How Does Clomid Affect My Cervical Mucus?
Cervical mucus is an important part of conception. Cervical mucus protects sperm from the acidic content of the vagina. The acids in the vagina typically will stop sperm from moving and neutralize them. Cervical mucus provides a place for sperm to go where it can be protected from these acids. In addition, cervical mucus will help sperm to travel up to the fallopian tubes from the cervix to find an egg. Finally, cervical mucus will often detect sperm that are abnormal and slow them down, keeping them from getting to the egg and causing conception. When you are ovulating, you will have the most cervical mucus. The cervical mucus should be about the same texture and have a similar appearance to an egg white; at this stage, it is often referred to as “egg-white cervical mucus.” Cervical mucus is described as “hostile” when it is too thick to allow sperm to penetrate the cervix, thereby preventing conception.
Clomid can sometimes affect your cervical mucus by making it become hostile. If this is the case, there are things that you can do to to combat the hostile cervical mucus. One of the most common ways that women use to help promote the production of good cervical mucus is the use of Evening Primrose Oil. This is an essential oil that you take between the time of your period and when you begin to ovulate. Dosage of Evening primrose oil varies from 1500 milligrams to 3000 milligrams per day. Your health care provider may be able to help you determine a proper dosage.
Another way to fight hostile cervical mucus is by taking Robitussin. The active ingredient in Robitussin, guaifenesin, works to prevent the production of hostile cervical mucus and helps to promote the production of egg-white cervical mucus. You should take no more than the recommended dosage of this medication, and you should try to get the version of Robitussin that contains only guaifenesin as its active ingredient. This medication is also available in a pill form, but is generally only available like this through a prescription.
Clomid can affect your cervical mucus in other ways as well. during the normal monthly cycle, the color and consistency and amount of cervical mucus changes. After menstruating, there will be no cervical mucus present for between 3 and 5 days. After this, there will be a small amount, and it will range in color from white to a cloudy clear, and it will be rather sticky. When you get nearer to ovulation, cervical mucus increases. It will become moist and sticky, about the consistency of hand lotions. At this point, the color will be white or cream-colored. When you are ovulating, you will have the most cervical mucus. The cervical mucus should be about the same texture and have a similar appearance to an egg white; at this stage, it is often referred to as “egg-white cervical mucus.” After ovulation, cervical mucus will decrease and become less slippery. Clomid can impact the duration of each of these phases, and can even cause them to shift by several days.
If you are taking Clomid for fertility and believe that it is negatively affecting your cervical mucus, you should contact your health care provider to see what other treatment options may work for you.