Category: First IVF Shots

IVF #2…ready…set…GO!


Well, here we are. 2014.

On to bigger and better things….like BABIES.

I’m calling it right now…I will be pregnant this year(and I KNOW a bunch of you will be too!). No ifs, ands or buts about it. Last year, in my mind, I would tell myself…well, maybe this will be our year….but guess what….that girl is out the door! No more maybes and more….this WILL be our year for babies! Power of POSITIVE thinking…and praying to God every second of every day. I know I don’t have much control over this whole thing…but positive thinking never hurt anyone….right?

So…IVF #2…I start stims this Monday, January 6, 2014. I’m doing a little different protocol. Instead of birth control pills, my RE has me on 2mg of Estrace twice a day. Yesterday was my last pill. I’m feeling better about this cycle. I know what to expect. I can give myself the shots with my eyes closed (even though I still don’t like them). The cost of it all STILL boggles my mind. If you don’t have insurance, you better have some savings or GREAT credit cards (with high limits like we do 🙂 Unfortunately, I have to stim on really high amounts of meds too (like 450 UI Gonal-F a day and 150UI of Menopur :(……last cycle it was for 17 days…ugg….let’s just say my meds cost more than my entire IVF cycle with my Dr…yah. But I’m not complaining or worrying. It’s only money right? Only money…

Anyways…just wanted to update quickly…I’m on the search for some meds…this is what you do when your insurance doesn’t cover anything…craigslist is your friend…I’ll write another post about that soon..

So…here’s to the new year and new opportunities…

IVF #2…let’s do this!!

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 🙂 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 😉 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 🙁

Stim Day 10: 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! 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!