Sunday, December 6, 2009

Estrogen Supplement For Thin Lining


Hello, I am from Canada and I have been seeing a fertility specialist since January 2009. My husband and I have been TTC for 1.5 years and experienced a miscarriage in September 2008, when I had a D&C. My lining has never been above 4.5 mm and is normally about 2-3mm thick. I have been put on 8 mg Estrace daily for the past 2.5 weeks. Ultrasound today showed no change in thickness, and suppression of the follicle size. What is your experience with thin lining and pregnancy success Is there anything else that you would suggest for me to do to thicken my lining?


Did you use the Estrace orally or vaginally? If you have not tried it vaginally, that is a more efficient delivery method for the endometrial lining. Orally is the worst. The second best would be estrogen patches.

If you are using them vaginally and your lining is still not developing, that is a problem. It should be getting to a minimal width of 9 mms. Did you have a hysteroscopy to make sure you didn't have scar tissue after the D&C? That could be a cause of a thin lining that doesn't respond to estrogen. Most people will form an adequate lining with estrogen supplementation, so you would be a rare entity. If the hysteroscopy shows evidence of scar tissue then you must proceed to have that removed prior to starting any infertility treatments. It is difficult to do, so you must find a competent specialist to do it who will then schedule an operative hysteroscopy as an outpatient surgical procedure.

I have seen in the literature, reports of people trying nitroglycerine tabs vaginally, Levitra and Viagra to increase blood flow to the uterus and thereby try to increase the lining. They have not worked universally.


Edward J. Ramirez, M.D., FACOG
Executive Medical Director
The Fertility and Gynecology Center
Monterey Bay IVF Program
Monterey, California, U.S.A.

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