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How to improve the amount/quality of EWCM?

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December 3rd, 2011, 08:17 PM
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I haven't posted here in forever, how is everyone doing? If you don't remember me I'm Meagan, married to Dusty, and mama to Addi. I have been using FAM to TTA (successfully) for almost two years. But now my Dh says he is giving me one month and one month only to get my BFP and if I don't I will have to wait until he is ready. I know my chances of getting a BFP the first cycle are slim to none so I want to do whatever I can to improve my chances. We aren't trying until my cycle that is supposed to start the middle of January so I thought I would get a head start on any changes I needed to make.

One thing I have noticed over the last 6 months or so is my EWCM has pretty much disappeared. I am ovulating, but I just am not getting much, if any, EWCM. I have no clue why, but I want to try to get it to come back! I have heard that grapefruit juice, EPO, and green tea will help. Does anyone have any other recommendations?

I currently take a prenatal vitamin, 5-HTP (which I am stopping soon since it should not be taken while pregnant and I am not sure if it can be taken while ttc), B12, and garlic. I was taking vitamin C but stopped because I read it wasn't good for EWCM. Do I need to stop or change anything do you think? I heard vitex was good, but I also heard you shouldn't take it if you have a regular cycle. Mine is regular, 27 days every month, and I don't want to screw it up. I have a 13 day luteal phase-is that good enough?

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December 4th, 2011, 12:47 PM
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Aw I'm sorry. I honestly have no idea on any supplements...I do know 13 days is fine for a LP..mine are about 10-13 days..but my baby is 13mo. lol but I've always been like this and have NO problems getting pregnant lol

I hope you get your BFP!!!
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December 4th, 2011, 07:04 PM
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I've always got my bfp in 1 month, so I've never had to worry about this issue and don't know.

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December 4th, 2011, 07:40 PM
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Mucinex or any medication designed to thin mucus. It's what a lot of RE's seem to tell the girls to do who are doing medical assistance.

It doesn't seem to overly affect me, but I know a few people who end up with loads of CM (not ewcm, the thin slippery stuff) from it.
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December 4th, 2011, 08:59 PM
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Oh boy, no pressure hey?

Ok, well the first thing that counts is to remember that you don't need gobs and gobs of EWCM to conceive. That's a myth. If you have enough to give you a wet and slippery feeling, you have enough to conceive - even if there isn't much to see.

The second thing that counts is that if you only have one cycle to TTC, FOLLOW THE TTC rules for the timing of intercourse! Don't just aim for the fertile phase at some point, follow all of the TTC guidelines for the whole cycle to maximize your chances. Here they are:
1. BD on alternate evenings while you are infertile after AF. Once you detect the first sign of CM, ABSTAIN. WAIT!!!
2. Wait until you notice a slippery sensation, then BD again! BD while you feel slippery and for 2 days after the slippery sensation stops.)

Here's a checklist of things that can inhibit CM, just to see if there's anything you can do differently.

1. Stress (anything you can do to cut stress from your life the month you are going to TTC, DO IT! Take time off work if you can. Whatever it takes!)
2. Hydration. Are you drinking enough water?
3. Hormonal contraception. Damage to cervix where mucus is produced usually temporary, but is sometimes permanent.
4. Vitamin C
5. Medications. Some anti-depressents, antihistamines for sure, etc. There are a few others known to inhibit CM. If you have access to a FAM instructor, you would have done a medical history with them so they could check any meds you are on to see if they affect CM. Maybe just give them a quick call to see if any of your meds would affect TTC.

Things that can enhance fertile CM:
1. Hydration
2. Vitamin B
3. Penicillin based antibiotics. Fertilitycare practitioners will prescribe this to be taken at the first sign of CM, to enhance whatever fertility is there.
4. Medications that affect mucus in your face, will affect mucus elsewhere. So decongestants which can loosen and liquefy mucus in your face, will also liquefy and loosen mucus in your cervix. It won't make you have CM when your hormones are telling your body not to have it, but it can make it seem like there is more during your fertile phase. Drugs that dry up mucus in your face (antihistamines) will dry up mucus elsewhere.
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December 5th, 2011, 07:09 AM
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Thanks so much everyone!

Shawna- I never had an instructor, just read the book like crazy and came here with any questions I had lol.

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December 5th, 2011, 08:09 AM
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Are there any medications or supplemented you are taking regularly? You can PM me if you are, I can check them out for you if you want.
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December 5th, 2011, 09:25 AM
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Okay, Pm'ing you now! Thanks so much, Shawna.

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