’m pretty sure all of us are at least a little familiar with the importance of the uterus in conceiving. What some may not be so familiar with, though, is of what problems can be associated with the uterus. Perhaps one of the most common is that of a thin uterine lining. The lining, also called the endometrium, is responsible for stabilizing an egg so that it can develop and grow. A thin lining, though, does not allow for an egg to implant itself properly, and ultimately can cause infertility. Doctors say that the endometrium has to have a thickness of at least 8mm to be considered adequate for conception. But no worries, there is still hope – and it is sometimes an easy fix.
So if you are the victim of a thin uterine lining, or even if you are not, you may be curious as to what causes it. The leading cause of a thinning endometrium is that of low estrogen. For estrogen is responsible for allowing the formation of a thick, healthy lining. Estrogen medication is also the leading treatment in preparing the uterus if it is not at an optimal status. Another cause of this condition is inadequate blood flow. Without proper blood flow to the reproductive systems, in both men and women, fertility is negatively impacted; as blood is needed to develop a proper, baby-ready lining. Infection, D&C procedure, and scar tissue can also hinder, or even completely prevent, the development of a healthy endometrium. Some medications, such as Clomid and long-term birth control, have also been linked to poor uterine health.
Once you have identified the cause of your thinning endometrium, it is time to take action and aid it back to health – to thickness. One of the upmost helpful things you can do for your uterus is to exercise. Shocker, right?! But it makes since, if one of the primary causes of poor uterine lining is that of inadequate blood flow, it only seems right to get up and move around. If you work a desk job, or spend your day motionless, this is perhaps what lead to your thin lining in the first place.
Another key factor in uterine treatment is that of diet. We have covered before, in previous articles, how important diet is and how it plays into fertility – and also in improving gut health; a double whammy! When eating right, it also makes sense to relieve the toxins and medications from your body that influence the uterus. Take a 3-6 month break from Clomid and/or birth control (and uterus-affecting medications of the sort) to help restore your uterus and allow it to develop a substantial lining. With exercise and diet, you’d be amazed at how much your fertility can be improved.
But you also may be thinking, “Exercise and diet? Well that is a bit cliché.” Even though these two things can do tremendous things, it is also important to supplement and perhaps utilize certain herbs to achieve a healthy endometrium. Red clover, for instance, is an herb that aids in circulation to the reproductive system, and is also high in essential vitamins to provide an extra “boost” in development. Additionally, one of the later articles written covered the herb of maca root. And it fits in perfectly when striving for a healthy uterus. This is because, in short, Maca root equalizes hormone levels, estrogen included – the very hormone responsible for our uterine health!
Even though this is a minimalistic list, don’t get me wrong; there are many other ways to improve your uterine health, such as physical therapies like acupuncture, fertility massage, also castor oil packs, other herbs, and with the use of certain minerals. I hope that this has provided a basis to building your uterine lining in preparation for conception. You will be amazed at what these simple practices can do for not only your uterine health, but your overall health as well. So what do you think? Is it worth a shot? For a healthy uterus simply means you are one step closer to holding that baby in your arms!
Sarah Clark empowers couples to discover how lifestyle and diet can dramatically impact their chances of conceiving. She was diagnosed with premature ovarian failure at 28 and had both her kids with donor eggs. Not until years later did she discover that the root cause of her infertility was a food intolerance. Ready to gaze into your baby's eyes....but struggling. Download 10 step Checklist here