My body is still on EST, so I am up early again. What better time to write some fun blog details? lol
First off, for any IVF newbies, let me write down the Phase 2 (as Lori calls it) meds, so you can see what's going on. I'll update my detailed med dosing schedule (June 10 entry) when I get back home next week.
AS ALWAYS, THESE INSTRUCTIONS ARE FOR ME PERSONALLY, YOURS MAY VARY, CHECK WITH YOUR MEDICAL PRACTITIONER.
* Note: HRC told me to stop stims and Lupron the day before my trigger shot. This may or may not be the case for you.
TIP: When you receive your box full of all these meds, have the nurse go through them with you one by one, to show you which is which + check you have enough needles/supplies on hand for everything. I did this and it made me feel more confident about it all. Just so you are not caught short late one night when you are trying to do your first big scary shot! lol (BTW, fellow international gals, you will be taking all this stuff home with you, so be sure to pack with some room in your suitcase for it. Fun!)
1. hCG Ovidrel ("trigger shot") - Taken 24-36 hours before scheduled ER to help eggs mature for harvesting. Your nurse/doctor will tell you when. Mine was actually two separate pre-filled glass syringes. Didn't hurt at all.
2. Doxycycline - I believe I have 10 pills to be taken over 5 days. Started day before ER. An antibiotic to help your body avoid infection from ER/ET.
3. Medrol pills - Descending doses over 6 days. Started day of ER. This is a steroid to help your body avoid rejecting the embryos.
4. Progesterone in oil (PIO) - One of the "big needles" (25 gauge 1 1/2 inches). Started day of ER. 1 ml/cc taken daily in the buttocks area. Fun!!!! (not). To help prepare your body to obtain and maintain a pregnancy.
5. Estradiol Valerate - The other of the "big needles" (22 gauge 1 1/2 inches). Started day of ER. 0.2 ml/cc taken every 3 days in the buttocks area. More fun!!!! (not). To help prepare your body to obtain and maintain a pregnancy.
6. Progesterone suppositories - 1 tablet inserted into vagina nightly, starting day of ER. Watch out for this one, it looks like an oral pill. If Lori had not pointed them out specifically, I probably would have swallowed them. Bad!! lol
7. Aspirin 81 mg ("baby aspirin") - 1 tablet taken daily, starting day of ER. To help keep the lining of your uterus smooth to aid implantation.
And of course, prenatal vitamins, as always.
Okay, how's that for fun times? lol. Actually, it's not that bad. I did my first 2 big needles last night, and was really nervous, but they actually hurt very little, less than the Menopur, which often stung for some reason. I feel much better knowing I can handle those needles alone, as my DH and DS will be leaving on Wednesday. Although I must say the injection site is sore now, I cannot lie down on it. Hopefully that means I did in fact hit muscle, which is a good thing (?)
In other TMI news, I did some crazy peeing during the night last night, a total of 1400ml (1.4 L). I haven't peed so much since after I gave birth to our son! I had not drank nearly that much in the hours before bed, so I do believe my body was ridding itself of some excess fluid it had been retaining. I am hoping this is a sign that the risk of OHSS is diminishing. Please PM me if you feel otherwise! lol Incidentally, my abdominal area feels more normal today, not full and bloaty like yesterday. I am looking forward to breakfast! hehe
And lastly, today is the day we should get our fert report from Lori. I will update again once we do. Fingers crossed!!!