When you're trying to conceive a baby, you may ask questions that would have been unimaginable under different circumstances. In fact, you probably spend more time thinking about your basal body temperature, ovulation cycles, and cervical mucus than ever before. And speaking of cervical mucus: how much of a role does it really play in your chances of conception? For instance, can you conceive without EWCM (or, egg white cervical mucus)? It may make the process more difficult.
First, it's helpful to understand the role that cervical mucus plays in your ability to conceive. As explained by WebMD, when your body is at its most fertile, it will result in cervical mucus that is clear and viscous. As the abbreviation suggests, this type of mucus resembles egg whites. In addition, EWCM may help protect the sperm and enable it to access the egg more easily, as further noted in WebMD.
So if you aren't producing much EWCM, this may indicate a minor fertility problem, as noted by fertility expert Amin Gafar in Baby Center. As Gafar further explained, a lack of EWCM may be caused by many factors, including age, stress, or even the side effects of certain medications. Lastly, it may even be a sign that you aren't ovulating. Because EWCM may play a crucial role in your ability to conceive, it's a good idea to familiarize yourself with some possible remedies.
So what are your options if you're trying to conceive and your mucus does not seem to be on board? There are some simple home remedies that may help you out. As explained by the American Pregnancy Association (APA), keeping your body hydrated by drinking lots of water, and using a lubricant that is good for sperm (such as PreSeed) may help the cause.
But if you're still concerned about the impact your lack of EWCM is having on your fertility, then it may be a good time to address the issue with your doctor. As explained in Very Well, your doctor may advise you to consider some fertility drugs, IUI treatment, or even just taking a cough expectorant (hey, mucus is mucus). Whatever the case, hopefully you will be well on your way to conception soon.