How to thicken your uterine lining
I often talk about egg count and egg quality – but what about your uterine environment? Rarely does anyone talk about the importance of having healthy uterine tissue.
How thick should your uterine lining be (your endometrium)? What role does it play in pregnancy? And what can you do about it?
What should your uterine lining look like?
Your uterine lining (anatomically known as your ‘endometrium’) plays a key role in your menstrual cycle and in pregnancy. It is essential for implantation!
Just like seeds need rich and fertile soil to take root and grow a beautiful garden, your body needs to have a healthy endometrial lining for implantation to take place and pregnancy to happen.
One of the first things to check for when investigating the health of your uterine lining, is to check for any abnormalities such as masses, endometriosis and hyperplasia (enlargement).
The lining of the uterus should thicken and thin over the course of your menstrual cycle – estrogen made by your ovarian follicles causes the glands to grow and the endometrium lining to thicken. The endometrium is significantly thicker during pregnancy.
The clomid effect
Clomid is commonly prescribed as a first-line fertility treatment to help stimulate ovulation in women who suffer with ovarian dysfunction. One possible side effect of this drug, though, is that it could cause a thinning of your uterine lining.
It’s best if your endometrium is at least 8mm thick during fertility treatment, however, clomid can prevent this thickening of the uterine lining in up to 25-30% of women.
Endometrial thinning affects pregnancy because it lowers implantation rates and can lead to an increased risk for a miscarriage.
If your uterine lining is 7mm or lower and you’re taking clomid, then it may be time to reassess how well the drug is working for you and whether or not the treatment is actually counterproductive.
Every fertility case is individual and different, and it really is a case of weighing out the pros and cons before making a decision.
It may be time to discontinue clomid and move to a different drug, or it might be time to take a rest period and allow the drug to fully leave your system and your uterine lining to thicken again.
Are there ways to thicken the uterine lining naturally?
There are things that you can do to help your body find more ease in the thickening and thinning process of your uterine lining. The following recommendations have benefits for your endometrium and beyond, and are completely safe and natural.
Acupuncture can increase blood flow to the your uterine lining. Acupuncture could help thicken your endometrium and increase vascularization (encouraging a flow of life living blood essential for successful implantation to happen)
Acupuncture can also help to regulate your menstrual cycle, regulate hormones and de-stress – all beneficial to your overall well being and fertility.
A facial… but for your vagina and uterus.
They might sound strange – but this is an ancient technique that’s been used for centuries by indigenous cultures. It’s been passed down by generations upon generations of women (and for a reason).
There are many different kinds of vaginal steam baths you can do. Different groups of herbs serve a different function. It’s a super simple process with amazing benefits. I made a YouTube video that describes exactly how to a vaginal steam bath that you can watch by clicking here.
I also have vaginal herbs designed for nurturing, nourishing and cleansing the uterine lining and revitalising the endometrium and the vaginal canal available to order in my online shop.
It’s not at all uncommon for your uterus to be tilted, tipped or prolapsed – but this is rarely investigated as part of your fertility issues.
The uterus is held in place by several flexible and expandable ligaments that provide the adaptability needed for childbirth – i
t’s because of this ease of movement, though, that the uterus can sometimes shift out of place and onto your fallopian tubes or you ovaries.
This can interrupt the flow of everything and disrupt the reproductive system. (Your uterine lining may not thicken as it should as a result of this disruption).
How to tell if yours is out of place? Dark menstrual blood – particularly at the start of your period – could be a sign that it’s taken longer than normal for the blood to flow through.
Abdominal massage is a combination of soft tissue manipulation and improved circulation in the abdomen and pelvic area. Increased, healthy blood flow to a correctly placed uterus will help to encourage a healthy thickening of your endometrium.
Looking to improve your fertility using more natural and holistic methods? Abdominal massage is just one of many therapies covered in My Fertility School.
My Fertility School is a 6 week program, covering everything from the fertility basics to home remedies and nutrition and supplements. One of the weeks focuses on natural techniques to enhance fertility. During this week, you’ll learn how abdominal massages work so you can do it yourself at home.
Uterine lining and IVF success
For women going through IVF, the thickness of your uterine lining is very important.
This is something that will be checked by doctors before embryo transfer will take place to ensure that your endometrium is thick enough to allow for implantation.
A too-thin uterine lining is a serious problem in IVF as it could lead to failed implantation or miscarriage.
Preparing for IVF treatment is essential to its chances for success. Learn how to prepare your endometrium, your mind and your environment for the entire process (and increase your success rates to 40%) with my Conquering IVF eCourse and group support.
- Increase your success rates naturally
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- Join a community of women so you don’t have to go through it alone.