Well, it’s finally here. I am the proud new owner of over $3,000 worth of IVF drugs. Everything arrived on time and the order had everything it was supposed to. Thank God! Now it is just chillin’ in my fridge waiting to get put to use. Hopefully it does it’s job and gets us to our baby. Oh yeah, and the small-ish bag to the left, looking all innocent there…only contains about 30 needles. And the white boxes in the upper right, more needles. I’m skeered!!!!
Here’s what my order included:
Gonal-f & Menopur – These are the crucial injections that will be used to stimulate my ovaries, hopefully producing LOTS of healthy and mature eggs.
HCG – This will be used to “trigger” and get my eggs to go through the last stage of maturation, before they can be retrieved. Timing this shot is vital (my doc will let me know exactly what time to take it). If it’s given too early, the eggs will not have matured enough. If given too late, the eggs may be “too old” and won’t fertilize properly.
Endometrin – This is an Estrogen supplement. Estrogen is crucial to helping maintain the endometrial lining of the uterus.
Medrol & Docycycline – These are antibiotics that will be taken right before and after ER (Egg Retrieval) to prevent infection.
Cetrotide – This is used to prevent premature ovulation. In the early days of IVF, before medications to prevent ovulation were available, about 25% of IVF cycles would be cancelled for premature ovulation.
Bag-O-Needles – Used to prick myself over and over again to inject Gonal-f & Menopur, while causing bruising, bloated-ness, and soreness all around.
My baseline appt is scheduled for 11/27 at 10:45 am. This is where they will do blood work, an ultrasound, a shot injection class, we will pay a small fortune for our cycle, sign a bazillion consent forms, and actually get started! Then, as long as everything comes back a-ok with my ultrasound and bloodwork, I will start medication and injections that night. That’s only 8 days away! Getting so nervous and so excited! Eeekkk 🙂