Weird to talk about in daily life, totally normal to talk about with TTC-friends. So let’s talk about Cervical Mucus (CM); as we’re all friends here anyway 😊
First of all; if you’re trying to find your Fertile Window because you want to get pregnant, you want your cervical mucus to be wet for 2 days (or more), and preferably, it should have the consistency of egg white.
But not every woman gets “fertile” CM every single cycle. Here are a few things that can influence how much fertile CM you can get each cycle:
➖ Age: As you get older, you’ll have fewer days of fertile-quality CM. This is because your estrogen levels decrease as you age, the key hormone in producing fertile CM.
➖ BMI: Both low and high BMI are associated with low estrogen levels, which affect your CM.
➖ Fertility meds: Looking at you Clomid! It’s often prescribed to induce ovulation, but Clomid blocks estrogen receptors in the brain, which again, can reduce your CM. Luckily, only 15% of women taking Clomid experience this side effect.
➖ Antihistamines: Theoretically, just like it dries up mucus in your nose, it can have the same effect on your cervical mucus.
➖ Birth control pills: If you’ve just come off the pill, you may find that the first few cycles are a bit dry. This isn’t a given though, as the effects of the pill usually wane off pretty quickly.
➖ Water intake: Fertile cervical mucus consists almost entirely out of water. So if you’re dehydrated, your CM suffers as well! So the easiest thing you can do to improve your CM is to increase your water intake! Drinking water is beneficial for your whole body, and it’s no wonder it helps with your cervical fluid as well.
There you have it! Six things that can influence the quantity and quality of your CM 😊