Let’s face it, trying to get pregnant is not always easy. It should be fun and natural, right? After trying, the romance goes out and the rhythm just becomes repetition. That’s not how it’s supposed to be. Any of us in that place have looked for the silver bullet, the express train for semen to find egg, and to get that ball rolling. All sorts of homeopathic theories and medical opinions exist on this topic.
My curiosity got the best of me when someone recommended taking Mucinex to get pregnant. I know, you stopped at that last line. Your eyes are not misleading you. Some people say that Mucinex is a well-proven pregnancy aid. I had to dig a little deeper to see what this was all about. What you read may surprise you.
Mucinex and the Cervix
Basically, Mucinex is an expectorant. It liquefies mucus and helps you cough it out when you’re congested. So, you may ask, what does a cold symptom reliever have to do with pregnancy? It’s simple in theory. The active ingredient in Mucinex is guaifenesin. When you take Mucinex, it acts systemically, that is, throughout the body. It doesn’t just target the lungs. Guaifenesin targets all mucus in the body. Lungs, nose, stomach, and yes, the cervix.
Part of the thought behind the use of medications like Mucinex is that its expectorant properties loosen up the cervical mucus. The mucus weakens, and in theory makes it easier for semen to pass through. The cervix becomes less viscous, allowing for the sperm to pass through more easily.
Many women have tried this, and readily endorse taking Mucinex to get pregnant. After all, if the choice is buying an over-the-counter cold medication for a few dollars or having invasive and expensive procedures to increase the odds of getting pregnant, the drug is an attaction option. But the success stories these are just personal and anecdotal experiences. No studies have been done to prove this theory, or if it is simply the placebo effect in action. But many mothers with a history of difficulty conceiving swear by it.
Mucinex and the Gender Gap
Ladies, let’s not forget that this is a two way highway. That’s right, sometimes our partners need a little help, too. Some researchers believe that guaifenesin can also help men with sperm motility issues. Just like in the cervix, the active ingredient in Mucinex makes the sperm less viscous. The sperm are freer to move through the cervical region and on to the egg.
It’s not easy bringing this up with men, I know. But communication is more important than ever as you both move into this next stage of your relationship. Keep his confidence up and let him know how it important it is to you.
Early on in trying to conceive there are plenty of unknowns. You may not know what the issue is, or if there even is a medical issue. These are important things to consider when mentally preparing yourself for the ups and downs associated with trying to conceive.
Conception Aid Usage
Since there are no real studies on this topic, information is rather hit or miss. Like any over the counter pharmaceutical, it is recommended that you follow the label instructions. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to consult with your OB or general practitioner before starting any conception program.
It’s also important to understand that Mucinex, its competitors, or generic substitutes may have other additives that impede the expectorant effects. Some formulations may contain ingredients such as dextromethorphan which dry up mucus, including that found in the cervix. Read the label to be sure you’re not sabotaging your efforts.
Timing is another important aspect of using Mucinex when trying to get pregnant. You’ll have to know when your ovulation cycle begins to gain the most benefit. Anything else is just a shot in the dark.
While the findings have mainly been anecdotal and research limited, there are positives. It has been found to be safe for men and women to take. Women are encouraged to only take the drug when ovulating. This is to reduce the risk of the drug affecting the any developing tissue, should conception occur. For men, no known risks have been found. So guys, feel free to keep on taking your medicine while trying to get pregnant!
Physicians do generally consider the drug to be safe, but there is no way to corroborate its perceived success rate. No peer-reviewed studies addressing the usage of Mucinex as a conception aid exist. Instead, women can only rely upon the theories and anecdotal reports that dot the motherhood and parenting internet sites. Luckily, there have been no reported adverse medical impacts in women using Mucinex to get pregnant.
It Takes Two
Getting pregnant is exciting, passionate, and should be a time to get closer to your partner. For some of us, however, it is more of a challenge than we imagined. That’s why it takes two. There are more conception options for couples than ever before. But early on, simple and safe steps like taking Mucinex, could be a reasonable option for both women and men.
However, anecdotal evidence shouldn’t replace tried and true remedies as methods to overcome fertility issues. Talk to your partner. Bring the conversation up with your physician. Explore all options, because this is one of those life moments that many of us have been waiting for. Don’t let it all ride on chance or simple hearsay reports from strangers. Become part of the conversation that involves one of the most treasured aspects of your body and your womanhood.
There are moments of our lives that hold more weight than others. And there are pressures to make those moments happen. Are your struggling to conceive? Take the time to discuss this life matters with your partner. Explore the possibilities of beginning or growing your family. Something as simple as an over the counter medication like Mucinex can make that happen.
If it brings hope into a challenging situation, it’s all we can ask for at times. Possibilities make it all worth the rollercoaster ride of entering parenthood. Enjoy the ride, and make these memories last.
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