Wednesday, October 12, 2011

1st Shot

So here is a before shot...
No needles yet!
I'll have at least 30 days of shots which is up from 10 days worth last time.  I'll have a similar amount of stimulation medication. Someone asked me how much my meds were...I'm not sure you want to know.  I'm not sure I want to know.  My insurance, which is better than most typical Tennesseans won't cover anything that could induce a pregnancy.  That has meant that everything from the Clomid back in March, to the Follistim, Menopur, Ganirelix, has been out of pocket, and it ain't cheap. So list of needs:

Baby Aspirin
Prenatal Vitamins which of course are not on my insurance's preferred list.
Ganirelix (I'm not sure about this since it is a different protocol...this may be a generic list...will have to see what they prescribe next week.)
Progesterone in Oil

Loading the syringe...
Shootin' up

I really don't know a whole lot about the Lupron protocol.  I only took two tiny doses of it back in August.  I know they use it to induce medical menopause.  Coupled with the Yaz, they are trying to shut my ovaries down further this time.  I think the idea is so that they have a better chance to sort out the good eggs from the bad.  Did you know that in your 20's only 30% of your eggs are any good?  So we are looking for one good one...maybe 2.  (BJ is really hoping for twins...I'm into getting pregnant and que sera sera about the number).  Any-some-how I guess I'm looking forward to hot flashes.  I try not to spend too much time looking at potential strange side effects because it's my general constitution to not believe in side effects...or hangovers...

Another thing that sucks about infertility...besides the whole not being able to spawn at will issue, is that I've had menopausal symptoms twice now...going for a third. (This is not a side effect, it is THE effect they want...) The stims are kinda like going through puberty...sore boobs, rapid weight gain.  So I get to deal with menopausal previews and puberty flashbacks multiple times in my life all in the hopes of one day becoming a woman.  It's not that bad...and will hopefully totally be worth it.

All-in-all I must say I'm getting excited again.  I did read another blog where the lady had similar problems to me and they used the long-Lupron protocol and ended up with a beautiful baby boy.  Anything is possible and so much is just left to chance and divine intervention.  With unexplained infertility nothing in the past may have any bearing on the future.

So here's to round 2! Shots of lupron on me...

Peace, love, and not sharing needles,



  1. I've been on Lupron for 14 days now, and oof, the headaches were killer at first, mostly because I don't usually get headaches. But once the stims started, and the Lupron dose got halved, they got better.

    My insurance covered only the Lupron and my antibiotic. (Thousands of dollars in Gonal-F and Menopur EEK!)

  2. Oh, I know. You'd think for 10 grand meds would be included but hell no...

    It's amazing how expensive this stuff is! How are you feeling so far? I'm sending you tons of good vibes!!!