Consuming Cough Syrup to Get Pregnant: Does It Work?

Taking Cough Syrup to Get Pregnant – Does it Really Help?

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Dr. Sabiha Anjum (Gynecologist/Obstetrician)
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Trying to conceive can be challenging for many couples, especially if they have some fertility issue, which is a common problem these days. A couple who can’t wait to get pregnant may be willing to try any remedy out there that can give them a hope that they can conceive. One such remedy that is believed to work is cough syrup. It is believed that taking a specific kind of cough syrup around the time of ovulation can help a woman conceive. Although there is not enough documented scientific proof of this, several doctors do agree that taking cough syrup containing guaifenesin may help women get pregnant.

Does Cough Syrup Increase a Woman’s Fertility?

Yes, taking cough syrup can help a woman get pregnant but only in certain instances. Some cough syrups contain guaifenesin which comes from the bark of the guaiacum tree found in the Caribbean. Guaifenesin is an ‘expectorant’. This means that it thins out the mucus in the lungs and airways so that we may bring up the phlegm and spit it out when we have a respiratory infection or a cough.

Guaifenesin also affects cervical mucus in women and makes it thinner and wetter. This enables sperms to swim faster through the cervical mucus to reach the egg and fertilize it. Thus, taking a cough syrup containing guaifenesin may help increase the fertility of women by thinning the cervical mucus.

How to Know If Your Cervical Mucus is Dry or Wet

In order to determine whether your cervical mucus is dry or wet, you will need to undergo post-coital fertility tests. A doctor will examine samples of your cervical mucus after you have had sexual intercourse with your partner. Thick or dry cervical mucus makes it tougher for sperm to swim through and reach the egg for fertilization. But when the cervical mucus is thin and wet, sperm can swim quickly through it and successfully fertilize the egg.

If you are having a problem trying to conceive and your doctor has found that your cervical mucus is thick and dry, taking guaifenesin cough syrup can help you get pregnant. The guaifenesin thins out cervical mucus, making it easy for sperms to get through it and reach the egg faster.

When to Take Cough Syrup While You’re Trying to Get Pregnant

Cough syrup with guaifenesin should be taken around the time of ovulation if you are trying to get pregnant and want your cervical mucus to be thinner. By monitoring your basal body temperature and using an ovulation test kit available in pharmacies, you can determine the exact time of ovulation. Once you know when you are ovulating, you can take the cough syrup around that time to help increase your fertility.

When to Take Cough Syrup While You’re Trying to Get Pregnant

Are There Any Other Ways to Improve the Consistency and Texture of Cervical Mucus?

Although using cough syrup to get pregnant has gained popularity, there is no proper scientific study that proves this definitively. There are other ways to alter the consistency of cervical mucus to make it easier for sperm to get through the birth canal and reach the egg for fertilization. Your doctor can recommend lubricants specifically made for couples who are trying to conceive. These lubricants will not kill the sperm or reduce their motility and may increase your chances of getting pregnant.

There’s not enough scientific research to prove that guaifenesin cough syrup can actually increase one’s chances of getting pregnant. There is only anecdotal proof that cough syrup can help couples get pregnant. So it is best avoided.

If you do want to take cough syrup, ensure that it does not contain antihistamines, which can dry the cervical mucus and make it tougher for you to conceive. Better yet, consult a doctor about other, safer options. Avoid taking cough syrup without consulting your doctor. Talk to an obstetrician first if you have been trying to get pregnant unsuccessfully for over 10 months.

Disclaimer: The information given in this article is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. We urge readers to seek the advice of a physician before trying any remedy mentioned in the article.

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