When we hang out with our friends kids; we always try to convince the kids to take a no thank you bite. It’s to encourage them to try something new and not make a decision that they don’t like something either by the looks or smell of it.
The 2nd lining check went OK. I have had so many lining checks that I can literally tell it’s not thick enough on the monitor before my lining’s measured. The good news is it did increase a little but with my estrogen levels it should be thicker. Last Thursday it ranged from 5.8-6.3mm and (5 days later) it increased to 6-6.8mm. We want it to be at least in the 8mm range. It’s still trilaminar and it’s graded at a B/C, but it’s still good according to the lining specialist. I asked what the lining priority was: lining grade or thickness? He said thickness is more important than the lining grade. Fun Fact (if you don’t know this): if a woman does not become pregnant each month, her lining sheds (Aunt Flo arrives) therefore the lining can only last a certain amount of time. We only have a small window to get it to the right thickness as the lining will become “old”. If it’s not thick enough the embryo will likely not implant. There are many women that have had a baby with a thin lining. We tried this on our first transfer and it did not “stick”. On the 2nd transfer, the lining was 7.3mm; it did “stick” but I had an early miscarriage. My embryos were all genetically tested so we are not sure why it did not “stick”. Granted the genetic tests are 100% accurate.
As mentioned in a previous post, this G-CSF “wash” has not been widely used so I am taking a chance and taking a no thank you bite and see if this works for today’s appointment. It was similar to getting a pap smear; it’s a little uncomfortable for a moment. The doctor puts in a catheter and the wash goes in. I lay there for a few minutes. He says I can get up and go about my day. As I get dressed, I wonder if this magic potion will exit or will it be absorbed in my baby house? Should I put a cork in it? 🤣
It was interesting to see this very expensive small vial to be considered a “wash”. I was explaining this to a friend and she gave a good analogy; it’s like adding a serum to your lips to “plump” it up. This should help explain what the wash should do to my lining. I will go back in two days to have my lining checked and if all goes well; we will pack our bags and book a last minute flight to Seattle (where our last embryo is stored safely n the “freezer“)! OR if it looks good but not thick enough we will add a little more time or start all over – one step at a time! My doctor has done 6 washes and had 4 pregnancies with 3 live births.
If you’re bored, here are some case studies:
Transfer – Lining history
6/30/16: Transfer Day
11/23/16: Transfer Day
3rd Transfer – Pending
G-CSF wash – contents in this teeny tiny vial – pen for scale.