Flashback three of Emily's surrogacy journey involves a quick trip to asses her uterine lining to see is she's ready for embryo transfer.
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Originally written Aug 28, 2018
I feel like we are at the Olympic Trials and the judges just read off my score.... And it means we qualify for the big event!
The BIG news today is that we went to the fertility clinic yesterday to measure my uterine lining to see if it was ready to transfer one of my IPs special little embryos. And it is! The doctor said that they look for it to measure between 8-10 mm and mine was measuring 9.8 which is reason to celebrate! Normal values are between 2-16 mm, depending on the stage of the menstrual cycle.
Also, I learned something new about the uterus at that visit, which is that the uterine wall is comprised of three layers: the perimetrium, or the outermost layer, the myometrium, or the muscular layer which is comprised of interlacing fibers, and the endometrium, or the inner most layer, which is a mucosal layer and what changes in thickness during the menstrual cycle. On the ultrasound all three layers were visible, which is, again, exactly what they were looking to see!
So, our transfer date is set, folks! Send some positive thoughts and prayers to us for Tuesday, September 4th!
Also, send some positive thoughts for this upcoming week because I have to increase the medicine I'm on to include the progesterone oil administered via a very long, sharp needle for the next 13 weeks. It's something millions of women who have undergone IVF have stoically endured, but it's a first for me.
Oh, one final thing: my IM gave me two super thoughtful gifts at the uterine ultrasound: a surrogacy journal, similar to a other pregnancy journals where you get to record specific moments throughout the 9 months, but this specifically made (from Etsy, I believe she said) for surrogates. She also gave me a t-shirt in my (and her!) favorite color, which I'll wear to the Transfer next week for good luck!