A TikTok user has women around the country running to the store to pick up Mucinex — or avoiding it at all costs — after she claimed the over-the-counter cold medicine can help you get pregnant.
Julia Schuller, who is known as @juliasendojourney on the platform, shared that she saw an increase in her fertility after she took Mucinex to battle COVID-19. The TikTok has been viewed more than 8.5 million times and left many people stunned.
The 25-year-old from Pennsylvania explained that she regularly tracks her fertility because she has endometriosis and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and noticed the spike.
Say what? Julia Schuller, who is known as @juliasendojourney on TikTok, shared that she saw an increase in her fertility after she took Mucinex to battle COVID-19
Umm: The 25-year-old from Pennsylvania claimed the over-the-counter cold medicine ‘helps you get pregnant’
‘Yes, Mucinex-D did help me get better while having COVID, but Mucinex-D also helps some other things. It helps you get pregnant,’ she said. ‘After I started taking the Mucinex-D my fertile signs went way up.’
Schuller said she called the doctor who has been helping her track her fertilty to see what was going on and was told that they ‘actually give Mucinex to women to help increase their fertility.’
‘Maybe she’s born with it. Maybe it’s Mucinex D,’ she joked at the end of the video, which received thousands of comments after it was posted on December 4.
‘There’s two people in this world: 1. Get Mucinex 2. Avoid Mucinex,’ one person wrote, while another added: ‘Never. Take. Mucinex. Again. Got it!!’
People mainly wanted to know if her claims that Mucinex can help with pregnancy were true, prompting a few nurses to weigh in.
She noticed: Schuller explained that she regularly tracks her ‘fertility signs’ because she has endometriosis and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
Stunned: Schuller called her doctor after she noticed her ‘fertile signs’ go up while she was taking Mucinex and was told that they give it to women to ‘help increase their fertility’
‘It loosens the cervical mucus to make it easier for swimmers to get in,’ one nurse. commented, while another agreed, saying: ‘It makes a happier environment for the swimmers.’
One woman who has struggled with PCOS for nearly 10 years explained that she took Mucinex and is now eight weeks pregnant, saying: ‘Never put it together until now!!’
There is anecdotal evidence that guaifenesin, the active ingredient in Mucinex, may benefit women with fertility problems and help with sperm mobility, but there haven’t been any major studies to prove this is true.
BuzzFeed spoke to Dr. Natalie Crawford, a reproductive endocrinology and infertility specialist, who explained that guaifenesin can loosen cervical mucus the same way it does in the lungs.
‘For many years, Guaifenesin has been discussed as a way to potentially improve male and female fertility by changing the viscosity of the ejaculate and cervical mucus, thus making it easier for sperm to swim through,’ she said.
Explanation: Dr. Natalie Crawford, an infertility specialist, told BuzzFeed that guaifenesin, an ingredient in Mucinex, can loosen cervical mucus the same way it does in the lungs
Different reactions: Depending on what stage they are at in their lives, some women vowed to avoid Mucinex while others were ready to go out and buy it in the hope of getting pregnant
‘Mucinex works by bringing water into secretions and making them more permeable to sperm. It does appear that, in certain people, this may help in their attempts at conception.’
Dr. Crawford, who believes Mucinex may and may not work for fertility purposes, noted that it’s more often recommended to men to help improve sperm mobility.
‘Because a woman’s cervical mucus should appropriately thin out at the time of ovulation due to elevated estrogen levels, it is less common for it to be suggested to females,’ she said.
‘Studies have been published looking at this and it has been written about in fertility books since the ’70s. There is no conclusive help — or fertility doctors would be recommending it for everyone,’ she added. ‘That being said, it has a hypothetical mechanism of action that makes sense with very few risks — and it is inexpensive!’
While using Mucinex for fertility purposes is mostly-likely harmless, Dr. Crawford urged people to consult with their doctors before trying it because it can have an adverse effect on people with certain medical conditions or when it is combined with another medicine.