Can taking cough syrup help me conceive?

Can taking cough syrup help me conceive?

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While there's not a lot of medical research to support this idea, anecdotal evidence suggests that one ingredient in some cough medications can help. The active ingredient in products like Mucinex (guaifenesin) may help you get pregnant by making your cervical fluid wetter and more slippery, which makes it easier for sperm to travel through your cervix to fertilize an egg.

If you're tracking your basal body temperature and know that you're ovulating, but you don't seem to be producing much wet, slippery cervical fluid, taking guaifenesin may help you make more or thin out what you have.

How does it work? Guaifenesin is an expectorant. It's used to relieve congestion by liquefying mucus in your lungs, allowing you to cough it up. And because it works systemically on all mucus in your body, it can make your cervical mucus more liquid, too.

If you want to try it, I recommend using Mucinex Expectorant or Guaifenesin Extended-Release 600 mg tablets, as directed on the box. Or take two teaspoons of plain Robitussin expectorant (with no extra letters) or a generic version of it, three times a day. (Check the labels to make sure there are no other active ingredients such as antihistamines or cough suppressants like dextromethorphan. These can dry up mucus, including cervical fluid.)

Start taking the medicine about four days before you expect to ovulate and continue until a day after your cervical fluid dries up.


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