Women Claim Household Items Help Them Get Pregnant
Did you know that certain items in your medicine cabinet could help you get pregnant? That’s right, according to some women, there’s a drug you have in your medicine cabinet that could help you conceive.
If a couple decides they’re ready to have a baby, there are all sorts of unique and wonderful things they may try to help boost their chances of getting pregnant.
They might want to ramp up their sex life by trying new positions, take supplements to boost fertility;there are all sorts of tricks and tips out there for them to try.
There’s one household item however that some women are claiming works wonders when it comes to helping them conceive a child.
Chances are this item is sitting unnoticed at the back of your medicine cabinet. Of course, we’re talking of something rather simple, cough medicine.
According to parenting experts from BabyCenter, a particular ingredient in cough medicine – called guaifenesin – may just help you get pregnant.
“Guaifenesin thins mucus in your airways, making it easier for you to cough up phlegm. And, because guaifenesin works on all the mucous membranes in your body, it may make your cervical mucus wetter and looser too.”
“If you don't produce much wet, slippery mucus around ovulation time, your partner's sperm may not reach your cervix. The theory is that having looser, thinner cervical mucus may help the sperm to reach your egg.” They recommend buying cough medicine with guaifenesin as the only active ingredient and advise taking it just before you start ovulating.
However, they were quick to clarify that while it may have worked for some women, there is almost little, to no medical evidence to support this theory.
A study was carried out on women having fertility problems in 1982, using guaifenesin to thin the cervical mucus.
The only other study was in 2010 when a male patient, who had been trying for 18 months to conceive with his wife, was given guaifenesin. After the trial was concluded, the researchers noted that there was an improvement in his sperm in terms of motility and sperm count.
Even though there’s a possibility that cough medicines could improve your fertility, they also contain other ingredients that could also be harmful, so you should always speak to your doctor before taking anything BabyCenter advises.
“It's generally advisable not to take medicines unless it's strictly necessary, just in case you conceive. If you've been trying to conceive for a while, you may want to talk to your doctor, anyway,” they added.
So if you and your partner have been trying to conceive, you may want to consider giving the bottle of cough medicine hiding in your medicine cabinet. Check to see if it has guaifenesin as its only active ingredient, and don’t forget to check with your doctor.
Who knows, you may just be a part of those lucky women who swear that cough medicine is the miracle fertility drug.