Cervical Mucus & Evening Primrose Oil
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Evening Primrose Oil to Pre-Seed
Evening primrose oil (EPO) is a favorite fertility aid for women. Historically considered a medicinal "cure-all",
evening primrose oil is one of the more popular herbal supplements for female
hormonal balance and fertility. Women who are trying-to-conceive use evening
primrose oil to improve the quality of cervical mucus - or make the cervical
mucus more fertile. However, evening primrose oil offers a wide array of purported
benefits, including treating many ailments like breast pain, hot flashes, premenstrual
symptoms (PMS), skin disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, and hormonal imbalance.
Fertility, Cervical Mucus, and EPO
The Evening Primrose is
a wildflower (not actually a primrose, though it is similar in appearance).
Evening primrose oil is derived from the seeds of the plant. Like other nuts
and seeds (for example, flaxseed), evening primrose oil is rich in essential
fatty acids and vitamin E. In addition, evening primrose oil also offers a high
concentration of specific essential fatty acids, including Linolenic acid and
gamma linolenic acid - or GLA.. Gamma
linolenic acid is used in the body to produce prostaglandins (chemicals similar
to hormones) which are important for a number of key body functions. Our evening
primrose oil offers a very concentrated source of the fatty acid gamma linolenic
acid with 10% of the oil's fatty acids available in the form of GLA.
As Dr. J Lee notes, "[It's
the] remarkably rich stores of GLA in evening primrose oil [that] make it so
valuable in healing. Taken internally, the body converts GLA into prostaglandins.
These hormone-like compounds help regulate various body functions, controlling
inflammation in some cases and promoting it in others. The prostaglandins produced
from GLA fall into the anti-inflammatory category. Cell membranes also rely
on the presence of GLA." As noted above, gamma linolenic acid is converted
by the body into a hormone-like substance called prostaglandin which has anti-inflammatory
Oil, Infertility, and CM (Cervical Mucus)
How is Evening Primrose Oil used to increase fertility? A good question. For women who are
trying-to-conceive, one of the benefits of evening primrose oil is that it may
increase the quality of cervical mucus, making it a more fertile medium for
sperm. To clarify this, we need to understand how cervical mucus contributes
to fertility. One of the purposes of cervical mucus - during the fertile period
when a woman ovulate - is to sustain sperm in a healthy medium, and to allow
sperm to move freely through the cervix. When a woman ovulates, there should
be an increase in cervical mucus, as well as a change in mucus texture - the
mucus becoming more pliable, "stretchable", and slippery. This is
"fertile" cervical mucus. You will often hear it compared to "egg-whites".
The issue is that some women
do not produce sufficient cervical mucus and/or cervical mucus that has infertile
qualities. This latter type of cervical fluid is called "hostile cervical
mucus". If the cervical mucus is absent, or does not provide a fertile,
fluid medium for sperm, then the odds of conception may be decreased, as sperm
do not have a fertile environment to propel or sustain themselves.
Evening Primrose Oil helps
women produce fertile quality cervical fluid, or "egg white" cervical
mucus. This variety of cervical fluid is fertile, thinner, watery, more clear
than cloudy, and stretchy or stretchable. It easily aids sperm in transport
through the uterus and into the fallopian tube, and to the egg. Fertile cervical
fluid helps sperm remain alive and mobile for several five days inside the uterus
and fallopian tube, enabling conception to take place, even if ovulation
occurs days after intercourse. The lubricant Pre-Seed (or Preseed)
also offers a sperm-friendly transport medium that mimics natural body secretions
and cervical fluids.
Fluid, Evening Primrose Oil, and Pre-Seed
mucus: If cervical fluid is thick or dry or a cloudy brown, it can obstruct
the passage and moment of sperm and prevent fertilization. Many women experience
the problem of dryness, and have issues producing fertile quality cervical fluid.
Evening Primrose Oil has been shown to help in the production of fertile cervical
fluid in such circumstances. Alternately, Pre-Seed is a non-supplement alternative
to Evening Primrose Oil.
Note that Evening Primrose
Oil should only be taken from menstruation to ovulation, as EPO may cause uterine
contractions. The dosage taken should be 1500mg to 3000mg per day. Since essential
fatty acids are important, you can take flax seed oil in place of Evening Primrose Oil after ovulation takes place.
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