Mucinex for Infertility?
To Maternity… and Beyond! After months of being in the TTC zone, Chelsea Day considers an unusual potential fertility booster.
How long we’ve been trying: 246 days
Number of pregnancy tests to date: 24
How many times we’ve had sex: 65
The strategy: Over the counter
I’ve tried a lot of weird things in my attempts to get pregnant: eliminating caffeine and alcohol, ovulation charts, headstands. Prayers. Steam baths. Feng shui.
When my friend suggested Mucinex, all I could picture was those ugly germ monsters on the commercials. You know the ones. The globular green suit-clad clusters that bounce around your lungs toting suitcases like they’re moving in for good.
“It might just be an old wives’ tale, but I’ve heard that Mucinex can help you get pregnant faster,” she explained.
Mucinex ads say that when you’re feeling stuffy you should “blame mucus” and use their magical little pills to help break it up. But apparently the active ingredient guaifenesin affects more than chest mucus. It also thins cervical fluid to help sperm travel through the cervix and reach the egg.
Wouldn’t that make an awesome Mucinex ad? Instead of hoarse green germs invading your body, they could show giddy little sperm characters triumphantly approaching a shiny, golden egg. I don’t think human eggs are actually golden, but I’m going for some sort of symbolism here. Work with me.
Doctors don’t typically prescribe Mucinex to patients who are trying to conceive, because there haven’t been any official studies on the idea. The results are anecdotal at best, but TTC forums are littered with happy new parents heralding its efficacy.
Doctors also don’t make any commission off of over-the-counter solutions. Just sayin.
Who would have guessed an expectorant could possibly help those longing to become “expecting”? I would have put my cards on the beer and Netflix combo that works pretty dang well for all my girlfriends, but there’s been no luck with that for my husband and I this time around. So we’ll see how this goes.
We’ve started examining our options for fertility medical procedures, but I’m definitely willing to try a few more off-the-wall techniques before resorting to anything like that. Mucinex in, sperm and egg micromanipulation out!
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