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06th Sep 2018

The one surprising household item some women say helped them get pregnant

Orlaith Condon

And you probably have it at home.

There are plenty of weird tips and tricks promoted online that claim to help women conceive.

A search will result in millions of suggestions, making it a very overwhelming experience.

However, many mums are claiming that one of those tricks has worked for them, hailing one household item as the reason they conceived.

Many women are saying that drinking cough syrup worked miracles and even helped them conceive.

Well, it seems as if there might be some science to back up that claim with some experts saying there is one ingredient that could help women get pregnant.

“Guaifenesin thins mucus in your airways, making it easier for you to cough up phlegm,” says one parenting expert at BabyCentre.

“And, because guaifenesin works on all the mucus membranes in your body, it may make your cervical mucus more wet and loose.

“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.”

But, they also say that “some women do say it worked for them” but there is “very little” scientific proof to show the ingredient works.

As there are various other ingredients in cough syrup, experts also advise you to talk to your doctor before using the method.