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What causes the endometrium to be thick?

By Zaira Salvador (embryologist).
Last Update: 11/29/2021

The endometrium thickens naturally due to the action of estrogen and progesterone, two hormones produced by a woman's ovaries during the menstrual cycle.

An excessively thick endometrium may be due to endometrial hyperplasia. This abnormality is usually caused by an excessive production of estrogen but hardly any progesterone is produced. If this condition is present, the physician may administer hormone therapy.

 Zaira Salvador
Zaira Salvador
BSc, MSc
Embryologist
Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology from the Technical University of Valencia (UPV). Biotechnology Degree from the National University of Ireland en Galway (NUIG) and embryologist specializing in Assisted Reproduction, with a Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Reproduction from the University of Valencia (UV) and the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI)
License: 3185-CV
Embryologist. Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology from the Technical University of Valencia (UPV). Biotechnology Degree from the National University of Ireland en Galway (NUIG) and embryologist specializing in Assisted Reproduction, with a Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Reproduction from the University of Valencia (UV) and the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI) License: 3185-CV.