Endometrium too thick to start stims (short protocol)
YetAnotherThing · 20/03/2018 21:49
Am after some advice and to find others who might have experienced similar: I was due to start cycle 1 of a short protocol for ICSI which has just been cancelled. I took 10 days norethisterone last month, had withdrawal AF, and then an ultrasound on day 2 which showed endometrium 8mm (ovaries were ok with small follicles only), and so the ultrasound was repeated at day 4 and endometrium was 6mm. Target was less than 5mm. They did some hormone tests and then phoned me to cancel this cycle (I don't know what the hormone results actually showed but the nurse implied it was because endometrium too thick rather than the blood results themselves). I know it's good that they cancelled now if they thought it was either too dangerous or not likely to work this month, but I was so psychologically prepared to start and had reorganised life for the scans, EC etc, and can't quite believe it has been halted before we even start. I've read plenty on EC failure, fertilisation failure and implantation failure, but i hadn't even considered that I could also fail to even start the injections....!
I wondered if anyone could tell me more about why the endometrium needs to be thin to start with, if this is likely to happen again and what it means if it does happen again. I've emailed the nurses at my clinic yesterday but still waiting to hear back from them. Thank you all.
ParkayFloor · 21/03/2018 00:50
Hi OP I can't help but I'm watching with interest as my endometrium was also 8mm on day 2 and I would love to know what that means.
JeNeBaguetteRien · 21/03/2018 12:46
I don't have the same experience OP but I did have a cycle cancelled during stims (long protocol) as follicles weren't responding. Like you I had organised things around EC dates etc and psyched myself up so it was a horrible feeling to have the cycle cancelled. I'd tried to prepareyself for a low number of eggs, or a poor fertilisation rate etc but not to have the cycle ended so quickly.
I think what you need to know now is why it happened, what the implications are of a thick lining at this stage, and what they can do to avoid it in a future cycle.
They really should give you some of this information when they ring you, otherwise request an appointment with the consultant.
For now be kind to yourself 💐
Bruges21 · 21/03/2018 15:43
Hi OP, so sorry to hear about your cancelled cycle. It is really tough when totally unexpected things happen to derail plans. I'm in 2WW of short protocol which started with 10 days norethisterone, then on day 2 of withdrawal bleed just started stims with no scan to check lining, so no idea what lining was at that point! Clinic says as long as I'd had decent bleed didn't need scan. Don't know result yet but lining fine at EC and ET.
Every clinic seems so different. I hope you get an explanation and can plan your next cycle soon.
YetAnotherThing · 22/03/2018 02:03
Thanks all, so confusing trying to make sense of it all. Will update when I hear from Consultant.
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