Skip to content

    Announcements

    Attention All WebMD Community Members:

    These message boards are closed to posting. Please head on over to our new WebMD Message Boards to check out and participate in the great conversations taking place: https://messageboards.webmd.com/

    Your new WebMD Message Boards are now open!

    Making the move is as easy as 1-2-3.

    1. Head over to this page: https://messageboards.webmd.com/living-healthy/f/womens-health/

    2. Choose the tag from the drop-down menu that clicks most with you (and add it to any posts you create so others can easily find and sort through posts)

    3. Start posting

    Have questions? Email us anytime at CommunityManagement@webmd.net

    Includes Expert Content
    Uterine Lining -- What is "normal" thickness for a menstruating woman?
    avatar
    An_244477 posted:
    I'm 48, still menstruating, and had a pelvic/vaginal ultrasound done recently because of a persistent bloating problem in my lower abdomen. The test was done on day 10 of my cycle (which occur every 25-28 days). My periods have shortened, lasting only about 3-4 days (usually one light day, 2 heavy days, and one light day).

    My GP called and said that she wants me to redo the test because there was "some thickness in the lining of my uterus." She said they like to see 5-10 mm in thickness, and mine measured 11 mm.

    However, everything I'm reading online says I'm within the "normal" range. Is this true? Thanks so much for any good information!!
     
    avatar
    IrwinsLady responded:
    good luck with your test. hope everything turns out okay.
     
    avatar
    Jane Harrison Hohner, RN, RNP responded:
    Dear An: As you have correctly induced, thickness of the uterine lining varies over a menstrual month. For example, on cycle day 4 (usually at then end of menstruation) it might be 4mm or less, at ovulation say 6 mm, and during the premenstrual days maybe up to 13 mm. It sounds like your ultrasound was done cycle day 10 (somewhat before ovulation) so perhaps 11 mm was considered thickened for that part of your cycle. And remember that different places can have slightly different normal ranges.

    Granted, 1 mm over the normal range doesn't sound that abnormal. Yet if they want to repeat the scan at an earlier part of your cycle I would suggest that you do so. As an aside, there are other things which can prompt the lining to be thicker: polyps of the lining of the uterus or a focal area of thickening containing abnormal cells.

    If you are uninsured and do not really have the funds to repeat the ultrasound you might ask your GP to do a brief phone consult with their referral GYN. ALL medical providers have occasion to call somome with more specialty expertise on the phone and ask questions on behalf of patients.

    Yours,
    Jane
     
    avatar
    An_244477 replied to Jane Harrison Hohner, RN, RNP's response:
    Thanks so much, Jane. Fortunately, I do have good insurance so I will be repeating the test (I also have an appointment scheduled with a gyn in a few weeks also. This is a new gyn as my prior one is no longer practicing.).

    Question for you: It is best to try and repeat the test on my (next) cycle day 10, since that's when I had it done before? My GP asked me to get it done again on Day 7 to 14. Or, is it best to choose an earlier day in my cycle, e.g. day 7 to 9?

    My GP said there was nothing else that showed up as abnormal on the ultrasound, so I guess that's promising.

    Thanks again so much for any information!!!


    Helpful Tips

    Be the first to post a Tip!

    Expert Blog

    Below the Belt: Women's Health - Jane Harrison-Hohner, RN, RNP

    From HPV to irregular periods to PMS to fibroids, Jane Harrison-Hohner, RN, is here to share her knowledge and insight...Read More

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.