This post is another response to my post on How to Naturally Thicken Your Uterine Lining. As you may (or may not) know, I responded really well to natural methods of thickening my uterine lining and keeping it healthy. It went from ranging between 5-6mm to a healthy 9mm after a cycle of using the natural methods. The next cycle, my response to Clomid started to decline and we increased the dose. At that point, my lining just couldn’t keep up with the Clomid. It won the battle that round, but it hasn’t won the war! I’m on a break from the Clomid to clear my system of it and to focus on anything else I can do to improve my uterus and ovarian health.
I do plan on keeping up with drinking pomegranate juice and red raspberry leaf tea at a minimum. In addition, I still take Vitamin E and Vitamin B Complex daily. I’ve mentioned going back on Pregnitude as well, but there are some other options out there that I am considering and I wanted to share them. I haven’t completed decided what I’ll try out, but when I do, I’ll be sure to let you know how it’s going! At this point, I don’t know when we can afford fertility treatment again. All my medical funds are allocated to other things at the moment.
That said, here are three options that keep showing up in all my research:
- Maca Powder. I took this one before I went on Femara while I was exploring other herbal options for fertility (read about it). I didn’t take it for very long and it certainly does best when you’re on it for a long time. I had a wacky response to the Vitex paired with everything and ended up stopping it all at the same time. To be honest, my response to Vitex was identical to a Clomid response, minus the ovulation. The hot flashes and headaches were pretty intense but I was anovulatory. I didn’t use it as long as they recommend but I got impatient and moved on. All that to say, maca powder is supposed to be side effect-free and it nourishes the endocrine system, so I might give it another shot. Plus, it’s good for men’s fertility health!
- L-Arginine. This one is new to me. It’s supposed to encourage blood circulation to the uterus – basically what pomegranate juice and red raspberry leaf tea do together, but while you only use those two items from CD 1 until ovulation, you continue to take L-Arginine throughout your cycle. In addition, this apparently works GREAT paired with Vitamin E! They’re like BFFs. It’s good for your ovaries, too, which I clearly need. Like the maca powder, it’s good for men to take as well.
- Royal Jelly. I was a little weirded out by this when I first started reading about it, but I’m intrigued enough to try it. Royal Jelly is something created by worker bees that is only fed to the queen bee during her entire life. It’s deemed a super food, rich in vitamins, amino acids and proteins that encourage fertility health. This is on my maybe list. A lot of women with PCOS swear it’s their best friend for their ovaries.
That’s all I have for you right now. I’m still researching more on these and would encourage you to do the same. I’m not a medical professional or a holistic specialist, but I do my research and make decisions based on what I am comfortable trying.
Do any of you have suggestions for things I should research?
Excellent sources of uterine/ovarian health are below. Read all of these and look to other sources as well. This just happens to be my favorite provider: