Saturday, April 3, 2010

I Survived IVF Stim Day 1

When I went to my medication education session, the nurse suggested that, when we get our big-bag-o-meds, we lay them all out, make sure they're all there and that we know how to use them. Well, I didn't do that. I don't know if it was laziness, or that I'm really trying to minimize the IVF process obsessing for my own sanity. I tend to get very fixated on things and it takes over all my thoughts. That's what happened during the last year I was trying to get pregnant. So, I threw the bag on the kitchen table and tried to forget about it. Sometimes I'd walk by and have moments of proudness. Like "look, I'm so chill I'm totally ignoring the thousands of dollars of medicine and medical equipment I have right there on the kitchen table. I am so awesome and cool!"

Then yesterday it was time for the shots. That's when I decided to dive into the goody bag. Stressful! I forgot everything they taught in the education session. (I knew I should have recorded that on my iPhone!) I spent an hour or so on youtube looking for videos on how to give Menopur and Follistim injections. Thankfully, I found quite a few. Other than agonizing over how much saline I was supposed to mix the Menopur with, it was OK.

I thought the Follistim injection was a walk in the park. I had surgery to remove an ovarian cyst back in the 90's before laproscopic was all the rage. And I've never fully regained the feeling around the bikini incision. This was helpful for the injections. The Menopur still burned a little, but I was expecting it because my new IVF friend had told me about it.

I survived day 1! I know it'll get worse, but for now, I'm OK.

1 comment:

  1. Congrats on getting through Day 1! Big step! If you're anything like me, the shots weren't nearly as bad as you'd expected, right? The really fun shots are still to come. I'm not sure how people give themselves the progesterone shots... I could never. But anyway, I'm just a couple weeks ahead of you on our 2nd IVF. I started my menopur and gonal f (same as Follitism, I believe) on March 19th, had my trigger on March 27th, the retrieval on the 29th, and the transfer on the 31st. Last time we did IVF it was a much longer process, but I was doing Lupron instead of Menopur. Please email me if you have any questions at all! We're pretty close in our cycles, and I'd love to have a cycle buddy! My email address is and my blog is It's a super long blog URL, sorry! Wasn't really thinking of that when I took a friend's suggestion for the title. Hope to hear from you! Good luck and stay positive!!