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Improving Uterine Health for Fertility, Conception and Implantation

Improving Uterine Health for Fertility, Conception and Implantation

One of the miracles of the human body is that every cell renews over time and is replaced by healthy new cells. This gives us the opportunity to work toward changing our fertility issues by nourishing and taking care of our bodies now, so that those new cells have the best chance possible to be vibrant and healthy!

In our Improve Egg Health Guide you have learned ways to nourish and support healthy eggs, but did you know it is also just as important to have a healthy uterus for a fertilized egg to implant? Many women say that they can get pregnant, “but the egg just won’t stick”. Or, “the doctor says that my uterus is not healthy enough for implantation.” Well, we have compiled a guide to improving your uterine health. Many of these natural remedies may be familiar to you, but after reading this guide you may look at them in a whole new way. This is what is so wonderful about natural remedies; many of them have the ability to cross over and heal various different parts of our bodies or have multiple healing actions.

The Purpose of the Uterus

The uterus is intended to be the home of a developing baby. It is one of the most amazing organs in the female body. It is about 7cm long and 5cm wide at the top and 2.5cm at the bottom. The uterus is made up of 3 layers. The perimetrium is the outermost layer of the uterus; in comparison to the other layers, it is relatively thin. The myometrium is the middle layer. Within this myometrium are three layers of smooth muscle arranged in spiral, circular and longitudinal muscle patterns. The endometrium is the inner mucosal lining. It has two layers. The stratum functionale contains the excretory glands and is shed as menses during menstruation. It is then built-up again by stimulation of the ovaries releasing hormones. The deeper layer that resides next to the myometrium is vascular (vessels that carry fluids) and serves to regenerate the stratum functionale after each menstruation ends.

Factors That May Cause the Uterus to Function Improperly

The uterus is constantly working to provide us with the best first home for our developing baby. Because the menstrual cycle is a complex symphony of communication and actions, anything that disrupts the function of the communication or physical make-up of our reproductive system may cause the uterus to not function properly.

Lifestyle factors are the modifiable habits and ways of life that can greatly influence overall health and well-being, including fertility. Many lifestyle factors such as the age at which to start a family, nutrition, weight, exercise, psychological stress, environmental and occupational exposures, and others can have substantial effects on fertility; lifestyle factors such as cigarette smoking, illicit drug use, and alcohol and caffeine consumption can negatively influence fertility while others such as preventative care may be beneficial. ~ Center for Reproductive Medicine, Cleveland Clinic researchers

Sedentary Lifestyle
Leading an inactive lifestyle with little to no exercise creates a situation of stagnation of blood flow to our uterus and other reproductive organs. The main artery that supplies blood to our legs also supplies blood to our uterus, ovaries, and vagina. If we sit around a lot, especially if we have a desk job, the blood flow to our uterus may be compromised. This is also not a good situation if we have fertility issues pertaining to our uterus, especially if there is scar tissue or adhesions present. Not moving this area of our body enough can contribute to scar tissue and adhesions forming. Doctors going in for surgery in this area of the body have reported scar tissue and adhesions attaching the uterus or ovaries to other areas of the body such as the bladder or other organs. This can be very painful and dangerous.

Sedentary lifestyle also contributes directly to weak muscles of the uterus.

Uterine Fibroids
Uterine Fibroids often form in the layers of the uterus, causing painful periods or dysfunction of the menstrual cycle from slight to serious; causing heavy menstrual bleeding, long periods, pelvic pain or pressure, etc., according to the Mayo Clinic. Some women carry to term with uterine fibroids present, while others struggle with getting the embryo to implant.

Though 20% – 80% of women by age 50 will develop uterine fibroids, according to the Office on Women’s Health at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, doctors are actually unsure of what causes them to occur. What they do know, however, is that estrogen and progesterone contribute to the growth of the fibroids. Estrogen and progesterone, in balance, is also necessary for the health of the uterine lining.

Scar Tissue
Scar tissue in the uterus can form for a variety of reasons that lead back to some kind of trauma to the uterus. Some of these reasons shared by University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, “USC Fertility”, include:

  • Abortion
  • D&C after miscarriage
  • Cesarean section
  • Intrauterine Device (IUD)
  • Abdominal Surgery in the uterus or nearby
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) caused by Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD)
  • Endometriosis

Endometriosis is when the tissues of the endometrium lining of the uterus grow outside of the uterus. In women with endometriosis the displaced tissues function and are influenced by hormones just as a normal endometrium would be. This means that these displaced tissues go through the same cycle that any endometrium would; the tissues build up as the body approaches ovulation and then begin to break down when ovulation does not occur. Then the displaced tissues bleed during menses. Endometriosis tissue attaches to the ovaries, fallopian tubes, bowel, bladder, ligaments or other areas in the abdominal cavity. Rarely the endometrial cells will attach to other areas in the body including the lungs and nasal cavity.

Hormonal Imbalance
Hormonal imbalance contributes to or may play a key role in a variety of fertility issues that may affect the uterus. PCOS, Uterine Fibroids, and Endometriosis are just some of the more serious ways hormonal imbalance may contribute to uterine dysfunction. If our hormones are not balanced, we may have an irregular menstrual cycle or irregularities in the menstrual cycle such as Absent Period, short cycles, long heavy cycles, etc.

In the case of irregular menstruation, there is a chance that the uterus is not able to fully empty its contents each month. A uterus that is not stimulated to shed the endometrium, or sheds the endometrium inadequately each month, may become atrophied. This means the muscles lose their tone and strength. If the mucosal lining known as the stratum functionale is not stimulated to secrete mucus and build up the endometrium, then the uterus is not lubricated and may become “dry” and weak. You can see why this would not be the best environment to house an embryo. The endometrium needs proper hormonal balance to be signaled to grow to a proper size to house and nourish the embryo until the placenta is developed enough to take over.

As I said before, the menstrual cycle is a complex symphony of communication and actions; anything that disrupts the function of the communication or physical make-up of our reproductive system may cause the uterus to not function properly. This includes hormonal balance.

Tipped Uterus
The normal positioning of the uterus should be straight up and down (vertical). In some cases, a woman’s uterus may become tipped backward or forward.

This may be caused, according to the American Pregnancy Association, by stretching of the ligaments after childbirth, scarring and adhesions from endometriosis or uterine fibroids and improper development of the position of the uterus. A misplaced or tipped uterus may cause pain, irregular menstruation, urinary tract infections, and difficulties using tampons, as well as pain during intercourse.

How to Naturally Improve Uterine Health

Video: How to Improve Uterine Health

Note: These ideas are for general overall uterine health. If you have a specific condition such as endometriosis or uterine fibroids please also see our pages for those specific conditions.


This should be one of the first steps in improving any type of health issue, including improving uterine health. Walking and Fertility Yoga are two of the best ways to promote circulation and improve strength and flexibility of the muscles surrounding the uterus.

Two studies, one out of India and the other Chicago, USA, published in Fertility and Sterility, brought to light the promising anxiety and stress-reduction benefits of Yoga particularly for IVF patients. Yoga is also know to be restoring to fertility across the board. The gynecologist and fertility specialist recommended Restoring Fertility – Yoga For Optimal Fertility DVD is a series of menstrual cycle specific poses created by Licensed Acupuncturists and Drs. Brandon Horn, PhD and Wendy Yu PhD(c), that declared by Dr. Rudy Quintero, MD (FACOG), Medical Director of California’s Advanced Reproductive Endocrinology to be, “…a revolutionary approach in fertility support based on a thorough understanding of reproductive medicine … these sets should be considered as a part of any fertility treatment.”

Fertility Cleansing

The Fertility Cleanse may be a great way to create proper hormonal balance through cleansing and nourishing the liver. The liver helps to filter toxins from the body, including excess hormones, that may be contributing to hormonal imbalance. The liver plays a key role in hormonal balance. The liver cleanse phase gently works with your liver to remove excess hormones and environmental toxins, while nourishing and regenerating the liver cells.

Fertility Cleansing also has a uterine cleanse phase. In some instances, the uterus is not able to empty its entire contents every menstrual cycle. This phase of the cleanse uses specific herbs and nutrients that support the uterus to cleanse old contents and stagnant blood, while reducing inflammation, promoting circulation as well as having a tonic effect on the uterus.

Self Fertility Massage

Self Fertility Massage may be one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways you can improve your uterine health. It can be done from the comfort and privacy of your own home. Self Fertility Massage™ is a series of massage techniques that are used to help support reproductive health, the menstrual cycle, and your fertility.

Ways Self Fertility Massage Improves Uterine Health

  • Increases circulation to the uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes.
  • Promotes hormonal balance by strengthening the hormonal feedback loop.
  • Helps the uterus to rid itself of old stagnant blood and tissues.
  • Helps to reposition a tilted uterus.
  • Increases endorphins which help reduce pain associated with uterine issues.
  • Brings fresh, oxygenated blood to the uterus.
  • Aids the uterus in getting rid of blood clots.
  • Helps to strengthen the uterine muscles.

Castor Oil Therapy

A Castor Oil Pack is a cloth soaked in castor oil which is placed on the skin to enhance circulation and promote healing of the tissues and organs underneath the skin. A castor oil pack applied over the uterus helps to promote cleansing and increase circulation to the uterine tissues, in order to improve function and health of the uterus. This therapy is complementary to Self Fertility Massage and Radiant Womb therapeutic massage oil. Castor oil packs are a great place to create a healthy foundation for uterine health.

Radiant Womb Herbal Fertility Massage Oil

Radiant Womb is a therapeutic massage oil designed to help support reproductive health. Infused with medicinal herbs and therapeutic essential oils, Radiant Womb can be used during Self Fertility Massage or applied directly to the lower abdomen, ankles, and feet to support the reproductive system. This massage oil softens the tissues, promotes circulation to the uterus, while aiding in tone of the uterine muscles.


L-Arginine promotes synthesis of Nitric Oxide (NO). Nitric Oxide is naturally produced by the body and is important for blood vessel dilation as well as increasing blood flow to the uterus, ovaries, and genitals. L-Arginine promotes a healthy environment for implantation.

Herbs for Uterine Health

Dong Quai

Dong Quai tonifies and strengthens the uterus by regulating hormonal control, improving uterine tone, and improving the timing of the menstrual cycle. In traditional Chinese medicine Dong Quai is referred to as a blood tonic as it has a general effect on circulation. It has also been shown to improve red blood cell counts. It is traditionally used for situations of stagnation (PCOS, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, and fibroids) as it increases the blood flow to the reproductive system, reducing congestion and pain. The increased circulation also helps to strengthen and balance the uterus. In rat studies, it has been shown to help build the uterine lining. Dong Quai also has a relaxing effect on the uterus.

*This herb is best used by women with pale to absent menstrual flow, as it has a slight blood thinning effect and may not be a good choice for women with heavy menstrual cycles.

Red Raspberry Leaf

Red raspberry leaf is a great nutritive herb, high in vitamins and minerals as well as an easily-absorbed form of calcium. It is also a wonderful uterine tonic. This is a great herb for women preparing for pregnancy and has been shown to be a great help in the efficiency of the uterus during labor. It also helps to reduce excessive bleeding during and after childbirth. This herb is considered to be one of the safest for pregnancy and pregnancy preparation. It should not be used in the 1st trimester if there is a history of uterine or implantation weakness that is contributing to recurrent miscarriage. In those cases, it may be best to use this herb in preparation for pregnancy, then begin again after the 1st trimester is over.

General suggested usage: 4-8 mL, liquid extract 3x a day, or 3 cups infusion a day.

FertiliCare Phase 1 & 2 Monthly Liquid Herbal Program

This liquid herbal blend contains a great combination of herbs for uterine health. It contains 4 important and key herbs for uterine health; Rehmannia, Dong Quai, Damiana, and Crampbark. FertiliCare works with the natural rhythm of the female menstrual cycle to improve uterine health and promote hormonal balance in preparation for pregnancy. Since we have already discussed Dong Quai, here is a little information on the other 3 herbs:

Rehmannia: Rehmannia has been used for hundreds of years to relax the smooth muscles of the uterus, reducing any sort of uterine pain or spasm. Rehmannia is also extremely nourishing to the blood for a healthy uterine lining.

Damiana: Damiana helps to encourage circulation and blood supply to the uterus.

Crampbark: This herb promotes a calm, relaxed, and healthy uterus. One of the best herbs to promote proper function and efficiency of the uterus.

FertiliCare Phase 1 & 2 also supports hormonal balance, regulation of the entire menstrual cycle and libido.

Three Month Uterine Health Plan

If you are wanting to improve your overall uterine health, below is a simple 3-month-long guide to increasing circulation to the uterus, toning the muscles of the uterus, toning and stretching tissues and muscles surrounding the reproductive organs as well as promoting hormonal balance. It may be best to work toward improving your uterine health at least 3-6 months prior to trying to conceive. If you are implementing any of these natural therapies while you are actively trying to conceive, only use them from the time after your period ends up to ovulation, in case you become pregnant. Walking and yoga are fine to continue all month long; stop doing yoga if you are on your period.

*Remember if you have specific fertility issues that require other natural therapies, please refer to those specific guides. For example, if you have scar tissue or adhesions in your uterus you may want to learn how Systemic Enzyme Therapy may help dissolve and break-down scar tissue. This guide is for general uterine health.

Month 1

1. Natural Fertility Diet- be sure to include your 8 glasses of water
2. Exercise: Walk at least 5 times a week for 30 minutes, do Fertility Yoga at least 2-3 times a week.
3. Fertility Cleanse
4. Self Fertility Massage, at least 4-5 times a week
5. Castor Oil Pack, before Self Fertility Massage

Month 2

1. Natural Fertility Diet- be sure to include your 8 glasses of water
2. Exercise/Walk/Fertility Yoga
3. FertiliCare Phase 1 & 2
4. Self Fertility Massage
5. Castor Oil Packs
6. L-Arginine

Month 3

1. Natural Fertility Diet- be sure to include your 8 glasses of water
2. Exercise/Walk/Fertility Yoga
3. FertiliCare Phase 1 & 2
4. Self Fertility Massage
5. Radiant Womb Massage Oil, daily
6. L-Arginine

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

The Best Natural Remedies for Uterine Fibroids…

Is Your Tilted Uterus Keeping you from Getting Pregnant?

Fertility Yoga

Why Liver Health is Important to Your Fertility

Red Raspberry Leaf Tea

FertiliCare Phase 1 & 2 Program


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 have been having issues with my endometrium lining not thickening enough, even while on extra estrogen. Are there any natural supplements I can take to help with this, without having to use extra doses of hormones?

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    Hi !

    I am 30 years old and I am not married but I am planning to get pregnant at the age of 33 or 35. I would like to know how can I keep my uterus healthy and increase my fertility rate.

    • Dear Chitra,

      The “Three Month Uterine Health Plan” at the end of this very guide would be worth considering. A healthy whole food diet that includes good sources of essential fatty acids and hydration are key. Do be drinking plenty of clean water and herbal tea (perhaps something like Red Raspberry leaf or Concpetions Tea). Equally as key is keeping circulation to the pelvic bowl adequate. This is easily done my daily movement or exercise, Fertility Yoga or Self Fertility Massage. Beyond that these ideas if the herbal product interested you, or even just one of the herbs in them, they could be included in a natural uterine-health program as well.

      How great you are thinking ahead and wanting to prepare!

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    Dear Elizabeth,
    Does dry brushing on abdominal area increase blood flow / circulation to the uterus?

    • Hello Sandy!

      Dry brushing if more focused on detoxification. Dry brushing is an easy way to help unclog pores and excrete toxins via the skin, and stimulate the lymphatic system. One thing the lymphatic system does is remove toxins and waste from the body. We tend to suggest learning more about Self Fertility Massage and Castor Oil Therapy as natural support for increasing circulation to the uterus. These are both great natural therapies!

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    i had 3 abortions years ago and since then im unable to concieve ,currently im on clomid first cycle didnt work for me i really hope it does help me

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    You said Dong Quai was a good supplement. My experience with Dong Quai is that when you use it your get very bad acne and while I was taking it and my menstrual cycle came around I had the most unbearable cramps ever… I was curled up crying because they were so bad. I stopped taking Dpng Quai and my acne cleared up and I haven’t had cramps that severe since… I did more research on Dong Quai and found that it can do some major damage to the reproductive system… I DO NOT RECOMMEND DONG QUAI!

    • Dear Katrena,

      We’re sorry this was your experience! Dong Quai is a centuries old herbal remedy for many menstrual cycle irregularities, but there are cases where we would not suggest it. It is true, not every herb is for everyone.

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    HI my husband and I have had two failed ivf attempts. The second we had a fertilised egg but it didn’t implant. The doctor said this was my age and egg quality. during our two week wait though my uterus felt overactive. I hadn’t felt this before so we thought it was a good sign. My question is would this have hindered implantation and what would you suggest

    • Dear Lisa,

      If by overactive, the uterus was “irritable” or “weak” and contracting, this may have had an affect on implantation. It’s so hard to know to be honest!

      The tips in this guide, as well as those in our guide How to Increase Your IVF Success Rate Naturally could be considered. The IVF guide explains the importance of both supporting egg and uterine health which is an important focus whether trying naturally or through IVF.

      I hope this gives you a proactive starting point!

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    i have some concerned regarding my ovulation day,i am in 28days cycle and 4 days menstruation period…but during my ovulation day i can feel a stabbing pain my right lower area probably my ovary area and sometimes at the left side…rating a pain scale of 0 to 10 maybe i am in 5…it’s quite uncomfortable i dont have yet a baby and i am wishing to have someday am I okay?thank you feeling worried i might not be able to bear a child…my period is normal i mean its every month and i am already 30 years old 🙁

    • Dear Ali Lee,

      You may be feeling ovulation happens. Some women experience Mittelschmerz, cramping of varying degrees, when ovulation happens. This can be normal and does not indicate infertility, or a fertility health issue.

      Are you actively trying to conceive the three days prior to, day of and even day after ovulation? This is your fertile window and the time each month conception can happen.

      If you continue to be concerned about this pain, do talk to your doctor about what you experience.

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    Respected Sir,
    I have PCOS due to not good fertility and mensis cycle irregular. I got married last 5 year but have no any baby. Please suggest me advise. I can use fourth herbs by powder. one table spoon morning and one table spoon evening. thankyou very much

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    Good day or evening. I am on the continent of Africa so its early morning here and I woke up with grief and absolute sadness as my wife isn’t happy and it affects me a lot. I will gladly appreciate any advice given to us that may improve our chances of success as regarding having our own baby.
    My wife had a fibroid surgery in 2015, huge fibroids was removed and she healed pretty well, though with some challenges. After healing we did HSG and was told the two tubes were blocked and our only chances of conception was to go through the IVF prior to that we did IUI before the doctor realized the tubes were blocked.
    So we gave in to the doctors advice, got our finances together, and did our IVF and it came out negative after 2 weeks, wife was emotional distraught and the world seems like its coming down on us, we managed through and got our hearts together, but wife advised we get a second opinion as our then hospital was turning us into his cash cow. We seek a better IVF facility center. We got there, got our medical records from our previous hospital and conducted a few more tests and scans and the doctor realized there were lots of scars in her uterus and asked for us to do a 3 months treatment of the womb by injecting switching off the womb that it will heal it self. We did and after detailed scanning it was discovered an adhesion so a minor hysterectomy was performed and they deemed everything good but their were scarring in the uterus which may not guarantee a success, but we went ahead with it. We did 2 almost successive embryo transfer and it was both negative and she’s been very distraught and I am not coping well but being a man I am standing strong.
    So the doctors took scanning again and said the uterus is scarred and that wont aid implantation if we continue with the IVF that the uterus health isn’t perfect and advice we take a break and then switch the womb off for another 6 months but my wife doesnt think its a good idea.
    Hence I saw your website and thought I seek advice in natural health to see if there is any possibility of improving her uterus and boost our chance of conception either naturally or through IVF. Please any advice will do. But every advice to me will be clearly detailed and well thought. I think we have to be sure what we are doing now can improve not just gulping in the drugs. Now we are dealing with scarred uterus, blocked tubes and whatever deductions you can make from my explanation. I have done test and I am certified okay, I don’t drink and do not smoke…. Thank you and I’ll await your response God bless and looking forward.

    • Dear Yusuf,

      I am very sorry for all you have been through! I wish I could take that stress and heartbreak away!

      There are many suggestions in this guide to consider. The three month uterine health plan is wonderful. Do revisit that and consider learning more about Systemic Enzyme Therapy (there is a blue hyperlink to click on that will lead you to more information).

      What we suggest are herbs, nutritional supplements and natural therapies, each with varying systemic and fertility health benefits. They help the body remember or relearn how to be healthy and balanced on its own and boost nutrition levels in support of overall health and cellular health (female eggs and sperm are cells), optimal energy levels, healthy immune system function and much more.

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

      All my best!

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    After my second trimester loss my periods are light and spotty.I had uterine infection during labor.I had hysterescopy done it says normal uterus some scars were found which was removed.Uterine lining goes up to 8.3mm. Period is 3 days light.I have done few FETs which did not progress.I feel my uterus is weak as it is not being able to function properly.Do you think I can get pregnant with the present condition.

    • Hello R!

      I am sorry to hear of what you have been through!

      While conception may still be possible, if uterine health is poor it may affect your ability to sustain the pregnancy. It is my professional opinion that you may want to allow time, at least 3 months, to naturally support uterine health prior to actively trying to conceive. This however is ultimately up to you.

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    I have been on the depo shot for 10 years. I have been off of it for a month now and I know that it can take up to a year to start your first period. My husband and I have been married for 4 and a half years and are ready to start a family. I didn’t know if you had any suggestions to start my period and get everything healthy for my first baby? Thank you for your help!

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    I am 29 years old , I have Pcos and I get periods every month but I have heavy bleeding and it wont stop at proper time. I had three times miscarriage. Can you give me your suggestions. I am on Eltroxin 100mcg too. I dont have baby yet

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    Hi! I am 34 years old and recently pregnant for the first time. I am 10 weeks and 7 days pregnant. I had my first doctors appointment yesterday and the doctor told me that my uterus is heart shaped. I came home and read about a heart shaped uterus and have now worried myself that I may have a miscarriage or breech baby. I want to carry this baby full term and would love to deliver her/him naturally. Do you have any suggestions for healing my heart shaped uterus or helping my baby to stay low and not move to one of the “horns” in my uterus? Thank you so much!

    • Dear Leah,

      Congratulations on your pregnancy!

      It is going to be best to talk to your doctor about what having a heart shaped uterus means for you and your pregnancy. He/She is best able to help you understand the degree to which it is heart shaped, monitor your pregnancy and address your concerns.

      Consider learning about osteopathic manipulation and pregnancy massage, or talking with a practitioner of either about your concerns. These natural therapies may be helpful, but are not my area of expertise. Eating a pregnancy diet and exercise from brisk walks and pregnancy Yoga may help as well. Consider also learning more about the uterine health herb Red Raspberry leaf.

      Believe in the power of your body to carry your baby to full term and have a healthy pregnancy!

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    Hi. Is it still necessary to do the fertility cleanse if you had a D & C 2 months ago? Or should I perhaps skip that part and do the uterine toning? Also, I take the antidepressant Zoloft (100mg daily) and so worry about any interactions that some of the vitamins or minerals might have? Thanks

    • Dear Nancy,

      I am very sorry for your loss!

      We feel Fertility Cleansing is a great way for anyone who is experiencing fertility challenges to create a foundation for hormonal balance and a healthy reproductive system. Fertility Cleansing creates a “clean slate” within the body to help it to respond to and utilize natural remedies better. Its primary focuses are on helping the liver detoxify from excess hormones and to support healthy liver function. Its actions on the uterus are gentle and support healthy uterine function.

      All this being said, we can not suggest Fertility Cleansing or using herbs while on prescription medication without having guidance from your healthcare provider on combining them. We do not know the potential for interactions and being monitored if choosing to use them both is best.

      Take care!

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    Hi. I have had (2 laps) endometriosis & PCOS and various infection of strep in uterus. My husband has low sperm (under 19 million) and infection in semen (EColi). We have treated these with antibioitics. On Letrezolle, hcg on days 3, 5, 7 &9. Last lab was 45 for progesterone and 167 for Estradiol. Does it sound like our infertility is from me or from husband? What can we do to help get pregnant?

    • Dear Bek,

      I am sorry to hear each of you are experiencing issues that can impact fertility health. Given the complexity of dealing with each issue, tt would be best to book a Fertility Consultation in order to work one on one with our fertility herbalist. This allows the herbalists to lay out an entire natural fertility program for you and/or your husband based on each of your specific fertility health needs.

      I hope you will consider this invaluable experience!

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    Hi Elizabeth! I found your website and thanks a lot for your useful insights! I have a question though. I had a miscarriage, and a d&c performed last year, my menstruation had been normal for about six months or so, and since then whenever I have my period say my 1st or 2nd day, the blood is not red at all. It’s dark brown, and there are tiny blood clots. I thought it was normal at first, but whenever I have my first days of menstruation, the blood is always dark brown and not red at all, during my 3-4th day of menstruation that’s the only time my blood turns red. Is this normal? Can it be helped naturally as you have discussed above? Thanks Elizabeth!

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    I love your site and all the useful content – thank you! I was wondering what you recommend is for someone like me, who has only about 6-8 weeks before an embryo transfer? I have RPL possibly due to Sjøgren’s Syndrome, which I think it is now ‘under control’ and PCOS, which I think is also in check. Lastly, I have herpes, both types, though both are rather inactive and I do not treat this. Is there an ‘advanced’ process to ensure my uterus is optimal and what about taking l-arginine? Do I dare?
    Thanks again!

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    Hi, do you have any recommendations for adenomyosis? Is there a way to heal this?
    Thanks Anna

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    I had ablation done 7 years ago and tubes tied 11 years ago. Now I am remarried and my husband has no children and would much like to have one. Is there any way this may ever be possible and is there any medications that could regrow the lining of my uterus?
    I know the tubal can be undone but what about the hydroablation?

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    Nice article. I made a video called “Acupressure for Fertility” that was produced by the same company that makes the Fertility Yoga video (Fairhaven Health). This video is a wonderful thing to do to increase circulation and decrease stress hormones. It includes acupressure, yoga and qigong in a systematic protocol of cleansing, collecting circulation and storing.

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    Does this work for healing the uterus after uterine ablation? What about taking Bromelain?

    • Hello Dana!

      The guidance offered in this article is to support the healthy growth of the uterine lining, as well as normal uterine health and function. Bromelain acts in part as an anti-inflammatory and is doing this may support the healthy function of the immune system possibly preventing implantation issues. Take time to learn more about bromelain here…

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    I am a 36 year old cervical cancer survivor, 8 years cancer free! I have all of my reproductive organs intact. Recently we were trying to conceive going through IVF with a surrogate. The first time was unsuccessful and now the surrogate has become pregnant with her husband without planning for it. I’ve been reading Hethir’s research and talking with another herbalist, and I am wondering if it is possible to reverse or heal my own infertility? I currently do not have any regular periods but I do still ovulate. Could I benefit from a fertility cleanse? Any help or suggestions would be appreciated, Thanks!

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Hello Michelle!

      First, congratulations! I am so happy you are cancer free!

      There can be any number of reasons one does not have a period from nutritional deficiencies and hormone imbalance, to carrying too much or too little weight, extreme or lack of exercise and even travel. It certainly is helpful to know what has caused this for you to know where to start.

      The goal of our programs is to support the body in re-learning balance and/or supporting balance when fertility issues are present. The great part about herbs, nutritional supplements and natural therapies is that they often work wonders in doing this given commitment to dietary and lifestyle change is made as well. Natural therapies can also be used alongside any type of treatment options or programs you are considering, which may greatly help to improve outcome.

      Consider learning more about amenorrhea and natural support for How To Get Your Period Back. It may also be helpful to work one on one with our fertility herbalist through a Fertility Consultation. This process will give our fertility herbalists a clear holistic perspective on your situation to analyze and assess properly, and to help her see what it will take to properly bring your body back into balance.

      I wish you well and much success!

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    I am in Nairobi Kenya.How can I acess your products.Do you have an opening in Africa?

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    I have been taking vitex, maca, dong quai, evening primrose oil for a month now because I have a challenge to conceive (3 years), due to blocked fallopian tube and hormonal imbalance. I have missed my period by 4 days, can this mean I have conceived already?

    thank you

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear TK,

      I do hope so, but there is no way of me knowing this for you. You will have to take a pregnancy test or speak with your healthcare provider to know for sure.

      If you are not pregnant, some women do experience cycle shifts when they first start taking herbs that support hormone balance. These shifts often work themselves out within 1-3 cycles of use.

      I also want to share more information about fallopian tube health for you to be as educated as possible as you work to support your reproductive system health.

      Take care!

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    I m trying to conceive since 6 years but not successful yet.Can you guide me how do I start natural fertility methods ?

    • Hi Ekta,

      I am sorry to hear you have been struggling for so long. Trying for 6 years unsuccessfully is a clear sign you and your male partner need to get in to a doctor to get some infertility testing done…hormone panel, possibly HSG (to detect blocked fallopian tubes) and for him, a sperm count/health test.

      In the mean time, be sure you both are taking a good whole food multivitamin. I also urge you to learn our Top 5 Tips for Your Natural Fertility Plan. This article will help you learn what to do to get started on a natural fertility plan.

      We also offer fertility consultations if you are desiring personalized guidance. Wishing you all the best!

  26. Update 2014 – We are back! We have been away for a while and we sure have missed all of your wonderful questions and thoughts on our articles. Moving forward, one of our staff herbalists will be here to respond to comments! We look forward to connecting with our readers once again!

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    article is very good and informative. i like it.

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    hi i have a question or concern,i have been practicing the self fertility massage on my self but just until ovulation since im trying 2 concive but im using the electric heating pad is it ok or do i have 2 use the heating bag? and also how long do i have 2 practice the fertility massage since im trying to concive & only do the massage until ovulation & restart after my cycle has finished? thanks sincerly jessica in st.croix.

    • Hi Jessica,

      Some people are concerned of EMF’s (electromagnetic frequency) which in some cases has been linked cancer or other health related issues. We have suggested using heating pads as they keep the heat consistent for the entire therapy, but if you want to avoid EMF’s it would be best to use a hot water bottle or rice heating pack, ect. Those choices are also cheaper than heating pads.

      Self Fertility Massage is best done for at least 3 days a week prior to ovulation if you are trying to conceive, up until you conceive. This therapy is fine to do for many months!

      Best Wishes,


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    i just did laparoscopy for endometrosis and am on medication,i am using mifepristone tablet and i have to use it for five month before trying to concive,the drug stop my monthly period,can i be taking the red raspberry leaf tea?where can i get it am in china thanks

    • Hi Mercy,

      Red Raspberry leaf has no know adverse indications with medications that I know of and if you are not trying to conceive because this medication prevents that it may be ok as a nutritive tonic to consume this tea. It is always best to get the approval of your doctor first. Because you live in China you will probably have to purchase it online, we are hoping to carry it in our Natural Fertility Shop soon. I know that China carries a lot of traditional Chinese herbs, maybe ask a local herbalist if they could purchase some for you.

      Best Wishes,


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    I just started working with a Maya massage practitioner to address my infertility. She recommended that I avoid castor oil packs as well as fertility massage on the lower abdomen for the second half of my cycle (approx day 14+) during the time in which I might be pregnant. I did not see this precaution on the Fertility massage DVD or on the info Hethir provided about castor oil packs.

    Although I realize the above point may reflect a difference in philosophy (without sufficient data to support either side), there is alot of medical research indicating the dangers of EMF’s emitted by electric heating blankets/pads on a developing fetus. I would suggest you caution your members against using electric heating pads in conjunction with the castor oil packs.

    • Hi Renee,

      I have notified Hethir of your comment. We do not recommend using the Self Fertility Massage or Castor Oil packs after ovulation if you are actively trying to conceive in case you become pregnant. We will update this information on the instructions for these therapies. I apologize for any oversight.

      As for your caution against heating pads, I understand and hear what you are saying and have begun a discussion with Hethir about it. I personally like to use a hot water bottle or rice/barley or millet heating pack as an alternative.

      Thank you for your comments.

      Best Wishes,