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Thick lining of uterus - really worried!!

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triangle3 Fri 20-Jan-17 11:47:34


I don't know if anyone is knowledgable on this but I've just got back from a vaginal ultrasound which showed that I have thick lining of my womb. I went because of had a few heavy periods since having my second child. However we're currently trying for our 3rd and I'm 36.

The sonographer would not tell me anything other than I had a thickening and she could not see what was "inside it" causing it. Of course I have come away and googled and am now terrified I have the C word!!

I have no idea how thick it was. I am due on my period any day now and had a bit of spotting after the scan. So could it just be thicker because I'm about to have a period or could a pregnancy make it thicker. Very worried!

ElspethFlashman Fri 20-Jan-17 11:52:37

It's pretty common. Could be not enough progesterone which stops the lining getting too thick.

But it might not be that thick at all, really. Have you a follow up appointment?

2ndSopranos Fri 20-Jan-17 11:59:15

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Sunnyshores Fri 20-Jan-17 12:03:25

Do you have a folllow up appointment? If not I would make one with GP ASAP. Not that there is anything necessarily to be worried about, what is 'thick' for one person, isnt for another, it is thicker obviously just before a period and there are some innocent medical problems which can make it thicker - make the appointment and stop worrying.

AttilaTheMeerkat Fri 20-Jan-17 12:04:20

I had a thick lining and it was caused by not having enough progesterone.

Dr Google is not your friend here, stop googling.

Do you have a follow up appointment?

User543212345 Fri 20-Jan-17 12:09:25

I had this noticed at an ultrasound where they were checking up on my delinquent fibroids. The doctors said it's quite normal and is to do with progesterone levels. He considered whether to biopsy it then but decided against it which to me suggests he's not that worried. Had they thought the big C you'd have been either biopsied today or referred for one super fast.

triangle3 Fri 20-Jan-17 12:20:12

Thanks for the replies. I don't have a follow up appointment yet but they said they'd be sending the results to my gp. She really gave me very little info which is the worst thing?

triangle3 Fri 20-Jan-17 12:20:37

That should be ! not ?

PollyPerky Fri 20-Jan-17 12:43:27

Try not to worry. The thickness varies according to hormone levels during your cycle. If you are due a period it will be thicker. Whoever did the scan should have taken your cycle dates into account and put the result into context for you at the time.
You may have low progesterone levels which can happen when cycles are anovular- no ovulation taking place. This results in heavy periods or spotting usually because periods only happen when progesterone rises then falls.

Thick linings are only really an issue for older women (like me) who are post menopause. I use a type of HRT which means I am slightly at risk from a thicker lining and have regular private scans (annually) so know quite a bit about what's normal/ not etc.

roundandroundthehouses Fri 20-Jan-17 13:01:59

Did they say what the thickness was? I'm currently awaiting biopsy results for a 'thickened' lining that measured 12mm just before my period was due. Apparently it should have been no more than 10mm as I'm 47, although with no menopause symptoms. Assuming the biopsy is clear the gynae is recommending Mirena, but I wouldn't want one fitted if the lining is in fact within normal range. I believe the range is quite wide before menopause, especially for women as young as you. All the best with it smile

PollyPerky Fri 20-Jan-17 14:20:26

round I have never, ever heard of 10mm for women who are not post menopausal.
My radiologist says 10mm is acceptable for women post meno on HRT.

Your age is irrelevant- it's whether you are still having periods or not.

The levels here in a document for radiologists shows a very different scale to what you've been told. Up to 16mm in the second half of a cycle.

roundandroundthehouses Fri 20-Jan-17 14:35:26

That's interesting, Polly, because I have a follow-up appointment next week where (assuming biopsy was benign) I will be encouraged to get a Mirena fitted to help with the 'thickening'. I already want to refuse it as (whilst I know many women are happy with it) I don't like the idea of potential hormonal mood changes when currently as a family we're going through a terrible time for other reasons. Especially if things are perfectly normal in there. In my family we run to very late menopause and late fertility, so I don't think he's right to be looking at my age rather than the fact I have no meno symptoms. (This is a gynae rather than a radiologist.)

Sorry to hijack, OP! I should have read your post properly and seen that you weren't given a measurement. I hope your biopsy is fine - endometrial cancer seems to be pretty rare pre-menopause. I don't know whether it might have been a fibroid or something, as these are much more common? But just before your period it would have been the thickest it was going to get, and spotting after a test is also normal.

triangle3 Fri 20-Jan-17 17:06:26

No not told thickness or given any indication of anything. so I'm going to have to have a biopsy am I? Shitsad

triangle3 Fri 20-Jan-17 18:04:01

Good luck to those of you waiting for biopsy results etc. And thank you for your replies. I'm just in a state of shock as I genuinely thought I'd go there today and be told all looked fine and my heavy periods were just due to my body changing after having children.

Purpletracey Wed 14-Feb-18 15:35:59

I was told at ultrasound all looked fine except thick lining which could be as I had 11lb baby. I came away happy.only to receive a letter 2 days later saying ring gp
asap he is very concerned as my lining is 12mm so now awaiting referred to gynea for biopsy. I'm so worried

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