The fertility charts of women using fertility awareness based methods (FABMs) is a wonderful tool for seeing changes in life. Mucus quantity and quality, as well as days of mucus, can be seen to diminish with age, stress, weight loss, and strenuous exercise regimens. Dry cycles, or those with very limited mucus, can make it challenging to find optimal timing for days of fertility, and for lab testing or tracking when to start progesterone or other hormonal supplementation.
New medications can also have an effect on the mucus cycle, with some decreasing the mucus and making navigation of the chart difficult for couples with infertility. Seasonal allergies may be treated with antihistamines, and can dry up cervical mucus as well upper airway mucus, leading to a dry cycle. Encouraging the use of a sinus wash and nasal steroid spray instead of antihistamines can help treat the symptoms without changing the fertility chart.
Antidepressants, especially the SSRI or SNRI groups, such as fluoxetine, escitalopram or venlafaxine, can dry up the cycles in some women. Vitamin C, especially in higher doses, can also have a drying effect. In addition, progesterone will naturally dry up mucus as well.
Mucus enhancers include antibiotics, especially of the penicillin family. Guaifenesin, vitamin B6 and corticosteroids can also boost the mucus. Estrogens have been used to increase mucus, especially in conjunction with clomiphene, which can dry cervical mucus.
Have you discovered other medications that made a significant change to mucus patterns? If so, send in your comments! Help us create a resource list of medication effects on our new website – because currently a pubmed search for mucus enhancers brings a dismal return.
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