Trying for a baby?
Learn how Chinese Medicine can help to naturally thicken the lining of your uterus
Those of us who have done even a little gardening understand the importance of preparing the soil before we plant the seed - creating the right growing environment is vital for a new plant to grow. When we seek to support the development of a new baby similar principles apply: When the lining of the uterus is well nourished we stand a greater chance of IVF treatment succeeding and we also reduce the risk of early miscarriage. In this article we will find out the reasons why our fertility depends on a healthy uterine lining - or endometrium - and how we can boost this through some simple lifestyle changes and with the support of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
Why is it important to nourish the lining of the uterus?
There are several research backed reasons for this:
- The developing embryo is nourished by the endometrium lining until at least the tenth week of pregnancy. A well nourished lining of the uterus will be better able to support the healthy development of a baby.
- The ideal endometrial lining is about 8mm in thickness. It should have a healthy blood circulation and have three layers which are visible on an ultrasound. Studies have showna correlation between the thickness of the lining of the uterus and the success of IVF treatment. A too-thin uterine lining can be a serious problem in IVF, leading to failed implantation and early pregnancy loss.
- A good blood supply to the endometrium is also important as research demonstrates that improved circulation correlates with live birth.
What factors can affect the lining of the uterus?
Structural issues: These include fibroids or scar tissue. These can impair the growth of the uterine lining and result in a lining that is too thin to support implantation or the healthy growth of a baby. Western medicine usually treats structural issues with surgery. There is a wealth of evidence to suggest that TCM can help remove fibroids without the need for surgery.
Nutrition: The lining of the uterus is made out of blood, and having the required amount of blood necessary to create a healthy lining depends on good nutrition. It is vital that you get enough iron and include blood building foods in your diet, so start to add some delicious blood boosting foods into your diet today! Iron is contained in foods such as spinach, liver and other organ meats, legumes such as beans, peas and peas, pumpkin seeds and red meat.
Poor blood flow to and within the uterus:The uterus and it’s lining should be well supplied with blood, and anything that interferes with good blood flow can lead to a thin lining. Coldness will damage the uterus by decreasing its blood supply. TCM treatments are effective at boosting the circulation. You can try to add warmth to your uterus by holding a warm compress or hot water bottle to your lower abdomen area. You might also consider keeping your feet warm, and eating a diet consisting of warm foods and beverages. Avoid eating too many raw or cold foods as in addition to being difficult for your body to digest will also increase the amount of cold within you. In the clinic your TCM practitioner may bring warmth to the area through the use of moxibustion – which is where the herb Mugwort heats up the area either in combination with acupuncture treatment or alone or by prescribing blood boosting supplements.
Lack of movement: If the recent lockdown has decreased the amount of physical activity that you do every day, now is the time to start to incorporate a little more movement into your diary routine. Physical activity will improve blood flow, which in turn will help to support the effective building of your uterine lining. Exercise should be mild to moderate for 20 – 30 minutes daily.Types of exercise that are good for your fertility include:
- Tai chi
- Qi gong
Chinese Medicine to Thicken Uterine Lining
Acupuncture can be used as an effective means to thicken uterine lining. Acupuncture has a unique ability to improve blood circulation to and within the uterus. It is a very safe and drug free medical intervention that has a track record that goes back over 2000 years and can be used safely to increase endometrial thickness.
During an acupuncture treatment
During an acupuncture treatment single use, sterile needles are expertly inserted into specific areas of the body. These points stimulate the flow of energy which in turn boosts the circulation of blood to the lining of the uterus. Large scale studies demonstrate that acupuncture treatment improves the lining of the uterus and led to more women developing the all important three layers pattern to their endometrium – this resulted in pregnancies and more embryo transfers among women who received acupuncture. From our experience acupuncture treatment is most effective when it is received 1-2 times per week with the course started 2 – 3 months before you start to try for a baby
Supporting body’s natural ability to balance itself
Chinese Medicine works by supporting your body’s natural ability to balance itself. At GinSen we take an holistic approach to your health and fertility journey. In addition to helping to thicken the lining of your uterus we also look at optimising your hormone profiles – for example high FSH and Oestrogen levels, low progesterone and high luteinising hormones. If you are embarking on a course of IVF our treatments will help to reduce your stress and anxiety levels as well as to address the side effects of the IVF drugs.
What Chinese Medicine supplements & herbs will help to thicken uterine lining?
Uterus Maintenance by GinSen are unique herbal blend supplements to help with fertility related issues caused by difficulties in implantation. These natural supplements work to thicken the uterine lining for implantation and prepare your body for pregnancy. These supplements have been expertly formulated to increase the chances of conceiving naturally or increasing the success rate while undergoing IVF. Uterus Maintenance can also be used to ease menstrual discomfort and hep to support a general healthy pregnancy.
Mugwort is the common name of Artemisia Vulgaris, sometimes referred to as wormwood. This herb is considered a hot yang herb and some of its best-known uses in TCM include heating up acupuncture points before needling, ridding the body of either dampness or coldness, and increasing the flow of blood to specific parts of the body.
If you are considering the use of IVF, then an essential supplement is GinSen’s IVF Preparation Kit. This is a 100% natural remedy that improves the quality of eggs and helps to support the growth and development of a healthy uterine lining. This supplement also boosts your body’s underlying fertility. IVF Preparation Kit is designed to work with your body and naturally supports regular menstrual cycles and egg health. It is ideal for anyone who wishes to increase the success rate of their IVF cycle.
For more information about how Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine can help you to boost your fertility, thicken the lining of your uterus and improve your chance of IVF success, please book your free consultation today
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We can’t guarantee the treatment result, as the symptoms of conditions are unpredictable and vary greatly from person to person. The treatment length and recovery time also varies for individual. Please visit our clinics website: GinSen where a specialists will discuss your care and provide a consultation, and the treatment will be designed to meet your individual needs.