Month: November 2013

IVF Stims: Stim days 1-11

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So here I am, towards the end of my first IVF cycle..

This is what has been going on:

Stim Day 1(11/4/2013): The first shots…were not so bad…didn’t feel too much…yet(450IU Gonal-F & 150IU Menopur)

Stim Day 2: Woke up with a headache this morning…thinking I need to drink more water…or is it the meds already? Second night of shots…again not bad..(450IU Gonal-F & 150IU Menopur)

Stim Day 3: I went to acupuncture today…I’ve been going since March(once a week) and I believe in it…I’ll write a specific post about it later…but I’m a fan ๐Ÿ™‚ Night 3 of shots….o.k…hurting a little but still not bad (300IU Gonal-F & 150IU Menopur)

Stim Day 4: Today is blood test #1….results….Estradiol: 69. RE says it’s a little low…so come back tomorrow for an ultrasound and another blood test. Night 4 of shots…hard to find new spots for the shots! Lots of little bruises forming…still not horrible (300IU Gonal-F & 150IU Menopur)

Stim Day 5: Ultrasound results: 4 small follicles on my left ovary…remember, my ONLY ovary…be VERY thankful if you have two….you lucky, lucky girl ๐Ÿ˜‰ RE says we need to wake it up a little more! And I’m apparently a slow responder. I will probably need to be on stims a little longer…12 or 13 days?? Meaning ordering MORE meds….ahhh..these meds costs are killing me! Some better news though….Estradiol: 136…better…so have a nice weekend and I go back Monday.

Stim Day 6: Same shots at night 300IU Gonal-F & 150IU Menopur…feeling a little more bloated

Stim Day 7: 300IU Gonal-F & 150IU Menopur…ok…feeling very bloated…uncomfortable

Stim Day 8: Ultrasound: 5 follicles…they measure 11, 10, 9, 9, &8…feeling o.k…tells me to give Ganirelix to myself this morning. Stay at 300IU Gonal-F & 150IU Menopur tonight. Very bloated and can’t eat very much…making me feel full.

Stim Day 9: Ultrasound: 12, 11, 9, 9? More Ganirelix and gonna go for it and pick up some HGH (Saizen) to see if these eggs can get a boost (I’ll write a whole post on HGH and how it’s supposed to help egg quality for low responders very soon) Same 300IU Gonal-F and 150IU Menopur doses at night…oh yes and added Estrogen suppositories because I have super thin lining…3.4 ๐Ÿ™

Stim Day 10:ย Ultrasound: 4 follicles? 13, 11, 10, 7…I don’t get it…but that’s what he wrote down?? Hopefully there are more eggs and he’s just getting an idea? I also had to get more Gonal-F, Menopur and Ganirelix….somehow without spending full-price. Thanks to a very nice fellow IVFer on Cragslist (thanks Allie) I was able to get some a lot cheaper than what I would have had to pay. In the morning, I gave myself the Ganirelix and my first Saizen(HGH) shot and Estrogen suppositories. I felt a little weird…not sure if it’s the Saizen or ALL of the shots combined….total of 4 per day and estrogen suppositories….have a LOT going on!ย Same 300IU Gonal-F and 150IU Menopur doses at night and lovely estrogen suppository.

Stim Day 11: That’s today. …TMI….woke up with TONS of eggwhite cervical mucus…I hope that’s a really good sign?! I feel better today….didn’t go in for monitoring today…he told me to take a day off…so I did. I go back tomorrow…hoping things look great and maybe I can even trigger tomorrow night? Not holding my breath…but I am getting a little annoyed with ALL of these shots and stuff now…11 days…and looking more like 13 or 14 days…ahhhh! My body is getting a little annoyed too….I fell asleep from 12-2pm today…I usually don’t take naps but I’m sure my body is overwhelmed with all of this medicine. Oh…and I definitely feel like a nurse by now. 2 weeks ago I was TERRIFIED of giving myself a shot…now…wham, bam, thank you ma’am…I’m done in a couple of minutes and barely think twice about it..who knew??

Well, that’s it for now ladies…I know it’s a lot but I want to make sure I remember exactly what I did this cycle.

Hope you all are having a wonderful night…

Now, I’m off to give myself some more shots…oh joy! Shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots…can’t get that song out of my head every time I’m prepping for these shots ;)…here we go!

First IVF Shots: My Experience Step By Step

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What are the first shots REALLY like? Well, this was MY experience ๐Ÿ™‚

Not that bad….not that bad at all actually….but this is EXACTLY what I did to make them feel not so bad ๐Ÿ˜‰

My first night, I had to take 450IU of Gonal-F and 2 Menopur viles

Step One: I took them out of the fridge approximately 3 hours before I needed them. I asked my nurse and she said that it’s fine bringing them to room temperature before using them..I think this helped a lot.

Step Two: I iced the area of my stomach for approximately 10 min before. Once it was a little pink, I poked at the area with my nail and couldn’t feel much so I knew I wouldn’t be able to feel the needle much either ๐Ÿ™‚

Step Three: I put most of my weight on the opposite side of where I was inserting the needles…less pressure.

Step Four: I pinched and pulled out the area of my stomach. I was worried and because I don’t have much to grab but by pinching and pulling out it helped.

Step Five: Insert the needle quickly…like a dart motion. I really barely felt it going in…so that was relieving.

Step Six: Go SLOW with the medicine. If you go super slow, you will barely feel it…even the Menopur. But if you start to go fast, you will feel a burning sensation. Just take your time and be patient and you shouldn’t feel much.

Step Seven: Take the needle out at the same angle as you put it in. The first one I lifted up a bit and it pinched and bled a little so the next time I went straight out and straight in…

And that’s it!

I was sooooo relieved because I seriously thought it was going to be like giving myself a “booster” shot or something…bad childhood memories…but it’s nothing like that, at least for me. I know everyone has different thresholds of pain, so I’m not speaking for everyone…just for me. ย Now, I don’t know how I’ll feel about it after 10 days and adding more shots every day but for now, I can handle it.

And you can too.

We are powerful.

We are amazing.

We are strong.

We are IVF Ladies!!

We are making babies!