Women who decide to undergo In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) need to consider several things to have a successful IVF cycle. The uterus is the place where the implantation of the embryo takes place in the early stages of pregnancy. Hence, a woman who wants to undergo IVF needs to have a thick uterus lining to support implantation. The ideal thickness of the uterus lining should be 7mm to 8 mm. If the uterus lining is thin, then the implantation may not take place and IVF might fail.

What Can Make a Woman Have a Thin Uterine Lining?

A woman can have a thin uterine lining due to several reasons such as the following:

  • Structural issues: Uterine fibroids, scar tissue, etc. can affect the growth of the uterus lining. As a result, the uterine lining becomes thin and cannot support implantation. These issues can be treated with surgery.
  • Poor nutrition: Good nutrition is key to getting enough blood supply to the uterus lining. You should include iron and blood building food in your meals.
  • Poor blood flow to the uterus: It is essential to have a sufficient blood supply to the uterus and its lining. If not, it can lead to thinning of the uterine lining. Cold also reduces blood supply to the uterus.
  • Chronic endometritis: It is the infection of endometrial cells and this can also cause a thin uterine lining.
  • Hormone deficiency: A deficiency of estrogen can also lead to a thin uterine lining.

How Can I Thicken My Uterine Lining for IVF Procedure?

There are several things that can help a woman to thicken her uterine lining namely:

Diet: Follow a proper diet that contains leafy vegetables, grass-fed meats, avocados, nuts, etc. All these food supplements help to improve blood supply to the uterus and to get enough minerals and vitamins.

Use estrogen supplements: Your doctor may suggest using estrogen supplements to provide enough estrogen hormones to your body from outside. You can also try rFSH treatment to let your body produce more estrogen.

Physical activity: Lack of physical activity can also lead to a thin uterine lining due to low blood supply. Simple exercises such as walking can also thicken your uterine lining. Try to include at least 15 to 20 minutes of physical activity in your daily routine.

Use herbal supplements: Estrogen is an essential hormone for the reproductive organs and lack of this can cause thinning of the uterine lining. Red clover, maca root can improve estrogen levels in your body.

Massages: Massages from a therapist can help strengthen the uterine muscles and stimulates tired muscles and nerves.

Avoid substances that restrict blood flow: Nicotine and caffeine can interfere with the blood supply. You should avoid smoking and reduce your coffee intake every day.

Maintain a balanced BMI: Women who a have low BMI or are underweight may not get enough nutrition. Maintaining a normal BMI by gaining extra weight can promote blood flow to the pelvic area and promotes estrogen levels.

Keep the uterus warm: Keeping the uterus warm can promote blood flow to the uterus. Apply heat packs to your lower abdomen and wear socks and shoes at home to keep your feet warm.

Acupuncture: Several studies have shown that acupuncture can improve blood circulation and promotes the growth of the uterus lining. It is effective if you have used acupuncture for more than two or three months.

Use Viagra supplements: Viagra supplements are used to increase blood supply to the penis. But they can also be used to improve blood flow to the uterus and to thicken the uterine lining. Check with your doctor if you can use them for thickening the uterus lining.


The thickness of the uterus lining is the key to the success of the IVF procedure. It does not mean that you cannot have IVF if you have a thin uterine lining. Women whose uterine lining is less than 7mm can also undergo IVF but the success rate is low.

Planning for IVF and Have a Thin Uterine Lining? Angels Fertility Can Help You

If you have a thin uterine lining and want to undergo an IVF procedure, Angels Fertility can help you deal with it. Our fertility specialists have expert knowledge of the tips to make the uterine lining thick. We not only offer treatment; we also provide mental support to our patients while going through this tough face in their lives. If your uterus lining does not become thick even after trying all measures, we will decide whether you can have IVF or not. To know about your uterine lining health, feel free to share your concerns with our fertility specialists.