Starting Our Family

The reality of infertility, IVF and donor eggs

OK That Wasn’t So Bad After All

on May 23, 2013

Originally posted Sep 21, 2012 –
I started my shots last night.  I only needed to take 1, which was good because that’s all I had the anxiety for- couldn’t handle more than 1 right off the bat.  It started off a little rocky- M was a half hour late coming home which caused my stress levels to sky rocket.   All day I had focused on 7 pm, 7 pm, 7 pm all I needed to do was get past 7 pm.  So of course every minute past 7 pm threw my OCD into over drive.  When M came home we watched the shot video as we were doing each step.  We had seen it already but since this was our 1st time actually doing it we wanted to make sure we did everything perfect.  Of course I was double checking everything he did because I’m a freak like that.  So I grabbed Will and pushed my face into him while I leaned in the corner of the kitchen cabinet.  M pinched my skin and then, shit what was that noise?  Crap, he dropped the needle.  Luckily it landed on its side so we just cleaned it off with alcohol and then tried again.  The needle didn’t really hurt much at all- less than when I get my blood work done.  It burned a little but I can’t really tell if it was an actual burning, maybe from the alcohol, or if I just felt it because the drug is cold from being kept in the refrigerator.  Either way- it wasn’t bad at all.

This morning the shot was easy peasy!  M woke me about around 6:30 am to do it so he could get to work.  I don’t know if it was because I was half asleep or maybe he got the hang of it but I barely felt it at all.  I even asked if it was in and then looked down and saw it.  I didn’t get any of the burning either so maybe last night was because of the alcohol.  M started his antibiotic this morning.  He needs to take 1 in the morning and 1 at night for 12 days. 

This is what I’m taking and the side effects…


Lupron is an agonist that inhibits your pituitary’s production of FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) and LH (luteinizing hormone). These are necessary to produce and nurture eggs. This medication is taken as an injection just beneath the skin. This allows some of the other medications to provide a very even and balanced stimulation to the developing follicles. Lupron will allow patients to produce greater number of higher quality eggs during a given treatment cycle. Additionally, it prevents a spontaneous mid-cycle hormonal surge which may interfere with the timing of the IVF cycle and result in cycle cancellation.

Common side effects may include hot flashes, headache, mood swings, decreased breast size, vaginal dryness, bone loss, and painful intercourse.


These are highly purified preparations of FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) which are taken as subcutaneous (under the skin) injections. The FSH has direct impact on the ovaries, stimulating them to produce several eggs in one cycle.

Common side effects may include breast tenderness, swelling or rash at the injection site, abdominal bloating, mood swings, and slight twinges of abdominal pain. The principle serious reaction is Hyperstimulation of the ovaries (OHSS).

Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG & Ovidrel):

This is a highly purified preparation of human chorionic gonadotropin which is taken as either a subcutaneous (under the skin) injection or an intramuscular (in the muscle) injection. It is used as a substitute for the mid-cycle hormonal surge which induces the final maturational changes in the eggs and prepares them for retrieval.

Common side effects may include headaches, irritability, restlessness, depression, fatigue, and edema. The principle serious reaction is Hyperstimulation of the ovaries (OHSS). 

NOTE: After you receive this medication you will have a positive pregnancy test for the following 10-12 days (whether you are pregnant or not). Do not be misled by the results of a home pregnancy test!

 This is what M is on…


This drug is a tetracycline derivate given to the male partner during the wife’s stimulation cycle. This antibiotic is given orally and is used to reduce the low levels of bacteria that may be found in the semen (even in men without symptoms or any other evidence of infection) and which may compromise the performance of the sperm during an IVF cycle. It is also given to the female partner to reduce the risk of infection following aspiration of the follicles at the time of egg retrieval.

Common side effects may include diarrhea or loose stools, nausea, abdominal pain, and vomiting.


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