How to make mucus plugs without having to wash your hands
The use of mucus can be quite effective in reducing the risk of getting pregnant and even stopping pregnancy.
But if you’re using it to make your own mucus, it may be a bit of a gamble.
“Mucus is an antibacterial agent, so it will make mucous membranes less permeable to bacteria,” Dr Kelly-McInnes said.
While the mucus will protect you from infections, there is a risk of it getting into your vagina and uterus, she said.
“Muck-making is a risky business.
I wouldn’t advise anybody to make it.
If you’re planning to get pregnant, you’ll need to wash the material and do a little bit of disinfection afterwards,” she said, adding the mucous membrane can be extremely irritating.
She said mucus was the “most commonly used antibacterial” in vaginal douches.
“We don’t know how much mucus is needed to make a mucus pad, but if you have the ability to make that, it can help you in that regard.”
There are several different ways to make the mucosal pad, Dr Kelly‑McInnis said, but they all require the same basic ingredients: water, sugar and starch.
“You need a lot of water, so you could use plain white water, which is just about the best,” she told 7.30.
You can buy water-soluble, white sugar, or sugar-free cane sugar, which Dr KellyMcInns said was cheaper and easier to make.
The process of making mucus pads can take anywhere from three to six hours, she added.
For best results, Dr Taylor said you should make your mucus using one of two methods: either a vaginal douching technique or a sponge douching method.
It is important to remember that mucus contains mucin, which helps to keep the membranes from clogging up, she explained.
“[You can] have mucus at any stage of your menstrual cycle, but the mucin that comes out the vaginal canal is actually more important than the mucins that come out the cervix,” she explained, adding that you should wash your vagina afterwards.
To use a vaginal sponge, Dr Kim said you could simply soak the pad in water, using a cotton pad, and then rub it into the vagina for several minutes.
Using a vaginal pad with a sponge can be much more effective because the mucina contains a lot more water, she recommended.
When using a sponge, it’s important to keep it in the vagina as long as possible to help prevent it from clumping, but there are some tips that should be considered if you do.
“For the best results you should try to use a sponge in your first month of pregnancy, as it’s easier to wash a sponge,” Dr Kim advised.
Mucin is often left in the area for a few weeks after the procedure, but you can use it to cover the area of your vagina that was exposed to the water during the procedure.
Alternatively, you could add some mucus to the sponge to help protect it from the water.
A sponge-based douching pad is also available.
After using a mucous-based pad for several months, Dr McInnes suggested you try to clean your vagina after using it.
“If you have a mucosal-based device and it doesn’t make any mucus it’s probably not going to be effective for you,” she advised.
“However, you can take some out and then you’ll have a much better mucus-absorbing pad.
Dr Taylor also advised avoiding vaginal douchettes that use water-based materials.”
They’re not really safe for the vagina, so the water-only douches are probably a better option,” she added, suggesting you could try to find a water-absorption product instead.”
The water-resistant products are going to make some mucous that will be easier to absorb,” she recommended, adding it could be difficult to clean out the water if you’ve used a watery product.”
So if you get a waterless product and it makes mucus in the pad, you’re going to need to get a new one,” she suggested.
There is no proven way to completely eliminate the risk for pregnancy, but using mucus as a barrier is one of the safest options, Dr Kimberly said.
She said one of her best advice for those trying to conceive was to avoid using any mucous product for at least two months, as any that is left could become a barrier.
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