I had my lining checkup; this typically occurs around 2 weeks after Aunt Flo shows up. The good news, the lining was trilaminar which is good (we did not have that last month)! At the time of embryo transfer, it is favorable to have an endometrium of a thickness of between 7 and 14 mm with a trilaminar (triple layer or some have said it looks like an Oreo cookie). The 2 keys things you want is the lining thickness and the trilaminar lining. The bad news…my lining is about 6mm (8mm is the preferred measurement). But it’s not over yet! We will give it another week and will discuss if we should incorporate the G-CSF wash we discussed in a previous post.
I will continue my meds and have also changed the acupuncturist as I felt my other one did not really understand my concerns and needs. The old acupuncturist, who didn’t speak English very well, had me coming in 3x a week and only did 15 minute sessions. He never asked how I was feeling or really acknowledge my IVF treatments. I would go in the office, lay on the table for 15 minutes, and left. I thought it was a bit odd considering my previous acupuncturist would do at least 25-30 minutes, and asked a lot of questions. It also became too much to go 3x a week so I followed my gut and changed to one that specializes in fertility. After my first conversation with the new acupuncturist, I felt so much better. She understands the western side of medicine and asked many questions such as where my hormone levels and etc. She had me bring in all my supplements and medications to better understand my treatment as well as make recommendations on brands to use. She made me feel confident that she can help me get to where my lining needs to be. I can update her on my doctor appointment results and she works with the protocol. Did you know there are fertility certified acupuncturists? There are not many of them but here’s a link if you are interested in looking for one in your area.
One month has gone by of my personal leave. I’ve kept pretty busy with appointments and getting as much rest as I can. This is very helpful as the meds make me really tired. I haven’t really had many days where I absolutely do “nothing”. I cannot complain and am appreciative I am able to take this time. Also, we were able to take 2 quick trips in between doctor appointments to spend time with our dear friends. It was very nice to see familiar faces and have some QT. Unfortunately, Jack has a head cold or sinus congestion so we had to cut the trip short. I am avoiding him like the plague right now as I cannot afford to get sick. I also have a greater appreciation for Southwest Airlines (no change fees) as they make it very easy to change flights!
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