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Sometimes, on days like this, I’m consumed with “figuring out” why my lining refuses to grow.

So, of course, I turn to Dr. Google. But you know what the saddest part about that is? Researching the SAME topic for almost 4 years yields the same results you’ve seen for almost 4 years. Never really anything new. So I re-read articles that I’ve read many times before…and sometimes, you find something you may have missed…some inspiration.

One of the articles, or research papers I’m talking about is this one:

http://www.researchgate.net/publication/260994775_Live_birth_after_embryo_transfer_in_an_unresponsive_thin_endometrium

Reasearchgate.net has provided me with a lot of information about our health and bodies in general, but this article seems like it was written for me to read. Here, a 35 yr-old woman with premature ovarian failure and atrophic/thin endometrium gave birth to a child….and her lining measurement at transfer was a whopping 3.5mm. Yes, I typed that correctly, 3.5mm folks.

Now, most people would say….”Why in the world would they transfer an embryo into a uterus with that measurement in the first place?!?” Well, first of all, where she is from, surrogacy is illegal and second, because of a little test called the ERA Test, Endometrial Receptivity Array.

It can basically tell you if your lining is “pre-receptive”, “receptive”, or “post-receptive”. Some people are having failed IVF’s and FET’s simply due to the fact that they are transferring their embryo on the wrong day. Most people have a 5 day transfer of a 5 day blastocyst, but some people need a 6 day transfer of a 5 day blast, or a 7 day transfer…and some opposite…some need a 4 day transfer, etc. How exciting that they can take a biopsy and it can show if it’s receptive to an embryo or not!? I think this is such a breakthrough and I believe will help a lot of women.

So that brings it back to me. Me and my chronically thin lining. It has plagued me for YEARS. If you’ve followed me for a while, you know this. At one point last year, every single month, I went through the FET process. ALL the pills, shots, meds, ultrasounds, etc…..and every, single time…it was cancelled due to thin lining. Just exhausting.

Now, I’ve known about this ERA test for almost 2 years. I just thought my lining needed to be more at 6mm to really try it. I guess when I read this paper, I missed the 3.5mm! How in the world could I miss that part?

So that’s what I’m going to do. If my lining is at 4mm….I’m still going to do the test. If it surprises me and gets to 6mm or dare I say 7mm, I’ll try it then too.

I mean, at this point, I have nothing to lose. More time? Well, that’s happening as we speak. More money? Well, this is why we work and don’t own a home.

Surrogacy is my next plan…and that “plan” of mine was stopped before it could even begin.

So is this it? Could this be the missing piece of the puzzle to me bringing home my embabies??

In MY very own uterus??

Only time will tell, I currently have a cyst(that’s been hanging around for 2 months! boo) so that needs to disappear and after that I’ll have a 4th hysteroscopy and then try to grow this lining for the biopsy for the ERA. It’s a long process but I’ve got nothing but time….time and faith that all of this will bring me my babies.

My embryos that have been frozen for almost 2 years…..2 years.

I won’t stop…I haven’t forgotten about you babies…I just want to give you a safe home to grow.

So that’s what I’m determined to do…..and it WILL happen…

Some way….some how….it will happen.

Mark my word….I won’t stop until it does. Period.

 

 

 

30 Comments on ERA Test (Endometrial Receptivity Array)-Hope For Thin Lining??

    • Thanks so much Isabelle! It’s the one thing I haven’t done so I might as well try since I don’t have anything else going for me now! Always thinking of you too…we are both on our way…I can just feel it πŸ™‚ xoxo

  1. This is such a breakthrough. While I know you’re probably still scared and worry, the fact that it *is* possible to carry to term with a thin lining gives me so much hope. Your determination is so inspiring. I’ll center my prayers on that pesky cyst. Seriously, those are such a pain! What purpose to they serve at all? Really? Anyway, I’m so happy you’re your own advocate. There is SO much power in that! Thinking of you!!

    • Thanks so much Sondra…I’m just trying to get positive somehow…and this is the one thing I haven’t tried yet…so why not…it has worked for some people so I’ve got nothing to lose. Always thinking of you and little babe πŸ™‚ One of these days, I’ll have some good news to share with everyone….gotta believe πŸ™‚ Love to you! xoxo

      • I once read a quote that said, “Some of the best fighters in the world, are the ones with nothing to lose.” I printed that up and it’s hanging on my mirror in my bedroom. I always thought that I’ve lost so much and I’m going to fight. Your comment so reminds me of that. You just need it to be possible and you’ll be able to fight for the rest. I do believe in this for you.πŸ’œ Love you too..

    • Thank you WillowTree. Always appreciate suggestions, so thanks a bunch, but I’ve already tried the Neupogen (G-CSF) earlier this year…didn’t work for me πŸ™ Thanks again and I’ll just keep trying until something works πŸ™‚ Thanks for the wishes! xoxo

  2. Your one dedicated and strong lady and I have to say if anyone can make this work, I know it’s you!!! Good for you for digging deeper and continuing to fight for your dreams! Sending love and hope your way, as always. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks MPB!! I’m digging so deep, I don’t know where I am! I just feel like…it’s one thing I haven’t tried so why not? If it worked for some it might work for me too…right?! You always inspire me too…we will get through this…our babies are somewhere out there I tell ya…Love to you too!! xoxo

  3. I haven’t read all of your previous post so I’m not sure what all you have tried but I thought that I’d share what worked to improve my lining. I’ve been dealing with a thin lining issue for years now. My RE did what he referred to as an Endo Fluff procedure during my last FET. He did the surgery the same cycle as my transfer and in conjunction with estrogen given orally, through patches, and injections all at the same time. He went in vaginally and poked small little holes/slits in the outer layer of my lining to allow it to break through the surface and fluff up. Typically in past cycles I had a thickness or .3 – .4. Two weeks after the surgery I had a .9 and a successful transfer that resulted in a pregnancy. Unfortunately though I lost the baby at 8 weeks. We are planning to repeat the same estrogen dosage and surgery soon for another FET attempt. Hope this helps, let me know if you have any questions.

    • Hi Laura…very interesting. Did you ever have scar tissue in your uterus? My RE is worried because I continue to have scar tissue reform, even after 3 operative hysteroscopies. They are worried if they try to rough it up that scar tissue will just reform πŸ™ I’ll have to ask and see. Please keep me updated(dreamingofdiapers@hotmail.com) with your progress and what works for ya πŸ™‚ Best of luck to you!! xoxo

  4. I keep hearing about this test, but it’s so new and “experimental” that most doctors (including mine) don’t put any stock in it. I had the Beta 3 Integrin biopsy (protein present and in-phase) when I was @ CCRM but my current doc even thinks that’s BS. I am in close contact with a girl who has had it done multiple times to find her implantation window. She has not yet been successful but just had a fresh retrieval yesterday. If you want to connect with her, let me know.

  5. In all my problems with infertility, thin lining was one I never encountered. I asked a couple of the specialists if my lining was okay, but they just kind of waved the question away and said, “You’re good”. I assume if it was a problem they would have said something.

    Until I read your post I had not heard of “receptive” lining. I didn’t know that was important. I guess we can go through the infertility experience and still be completely in the dark on certain areas of it.

    I really hope this works for you and helps you succeed. Best of luck!

  6. I just recently discovered your blog through another blog and my heart breaks for you but your optimism in this post is really touching. I will keep you in my thoughts and I hope you find an answer and peace. hugs to you from a fellow IFer

  7. I just happened upon your blog because my FET was cancelled this week. Thin lining and lots of fluid. Like you, I also had Asherman’s and two surgeries to remove the scar tissue. Has your doc talked about why there is fluid? Does the viagra help the fluid go away? My doc is going to put me on a new plan for meds next month to see if we can get things shaped up.
    My heart breaks for all your pain and struggle. You are so strong to have continued on through each set-back.

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