get in a good daily supply of fruits and vegetables as part of a balanced daily diet. Obviously if you are exercising, the weather is hot, or you’re just plain thirsty, top up as needed.

All of these remedies are measures you can take and control yourself after checking with your healthcare practitioner. If after three months you are not seeing a measurable result, you should consult your reproductive health specialist as there are medical factors that can interfere with the production or quality of cervical mucous. Most of these factors are simple to screen for and can be treated.

13 Comments

  1. Jeri Harmon /

    great article thank you

  2. Atara /

    This is an AWESOME article! THANKS!

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  4. Loni Rorex /

    Mullein is also excellent for producing Cough Syrup, specifically for dry coughs. It possesses a soothing demulcent for the respiratory system. ‘Demulcent’ means a herb wealthy in mucilage that is soothing and in this situation is also delightful!.When you feel the leaves of Mullein they really feel wonderfully soft and silky which is a certain sign that the leaves have mucilage. Mucilage, although it sounds disgusting, is excellent stuff as it coats and protects mucous membranes lining the gut and respiratory system.`

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  5. Great list, thank you! Garlic was a new idea to me.

  6. Thank you for this post. I am a healthcare professional. Our clinic specializes in providing natural, holistic care. The clinic also employees a nutritionist to advise patients as well. From time to time we treat women who have difficulties with conception. I have a new patient now with this concern. My nutritionist passed the URL for this article to me and I will forward it to my patient.

  7. I have this problem of not producing enough ewcm and i am ttc, the doctor prescibed cough syrup but said we should put it up my hoohaa to create the right environment for the swimmer (sorry tmi) is this true?

    • Jewels /

      I dont know about cough syrup but I just had the strangest experience with garlic. After taking strong antibiotics following a d&c, I had been having a horrible yeast infection. And of course during the worst of it, my RE tells me I’m about to ovulate and have to do the baby dance now! So out of desparation and because the monistat cream stopped working, I found some info on the internet saying inserting garlic into my vajayjay would help. It was late saturday night and I would have done anything to stop the symptoms. Instant relief…but also crazy cervical mucus! After 2 days of garlic treatment, even my fiance said the CM was more then anything we have had in a long time.

      I know it sounds icky, but give garlic a shot. It doesnt hurt sperm and worst case scenario, you wont notice any difference.

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