Warning! This material is personal and if you enjoy this blog for health info and recipes, please skip this post! This is update number five on my journey with fertility so I can have a happy, healthy pregnancy. In other words, it may be entirely TMI (too much information) 😉
I was contemplating whether it would be best to update before or after the shots, but here I am 10 days in so I have plenty to talk about. Needless to say I left off post #4 in “I really need to think about this” mode. And I’m glad I did. When your doctor tells you it’s entirely possible to be the next octomom unless handled with extreme care, that wasn’t something I was jumping to sign up for. A child, yes. Eight?! Not if I can help it. I don’t know where they’d all fit anyway. Also, I wanted to continue to see if I could get my body to get a cycle on its own. No dice. So here we are a few months later and I’m ready to go. If you’re wondering what my husband had to say in all this, he was just really supportive and happy to do whatever I wanted when I was ready. Love that man.
Today was day 10 of Menopur injections. Menopur contains mostly FSH, which stands for follicle stimulating hormones. In order to get in a place to conceive, the eggs need to be matured in order to be useful, and that’s what the shot is helping achieve. There is a lot of monitoring through ultrasounds so they can measure the size of the follicles (hopefully not too many at once!) to prepare for release. The shots are typically administered at home…I thought I was cool with it. I watched the instructional home video and went into the doctors office to get a lesson from the nurse. I got pretty far. Until the needle came out. I let her know I would not be sticking that into my stomach daily myself, nor would my husband if I wanted him to like me. No doubt in my mind I would tell him he’s not doing it correctly even if he was, and then I’d look at the needle in me and pass out. So daily trips to the docs office it was.
I did get some mild side effects mostly last week since my body was probably getting used to it. Mostly a lot of bloating a bouts of serious fatigue. This week I’ve been fine other than the normal bloat that’s pretty typical. The shots itself burn a bit, which doesn’t really matter since it lasts all of 30 seconds, if that. I also love my doctor and my nurse, so that helps a lot. My ultrasound today indicated I only had one matured follicle (thank goodness!).
Tomorrow I will get my first (and hopefully last) injection of hGH (human growth hormone) which will release the mature follicle (egg) and the following day I will get an IUI (interuterine insimination).
Hopefully the next update will not be fertility related, but pregnancy related! Wish me luck! 🙂
P.S. If you want to see the outcome, click here!