Ovulating is half the battle, right? I’ve figured out a formula that works for me so we’re sticking to it. 100mg of Clomid with a trigger shot of Ovidrel seems to be my new BFF. However, getting my uterine lining to 8mm—which is the minimum it’s supposed to be for implantation—is a whole different ballgame. We’ve tried everything medicinal… high levels of estrogen, that didn’t work. Baby aspirin, that didn’t work. My doctor even tried doubling the estrogen and it gained me 1 extra mm… I haven’t been able to get above a 7, no matter what. I don’t know where all that stuff goes, but it’s not going to my uterus! It’s time to try some alternative methods.
Last cycle, my uterine lining—while thin—was the healthiest it has looked this whole journey and I credit that to the red raspberry leaf tea I drank twice a day. I plan to do that again this cycle once “george” starts lightening up a bit, but I’ve been doing research (aren’t I always?) on other ways to help my lining without messing with my hormones. My main concern is I don’t want to do anything that could negatively impact my response to Clomid. I want that left alone.
Here are some things I came across:
Red Raspberry Leaf Tea: CDs 5-13, drink 2-3 cups/day. I’ve written about this before, but its primary function is to “tone” your uterus. It does cause it to contract so it’s said that you don’t want to drink it during the second half of your cycle because it’s not 100% known if it will cause a miscarriage or negatively impact implantation. It’s best to drink it when your period is coming to an end and up until ovulation. However, I have also read that if you’re hemorrhaging (bleeding a LOT during your period) that this can help calm that down a bit and lesson your cramps, even though it’s technically causing contractions, somehow it’s better. I don’t know a lot about this… but I do know that when I was drinking it 2x/day, my uterus did feel worked by the 3rd day. It felt sore, but it wasn’t uncomfortable. This is also used to naturally induce labor once women hit 38 weeks and are concerned with having to deal with a medical induction. This has worked great for some women I know! I’ll write more about that some other day.
Vitamin E: Daily, 600mg. This is one of those things I found out and thought, “duh, that makes sense.” What have we always been told Vitamin E does for us? It causes cell regeneration. It’s great for your hair, nails and skin. This makes perfect sense. In a study done back in 2010, 25 women were given 600mg of Vitamin E (the study fails to mention how many days) and 18 of them had significant change in their uterine lining. That is HUGE. Vitamin E is so simple, it won’t hurt to add this to my daily vitamin regimen. It’s good for my body in general and hopefully it will encourage my uterine cells to grow, grow, grow!
B Vitamins: Daily. I already take a Vitamin B Complex every morning (Prenatal at night) and it gives me extra energy. It’s great for your metabolism, too. I’ve come across some information, although spotty, that says B vitamins are good for your uterine health, so I’m already on the right track. Plus, it gives me an extra 400mcg of Folic Acid (in addition to the 800mcg in my Prenatal) so I feel pretty good about that.
Pomegranate Juice: CDs 1-13, drink 8oz/day. This is new to me! Apparently, 100% pomegranate juice is great for your uterus and some women claim that drinking it every single day helped their uterine lining significantly. I am behind on starting, but I plan to pick some up this weekend so I can begin. I think what I will do is make smoothies and use it as the base. Add in some berries (great antioxidants), spinach (rich in iron) and almond milk (great for protein).
Pineapple Core: 1-5 DPO, eat 1/5 of a pineapple. I have read so much conflicting information out there on this, but I will share what I found. The core of a pineapple contains this enzyme called bromelain. Apparently this enzyme breaks down these proteins we have that inhibit implantation from occurring… as if it wasn’t hard enough to conceive, we now have proteins that fight off embryos. Great. From what I understand, you want to take a fresh pineapple and cut it into five equal portions and eat each portion, including the core, from 1-5 DPO. But some people say to not eat too much pineapple because it can cause uterine contractions (hence why to not drink red raspberry leaf tea at this point in the cycle) and to only eat the core. I don’t know what to think about all this, but I am going to try the whole thing and see what happens. I can’t imagine just the core alone being any good so I might try to put the “pineapple portion of the day” into a smoothie. We’ll see how this goes. [NOTE: I came up with a tasty smoothie as of July 2014 that helped me get the core down the hatch! Check it out: Tropical Fertility Smoothie: Kickoff the Two-Week-Wait]
Those are just a few things. I’ve also read a little about fish oil, DHA, avocado (all those healthy fats). I’ll probably make a conscious effort to consume more of those things, but not sure if I will add more pills to my regimen.
In addition, I probably need to cut back my caffeine (okay, I know I do, and I say this as I sip on an ice cold classic Coke) and I need to pick back up with more protein, less carbs and more dark leafy greens. I ate like that for a year and then got sick of everything I was eating. I wanted some macaroni and cheese, dang it! But truthfully, I need to do better in that department. PCOS means I cannot eat like crap because it affects me worse. Sometimes it is just so hard to be motivated. I also apparently need to keep my uterus warm, which means I need to stay nice and toasty, and that might be difficult with the cold weather upon us, but I will do my best.
That’s it for now. Do you have any other suggestions for uterine lining improvement or for things that encourage implantation? What worked for you?