Frequently Asked Friday – My mucus is very scant, is there any way to help it improve?
Question: I’m having a very difficult time noticing cervical mucus during my cycles. Is there anything I can do to help this?
Short Answer: There are a number of things you can do to try and help increase your cervical mucus. If you are currently working with an instructor it’s important to note anything you try on your chart so you have the whole picture when it’s time for your next chart review.
Long Answer: While there are a range of low-risk, non-prescription based options to try, think about any lifestyle habits that might be hindering the mucus production and let common sense apply in deciding where to start. And as always, if supplementing or medicating with any of the below suggestions, do so with your doctors approval!
- How is your water intake? Many women, myself included, just don’t drink enough water. Those who increase their intake often see a marked improvement in mucus production.
- Drop that cup! (or can!) – So…now that we know we need to drink more water..let’s be honest about how much coffee we drink! Or soda…pop…perhaps soda-pop…or Coke..depending on what part of the country you live in. Remember that Caffeine is a diuretic and can certainly take a tole on your system, especially if you are already struggling with your water intake or a tendency to be dehydrated.
- Weight loss awareness – sometimes women who have recently lost a significant amount of weight (for their frame) will see mucus become scant. This also applies to women who have a lower body fat percentage in general. If you fall into this category and are struggling to increase mucus production you might consider using healthy choices to gain back a small amount of the weight. Often five pounds or less (again depending on the woman’s frame) is enough to normalize cycle hormones.
- Consider supplementing – There are a number of nutritional supplements that have shown a positive effect on cervical mucus, most often working to heal an underlying deficiency that is causing the scant production. One of the most commonly used is Evening Primrose Oil (EPO) capsules. You’ll want to talk with your instructor and/or doctor about what dose might be best for you and if it’s an appropriate form of treatment as there are other options that may work better for your specific situation. Common doses range from 1000mg to 3000mg daily.
- The Expectorant – It isn’t uncommon for a women to be prescribed Robitussin or some variation of Guaifenesin to help aid in the production of fertile cervical mucus. It acts by thinning secretions already present. As with any drug there are risks associated, though very small, and you should discuss dosing and use with your doctor if possible. Note: If you do go this route it is VERY important that you have proper water intake!
While there are instances where damage to the mucus producing areas of the cervix (cervical crypts) can be permanent, the above suggestions can often aid in a noticeable improvement! If it’s at all possible to work with a knowledgeable doctor, it is certainly preferable. If you don’t have an NFP friendly, educated doctor in your area and are in need of assistance consider working with a knowledgeable NFP instructor. Most should have resources within their method headquarters to assist you. If you still have trouble finding the support you need, hop on the forum and we’ll do our best to put you in touch with someone whether they are in your area, or are willing to consult with you long distance.
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