I had my monitoring ultrasounds, and I have not one, not two, not three, but four follicles from 2.5 grams of Femara. You know what is interesting? My CD 2 and 3 has fallen over the weekend for the last two cycles, so I have been forced to start the medication on CD 4 instead of CD 3. In my case, it turns out to be true that taking ovulation inducing drugs earlier in the cycle recruits more follicles. They were just little guys with one at 12.5 mm and the rest at 12 mm so I may lose a couple. Two on each ovary. I go back in Thursday for another ultrasound. I hope to trigger that day and do the IUI on Friday afternoon.
Now, here is the bad the news. My lining was awful: 5.7 mm. There is still time for that lining to develop a bit more, though the doctor didn’t seem to think it would grow much more because it was fully formed and trilaminar. The doctor then informed me of a new piece of information, just when I thought I knew it all. It is more important that the lining be trilaminar than it is to be thick and not trilaminar.
I was skeptical so I instantly consulted with Google Scholar and research isn’t quite that clear. What is clear is that he was trying to boost my confidence. Little does he know that Google Scholar is my #1 bookmark. Research results are mixed with some showing that the trilaminar structure is significant and thickness insignificant, others reveal the opposite. I’ve also learned that people have thin endometrium for three reasons: estrogen levels, blood flow, and problems with the endometrium itself such as adhesions or Asherman’s Syndrome. Since I am capable of producing a fluffy layer, I am going to chalk this up to estrogen levels or blood flow. Both of which are fixable. Though I wish I didn’t have another fucking infertility issue to deal with, at least this one can be addressed.
I implemented the same “Grow!” protocol this cycle as last month. Here’s thedifference. I haven’t exercised, meditated, or done the foot baths as often. I also can’t find my Epsom Salts. I’ve been great with acupuncture and the supplements. While the doctor is skeptical, I am planning on doing everything I can to improve blood flow to the ute in these next couple of days.
Castor Oil Packs: Check.
Foot Baths: Check.