FET#4: Lining Check #1

I had a lining check this morning. Unfortunately, my lining was only 6.5mm, so I have to add at least another week to my cycle calendar. This means that my transfer is tentatively scheduled for May 11, rather than May 4. I don’t mind the added time so much as the disappointment that a medicated cycle didn’t magically make my lining thicker than usual. I guess that the nice thing is that unlike the natural cycle we can wait it out and see if it gets thicker. My doctor was concerned that maybe I wasn’t absorbing enough estrogen from the patches, and said that I might need to add in an oral estradiol pill or vaginal suppository. She said that my estrogen would like to see my level to be over 300.

I mulled this over today, and I started to wonder if the hot baths I’ve been taking every night were leeching the estrogen out of the patches. When I first started the patches, C asked if I was allowed to take baths. No one had told me that I couldn’t take baths, but when I googled whether baths were “allowed,” the internet came back to me with conflicting information. So I emailed my nurse and she said that baths don’t effect the patches. Still, I’d been wondering and wondering. Well, I got my estrogen results back, so now I feel confident that baths do not effect the absorption rate.

My estrogen was 637!

Well, what the heck?! When I did natural cycles, my lining always peaked around 8mm and my estrogen peaked around 350-500. So if my estrogen is even higher than usual, why isn’t my lining thicker? Or at least the same? I’ve emailed my nurse about this and am awaiting her reply.

Back to the transfer date….May 11 is better for me. I have a work event that I was going to have to miss on May 5 if I did the transfer on May 4, and it makes me look good at work if I show up to this event. Also, it will only be the second weekend after moving, so I will probably still be unpacking and setting things up. And lastly, if I did a May 4 transfer, I would definitely start testing around May 13, which is Mother’s Day. Seeing a negative test on Mother’s Day would be way too emotional for me. It’s already hard enough to be both motherless and childless on that day – no need to add an HPT to the mix!

2 thoughts on “FET#4: Lining Check #1

  1. It’s impossible to not over analyze every little thing during a cycle – I totally hear worrying about baths and the effects on medication. Hopefully being in a new home and settling in will give you something else to think about during the 2ww. Really hoping this is it for you!


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