Prepare the soil before planting the seed, the saying goes. The endometrial lining is where the future baby (embryo) attaches to, where it gets nutrition and grows. The healthy lining is important to reduce the risk of early miscarriage.
So, what is the fertile soil for the baby? The ideal endometrial lining before the implantation is about 8mm in thickness. It has good circulation, and ideally, it has a three-layer pattern (it can be seen on the ultrasound).
Treatments that optimise your endometrium’s receptivity are limited. We also don’t know of lifestyle interventions which are proven to help.
Why you should try acupuncture
Previously, small trials and case reports showed acupuncture successfully sorting out too thin lining. Acupuncture has a unique ability to improve uterine blood circulation. This makes acupuncture a first-line treatment for too thin endometrium.
This year (2019) we have a structured attempt to look into acupuncture’s effect on the endometrium. A team of researchers from Guangzhou (PR China) published a systematic review and meta analysis on the subject.
The purpose of the study was to explore if acupuncture is safe and effective in improving endometrial thickness and pattern, pregnancy rate as well as embryo transfer rate.
Researchers crunched the data from 13 trials, with a total of 3041 participating women. Most of the patients in selected studies received acupuncture for about 3 months leading to the embryo transfer.
When study authors examined the results, they discovered that acupuncture improved the quality of the lining.
In particular, more women developed the trilinear (three layer) pattern. Furthermore, endometrial blood circulation improved and lining thickened significantly when acupuncture was added as an adjunctive treatment to medications.
As a result, there were more pregnancies and more embryo transfers among women who received acupuncture.
Was acupuncture safe? Yes, it was. Once again there were no unwanted side effects in the acupuncture group.
These findings are clinically important as there is an absence of other safe treatments for women with compromised lining. Furthermore, there are no other preconception care therapies that could optimize endometrial lining before IVF, IUI, or trying to conceive naturally.
To sum it up – it’s worth including acupuncture to improve your endometrial receptivity – the soil for the baby to attach and grow.
Why choose us?
We base our treatments on the protocols that have been shown to work. We then take into account your diagnosis and TCM diagnosis to design the solution that will work the best in your situation.