To preface this post and series about tips and tricks being debunked…I am not a medical professional. I like to put myself into really embarrassing situations and then tell people about it. If you really want to know if something works or is safe please, consult an actual physician or someone who has spent more than 3 months in medical school like I did. Thank you.
Anyone in the TTC game knows that everyone has their own tips and tricks to tell you about. Everyone thinks that if they get pregnant than whatever they were doing is the key to getting pregnant and if they didn’t get pregnant than whatever they tried that month is a complete failure and they will never try it again. For example. The month I got pregnant I had been changing our eating habits. I went from eating crap, over processed, sugar/carb filled, horrible food to eating an almost vegetarian diet with mostly organic fruits and vegetables and hormone/antibiotic free chicken and wild fish. I lost about 15 lbs at the last check before I went hog-wild. After I found out I was pregnant I was convinced that my new eating habits, my lack of caring for the reproductive process and being more active got me pregnant. I am sure it helped but I don’t think it ACTUALLY was a major factor. Technically I was already pregnant a few days after I tried all of this.
So I decided, after reading some hilarious tricks and tips, to try them. Not only for my own amusement but to prove to others that we TTC people are absolutely insane and will try damn near anything to help us get our babies we so desperately want to bring home healthy. I will most likely try everything I describe here. Probably starting out nice and easy then hitting you with the really insane stuff. I also will tell you about things that I am almost certain I won’t try. Like this.
According to my research, many women use egg whites as a form of lubricant. Yes people. EGG WHITES. I thought my dear friend, who shall remain nameless, had flipped her lid when she told me this was a relatively common practice. I had never heard of this until yesterday. Basically you take an egg (the possibility for salmonella is only if you try to insert the entire egg with the shell because the shell is the only thing that could be contaminated so don’t stick an entire egg in your vagina please) and separate the yolk from the white. You place the egg white in a cup and set it by your bedside 1 hour prior to sexy time so it will reach room temperature prior to insertion. The video I watch explained that you could use a syringe (with no needle) or an actual turkey baster. That made me laugh hysterically as I watched a middle-aged woman joyfully play with a turkey baster. So, after it’s at room temperature and about 10 minutes before you proceed, insert the egg white into your lady parts. If you are curious as to where to insert, the lady in the video told me “the place where we douche.” Where the penis goes would have sufficed, thank you. After you insert the egg white DO NOT STAND UP! It will slip right on out. The next step is to have sex.
*Side note – I was explaining this to my friend at work and I realized, and said, this. There are already enough noises going on during sex and I’m not sure I can handle the sloshing noises that would be made if I added an egg white. I have such a messed up mind that I wondered about scrambled eggs as well.
That was pretty much the end of the tutorial.
NOW! The few people who I have spoken to about this “trick” have told me that it did not work. I believe, until I ask my doctor tomorrow strictly out of curiosity, we will not be trying this. It makes me nervous because I just don’t know if food needs to be involved in conception-outside of a diet of course. This is supposed to make you “sperm friendly” and give you that egg white consistency to help the swimmers reach the target easier. If you choose to try this, let me know how it works for you. I will report back if we try it.
If you would rather a less disgusting way of getting that egg white cervical mucus consistency give some over the counter meds a try, with doctor’s permission if you are seeing a specialist for this stuff. Guaifenesin is an expectorant. You can find Guaifenesin tablets in pharmacies and online. Guaifenesin is available over the counter in tablet form. They are better than Robitussin because the tablets have the Guaifenesin as the only ingredient which ensures thin mucus.
There are also sperm safe lubricants you can use. Preseed and Conceive Plus are 2 that I have heard great lubricants I have heard about.
I have tried the Guaifenesin in the form of Robitussin. That lasted until I threw up the Robitussin because the taste is nasty. I think I will be grabbing some of the Guaifenesin tablets at my earliest convenience. (Mucinex contains this ingredient if you can’t find the actual Guaifenesin but be cautious with other ingredients in the product!) We didn’t have the extra funding for the lube this month-I know this sounds horrible-so we will try that after the holidays I believe.
If you would like to find out information about other tips & tricks that you are too afraid to try, let me know. If it’s something that I feel comfortable trying I will try it and post for the world to see…unless it involves egg whites in my vagina. Stay tuned for the next installment of Tips & Tricks for TTC-Debunked! Baby dust and hugs to all!
The following link is where I found the videos for using Egg Whites for fertility. If you are serious about trying this method please watch this first 🙂 http://www.tryingtoconceive.com/eggwhites.htm