A good endometrial lining is an essential part of implantation and a healthy pregnancy. Ideally the endometrial lining should be 7mm or over for proper implantation to occur. Of course, this figure differs slightly in practice. In general, as endometrial thickness after IVF stimulation increases so does pregnancy rate. Therefore, it is always nice to have the 10-11 mm thickness and a three-layer pattern.
I have had a few cases where there were lining issues for a frozen or donor cycle. Apart from regular acupuncture treatment, I have found moxibustion is of great help.
Case – donor cycle
F (Stockport) wasn’t very upset about her uterine lining (around 3mm) on 13/10 as her donor hadn’t started stimulation due to a delay in bleeding. If anything, she was more anxious that she might be ready earlier than her donor did. Both F and her doctor thought she had plenty of time to catch up. However, while her donor had eggs retrieved on 09/11, her endometrial thickness was only 4.5mm on 10/11. So embryo transfer or not depending on if she’d thickened up.
This was when I used moxa on her and taught her how to do it at home by herself, everyday about 5-10min. On her next scan on 13/11, her uterine lining increased to 7mm. by the time of her embryo transfer on 15/11, it was 10mm thick.