I get asked all the time “How can I increase my lining NOW so my doctor can do my transfer this cycle?”
When preparing for your upcoming embryo transfer, the thickness and quality of your uterine lining often determines whether your doctor can move forward this cycle or cancel.
Hearing the words, “We may need to cancel this cycle” can be quite devastating.
So what do you do when the estrogen patches aren’t getting the job done and you need to thicken your lining FAST?
How to increase your lining in 48 hours or less:
Eat lining-building foods
In Chinese medicine, a thin uterine lining is a sign of what we call “Blood Deficiency”. Blood deficiency is different than any conventional medical diagnosis. You may or may not be anemic, but anemia alone does not determine blood deficiency.
We consider blood deficiency to be a type of dryness where the body just is lacking enough blood to nourish and lubricate the organs and tissues.
Blood deficiency also refers to the quality of the blood. It may be your blood lacks the nutrients necessary for nourishing the tissue and organs.
In either case, I prescribe the following blood nourishing foods:
Soups and stews (red meat, chicken with the bones)
Warm foods (avoid raw (including raw veggies) and cold)
Bone broth (link to receipe)
Grassfed ground beef
Cooked leafy greens and broccoli
Plenty of protein, especially good quality organic meats
For the really committed, beef or chicken liver
Dairy (Moderate portions of plain yogurt is acceptable.)
Castor oil packs over the uterus
Castor oil packs not only help to increase blood flow to the uterus, but also help to improve the quality of the lining by encouraging the softening of blood stasis and detoxification. Castor oil is a softens the tissue and helps to draw toxins out of the tissue and flushed out of the system. Drink plenty of water afterwards.
Rest and restore
Do NOT skimp on sleep. Sleep is essential to build new blood cells and nourish your uterine lining. Be in bed by 11pm at the latest. No less than 7 hours. Preferably 8.
Rest throughout the day when you feel tired.
DO NOT over exercise. Especially avoid excessively sweating. Gentle yoga and walking are best.
Practice stress management tools. Stress exhausts the body, and drains the digestive system making it more difficult to assimilate nutrients from the foods you eat. It also causes muscle tension, further preventing adequate blood flow to the uterus.
Take deep breathes.
Prioritize your mental health.
Watch a funny movie.
If you have access to a fertility acupuncturist, then book a treatment or two.
If you don’t, or if you want to do everything you can in addition to the acupuncture treatments, you can do self-acupressure at home. 15 minutes a day makes a huge difference!
As so many have requested, my popular training, Self-Acupressure to Build a Healthy Uterine Lining and Eggs is now available whenever you need it.
If you’re preparing for an upcoming transfer and need to increase your lining now, this training and instructional video are instantly available to you.
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Here’s to your healthy womb,