Today I have had a biopsy taken from my uterus lining as part of an ERA (Endometrial Receptivity Analysis) test.
Recommended as an option by our consultant after our last (and fourth) failed embryo transfer, the test aims to identify the precise optimum window for embryo implantation, on the premise that this window can differ slightly from person to person.
At £1200, it’s not cheap (surprise surprise) but with 2 frozen embryos left from our last cycle and summer holidays looking unlikely this year, we are giving it a go.
The process has involved the usual pre-amble to a frozen transfer, so 12 days of oestrogen tablets, followed by a scan and blood test, then progesterone pessaries plus oestrogen with the biopsy taken on day 18.
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from the biopsy – they tell you to take paracetamol a couple of hours before but there’s no sedation or anything so I figured it couldn’t be that bad.
I suppose it felt how you would imagine if someone were scraping at the lining of your uterus – a bit crampy but over pretty fast.
So now it’s a few more days of oestrogen and progesterone in order to buy some time before my next cycle as the results take 10 days. Watch this space.