Is your uterus too cold to conceive?
In Chinese medicine, one of the main culprits of infertility is what we call a ‘cold uterus’. You’ve probably heard of yin and yang and the importance of maintaining balance between the two.
Yang energy is the warming energy of the body and fuels movement of blood and energy and catalyzes biological processes, like ovulation and implantation.
The luteal phase of your cycle is considered the yang phase. From a conventional medical view, progesterone kicks in and raises the body temperature to support implantation of a fertilized embryo and helps it to thrive.
In Chinese medicine, it is the yang energy that supports proper hormonal response to facilitate reproduction.
If your uterus is cold and the yang energy weak, blood flow may be inhibited to your reproductive organs causing old stagnant dead blood cells to accumulate which can block healthy flow and/or cause masses to form.
Without enough warmth in the uterus, your follicles may not ripen to their fullest. Imagine a fruit tree exposed to an early frost. Its fruits’ growth is stunted never having the opportunity to meet its potential.
Even if the follicle is able to reach maturation, it may not be able to ovulate properly without the warming energy to catalyze the process, let alone the cascade of hormonal events that must follow to result in pregnancy.
Signs you may be yang deficient:
- Feeling cold easily
- Cold hands and feet
- Cold abdomen
- Low BBT temperatures
- Frequent dilute urination, especially at night
- Weak digestion
- Spotting before your period
- Short luteal phase
- Low back pain (and with your ovulation and/or period)
- Menstrual cramps that feel better with heat
- Habitual miscarriage
- Delayed ovulation
- Ovarian cysts
While the yang energy of the body must be supported all year long, we must make extra efforts to preserve our yang energy during the cold winter months.
6 ways to warm your yang energy:
1.) Keep your feet warm
Wear cozy socks around the house. Don’t go barefoot, especially on cold tile or hardwood floors. Acu-meridians that circulate to your womb begin in your feet. If your feet feel cold, it’s basically like a cold river straight to your uterus.
2.) Eat soups and stews
The digestive system takes a hit when the yang energy is weak. Yang warmth is needed to break down food. On the flip side, if digestion is weak, it will steal from your reproductive yang energy.
In fact, dietary and supplemental are SO crucial to when it comes to not only supporting the yang energy of the body, but also to produce reproductive hormones, build egg quality and maintain uterine health. In fact, how you eat during each phase of your cycle and in preparation for fertility treatment can either help or hinder your fertility.
That's why I put together a comprehensive dietary and supplement guide with meal plans and recipes for each phase of the cycle and fertility treatment. (If you're interested, you can check it out on my shop page by clicking here.)
3.) Drink tea with warming spices
Ginger, cinnamon, mulling spices and spices in Chai tea are all good for supporting digestive yang energy, which in turn supports reproductive yang energy. Just be sure not to add sugar or a very minimal amount, as that can weaken the energy.
Avoid or minimize cold and raw foods, especially first thing in the morning.
4.) Castor oil pack over your uterus
The combination of the heat and the penetrating softness of the castor oil will not only help to warm your womb, but to clear out old stagnant blood and toxins that may have accumulated. Watch my video below for Castor Oil Pack instructions.
5.) Acupressure and Moxa
Specific acupoints help to strengthen the yang energy of your body. Using moxa is one of the most powerful ways to warm up and the yang energy of the body and dispel cold from the uterus. (To learn about moxa and see how it’s done, click here.)
I teach specific points in the protocols of my virtual program Total Fertility Wellness™ for using moxa to warm the womb and balance the yin and yang energy of the body throughout your cycle, as well as to support pregnancy.
6.) Chinese herbal formulas
When you visit your local acupuncturist, she may prescribe a customized formula with specific herbs to strengthen your yang energy and balance any symptoms that are a result of a cold uterus.
Acupuncture, acupressure and herbs all work together to balance your yin and yang energy and make you more fertile.