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Thin Lining of the Uterus: Build the Uterine Lining Naturally

Thin Lining of the Uterus: Build the Uterine Lining Naturally

A thick, healthy lining of the uterus, known as the endometrium is necessary for a healthy menstrual cycle and pregnancy. A fertilized egg needs the lining of the uterus to be a certain thickness to implant and begin growing. So what should you do if your endometrial lining is thin? Learn how to build and protect a thick, healthy uterine lining naturally. There are many natural therapies to help increase the thickness and health of the uterine lining. In this article, we’ll discuss the different causes of a thin uterine lining and what you can do about it; including fertility cleansing, herbs and supplementation, and physical therapies like self fertility massage and acupuncture.

The endometrium is the layer of the uterus that thickens in preparation for the implantation of the fertilized embryo. The endometrium is also the layer that is shed during menstruation. Estrogen is responsible for creating a thick, lush, and blood-rich endometrium. If estrogen levels are not adequate the uterine lining will remain thin. A healthy, adequate uterine lining is at least 8mm thick. Below that, doctors consider it inadequate.

What Causes a Thin Uterine Lining?

There are 5 main causes of a thin uterine lining…

1. Low Estrogen

For the endometrium to thicken it is reliant on adequate levels of estrogen. In fact, the entire menstrual cycle is dependent on adequate levels of estrogen. Women with absent periods known as amenorrhea often have a thin uterine lining due to low levels of hormones.

The most common cause of low estrogen is perimenopause and menopause. This is completely normal as hormone levels begin to decline as a woman ages. This can become a difficult and compromising situation if you are trying for a baby. This is not as common for women in their 20’s and 30’s, but more common in women over the age of 40.

If you struggling to get pregnant or keep a pregnancy, it may be a good idea to have your estradiol levels tested and uterine thickness measured.

If it is determined you have a thin uterine lining, most doctors will prime the uterus with estrogen medications to see if the endometrium responds well and thickens. If this does not work, it then indicates the blood flow is compromised or the endometrial tissues are damaged.

2. Inadequate Blood Flow

There are a variety of reasons blood flow to the uterus may be compromised. If the uterus is not receiving adequate blood flow, it may not be able to create a thick enough endometrium each month. Here are some reasons blood flow may be reduced causing a thin uterine lining:

    Sedentary lifestyle
    I am literally talking about little-to-no movement each day. Women who have desk jobs or sit all day are more likely to have compromised blood flow to the uterus.

    Tilted uterus
    Normally the uterus should tilt forward, but in about 20% of all women, the uterus tilts backward, or to one side. The malposition of the uterus may cause reduced circulation to the uterus.

    Uterine Fibroids
    These noncancerous tumors of the uterus may alter the blood flow to the endometrium by pressing on vital circulatory avenues that supply the endometrium with blood flow. Older uterine fibroids may calcify and become hard over time, further compromising blood flow.

    Uterine Fibroid embolization
    This is a surgical procedure to cut off blood supply to the fibroids with the goal of starving them from blood supply, essential reducing them in size or eliminating them. This may cut off vital blood supply to many areas of the uterus and damage the uterus, causing even greater reduction in circulation to the uterus.

    Uterine Arterial Constriction
    The uterus relies on the uterine artery to bring in fresh blood. High stress levels can stimulate the sympathetic nervous system to cause arterial constriction, reducing blood flow to the uterus. Not only does chronic high stress alter blood flow, but it alters hormone levels in the body, contributing to hormonal imbalance. Uterine arterial constriction may also happen due to any of the above reasons previously discussed.

3. Poor Health of the Endometrial Tissue

Damage from infection, surgery or illness may cause damage to the tissues of the endometrium. This damage may also compromise blood flow the endometrium as well as how the endometrium functions.

Infection and Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
Chronic bacterial infections, sexually transmitted disease (STDs), or damage to the uterus may cause PID or pelvic inflammatory disease. The constant state of infection and inflammation can cause damage to the tissues and may result in scar tissue formation of the endometrium. When this happens, the endometrium may not be able to function as it should.

Dilation and Curettage (D&C Procedure)
D&C performed incorrectly may cause the basalis layer of the endometrium to be removed. Once this layer is gone, the endometrium cannot grow, the results of which is a variant of Ashermans Syndrome. Women who have had a D&C have a 25% risk of developing Ashermans 2-4 weeks post-procedure. D&C performed for missed miscarriage have a 30.9% chance of developing Ashermans, whereas women who have had a D&C due to an incomplete miscarriage only have a 6.4% chance of developing Ashermans. Women who have had more than 2 D&C’s have an increased chance of developing Ashermans by 32%. 90% of all Ashermans cases are due to D&C procedure.

A 2013 study in the Iranian Red Cresent Medical Journal aimed to investigate the impact of D&C on the endometrial lining, particularly thickness. 444 patients, non-smokers with BMIs less than 30 with regular menstrual cycles (no other uterine health issues) participated. Participants had either 0, 1, 2, 3, or 4 past D&C procedures. Endometrial thickness was measured one day before ovulation and 5-7 days after. Researchers found “Endometrial thicknesses were correlated to number of previous performed D&C… Patients with history of D&C had thinner endometrium in both measurements. The differences between endometrial thicknesses of two groups (with and without D&C history), were statistically meaningful in both measurements. Those, without D&C history had thicker endometrium, one day before and 5-7 days after ovulation…”

Scar Tissue and Adhesion Damage
Scar tissue damage to the endometrium, with adhesions within the uterine cavity is known as Ashermans syndrome. There are different grades of severity. This type of damage can be a direct result of one of or a combination of the following:

  • Reproductive organ surgery; laparoscopy, cesarean section
  • PID
  • D&C
  • Genital Tuberculosis
  • Induced medical abortion

4. Repeated Use of Clomid

Clomid is a medication used to stimulate ovulation. It is one of the first medications suggested by doctors for couples struggling to conceive. In some women, repeated use of Clomid has been shown to cause a thin uterine lining. Clomid tricks the body into acting as though estrogen levels are low, which stimulates production of GnRH, which signals the pituitary to increase FSH. The hopeful end result should be ovulation. Clomid sounds great for stimulating ovulation, but what about the fact that it is antiestrogenic?

Repeated use of Clomid, especially when used for 3 cycles in a row, can block the stimulation of estrogen to thicken the endometrium. Clomid contains two isomers. Isomers are compounds that contain the same molecular formula, but different structural formulas. Isomers usually have different actions. When a woman discontinues the use of Clomid, one of the isomers leaves the body in a week; the other one remains, acting as an antiestrogenic for up to six weeks. Repeated use of Clomid causes a buildup of this isomer resulting in a thin uterine lining. This action on estrogen levels can also prevent natural ovulation in future cycles, actually inhibiting conception. It is suggested to give the body a break from Clomid for at least 6 weeks to eliminate the remaining isomer from the body.

Remember that Clomid may help you get pregnant right away, but it does not solve the root of the fertility problem. It is a temporary boost, a band-aid, but Clomid cannot solve all infertility-related problems.

5. Long-term Birth Control Use Containing Progestin

Long-term use of oral contraceptives containing higher amounts of Progestin has been linked to thinning of the uterine lining and uterine atrophy. The longer a woman uses progestin, the increased chance for a weak and thin uterine lining.

Natural Therapies to Build & Protect the Uterine Lining

If you know you have a thin uterine lining it is essential you work to nourish and increase the endometrium once again. It may also be helpful to learn about using natural therapies to aid in healing damaged tissues. If damaged tissues are not healed, they may never function properly ever again. If you are going for IUI or IVF and the uterine lining is not thick enough, those procedures may be cancelled.

Get Moving: Exercise!

No matter the reason for thin uterine lining, be sure to move your body each and every day. If you have a desk job, this is very important. Sitting all day compresses the reproductive organs. Walking is simple and moves the hips, allowing greater blood flow to the uterus. Fertility Yoga is also an excellent way to enhance circulation to the reproductive organs. It helps to reduce stress, which helps to keep the uterine artery open. Be sure you are moving and stretching your legs, hips, abdomen and back to provide adequate circulation to the reproductive organs.

Prepare with a Fertility Cleanse

An official journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc., Modern pathology, identifies how repeated use of synthetic hormones and medications for fertility can cause a thin uterine lining. If you have used Clomid or hormonal birth control in the past, especially long-term, give your body at least a 3-6-month break from those medications to restore the lining of the uterus, and prepare for pregnancy. Consider the benefits of performing a Fertility Cleanse in that time. Specific herbs in the Fertility Cleanse aid in restoring hormonal balance and improving uterine health. To aid the body in cleansing, choose to eat whole organic foods, use all-natural home care and body products and learn what xenohormones are so you can avoid them.

Herbs and Supplements to Nourish and Build a Thin Uterine Lining

When selecting herbs and supplements to build, nourish, and protect the uterine lining, we need to consider the different actions they have. Think of herbs and supplements that promote circulation, support adequate estrogen levels (phytoestrogens), are high in iron for healthy blood, and those that have a direct action on the uterus. Selecting herbs and supplements that have actions that best fit the reasons for your thin uterine lining may be best.

Herbs and Supplements to Support Healthy Estrogen Levels

    Red Clover aerial parts (Trifolium pratense): Red clover aids in improved circulatory function to the reproductive organs and entire body. High in vitamins and minerals to build the blood and support proper function of the uterus, red clover is high in isoflavones, a type of phytoestrogen, which aids in protecting the body from xenohormones. Red clover supports both liver and kidney function for improved hormonal balance and regular detoxification of pollutants.

    Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus): Shatavari’s main constituents are steroidal-saponins, which have been shown to help regulate estrogen levels. Shatavari is an adaptogen herb that also supports appropriate immune and stress response. This plant is a phytoestrogen. Phytoestrogens have been shown to help protect the body from xenohormones which cause hormonal imbalance.

    Royal Jelly: A Japanese study in the journal Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine published online in 2007 shows that Royal Jelly has the propensity to mimic human estrogen, which may help those who suffer from low estrogen levels. This study also showed potential for increased size of uterine cells in the rats studied. While there may need to be more studies done to show full potential of Royal Jelly consumption on uterine health, this is an exciting potential for women with weak uterine muscles or a thin uterine lining.

    Ground Flax seed (Linum usitatissimum): Flax seeds contain lignans, which are the second strongest group of phytoestrogens. Flax is also high in fiber. Studies have shown that flax has the combination of the lignans and fiber to help remove excess estrogen from the body, while also protecting it from xenoestrogens.

    Maca root (Lepidium meyenii): Maca aids the body in controlling estrogen in the body. Proper estrogen levels are essential to building up the endometrium in preparation for ovulation and conception.

    Wild Yam root (Dioscorea villosa): Wild yam may have the ability to aid the body in balanced estrogen production. Wild yam helps to support proper function of the uterus.

Blood Building Herbs and Supplements

Be sure you are eating foods rich in iron first and foremost. Good choices are beets, spinach, beans, organic red animal meats, pumpkin seeds, molasses, and asparagus. Make sure to also include foods that help the absorption of iron like oranges, strawberries, broccoli, tomatoes, and green pepper. If you know you have low iron levels, we suggest you supplement with a whole food iron supplement like Blood Builder or include some of the herbs below…

    Iron Rich Herbs:

    Dong Quai root (Angelica sinensis): Dong Quai is referred to as a blood tonic aiding in iron deficiency and anemia.

    Nettles leaf (Urtica dioica): Nourishing for the blood, high in iron and vitamin C.

    Raspberry leaf (Rubus idaeus): Raspberry leaves are high in carotenoids, citric acid, tannins,vitamin A, B complex, C, and E. They also have an easily-assimilated form of iron, calcium, phosphorus, potassium and silica. Raspberry leaf is a uterine tonic, supporting overall health of the uterus.

    Herbs Rich in Vitamin C to aid in iron absorption:

    Hibiscus flower (Hibiscus sabdariffa): High in vitamin C, which aids iron absorption, best combined with herbs high in iron like Nettles. Normalizing for blood pressure and proper blood formation. This is essential for a nourishing uterine lining.

    Rose Hips (Rosa muceta, R. woodsii, R. mosqueta, R. rubiginosa, R. canina): High in vitamin C, plus vitamin A, B’s, and linoleic acid. Supports absorption of iron. Protective of the nervous and endocrine system. Supports proper cell wall formation and cell metabolism for proper cellular function.

Herbs and Supplements to Increase Circulation to the Uterus

    Vitamin E & L-Arginine
    A study published by Fertility and Sterility in April, 2010, showed that both vitamin E supplementation and/or L-Arginine may aid in increasing the thickness of the endometrium in women with thin uterine lining <8mm. Researchers wanted to see if these supplements could increase uterine radial artery (uRA) blood flow. Results showed vitamin E given at 600mg a day increased uRA in 72% of patients and endometrial thickness (EM) in 52% of patients. 6g of L-Arginine given per day resulted in an 89% increase in uRA, with an increase of EM in 67% of patients. The effect of vitamin E was examined in the endometrium. Results showed that vitamin E increased glandular epithelial growth, development of blood vessels, and vascular endothelial growth factor protein* expression within the endometrium. Dong Quai root (Angelica sinensis): Increases circulation to the uterus, iron-rich for proper blood formation.

    Fertility Enzyme Therapy
    Specific enzymes can improve blood flow to the entire body. Proteolytic enzymes improve blood flow by increasing the flexibility of red blood cells, inhibiting the aggregation of platelets, and helps to prevent abnormal blood clotting. Systemic enzymes also help to support the cleansing of the tissues and promotes better circulation as well as stimulating formation of new, healthy tissue. The blood cleansing actions of systemic enzymes help to bring proper circulation to the reproductive system and get the “stagnant blood” cleared out, helping to remove toxins and also bringing fresh oxygenated blood to your uterus, ovaries and eggs.

Herbs to Strengthen the Uterus

A thin uterine lining is a signal the uterus is not functioning properly. Over time, this weakens the uterus. There are herbs that have a direct action on the uterine muscles, gently stimulating the uterus, which over time helps to strengthen it.

    Raspberry leaf (Rubus idaeus): Raspberry leaf works to tone the uterine muscles. One of the best herbs for uterine health.

    Dong Quai root (Angelica sinensis): Tones and strengthens the uterus by regulating hormonal control and improving the timing of the menstrual cycle.

    Evening Primrose Oil (Oenothera biennis): High levels of LA and GLAs in Evening Primrose Oil have a direct effect on uterine cells. These essential fatty acids contract and relax smooth muscle tissue. This action on the uterus is toning for the uterine muscles.

    aerial parts (Leonurus cardiaca): Motherwort has been found to mildly stimulate the uterus, while also aiding the uterus to work efficiently.

    Red Clover aerial parts, blossom (Trifolium pratense): Nourishing food herb, high in vitamins and minerals. It is one of the best blood purifying herbs. High in both calcium and magnesium, essential for proper smooth muscle function of uterine muscles. Supports proper uterine tissue formation.

Physical Therapies

    Self Fertility Massage
    A uterus with a thin endometrium is already, or may over time, become weak. External stimulation through massage can help to “awaken” the uterus once again. Massage enhances circulation to the reproductive organs, strengthens the muscles of the uterus, promotes proper function of the hormonal feedback loop, and supports detoxification of the reproductive organs. Self Fertility Massage can also aid in breakdown and healing of scar tissue damage to the reproductive organs.

    Castor Oil Packs
    Castor oil packs stimulate 3 important parts of the body: lymphatic and circulatory systems and the liver. The stimulation of these body systems aids the body in healing the organs and tissues beneath where the castor oil pack is applied. The castor oil pack supports hormonal balance, detoxification of the reproductive organs, and breakdown and removal of scar tissue, while promoting essential blood flow directly to the uterus.

    Acupuncture and Moxibustion
    Acupuncture has been shown to increase the release of beta-endorphins, which interrupts negative activity by the nervous system due to stress. As we learned earlier, stress can cause constriction of the uterine arteries. The release of beta-endorphins allows for more blood flow to the uterus.

    Moxibustion is the practice of burning Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) on top of acupuncture needles or in a small flat burner. The purpose is to bring heat to the area being treated. Mugwort is known to stimulate blood flow to the pelvic area, especially the uterus. This enhances the healing benefits of acupuncture.

    Radiant Womb Therapeutic Massage Oil
    Radiant Womb is a therapeutic massage oil designed to help support reproductive health. Infused with medicinal herbs and therapeutic essential oils to support hormonal balance and soften the tissues, it strengthens and increase circulation to the uterus.

What About Scar Tissue Damage?

If your doctor determines you have scar tissue and adhesion damage which is causing a thin uterine lining, it is important to learn more about Fertility Enzyme Therapy. Fertility Enzyme Therapy is the method of using systemic enzymes to help support reproductive health and fertility. Systemic enzyme blends have been shown to promote healthy circulation, breakdown and dissolve scar tissue and adhesion formation, reduce pain, reduce inflammation, and support proper immune system response.

The extent of scar tissue on and within the uterus will determine how effective both natural and medical treatment options will be. It would be best to take at least 6 months to work to heal the uterus from scar tissue damage prior to trying to conceive. Fertility Enzyme Therapy is most effective when combined with Fertility Massage and Castor Oil Packs.

*part of the system that restores the oxygen supply to tissues when blood circulation is inadequate.


1. Determine the cause of a thin uterine lining.
2. Fertility Cleansing to aid body in removal excess toxins and xenohormones for hormonal balance and increased uterine health.
3. Support healthy estrogen levels with herbs and supplements. Consider therapies for scar tissue and adhesion issues such as Fertility Enzyme Therapy.
4. Be sure to nourish the body with iron and vitamin C for proper blood formation.
5. Increase circulation, detoxification and strength of the uterus with herbs, supplements, exercise, Self Fertility Massage, castor oil packs, acupuncture and moxibustion.

Too learn more about related subjects covered in this article, please visit the following links:

Preparing for Conception Over 40

Is Your Tilted Uterus Keeping you from Getting Pregnant?

Stress and Your Fertility

D&C (Dilation and Curettage): Natural Preparation and Recovery

Asherman’s Syndrome: Heal and Prevent Uterine Adhesions Naturally

How to Balance Your Hormones After Birth Control

Fertility Yoga

Xenohormones: Causing a Hormone Imbalance Epidemic

Shatavari: Fertility Herb from India

Fertility Herbal Tonic: Red Raspberry Leaf


Dr. Christine Traxler M.D., OB/GYN
Dr. Christine Traxler M.D., OB/GYN

Dr. Traxler is a University-trained obstetrician/gynecologist, working with patients in Minnesota for over 20 years. She is a professional medical writer; having authored multiple books on pregnancy and childbirth; textbooks and coursework for medical students and other healthcare providers; and has written over 1000 articles on medical, health, and wellness topics.  Dr. Traxler attended the University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences and University of Minnesota Medical School,  earning a degree in biochemistry with summa cum laude honors in 1981,  and receiving her Medical Doctorate degree (MD) in 1986.

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    I’m looking for the article of the journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc., Modern Patology, that identifies how repeated use of synthetic hormones and medications for fertility can cause a thin uterine lining. Could you provide a link to that article, please?

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    my period has been watery,and I have been trying to conceive 2yrs now,no sign. what could be the probs?

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    Hi, interesting article. I’m 35, and my husband is 37. We are ready to start a family in the coming months, but after stopping the birth control pill (on for 12 years) last year, my periods have been very light with many days of spotting beforehand (anywhere from 7-9dpo->period). My luteal phase is 12-14 days, and I am ovulating every month between day 13-16 (confirmed by temping). I am very sensitive to SO many supplements (allergic to collagen, nuts, tomatoes, wheat), and I find it very hard to put on weight even if I eat a lot of fresh, healthy, organic food. I fear all this is not helping to thicken uterine lining. Any advice welcome. Thanks in advance! <3

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    I have had a hysterectomy and now 10 years later at 63 years if age using the vaginal pill I am still having problems. There is enough foreplay but I cannot seem to find a position that does not cause pain or bleeding. Do you have some advice forr me? Thanks, Debi

    • Dear Debi,

      I am sorry to hear this!

      This may be a better conversation to have with your healthcare provider.

      Have you tried a lubricant of some sort even though you say foreplay is enough. It sounds to me like vaginal irritation. But given I can’t know this for certain and am not a medical doctor who can examine you to ensure there isn’t another cause, I can’t know for sure.

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    I took birth control for 6 years and once I stopped it (Jan 2016), I haven’t had a period. Provera and clomid give me a faint spotting type of period. I had a pelvic ultrasound in May 2017. One OB/GYNO says it was thin lining and a fertility specialist said I had no lining whatsoever. I am confused on who is accurate and how to fix it, but this article really helped me:) I hope my period comes back on its own.

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    Thank you for this article! I am researching uterine thickness because I recently experienced a chemical pregnancy; I conceived, but lost the pregnancy soon after. I am wondering if it is because my uterine lining was not as thick as it should have been. I already maintain a healthy lifestyle with mostly organic foods and exercise, and am planning to add in some of the herbs and massage recommended here, in addition to the prenatal multi-vitamin I already take. I do have one specific additional supplement question: I have been taking Estroblock Pro for hormonal acne for two months, and it has really helped. I stopped when I found I was pregnant. Is it safe to take while TTC in the future?

    • Dear Tessa,

      I am very sorry for your loss! It can be so hard sometimes to pinpoint why miscarriage happens. Many never learn why.

      Maintaining a healthy lifestyle while taking a prenatal multivitamin, using fertility massage and using herbs is great. It will be best to reach out to the makers of the acne supplement, but what I know is that DIM (one of the main ingredients in that supplement) is not intended for use in pregnancy. It can be used while TTC in general, but it will be best to ask your question of the makers of this product.

      I think you will appreciate our guide 5 Steps To Decreasing the Chance of Recurrent Miscarriages.

      Take care!

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      i had Caesarean section second , and then i dont have period more 3 years when i born baby. the first Caesarean section , my baby died, the second baby is alive , girl. i really want to have more baby. when i checked my problem, the doctor in my country that is from Vietnam told me that my ulterine is sticked completely .the doctor could not have surgery because the hole of the womb is too small like a toothpick, they could not give a tool to go inside. i really hope to meet the method to help my problem improvement . pls help me and explain to me clearly. thanks

    • Dear Tam,

      I’m sorry to hear of all you have been through!

      I am not a medical doctor, but it sounds to me like there is scar tissue or adhesions, or perhaps a fertility health issue like endometriosis or an infection for example. Was your doctor able to explain what is causing the uterine lining to be as it is and what is causing the cervical opening to be too small? Determining the cause is the best first step!

      As you seek the support of your doctor or ask for a referral to a specialist, consider learning more about Fertility Massage and Systemic Enzyme Therapy.

      I hope you get answers soon!

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    I had 3 FET cycles cancelled because of thin uterine lining. The lining would go till 5.6 and drop again. During normal cycles the lining went up to 6mm. Medications made it worse than normal cycles. I am planning to try l-arginine. I have few doubts on when to take.
    1. Can I take this entire cycle or are there any restrictions when to not take like during menstruation, follicular phase etc..
    2. Where can I buy it and what dosage you prefer when going for natural cycle?
    3. Can we take even if we take break with the treatment?

    Please guide us in this difficult journey. Thank you..

    • Dear Emma!

      I’m sorry this has been your experience!

      1. Fertilica L-Arginine (click that link to see the product) can be taken from when menstruation ends for the remainder of the cycle.
      2. We prefer Fertilica L-Arginine taken as instructed. It is best to take it as instructed on whichever bottle is purchased.
      3. L-Arginine can be used in preparation for another FET and if you take a break. It is not intended for use during FET, rather on preparation for it.

      You may also appreciate the tips and thoughts in our guide 5 Steps to Preparing for a Frozen Embryo Transfer.

      My best!

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    Hello- I would like to start taking L-Arginine. The study you cite above was based on 6g/daily, but the pills you sell come in 500 mg form with a recommended dose of 2 pills/daily. Would 1000mg really be enough to see any benefit?

    • Dear Brittany,

      General suggested use of Fertilica L-Arginine is to take two 500mg capsules 1-3 times a day, so that’s 1,000-3,000mg (1-3g) daily. This is known to be enough to benefit those taking it. While the study participants took more, we can not suggest taking more than the general suggested dose without being guided in doing so by your healthcare provider.

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    I have a bicornuate and tilted uterus, the BU is not severe but yesterday i has a routine internal ultersound. Yesterday was also CD1 – one half of my uterus lining is thick like it should be on CD1, the other is looks 2 weeks behind….. i am so confused and now torturing myself as to whether this will mean we are turned away from IVF. Has anyone ever heard of this?

    Also, we have been TTC for 12 years, i have never had a positive test. This time last year i weighed 14.5st – a year later i am 9.7 and ovulating as normal. All my hormones are as they should be at my last appointment. We have only been seeing the specialist for about 8 months (since i lost weight) there is no history of infertility in my family, in fact all the females in the family has been extremely fertile, except for me!

    • Dear Claire,

      I’m so sorry for how worrisome this is! It may be helpful to discuss with your doctor the potential complications in pregnancy and potential for IVF success as you contemplate the best path to parenthood for you. As you talk this through with him/her, consider also the information we share in our guide The Heart Shaped Uterus and Fertility.

      Best wishes!

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    Hi there. I was on oral contraception for 15 years. I am 34 now. I was diagnosed with unexplained infertility after trying for a year and a half. It has now been two years.
    I have had 2 rounds of IUI with Letrozole and one with Clomid. I have one left. I did notice that with the Clomid my period only lasted one day. My usual is 2 days, dark blood and some clots, and often brown spotting.
    I am going to try the supplements in this article and hope that they work!
    Thank you and wish us luck!

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    Thank you for this article, it gives the best overview of herbal remedies, and I believe also gives us all hope without the need for scary drugs.
    Could you please advise what I should focus on after having a Mirena IUD for 8 years (without any period)? After its removal, my periods are regular but much lighter and shorter than before I was on the IUD. TTC and I would like to avoid chemicals and hormones as much as possible.
    Thank you and Best Regards,

    • Dear Gabby,

      Thank you for your praise!

      It is great to hear that your period is regular. How light is it and what is the length? A “normal” period is considered to last 3-5 days and to be bright red in color. “Normal” can be light as well. We also know that menstruation differs greatly from women to women.

      Nonetheless, the tips we share in our guide How to Balance Your Hormones After Birth Control may be helpful. Consider learning about natural therapies like Self Fertility Massage and Castor Oil Packs as a very easy place to start.

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    I M suffering from thin uterus lining . IM attaining the age 36 about and have no issue till date.
    I m in trouble/ pls help me. I was treated for IVF. Now I M clueless. Doctor saying nothing.
    ET has to be done. but due to thin line it has not been done.
    Pls help me……. if any body can……pls….

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    Hi! I had D&C after birth in 2012, placenta broken in half. I bled for 5 months and then went on Depo to stop the bleeding, all in 2012. Now 3 years later, I am having lots chemical pregnancies. My cd 21 tests at normal, so I’m thinking I have a thin uterine lining. Any idea about how to help thicken it with a fussy eater? Thanks!

    • Dear Joy,

      I am sorry for what you have been through!

      This very article shared tips and guidance for how to consider naturally supporting a healthy uterine lining. If you are still unsure of where to begin, or how to proceed, please consider working one on one with our fertility herbalist who can lay out an entire natural fertility program for you based on your specific fertility health needs. This if offered through a Fertility Consultation.

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    Hi. Have you heard of lining decreasing during the follicular stage? I have experienced a substantial drop from day 14 to 18. There has been no bleed or ovulation. Do you know what can cause this? thanks in advance.

    • Dear Emma,

      I am not a medical doctor who can determine this for you, but it may be a result of a drop or shift in estrogen production during the follicular phase that the endometrium does not grown properly. Consider talking to your doctor about this and also re-reading the section in this article about low estrogen as you continue to seek answers.

      Our site’s founder shares this in our Natural Guide to Menstrual Health – during the follicular phase of the menstrual cycle, the hypothalamus in the brain responds to the different levels of estrogen and progesterone secreted from the ovaries. When estrogen drops during the period, the hypothalamus secretes GnRH which signals to the pituitary gland to release FSH, which then initiates the follicular growth (10-20 follicles, one maturing to become an egg to be ovulated) in the ovary. While the follicles are developing they are producing estrogen. This estrogen stimulates the endometrium (the uterine lining) to develop in the uterus.

      All my best!

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    Hello! Was told by my Gyno that i have 8mm thickness of uterus. I has an IUD 1.7 years ago, and after that we are trying to conceive. I do desk work alot and maybe that can be a reason?
    Also what else can be done to increase its thickness and conceive.

    • Dear Kiran,

      Inadequate circulation to the uterus could be in part a culprit, no matter what it is from. The guidance offered in this article could be considered as you work to naturally support endometrium health.

      If you are still unsure of where to begin, or how to proceed, please consider working one on one with our fertility herbalist who can lay out an entire natural fertility program for you based on your specific fertility health needs. This if offered through a Fertility Consultation.

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    Good Afternoon,
    Ive been told by my Gyno that I actually have thickness of the lining. I see above the thinness can be associated with low progesterone, I show all other symptoms for low progesterone levels except for a thin lining. Is there something I could do for this? Does this hinder an egg being able to fertilize? Btw I asked my gyno about if the thickness means anything and she said no.

    • Dear Jahnika,

      Uterine lining thickness fluctuates throughout a woman’s menstrual cycle – thinning during menstruation and growing thicker to prepare for implantation of an embryo after ovulation (this happens whether conception happens or not) and then thinning again when menstruation happens the following cycle.

      There may be no cause for concern if there is no indication that your uterine lining “thickness” is an issue.

      Fertilica Vitex and Fertilica Natural Progesterone Cream are two ways known to support the body’s natural ability to achieve healthy progesterone levels. Our Progesterone Fertility Guide will teach you more. Know that we suggest testing to determine if in fact progesterone levels are low before considering natural progesterone cream.

      I hope this is helpful!

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    Hello Ma, Please tell me the drug I can use to increase my eggs and build up my thin uterine lining to a thickness to implant and begin to grow. Because of D & C I have Had it has cause damage to my fertilise I was told that I have some scar in my womb I need treatment to treat this please if you can tell me what I can buy from you product and use to treat this and to build up my thin uterine lining and increase my eggs.
    Hope to hear back from u