A plump uterine wall is an easy place for the fertilized egg to attach. This is why the thickness of your uterine wall can make a big difference to the success of your pregnancy. Chinese Medicine has been focused on naturally enhancing women’s fertility for centuries. Fertility herbs and formulas are a safe and very effective way to build up your uterine wall. Results can be safely achieved in a very short period of time using the formulas nutrition to build blood. No hormones are used at any time.
The Role a Uterine Lining Plays in Fertility
When a woman has her period, the lining of the uterus (called the endometrium) is shed. Then over the next few weeks, a new lining is regenerated. Eventually, it becomes receptive to the implantation of an embryo. If no embryo implants, the body recognizes that there is no pregnancy so it sheds the endometrium and starts the regeneration process over again.
Why a Thin Lining of the Womb can be an Issue When Trying To Conceive
Did you know that the thickness of your uterine lining at the time of ovulation is almost as important as the number of eggs that are developing? The average thickness of endometrium is 8 mm, which increases during pregnancy. This thickness plays a vital role in the implantation of fetus to the walls of the uterus, but it is also crucial in supporting the growing baby in the later stages of pregnancy.
If, due to any cause, this lining becomes thin, it becomes impossible for the fertilized egg to get fully implanted in the wall of the uterus.
What Is The Optimum Thickness Of Endometrial Lining For Implantation?
There is some debate about “how thin is too thin”. This is an issue that comes up often with IVF, FET or egg donors. Some Doctors say that their cut off point for diagnosing a thin endometrium is 6mm or less. Others say that they like to see a lining of at least 7mm in thickness, when measured by ultrasound at the time of maximal thickness during the cycle.
In general, it appears that 8 to 10mm is good, and 6 or less may be a potential problem. We have helped thousands of women who came to us with thin endometrial linings and we helped them to build their linings back up to 8 to 15mm.
Thin Womb Lining Symptoms
You may have 2 or 3 of the following:
- Shortness of Breath
- Pale complexion
- Pale tongue – sides of the tongue may be paler than the middle
- Emotional changes, irritability or palpitations
- Delayed, light flow or light colored blood
- Feeling of chilliness in body or hands and feet
- Possible absence of menstrual period
- Lack of appetite, especially in the morning
- Possible painful menses
Causes of a Thin Endometrium
1. Low Estrogen
The hormone estrogen is responsible for making the endometrium thicken so if you don’t have enough estrogen, this can be an issue. If left unaddressed, estrogen levels decline with age and low levels are common for women over 40, but less common for women in their twenties and thirties. Western Medicine sees every woman as a product of these statistics.
Chinese Medicine allows for the possibility that, with the right nutrition and techniques, the estrogen levels can be maintained at normal levels until a woman has stopped her menses completely. If you’re having a hard time conceiving or you have not been able to take a pregnancy to full term, have your estrogen levels and uterine thickness checked.
Western Medicine: Cause & Treatment of Low Estrogen
Cause: Low Estrogen caused by aging, especially evident if you are over 40 years old.
Treatment: Prescribe synthetic estrogen and monitor your endometrium to see if it thickens. When you stop taking the estrogen the uterine wall will thin again. The estrogen levels will also return to their low level or below that level.
Results: Immediate, within a few weeks. But long term use is not advised.
However, this is the best choice to make if you are in the middle of an assisted cycle and have only a few weeks before your transfer.
Chinese Medicine: Cause & Treatment of Low Estrogen
Cause: Low Estrogen is caused by a lack of the right nutrition. Chinese Medicine, the medicine of rejuvenation and renewal, has experience over many generations of using natural solutions to help the body regain balance. When the endometrial lining is thin the body can not have normal estrogen levels.
Treatment: To increase the wall of the endometrium with natural herbs and foods so both estrogen and the uterine wall will increase. Many of the herbs used in these formulas are what modern science has identified as “estrogenic”, using phytoestrogens (plant estrogens) instead of synthetic estrogens. The treatment offers the body the material it needs to rebalance.
Results: Changes will start within 30 days. Significant results within 60-90 days. Once the uterine wall is reestablished you can maintain the thickness with diet and a minimal use of herbal supplements.
When you stop the treatment, your uterine lining will remain full as long as you continue to follow the dietary recommendations which were part of your program. If you are resuming assisted cycles you may need to continue the herbs, and you may need to take regular breaks between cycles to help the body rebuild.
If it doesn’t work, this would suggest that the blood flow is being compromised in some way or you have some form of damage to your womb lining.
Important note: Clomid or any of the injections will thin the uterine lining.
2. Blood Flow to the Uterus
If your uterus is not receiving enough blood, it makes it very difficult for it to make the endometrium as thick as it needs to be. It could be that there is simply not enough blood flow to the uterus. Chinese Medicine is the study of the body’s energy and the internal interactions between different organ systems. Ancient doctors understood the importance of bringing more vitality to the reproductive organs, and there are specific natural fertility treatments that have been used by generations of women and men to successfully rejuvenate sexual vitality. These treatments both nourish and destress your body using very specific herbal formulas, special exercises combined with diet and lifestyle advice. Everything is explained in detail in your personalized Natural Fertility Program.
Important tips for increasing uterine blood flow:
-Special herbal formulas – A Woman’s Vitality, Super Fertility #1, Spirulina Organic or Free and Easy Energy. These formulas are famous for breaking down stagnant energy and increasing blood flow to the uterus
-Lifestyle and Exercise advice (details below)
-The Radiant Wonder Fertility Massage – Gentle external stimulation during the Fertility Massage can improve blood flow to your uterus, make the uterine muscles stronger, help to promote better hormone function, and help to detoxify the uterus. Done during the second week of your cycle only.
-Radiant Eight Energy Exercises – de-stress the body (body stress inhibits blood flow)
Following your Radiant Wonder Natural Fertility Program sets your body up not only for a better lining but for a better communication between the interconnected hormones that support your sexual vitality.The Radiant Eight Energy Exercises done everyday plus the Radiant Wonder Fertility Massage, will easily increase more blood flow to your uterus and help to relieve stress.
3. Damaged Endometrial Tissue May Inhibit Blood Flow
Illness, infection and surgery may also decrease the essential flow of blood to the endometrium. Damage may potentially be caused by dilation & curettage. If a D&C (Dilation & Curettage) is not performed correctly, it may inadvertently deplete one of the layers of the endometrium. Often the damage can be repaired. If there is pain associated with the damage (Asherman’s Syndrome) and the pain disappears, that is a clear sign your body is healing itself.
4. Taking Clomid for Consecutive Cycles Thins the Uterine Wall
Clomid acts by making your body believe that it has low estrogen. Low estrogen stimulates the production of GnRH which in turn, tells the pituitary gland to increase levels of FSH and to trigger ovulation. Unfortunately, if clomid is used for 3 cycles (or more) one after the other, it can block estrogen, which is needed to make the endometrium thicker.
How this happens:
Clomid contains two isomers. Isomers are compounds which have the same molecular formula but different structures. This is because different isomers work differently. When a woman stops using Clomid, her body will not contain any of one of the isomers after one week. The problem arises because the other isomer can stay in the body for as long as six weeks – still acting as an estrogen blocker. For each cycle that includes the use of clomid, there is a backlog of this second, estrogen blocking isomer which prevents the endometrium from thickening sufficiently. Clomid is a great medication if it helps you to conceive straight away but repeated use can bring potentially unwanted issues.
If you are aware of the side effects you can plan in advance to avoid them, or repair from them. It is a matter of not being driven by fear (often of your age and the statistics you hear) and listen to your body.
5. Long Term Use of Oral Contraceptive Pills Containing Progestin
Some forms of birth control pills contain high levels of progestin. Prolonged use of this form of contraceptive has been linked to having a thin endometrium and also to atrophy of the uterus. The longer that a woman has used progestin, the higher her chance of having a thin womb lining. Again, this is something you can normally rebalance using the right Natural Fertility Program. It just takes time. Maybe 6 months to a year will be needed. It likely took a long time to develop these issues. They should heal, but you need to give your body time. The wonderful news is that we know how to improve womb lining thickness. Just because it is thin now, doesn’t mean that it has to stay thin forever.
Our Approach to Thicken Your Uterine Lining
Diet / Food Therapy
Did you know that drinking and eating too many iced drinks will slow down your body’s ability to renew its blood supply?
Lean toward a whole food, high fiber diet, mostly protein and vegetables. Rice is fine, but try not to eat too much pasta.
Stick to a regular schedule for eating. This will balance your insulin and cortisol hormones. When cortisol levels go up it immediately affects reproductive hormones – starting with the balance between progesterone and estrogen.
Eat lots of foods that help your body to build blood.
Avoid animal meats, cheeses, milks and other food items that have been raised with the use of hormones. Choose organic, free range, grass fed animals whenever possible.
Eat cooked leafy greens like:
- Collard greens
- Brussels sprouts
- Mustard greens
- Swiss Chard
These foods also help the liver detoxify, which will help it to process reproductive hormones.
Do Some Simple Exercises to Improve Uterine Lining
The right herbal formulas combined with the right energy movements will relax the fascia and muscles. This releases blocked energy and frees the flow of fresh oxygenated blood to nourish and enliven your sexual vitality. Increase your walking. (The same arteries that feed your legs, feed your reproductive system. ) Do exercises that incorporate movement of the legs and hips, ideal for improving circulation to your ovaries and your uterus. Run, walk, cycle, swim, do Zumba or aerobics, whatever you enjoy!
The Radiant Eight Energy Exercises
They are chi gong exercises they are to be done everyday.
Radiant Wonder Fertility Massage
A self massage done one week a month, will easily increase more blood flow to your uterus. One thing some of our customers love to do is to go into a room, lock the door and for 5-10 minutes turn on the music and dance! You will walk out feeling great, and your uterus will thank you!
Get enough sleep to give your body the chance to repair. Aim for at least 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night.
Chinese Medicine recommends that the most beneficial hours of sleeping are from 11pm to 3am. This is the time when renewal of the blood and reproductive system takes place. Do your best to go to bed and get up at a regular time, even on weekends. When the rhythm of your waking and sleeping hormones is regular, the balance of your reproductive hormones improves.
Consider having a course of acupuncture. Acupuncture has been shown to increase beta-endorphins. This is important because beta-endorphins reduce stress-related activity of the nervous system. This reduction helps more blood to flow to the uterus.