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The importance of the uterine lining
After the doctor inseminates the eggs, the doctor places the healthy embryos back into the body so that they can attach to the uterus. Uterine attachment is a crucial step in the process because, without it, pregnancy won’t occur. While preparing the body for egg retrieval, patients need to focus on improving their uterine lining (endometrium). A healthy endometrium maximizes the chances of implantation. Usually, the doctor measures the uterine lining to ensure it meets the basic thickness requirement of 7-8mm. If the doctor decides the lining is too thin, they may delay further IVF treatments until the problem is resolved.
What can you do to improve your uterine lining?
There are a few options, both natural and medical, that patients can use to strengthen the uterine lining. One of the keys to a healthy uterus is a steady flow of blood. Poor circulation leads to a thin endometrium and is one of the many causes of failed IVF treatments.
To improve circulation, patients should start a moderate exercise regimen to get the blood flowing. Patients don’t need to engage in heavy, high-impact workouts. They can begin by walking, doing a light jog, or engaging in yoga and Pilates. The idea is to get the body moving to increase blood circulation. Over time, exercise improves the general condition of the body and its organs.
Natural supplements and hormones can help
Additionally, patients should consider adding some health supplements to their daily routine. Experts laud vitamins E and D for their health benefits. Research also shows that the supplement L-arginine relaxes the arteries which leads to better circulation.
Another great supplement is estrogen. Estrogen is a naturally occurring hormone in the body, but low levels can lead to health issues. The ovaries produce estrogen and the hormone is directly involved in the menstrual cycle. For patients struggling with a thin uterine lining, your doctor may suggest taking estrogen pills or suppositories to enhance estrogen levels.
A little bit about progesterone
Similarly, progesterone works alongside estrogen to prepare and maintain the endometrium for implantation and pregnancy. Patients with a thin uterine lining should research progestin, a synthetic form of the hormone. Progestin comes in gel, pill, and cream form for infertility treatments. Using progestin may help the body build a stronger uterine wall.
Patients should understand that undergoing IVF treatments is a major life changing decision that may bring other health issues to light. If you have any questions, consult with your doctor to learn how to maintain your health during the process.
Contact us today with your questions regarding the procedure.