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IVF #2 CD 12: T'was the night before retrieval

Hello everyone!

A lot has happened and, while I've been updating on IG, I haven't done the best of jobs updating on this cycle.   So, let me bring you all up to speed.  I posted on IG that my right side follicles were growing like champs, but my left was a bit more sluggish.  That didn't really concern me at first because it has always been a bit more sluggish.  But my right side started breaching 20 mm on Friday and by yesterday (Saturday CD 11), I actually had one trying to nudge 22.  The ultrasound technician actually spoke out loud that she wondered how much further "they would be willing to push it".  My nurse A. happened to be at the weekend monitoring location so after the ultrasound was complete, I went into a separate room with her to discuss trigger information.  I actually left skeptical because my left side still hadn't caught up.  There was one 19 mm on that side.  Everything else was 14-16.

Fast forward to yesterday evening while lounging with S. and the phone rings.  The nurse tells me that I was going to trigger that night at 8PM!  My retrieval has been scheduled for 8AM tomorrow and S. and I have to be there at 6AM.  Wow!  I was NOT expecting that.  I suppose I should have been though.

I am on the same protocol from cycle 1 and I triggered on CD 11 then.  So, I guess it really is history repeating itself.

Tonight, I have developed some sort of stomach bug.  I suspect it is from the burger I ate last night.  It came back immediately after I ate it (TMI).  Today, I was feeling a bit blah, but figured it was just my being tired.  I took a nap after church, had a bit to eat and my antibiotic for tomorrow, and then twenty minutes later I'm in the bathroom.

Ugh.  I am hoping it will run its course tonight.  I can't take anything after midnight and I am rapidly approaching midnight.

Here's praying tonight will calm my belly and that tomorrow will be okay.

Have a great evening.

-K


IVF #2 CD8: Daily Monitoring

Hello.  Today is CD 8, Stims Day 6.  I went for my blood work and ultrasound this morning and discovered that my follicles have been busy trying to grow.  My estrogen count is 1,443.  I have 12 measurable follicles.  My right side is continuing to overachieve with seven follies.  My left side is chugging right along with five.  At the moment, I'm looking like this...

Left Follicles                                                     Right Follicles
  1. 14.6                                                          1. 15.9
  2. 11.8                                                          2. 15.9
  3.   9.0                                                          3. 15.8
  4. 10.7                                                          4. 11.4
  5.   9.5                                                          5. 15.1 
  6. ----                                                            6. 11.4
  7. ----                                                            7. 11.1     
   The sonographer told me I would be in daily monitoring from now until transfer unless something changes.  I already made my appointments.  Things appear to be progressing along.  My back is starting to kick my butt and my level of fatigue is also rising.  I'm about to start inhaling the Gatorade again because these headaches have been returning and there is nothing fun about them.  There is also the nastiest nausea that I have ever felt.  Considering how there has been a stomach virus going around, I'm not too sure of what this is.

Stims Day 6     
  • Gonal-F 112.50 ius
  • Menopur 150.00 ius
Stims Day 6 Symptoms/Side Effects
  • Bloated
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Backache
  • Hot Flashes
Stims Day 6 New Developments
  • Daily Appointments starting CD9 ( 1 Dec 16)
Next Appointment
  • Bloodwork and Ultrasound-IVF CD9
                           
I'll check in tomorrow.

-K

IVF #2 CD7: Tired!

Hi everyone!

Today was the introduction of Cetrotide.  So, I woke up this morning, tried to get everyone out and on time, and then realized I was about to walk out without my morning dosage.  So, I managed to pull everything out of the fridge, and without numbing myself with ice, took my needle.  Ugh.  It's a good thing I was in such a hurry this morning.  I didn't have time to focus on the HURT!!!  UGH!

It wasn't until I was halfway home this PM when I realized that tonight I'll be taking three shots before I lay head to pillow....and I'm already exhausted.

Tonight, I'll be taking Gonal-F and Menopur (double dose).  So how do I feel?

Well, honestly, I'm sleepy.  I am so tired, so fatigued.  I feel exhausted and I would like nothing more than to take a nap.  I remember taking my last shots at 7:30 because it worked well with our schedule. Because my schedule altered this cycle, I'm taking the meds at 9:15.  I wish I could take them earlier now.  I really want a nap.

Other than that, I'm great.  Not much cramping today, so I'm not even sure everything is working today.  But I assume so.

Let's pull today's stats and see what tomorrow's bloodwork and ultrasound bring us.

I'll talk to you later.

-K

Stims Day 5
  • Gonal-F  112.50 ius
  • Menopur 150.00 ius
Stims Day 5 Symptoms/Side Effects
  • Bloated
  • TIRED
Stims Day 5 New Developments
  •   Cetrotide to be added 29 Nov AM
Next Appointment
  • Bloodwork and Ultrasound-IVF CD8, Stims Day 6

IVF #2, CD 6: New Cycle, New Symptoms, New Adjustments, and New Players

So, today is CD6, Stims Day 4. And apparently my body is just itching to overachieve. I went to my BW & US appointment this morning to see if any of my follies are starting to progress. The sonographer said she counted 13 on my right and 10 on my left! 


BUT...don’t get too excited. Only four of those thirteen are measurable right now. I have one 9.9 cm follicle on my left side. My right side, which loves to overachieve, currently has 11.5, 10.6, and 10.3. Looks like we’re trying to hit that 18mm mark sooner than later J. My lining measured at 5.3 and I’m all about making that as healthy and thick and beautiful as possible if it means providing a nurturing place for our baby(ies). I am all positive for this cycle.

If you have followed the blog for a while, then you know last cycle, my estrogen count on stims day 4 was 724. That was MUCH higher than they wanted it to be and they adjusted the amount of medication I took. Well, this time, I’m performing a bit better at 588, but still higher than the RE likes on stims day 4. So, I’ve been adjusted again.

Tonight, I will adjust my Gonal-F by 37.5 ius. I’m only taking 112.5 ius. The Menopur will remain the same dosage tonight BUT tomorrow a new friend joins the party….CETROTIDE!

(Okay, for all the nerdy people like me, I totally heard the ominous echo and had a vision of a Cetrotide transformer showing up. I love my imagination).

Anywho, I start one vial of Cetrotide tomorrow AM. Now, what is tremendously awesome is comparing my first cycle to this one and seeing the similarities. Like my last Stims Day 4, I am starting to develop a headache. I had a nasty one hit me almost immediately after taking my Gonal-F/Menopur cocktail last night. It went away but today, about 1400 (2pm), I started having one live behind my eye. It almost feels like a migraine but isn’t. Also, returning to the party, just like last time is the bloat. I guess the follies really are trying to grow. I certainly won’t complain!

Nurse A. just called and confirmed all of my meds and scheduling. I return to the office on Stims Day 6, IVF CD 8, and we’ll see what happens then. Here is today’s breakdown and I hope you find it helpful.

Stims Day 4
  • Gonal-F 112.50 ius
  • Menopur 75.00 ius
Stims Day 4 Symptoms/Side Effects
  • Headache behind right eye
  • Felt first “tugging” of ovaries. Never knew what my #ttcsisters were talking about until I felt it
  • Short stabby prick in right ovaries
  • Bloated
Stims Day 4 New Developments
  •  Estrogen count is 588
  •  Gonal-F reduced by 37.5 ius
  •  Cetrotide to be added 29 Nov AM
Next Appointment
  • Bloodwork and Ultrasound-IVF CD8, Stims Day 6

I will update you tomorrow!

-K

IVF #2 CD 4: IVF #2 has officially begun (Stims Day 2)



Hello everyone!  Happy belated Thanksgiving.  I should have written a couple of days ago, but it has been so busy in my household that it was next to impossible to do so.  I have my IVF #2 Baseline blood work and ultrasound on 22 November.  Everything was quiet and "beautiful" per the sonographer and I left with my new medication calendar and follow-up appointment scheduled.

While at the RE's office, I met a young woman who was just starting her IVF journey and she and I were sharing experiences as her husband has male factor infertility numbers similar to S.  The young woman seemed appreciative of the fact that I was willing to talk to her and it reminded me of our IG community.  It's nice to have people who understand and can relate to what we're walking through.  I told her she was more than welcome to talk to me about it in the future as well.

Fast forward past the 30+ people in our home and the controlled chaos of the Thanksgiving holiday (not to mention the gratitude of God) and yesterday found me at the start of ovary stimulation.  The first dosage was a bit tricky logistics wise because I had to excuse myself from all of our guests to take the dosage.  I also had a couple of changes from our first IVF cycle.

And so it begins...
Last cycle I was started on 225 iu of Gonal-F and 75 iu of Menopur.  I responded much quicker than expected and the RE ended up reducing my Gonal-F to lower my risk of OHSS.  (My estrogen numbers were high!). This cycle, I have been started on 150 iu of Gonal-F and 75 iu on Menopur.
I'm interested in seeing how my body will respond though I have to admit I have already felt ovary twinges and I'm familiar enough with them by now that I know it's not my mind playing tricks on me.

Here's my breakdown for the Stims Day 1:

Stims Day 1
  • Gonal-F    150 iu
  • Menopur     75 iu
Stims Day 1 Symptoms
  • Definite recognizable twinges in my ovaries, particularly right side
Stims Day 1 Developments
  • N/A
Next Appointment(s)
  • IVF CD6:  Bloodwork (Monday, 28 Nov 2016)

I'll see if I can post again tonight with an update on stims posting today.

I love our community

I've said it more than once.  Our #TTC community is amazing!  I've had more support in my virtual family than I could have ever imagined.  But this latest episode?  Oh my am I overwhelmed.

There was no way S. and I could afford another $4K in meds.  I told S. that I was going to contact the #TTC community on IG for assistance.  My honey was skeptical.  I told him it couldn't hurt to try and we'd be no worse off than when we first started.

So, I put out the call for Menopur, Cetrotide, and Gonal-F pens.  Several ladies contacted me.  We were able to connect and discuss what was needed.  Some ladies just contacted to let me know they were sharing my request with others.  Two ladies in particular became saving angels.

In the past four days, I have received all of the items requested plus some beautiful notes of encouragement and #TTC goodies.  I've also shared some laughs and encouraging words behind the DM screen.  I tell you I am humbled.

This community really is amazing.  I don't have enough thank yous in me because there are simply not enough to show the gratitude I have for you all.  This journey is hard.  It's especially hard because S. and I are in this solo.  With the exception of one girlfriend who has successfully walked through this journey herself and one #TTC supporter who successfully delivered her own healthy bundles, no one knows we are having these issues.  Even the supporters don't hear from me often.  It gets frustrating.

Every day I log on to my phone or computer and I see messages of encouragement from #TTCsisters worldwide to each other.  I see you all mourn when a baby receives angel wings.  I see you celebrate when a baby is born.  I see excitement when a #BFP is announced.  I see fierce Mama Bear protectiveness when someone comes insensitively to another sister or brother (I see you all out there and love you too!) walking this journey.  I also see the shared devastation  and support when a #BFN is shared.

If our entire world could embrace the support and love that is found in this community, it would be a powerful thing.  I thank you for that.

I plan to edit this post to include pictures of the meds received and the gifts attached.  I think it is important to see that there are still wonderful people in this world.  S. and I still needed to make some additional purchases, but no where near $4K and that is a HUGE blessing.

Thank you very much and may God Himself cover you with His love and blessings.  My husband and I thank you.

-K

IVF CD11: I'm triggering today!

Hi everyone.

I woke up this morning and made an early morning trek to the weekend monitoring location.  The sonographer told me that she was fairly certain I wouldn't be seeing her again. She said my follicles were beautiful, uterus looked perfect, and I looked ready to go.

Great news and I went on to church not even thinking about it any more.  I enjoyed a good service even though the church didn't have power after an area outage, came home and did some follow-up bible discussion with S.  Incidentally, it is such a wonderful thing to have a husband loves God as much as mine does.  We spent a few minutes discussing topical questions and scriptures from today's sermon.  My father-in-love is a reverend and taught his children the Word of God very well.  When I need help with interpretation or just want to discuss the Word, I know I can count on S.

Anyway, right after we'd finished the last conversation and had turned on the DVR for Sunday football, the phone rang and, per the ID, I knew it was our fertility center.  She told me my estrogen count is 4528.  My lining is 13 today.  I also have 13 measurable follicles with the largest being 22.4 mm.  I trigger tonight at 10:00pm.  I'm usually in the bed or going to be about that time, but trust and believe this is one appointment I will not miss :)

I'm fortunate that my trigger is subcutaneous, which means I can just slip it in the skin under my belly like my other shots.  I go to the doctor for blood work tomorrow at 7:45 a.m.  I take my zithromax with dinner tomorrow and then show up Tuesday at 8:30.  I am so excited and so nervous.

But I'm ready!  I'm also stopping on the way home for pineapple.  Got to get this core!

I will talk to you all soon.

-K


Stims Day 10

  • Lupron Trigger (To be taken at 10PM)

Stims Day 10 Symptoms
  • Crampy on the right ovary side
  • Sorest nipples in ages!  I haven't felt nipples this sore since I was pregnant with my first.  I don't know where they came from, but go away!
  • Not as frisky as yesterday, but my S. looks so handsome and amazing to me today.
  • Hot flash.  This is new.  Every one else in the house is comfortable.  I feel like I'm in a sauna.  What in the world?!

Stims Day 10 Developments

  • I get to trigger tonight!

Next Appointment(s)

  •  IVF CD12:  Bloodwork (Monday, 10 Oct)
  •  IVF CD13:  Retrieval (Tuesday, 11 Oct)

IVF CD8 and CD9: Tired and Trigger?


Bringing you up to speed..

Hi everyone.

I'm so very sorry for not posting yesterday.  All of the early morning blood draws and appointments finally caught up with me and I was exhausted.  That didn't mean I got to rest, quite the opposite actually since S. and I had company last night which put me to bed at 11PM.  Combine that with my alma mater's game on ESPNU and yep...I was done.

So let me bring you up to speed.  Yesterday's estrogen level was 2025.  I had 17 follies, up three from the 14 the day before.  There were a couple very close to the magic 18mm, but not quite.  My dosage was maintained at 150 ius of both Menopur and Gonal-F, and the Cetrotide this morning at 25 ius.  I had an interesting development yesterday when my left arm decided it wasn't going to play anymore.  I developed a small bruise and irritation from the bandage and the arm generally wasn't interested in producing blood.  However, it's sibling would not produce even the hint of a vein, so after some coaxing, the left arm remained my go to.

Stims Day 8
  • Gonal F- 150 iu
  • Menopur- 150 iu
  • Cetrotide- 25iu (1 vial)

Stims Day 8 Side Effects/Symptoms
  • Cramping in my abdomen
  • Moody (I cried at every article I read yesterday)
  • Bloating
  • Fatigue
  • Bruising on the arm and leg
  • Feeling "frisky"
Stims Day 8 New Developments
  • Estrogen levels have increased to 2025


Next Appointment
  • Blood work and Ultrasound-IVF CD9

This morning was CD 9.  I woke up early and made sure to take the Cetrotide.  It's much easier now that I have had a couple of days to get the hang of it.  No new side effects that I could tell.  I went to my appointment and was expecting a small growth, nothing major.  Boy was I shocked.

Not my ovaries.  Not my follicles.  Example via: Google Search
Several of my steadily growing follicles had decided overnight to touch the magic number of 18mm.  Two left ovary follicles and three right ovary follicles.  There are three other right side follicles that are at least 15.2.  This was the number the slower ones were yesterday, so I think these will grow as well.

When the sonographer saw my follicle numbers, she told me that she believed I would be possibly trigger tonight and that she wouldn't see me again.  That shocked me.  I was not expecting to hear that at all.

My awesome nurse A. met me in the patient room with a trigger instruction packet and just-in-case instructions.  She told me that the doctor would need to review my estrogen count today before determining whether I would trigger, but that if I did not trigger tonight, it would be a given that I would on tomorrow.

A few hours ago, I received my phone call.  No trigger tonight.  So, we are pretty sure that we're going to do so tomorrow.  I'll keep you updated.  We're getting close and man, I'm getting nervous!!

Stims Day 9
  • Gonal F- 187 iu
  • Menopur- 150 iu
  • Cetrotide- 25iu (1 vial)

Stims Day 9 Side Effects/Symptoms
  • On and off again cramping in my abdomen
  • Bloating
  • Fatigue (took a two hour nap today and would have lasted longer if not for duties)
  • Feeling "frisky"

Stims Day 9 New Developments
  • Trigger shot looming
  • A prescription will be ordered tomorrow for Progesterone in Oil (PIO)


Next Appointment
  • Tentatively IVF CD10

IVF CD7: Getting close and I want a nap

Hello everyone.

Exhausted tonight...

I'm kind of tired tonight, so I'm not planning a long post.  Just some of the basics.  This morning's appointment was at 7AM.  I had 14 measurable follicles this morning. Right side:  10.0, 13.9, 16.3, 10.9, 9.8, 10.4, and 14.5. Left side is 12.9, 13.8, 15.2, 12.8, 10.4, 10.7, and 12.3.

The sonographer stated she wouldn't be surprised if we trigger this weekend for a retrieval on Monday or Tuesday.  We'll see.  I'm a bit nervous, but I just have faith that everything is going to work out however it is supposed to.

I have been getting a bit more uncomfortable.  Not terribly, but if I sit for a while my back hurts and I find myself feeling cramping.  It has been hitting pretty consistently about 2 PM and 5PM respectively.  So has the desire to sleep.

Want to know what else hits?  The friskiness.  I would LOVE to baby dance with S., but I am way too sore and bloated to even think about it, plus it would have to be protected so we don't risk ruining the IVF.  No need to risk that.

In other news, I need a nap desperately.  Between all day meetings and early morning blood draws, I'm looking forward to some downtime to sleep just for a little while.

Here's today's breakdown.  I'll keep you posted and check in with you later.

Stims Day 6
  • Gonal F- 150 iu
  • Menopur- 150 iu
  • Cetrotide- 25iu (1 vial)

Stims Day 6 Side Effects/Symptoms
  • Slight headache that may or may not be related to the injectables (or estrogen)
  • Cramping in my abdomen and back
  • Mood swings
  • Medium Bloating
  • Fatigue
  • Bruising on the arm and leg

Stims Day 6 New Developments
  • Estrogen levels have increased to 1,225 (increased by 100)
  • Gonal F injections increased by 37.5 iu
  • Cetrotide now taken in the AM.


Next Appointment
  • Blood work and Ultrasound-IVF CD8

IVF CD6- Protocol Adjustment, Bloat, and the Itch of Cetrocide?

Well, today has been a really long day.  I started it with my 8AM blood work and ultrasound.  The doctor was pleased that my uterus looked "gorgeous" and my follies were "beautiful".  They grew quite a bit last night.

Another visit to the office!

My left ovary produced 13.1, 11.7, 13.0, and 11.7 mm follicles.  My right ovary produced 12.5, 12.8, 13.3, and 12.8 mm follicles.  The follicles weren't the only thing growing.  My estrogen count is now 1152 up from 724 yesterday.  The technician confirmed that I will now be visiting the doctor's office every day.  Tomorrow's appointment will be at 7AM.

So, let's talk about symptoms.  Well, the headache still comes and goes, but it is nothing major.  The big one is the bloating.  Oh my goodness!  I feel like a whale out here.  Everything is sluggish and nothing wants to move.  But that's okay.  As long as it means things are growing, I'll keep my complaints to a minimum.  I drank a bunch of Gatorade and water today and that didn't really seem to help too much.  But our lovely #ttcsisters have suggested coconut water, so I'll see if I can locate some fresh tomorrow.

I do have one new symptom.  Tonight, I took my cetrotide after the upped dose of Menopur.  Almost immediately after I took it, I started itching at the injection site.  I mean really itching.  A few minutes later I saw a red rash around the area.  It calmed down as long as I didn't put any pressure on it, but it was a good ten minutes that it was there.  Anyone else experience this?

Speaking of cetrotide, I am having a harder go of it.  Not because of the injection, but because of the reconstitution of it.  I always seem to run into some trouble mixing it.  I'm sure I'll get the hang of it soon, but man!

Other than that, I am a bit tired today, so I'll call it until tomorrow.  Have a great evening and I will talk to you again tomorrow, God willing.

Stims Day 5
  • Gonal F- 112.50 iu
  • Menopur- 75 iu
  • Cetrotide- 25iu (1 vial)

Stims Day 5 Side Effects/Symptoms
  • Slight headache that may or may not be related to the injectables (or estrogen)
  • On again/off again cramping in my abdomen
  • Mood swings
  • Medium Bloating
  • Itching/Rash at the injection site

Stims Day 5 New Developments
  • Estrogen levels have increased to 1,152
  • Gonal F injections reduced by 37.5 iu
  • Second dosage of Cetrocide taken

Next Appointment
  • Blood work and Ultrasound-IVF CD7

IVF CD5- Grow, Follies, Grow & Estrogen Overload

I wasn't too far from the house when I realized that I'd left both my badge and wallet at the house this morning.  That's what I get for shifting my wallet to S.'s diaper bag instead of my own.  I couldn't turn around.  I was right in the sweet spot of making sure I would make it to my appointment on time.

Timeliness is no small feat in our area.  It seems like no matter how early I leave, I'm always about 5 minutes to 30 minutes late because of the traffic.  It drives me crazy because I hate being late and make it a point to try and be at my appointments 15 minutes early.  But, if there is rain or any reason for traffic to act crazy,crazy it will be.  So, just turning around and trying again later was not an option.  I plugged on and made it right on time (Whoo hoo!)

So, after my blood draw, I went in for my transvaginal ultrasound. Almost immediately, my ultrasound technician smiled and spoke of how great my follicles were growing!  She counted several on my left side at 9.7, 9.8, and 9.5.  My right side decided to join in with 9.7, 11.2, and 12.7!  That's awesome.  My ultrasound technician said that they (the office) would probably be seeing me more than what I'd planned that week.  Awesome news, right?!
Right and Left Follies!
I don't know if it was the knowledge of things growing or mind over matter, but I've still been cramping all day and having these pretty sneaky on again/off again headaches.  I figured it was just the Menopur.  Then, I got the phone call.

Our nurse A. called me this afternoon and asked how I was feeling.  I told her a little crampy and a tiny headache, but nothing major at all.  She informed me that the doctor was reducing my Gonal F by 75 ius and adding Cetrocide to join the party starting tomorrow morning.  When I asked why we were reducing the amount of Gonal F, she informed me that my estrogen count was 724!  That's much higher than they want it to be on stim CD4, so they need to calm some things down.

I also have to go to back to the office tomorrow for more blood work to make sure the levels come down.  It also looks like the RE's office is going to be my new favorite visiting spot this week.

Here is today's breakdown

Stims Day 4
  • Gonal F- 150 iu
  • Menopur- 75 iu

Stims Day 4 Side Effects/Symptoms
  • Slight headache that may or may not be related to the injectables (or estrogen)
  • Feeling pretty consistent cramping in my abdomen
  • Easily irritated today
  • Bloating/Weight Gain (1.4 pounds)
Stims Day 4 New Developments
  • Estrogen levels have increased to 724
  • Gonal F injections reduced by 75 iu
  • Addition of Cetrocide starting 4 Oct
Next Appointment
  • Blood work and Ultrasound-IVF CD6
See you then.

-K

IVF CD 4- "Wow, you look tired"




Lol.  I love my brother in love.  He is one of the most genuine persons I've ever met and the second most honest (my husband being the first).  And the fact that he is married to one of the realest young ladies I've ever met (my sister in love) just caps it off beautifully.  So, when after church was over and I found myself sitting in the car, my daughter secured in her carseat, head resting on the window sill of the car window while waiting for some of the traffic to ebb so I could pull off, I should not have been surprised to hear my brother in love's opinion vocalized.  But I was lol.

"Wow, K, you look tired!"

Okay, I was a little ready to go home.  I stayed up later than I wanted to because I couldn't get to sleep.  I don't do well with excess hormones, never have.  I am either very moody or insomniac.  Last night, it was a mixture of both.  When I finally went to sleep, it felt like only a few minutes before it was time to wake up for a pre-church meeting I needed to attend.  I got to the church, received a great Word, and when everything was done, I found that I was ready to find my bed. Lol, I just didn't expect anyone else to see it. 

I ended up making an agreement with him and my sister in love for a Girls' Night Out where the husbands watch the kids.  I put a tentative on it because such nights usually include an invitation for a Blue Motorcycle or another adult beverage.  I've been abstaining from alcohol of course. Continuing to do so with my sisters in love will cause eyebrows to raise and conversations to begin.

S. and I are still anonymous in our journey.  None of our families know and only two of my very good sister-friends know since they have both walked this journey before.  We will see what happens. 

Stimming

So, today is stims day 3 and so far, so good.  I'm getting more comfortable with the injections.  This time there was no hesitation with the sticking and I only needed to consult the instructions once with the Menopur.  I'm certainly claiming that as progress.

I will say that tonight I am feeling very crampy on my right side.  I don't know if it's because my cycle is still on or if it is because of the drugs.  My cycle is really odd this month.  I've been very light and has not progressed past brown.  I'll make sure to ask our nurse about that tomorrow.

Stims Day 3
  • Gonal F- 225 iu
  • Menopur- 75 iu

Stims Day 3 Side Effects/Symptoms
  • Slight headache that may or may not be related to the injectables
  • Feeling crampy in my abdomen

Visiting the RE for my BW & U/S tomorrow.  I'll update you later.

Have a great evening.

-K

IVF CD 3- Stims Day 2

Happy October 1st!  I absolutely love this time of year.  I'm so excited about all the Fall stuff that our family will be able to do.  I have a bunch of Fall Festivals and fun activities planned.  Hopefully, we'll be able to have nice weather to do so!

I posted earlier today about yesterday's adventure in injectables.  Today is Stims Day 2.  I've absolutely no complaints.  I do have some self- observations that will make this process work a bit better for me.

Our nurse A. gave me the option of between 6-10 PM on Day 1 and then at the same time every night thereafter.  It sounded like such a simple thing until I realized some of the evening activities our family are involved in would make it necessary to have the shot at about 7:15 p.m.

So...that worked out well yesterday.  We had an event to attend and I was able to get everything done and completed before S. came home from working late, changed, and we left.  Tonight, I was sitting with the family discussing some upcoming holiday plans when I realized it was it was almost 7 and I hadn't yet taken the meds out the refrigerator!  I dashed to the kitchen, took out the box, and then bolted upstairs to our bedroom to lay everything out to hit room temperature away from the inquiring eyes of our little people.  I have quickly learned to add a daily alarm to remind me to remove the meds from the refrigerator.  I will also have an alarm to take my meds.

It wasn't too long before I was ready to go upstairs and take my Day 2 injectable.  This time I asked S. if he would accompany me for moral support.  I would have been quite understanding had he declined.  My husband is not a fan of needles at all.  So seeing me poke and prod myself may have been a bit much, but surprised me and said yes.



I managed to get through the shots though it was the Gonal F pen that gave me trouble today.  The blessed needle bent during the capping process.  Grrr...No worries though.  Everything came out as it was supposed to.  Best part is I received a kiss for my efforts.  Got to love that.

Now for today's breakdown.

Stims Day 2
  • Gonal F- 225 iu
  • Menopur- 75 iu

Stims Day 2 Side Effects/Symptoms

  • Slight pain at the injection sites about 30 minutes after
  • Slight headache that may or may not be related to the injectables
  • "Twinge" in lower abdomen 
That's about it.  Have a good evening.

-K

IVF CD 2- We've started STIMS!

Guess what?!  Yesterday was officially day one of stims.  Yep.  It seemed like forever before it would get here, but once it did, things got real very quickly.

S. was caught in the torrential rain storms we have been having here lately.  So, that meant I got to do my first IVF injections by myself.  Not a problem.  It was kind of the way things happened when we did our IUI, but I have to admit this one had me slightly intimidated.



The protocol is 225 iu of Gonadotropin (Gonal-F) and 75 iu of Menopur.  The Gonal-F pen was pretty simple.  For that I'm thankful as I have seen some posters have to do quite bit more than I for their injection.  Make sure you allow the Gonal F to warm to room temperature.

The Menopur was a bit more complicated.  I actually used the education sheet and the video to make sure I was doing everything properly.  I  also took the advice of several #ttcsisters and some of my personal girlfriends and iced about 10-15 minutes prior to the Menopur.  That helped and I didn't get too much of a burn factor, but I did get a bit of headache later that I've read is associated with the injections.

Tonight will be Stims Day 2.  Hopefully, it will be just as smooth.

For those that want a quick at-a-glance, I've included it here.

Stims Day 1

  • Gonal F- 225 iu
  • Menopur- 75 iu

Stims Day 1 Side Effects/Symptoms

  • Slight pain at the injection sites about 30 minutes after
  • Slight headache that may or may not be related to the injectables

I'll check in with you later.
-K