Experts Weigh In On Chugging Mucinex To Help You Get Pregnant
Originally Published on Dec. 15, 2020 Get Pregnant | By Cat Bowen
If you’re on TikTok and trying to conceive, you’ve probably seen the video about the “COVID Secret” of fertility. In the video, the young woman said that the Mucinex she took while suffering from COVID increased her fertile signs. But does that really work? And is it safe to take Mucinex to help you get pregnant, or is this one TikTok trying-to-get-pregnant myth you need to forget?
Anecdotal evidence has shown that the active ingredient in Mucinex, guaifenesin, may have benefits for women with fertility problems as a result of a cervical failure, according to the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. However, this study was very small, and not longitudinal. There is also a very small cohort of researchers that think that it might also benefit men with sperm motility issues.
But how does it work? OB-GYN Sherry A. Ross tells Romper, “During ovulation, there is an ‘egg white’ vaginal discharge that is thought to help propel viable sperm to meet the awaiting egg in the fallopian tube to be fertilized if you are lucky that month.” That’s what TikTokker Julia Schuller was referring to as a “fertile sign.”
“Healthy and loosened mucus is helpful in this process,” Ross says. “Mucinex, with its active ingredient guaifenesine, is used to help loosen up mucus in the lungs in patients with congestion, and it also helps loosen up cervical mucus inadvertently. Men also claim the ejaculate which contains the sperm is also loosened up, which helps in the fertilization process.”
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