What you'll learn in this lesson:
- Why cervical mucus is important, and what it may mean if you have too little or too much
- What's wrong with regular lubricants
- What sperm friendly lubricant options are
Cervical mucus is secreted by the glands that are near the cervix. Depending on where you are in your cycle, the mucus changes. When you're not near ovulation, the mucus keeps things out of your uterus. When you're ovulating, the mucus is there to help nourish and transport the sperm into the uterus.
What Does It Mean If You Have No Cervical Mucus? Or Too Much?
If things are going well, you should have abundant cervical fluid that resembles raw egg whites for a few days before ovulation, and you may also experience a slight increase in wetness right before your period. But if you never seem to get increased cervical mucus during ovulation, that could signal a problem.
It may also be a symptom of a problem if you have fertile quality cervical mucus all throughout your cycle, instead of just around ovulation. Learn more about having little or no cervical mucus, and learn about what it may mean if you have too much cervical mucus.
The Problem with Astroglide, KY Jelly, Replens, and Other Regular Lubricants
It's common for couples who are trying to conceive to have trouble with natural lubrication during sex. This is perhaps due to the stress of timed intercourse and fertility treatments. (Clomid, in fact, can have a side effect of decreasing the amount of fertile cervical mucus.) You may be tempted to use typical man-made lubricants, like KY Jelly or Astroglide, but that would not be a good idea. Read more about why you should never use these lubes while TTC here.
Sperm Friendly Lubricant Options
So what can you use for lubricant? There are actually several sperm friendly lubricants made just for those trying to conceive. The most popular of them, Pre~Seed, may be found at some pharmacies or at your fertility clinic. Others you may need to order online. Read more about sperm friendly lubricants and where you can find them.
Besides company-made lubricants, you can also consider using canola oil, which research has found to be safe for trying to conceive.
Quick Tip! Do-it-Yourself Sperm Friendly Lubricant
Want to try using canola oil as an inexpensive sperm friendly lubricant, but don't want to keep a huge bottle of oil in your bedroom? Purchase at the pharmacy or discount department store a small travel size bottle, one that has an easy flip cap and smallish opening. Pour the canola oil in there, and you've got an easier way to apply and use it during sex.
Homework for Today's Lesson:
Are you guilty of using regular lubricants during sex while trying to conceive? Go into your bedroom and move those unfriendly lubes somewhere else! (Out of sight, out of mind, as they say.) Your natural cervical fluids are the most fertility friendly lubricant, so commit to having longer foreplay next time.
However, sometimes you still need extra help. Consider your friendly options. Take a field trip to the pharmacy or local fertility clinic, and ask if they sell Pre~Seed or any other fertility friendly lubricants. If you're shy about this, you can also purchase sperm friendly lubes online.
Have you already tried out fertility friendly lubricants? Leave your review for other readers here!
Recommended Articles in Today's Lesson
- About Fertile Cervical Mucus
- What if You Have No Cervical Mucus?
- What Does It Mean When You Have Too Much Cervical Mucus?
- What's Wrong with Astroglide, KY Jelly, and Replens for TTC?
- Top Sperm Friendly Lubricants
- Sperm Friendly Reader Reviews
Peek ahead at tomorrow's lesson: What intercourse positions are OK for conception sex, is there a best position, and does raising your hips really matter.
More on how to get pregnant:
- A Complete Guide to Baby Making Sex
- How to Get Pregnant: For Beginners
- How to Have a Baby When You've Been Trying for Awhile
- How to Get Pregnant Faster
- How to Cope When Trying to Conceive Overwhelms You
- Take a Fertility Quiz
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