The luteal phase is after ovulation has occurred, conception has taken place and the embryo is already in the uterus. During this period, we need to make sure that conditions remain favorable for an implantation and further growth of the embryo.
Patients that have Luteal Phase Defect are often frustrated when they are trying to get pregnant.
I often see patients have a shorter or unpredictable menstrual cycle, spotting several days before a period, the slow step-like pattern of BBT graph, and the temperature rising less than 0.4 ℉ in the BBT chart.
Even if an egg is fertilized patients still have a hard time getting or staying pregnant. However, Traditional Chinese Medicine focuses on Kidney Yang’s function which means keeping the womb-warm by nourishing blood and promoting Qi.
We use blood and Kidney tonic herbs to fortify endometrial lining and allow it to be thick enough, and also sufficiently secrete nutrients to nourish an embryo.
In addition, acupuncture is successful in increasing the flow of blood to the uterus. Acupuncture also promotes Qi as helping the embryo binds to the endometrium and then burrows into the lining. Stronger Qi not only makes the uterine lining hold the embryo securely but also avoid miscarriages.