What do you mean by thin endometrium or thin lining of uterus?
For an embryo to implant in endometrium, it should be thick, receptive & nourishing. Endometrial thickness of 8mm or more than 8mm is considered normal for successful implantation and a thickness of less than 7mm is thin endometrium which decrease chances of successful pregnancy.
Symptoms of Thin Endometrium:
- Low menstrual bleeding.
- Irregular menstrual cycle.
- Painful menses.
- Without any symptoms & diagnosed in ultrasound scan.
Causes of thin Endometrium:
- Reduced blood flow to the uterus.
- Infections like Endometrial T.B., pelvic infections.
- Reduced estrogen level.
- D&C or any other surgeries leading to adhesions or scarring.
- Use of oral conceptive pills.
First & foremost is ultrasound to check the thickness of endometrium.
- Hysteroscopy: To diagnose & remove any scar tissue or adhesions in uterus
- Infections like endometrial T.B. or any pelvic infections should be treated with medicines.
- Estrogen therapy: Estrogen hormone is vital in keeping the endometrium thick. So, patients are given Estrogen supplements to increase thickness of endometrium.
- Some newer technology like PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) therapy, endometrial scratching seems to increase thickness of endometrial lining.
- If during an IVF cycle it is found that a patient has poor endometrium. We freeze all her embryos in that cycle & transfer later once the endometrium has thickened & ready to accept the embryos.