This is such an important part of your IVF cycle that in my experience gets little or no priority. I have a consistant view that there are only 3 reasons women cant get a positive result. Sperm is not getting to egg, sperm and egg are not fertilising and finally, one of the top 5 for IVF, implantation is not occurring, actually make it the top 1. For some patients, they will have had issues with building the sickness of the lining. And a lot of medical people will say don’t worry the medication will fix this.
I think this is so important that Im going to repeat it…
- Sperm is not getting to Egg, Sperm issue or Blocked tubes.
- Sperm is not fertilising Egg, possible energy deficiency in body.
- Implantation issue, A problem with the uterine blood.
So lets look at the third reason, implantation Issue. For me this is a very easy issue to diagnosis. We look at the period. Your period will tell you everything that is going on in the uterus.
A nice period is 4-6 days of full flow, bight red blood, no clots, no pain around period. This is a really good sign of a nice environment. We are look at the quantitive and quality aspects of the period. The better the period the better the chances of implantation occurring.
Problems develop when we have a 2 to 3 day bleed, a scanty period or when the colour and constitution of the blood is not good, where there is brown bleeding, dark blood, clots. Where there is a lot of pain around the menstrual cycle. This has the potential to reduce the stats for implantation occurring
These are signs the environment is not 100% ready. And yes I know your medical team will say this is fine. I 100% disagree with this. If it was all fine you wouldn’t need them. If it was all fine, you wouldn’t be getting an ‘Unexplained Infertility’ Diagnosis. They are looking at you medically, its all about numbers….. I am looking at it holistically, listening to what your body is saying, well not listening, you know what I mean. 🙂
What Im about to write right now is something I have a big big issue with.
In a recent study of over 40,000 embryo transfers over 3 years in Canada. They evaluated the success rates of the thickness of the lining before transfer. Im going to look at 2, 8mm versus 7mm. And honest the difference is staggering…. So this is the best way that I can explain it.
Imagine you have two door in front of you, a red and blue door. Very Matrix like….
With the red door for every 100 women that enter the room, 43 of those women leave pregnant.
With the blue door for every 100 women that enter the room, 34 of those women leave pregnant.
and lets say there was another do, a yellow door where for every 100 women that enter, 21 leave pregnant…
Which door would you like to go through if you were to do an IVF transfer.
So the difference, well, the red door is 8mm in lining thickness and the blue door is 7mm….. Imagine 1mm has such a massive massive impact on the successful outcome of an Ivf cycle. And if you between 6mm and 7mm, you are going into the yellow door.
BTW I have gotten my wrist slapped recently by a clinic for telling my patients about this study. Their response was that women get pregnant at 6mm…. and Im not disagreeing with that statement, women do get pregnant at 6mm. But an extra 2mm potentially doubles their chances of a successful outcome.
So make sure when you go for transfer know how well your lining is doing.
And if you are not happy show them the study.