Building a healthy home for your embryo.
A heathy endometrium, or uterine lining, can make so much difference to a successful implantation. find out how to improve yours!
Often the focus is all about the health of the egg and sperm while the condition of the nest or endometrium, that place where the blastocyst/embryo will embed to grow into a healthy baby, is overlooked. The analogy being- the importance of fertile ground to successfully grow a plant. Knowing that the endometrium regenerates every four weeks means that every small change you make can impact on the quality of the next cycle.
So many factors can encourage a healthy endometrium and its reassuring to know that you can do much to change the situation.
Blood flow. Increasing blood flow to the pelvic region, through exercise, massage and acupuncture is beneficial. Drinking Red Raspberry leaf (usually taken as a tincture or tea) before pregnancy can increase blood flow too. Regular periods help the blood supply and the clearing of old blood. Red rather than brown blood flow will reflect this healthy clearance.
Hormonal balance of estrogen and progesterone. This is necessary for a healthy endometrial lining. Low progesterone levels during the luteal phase (from ovulation to Day 1 of the next cycle) can prevent successful implantation as the endometrium can’t develop and function properly. A luteal phase lasting around 12-14 days is not always a guarantee of adequate progesterone levels. A short luteal phase due to low progesterone levels fails to provide sufficient time for embedding.
Reducing stress. Stress caused from both internal and external factors can play a major role in limiting blood circulation.
Adequate rest. Seven hours of quality sleep will help the sleep hormones and, in turn, balance the reproductive hormones.
Diet. Eating a wholefood, organic diet where possible ensuring adequate protein and vegetable supply with good fats. Opting for a low GI diet will help balance cortisol and insulin levels which will indirectly balance reproductive hormones
Sometimes implantation problems can be linked to endometriosis, fibroids, polyps, Asherman’s Syndrome and autoimmune disorders.