The endometrium is a lining that coats the uterus. Each month when the ovaries release an egg, the endometrial lining, also known as the uterine lining, thickens in preparation for an embryo. If the egg does not get fertilized, the lining sheds and exits the body via the vaginal canal. The uterine lining provides nourishment and sustenance for an embryo and is a necessary part of pregnancy. When the lining is thin, usually less than 7mm, the body cannot sustain an embryo and a growing fetus.
Issues pertaining to a thin uterine lining usually occur for years before women try to conceive. However, women may be unaware of the endometrium problem until proper testing is done. Women with thin endometrial linings may have to undergo multiple IVF rounds. Here are some signs of a thin endometrial lining:
Painful periods or cramps
Trouble carrying a fetus to full-term
A thin uterine lining is not a permanent condition. In fact, there are natural ways to thicken the uterine lining while trying to conceive.
Thin endometrial lining can also be caused by poor blood circulation. In fact, a lack of physical activity contributes to thin uterine lining. Exercise helps the body in a number of ways and something as simple as walking can actually thicken the uterine lining. Try to be more active and get at least 15-20 minutes of physical activity into the daily schedule.
Herbal supplements are a great way to nourish the body and increase blood circulation. Women can also use supplements to improve estrogen levels. Estrogen is one of the most important hormones in reproductive health and low estrogen levels lead to a thin endometrial lining. Red clover, royal jelly, and maca root are supplements packed with phytoestrogen which increases estrogen levels. Raspberry leaf, rose hips, and hibiscus flower aid in blood circulation.
Physical massage helps to stimulate tired nerves and muscles in the body. External massage of the abdominal area can help strengthen uterine muscles and detoxify the reproductive organs. A licensed physical therapist or massage therapist can perform this type of therapy.
A fertility specialist has expert knowledge of the tips and tricks to thicken the uterine lining and improve uterine health. Consulting a healthcare specialist prior to trying a new exercise or supplement regimen for best results.