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Day 11 & 12 – Acupuncture, Bloodwork, Ultrasound, Lupron, Menopur, Follistim & Dexamethasone

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 I had my ultrasound today and the five follicles I have that are responding to meds are growing. I have two on the left side at 18.8m and 12m.  On the right side I have three at 16.5m, 15.5m & 13m Tonight was my last night for stimulating injections. The egg retrieval […]


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Day 10 – Lupron, Menopur, Follistim & Dexamethasone

Sunday, August 12, 2012 I am so tired of feeling like crap.  I can’t get rid of the bloating, headaches, cramping and tiredness.  I think the meds this time around are also making me feel moody and down.  These are emotions that I am not use to having.  I am naturally usually very up beat […]


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Day 8 & 9 – Acupuncture, Bloodwork, Ultrasound, Lupron, Menopur, Follistim & Dexamethasone

Saturday, August 11, 2012 What a day.  I started off at CPL around 8:10am to get my estradiol levels drawn.  I had acupuncture at 9:00am and then my ultrasound at 10:15am.  Luckily the doctor was running late for the ultrasound because so was I. My estradiol levels are at 383%.  My ultrasound still showed only […]


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Day 7 – Acupuncture, Lupron, Menopur, Follistim & Dexamethasone

Thursday, August 9, 2012 Very, very tired today. I was reading some IVF blogs and they were saying the steroid gave them insomnia. I think I am having the opposite problem. I am flipping exhausted. I actually feel like shit today.  The meds this round are making feel really bloated and crampy. I had acupuncture […]


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Day 6 – Bloodwork, Ultrasound, Lupron, Menopur, Follistim & Dexamethasone

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 I did blood work this morning to test my estradiol levels.  I also had an ultrasound, which showed some of the follicles responding to the meds.  There were a couple of the right that were at 5cm and 6cm.  On the left side of the ovary there were a couple of […]


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Day 5 – Lupron, Menopur, Follistim & Dexamethasone

Tuesday, August 7, 2012 Nothing new to report today.  I am taking all three shots along with the steroid in the evening.  I am still doing all of the injections on my own.  I am use to it and with Pete working late I don’t want to wait till 8:00 or 9:00 pm. The shots […]


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Day 4 – Lupron, Menopur, Follistim & Dexamethasone

Monday, August 6, 2012 In addition to the three shots I am now starting on a steroid in the PM.  The steroid is called Dexamethasone.  Below is the description and regular uses for taking Dexamethasone.  In the IVF world the steroid is suppose to decrease inflammation and help your system from not attacking the embryos […]


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Day 3 – Lupron, Menopur & Follistim

Sunday, August 5, 2012 In addition to the Lurpon I have started on 150 units of Menopur and 300 units of Follistim.  On the last two cycles I was taking 300 units of Menopur.  Dr. Burger thinks that 150 units of Menopur will be enough.  She states sometimes a higher dose is not always better.  […]


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Day 10 Menopur ,Follistim, Lupron & Ultrasound

Saturday, May 26, 2012 I had another ultrasound this morning and five follicles are within good size for the egg retrieval.  Three are at 14mm and two are at 17mm.  There are three more that are right behind at 13mm.  Each follicle grows 2mm a day so there should be a total of eight follicles […]


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Day 9 Menopur ,Follistim, Lupron & Ultrasound

Friday, May 25, 2012 I had an ultrasound this morning and two follicles have grown to 14mm.  The rest are still under or at 10mm.  The rest of the follicles need to catch up so mature eggs can be retrieved from them.  So far I am continuing on the meds to see if the others […]


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Day 8 Menopur ,Follistim & Lupron

Thursday, May 24, 2012 I have been a worry wart since the news yesterday.  I hope tomorrow the ultrasound shows things are progressing.  I would hate to stop the cycle and start over.  Time keeps ticking, ticking, ticking.  I even have tried to eat just protein this week to see if the eggs would grow […]


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Day 7 Menopur ,Follistim, Lupron & Ultrasound

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 I received some bad news during the ultrasound.  My follicles are not growing.  The follicles are still under 10mm, which makes them unmeasurable.  The nurse stated RMA would do one of two things either cancel my cycle or keep me on the meds longer to see if they respond.  My estradiol […]


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Day 7 Menopur ,Follistim & Lupron

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 Nothing exciting to report this evening.  I do keep hitting veins in my stomach which is causing bruises. It is hard to see the veins on your stomach they are not that prominent.


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Day 6 Menopur ,Follistim, Lupron & Ultrasound

Monday, May 21, 2012 I had an ultrasound and blood work done today to see how everything is moving along.  So far they said the follicles are similar to my last cycle of IVF.  I have 10 follicles on the right and 7 follicle’s on the left. Potentially all of those follicles should contain one […]


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Day 5 Menopur ,Follistim & Lupron

Sunday, May 20, 2012 I think the IVF medicine is making me gain weight.  For the last several weeks I have been exercising and I have not lost even 1lb.  Now that I am on the IVF medicine I can not exercise.  Lisa and I went for a walk this morning around Lake Pflugerville.  At […]


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Day 4 Menopur ,Follistim & Lupron

Saturday, May 19, 2012 Today is day 4 of the shots.  I was very glad to get rid of the fever I had this afternoon.  Feeling even a tad better makes such a big difference.  I have been emailing an old friend from high school who has gone through IVF.  She is now 7 months […]


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Day 3 Menopur ,Follistim & Lupron / 2nd Hep B Shot

Friday, May 18, 2012 I forgot to mention that during this second IVF cycle I am on my period.  So on top of the shots I have to deal with menstrual cramps.  The stupid tylenol hardly helps me at all. I cannot take any ibuprofen because it can mess with the IVF meds. I have […]


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Day 2 Menopur ,Follistim & Lupron

Thursday, May 17, 2012 Tonight I add the Lupron to my nightly regimen.  Since Pete was working late I went ahead and decided to do the shots myself again.  I like to get it over with instead of waiting, even if I have to do it myself. I am taking 20 units of Lupron.  I […]


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Day 1 Menopur & Follistim

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 I have one word to describe my first day of taking shots.  CHAOTIC!!! I was suppose to have an ultrasound/lab appointment yesterday, but no one was at the RMA office.  Apparently there was a mix up and the original ultrasound tech is on vacation for the week.  Then the Medco pharmacy […]


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Day 10 Shots – Menopur, Follistim & Cetrotide

Friday, February 24, 2012 Not much to report today.  I gave two of the shots in my inner thigh.  This gave Pete more time to get his studying done.  I have him give me the third shot in the stomach. I found another new trick tonight.  I can use the Q-Cap  on the Cetrotide syringe […]


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Day 9 Shots – Menopur, Follistim & Cetrotide

Thursday, February 23, 2012 Well this is day nine of my shots.  I was not in the right mental state for them tonight.  I had Pete give me all three shots in my stomach.  Part of my inner thigh is a little bruised from last night. The Cetrotide shot comes with a bigger gauge needle […]


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Day 8 Shots – Menopur, Follistim & Cetrotide

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 I received a call from one of the nurses today and was informed to continue with Menopur and Follisitim but to add the Cetrotide shot.  The office is estimating egg retrieval will now be sometime in the middle of next week.  This works well since Pete has a  lot of school […]


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Day 7 Shots – Menopur & Follistim

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 OMG thank goodness Pete was home tonight to give me my nightly shots.  After screwing up my inner thigh last night I was nervous again about the shots.  Pete suggested continuing on with giving the shots in the stomach.  There is more fat in the stomach area than the inner thigh. […]


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Day 6 Shots – Menopur & Follistim

Monday February 20, 2012 Tonight I gave the two shots to myself.  I prepped the syringes, iced my inner thigh and breathed deeply.  the first shot of menoopur was not to bad.  The stinging sensation was different, I guess I am not use to that feeling in my thigh.  I then gave myself the follistim […]


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Day 5 Shots – Menopur & Follistim

Sunday February 19, 2012 Not much to report today.  Just another day of shots in the gut.  I am kind of getting use to the nightly regimen.  I am a little nervous about tomorrow night because Pete has school. This means I have to do both shots on my own.  I can do it!!! I […]


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Day 4 Shots – Menopur & Follistim

Saturday, February 18, 2012 Well only 6 more days left of shots and I can’t wait to have a break.  I am running out of stomach room for these shots.   I read online that some people were alternating the shots between their stomachs and inner thigh.  I left one of the nurses a voice mail […]


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Day 3 Shots – Menopur & Follistim

Friday, February 17, 2012 Okay so I am a dumb ass.  I saw on the Menopur website I should be using 1 vile, which is 2ml for every 300IU.  So I have been using the 2 ml for 4 viles of powder. I read the directions from RMA and it states to use 1ml for […]


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Day 2 Shots – Menopur & Follistim

Thursday, February 16, 2012 So far the only side effect I have from the Menopur is a little bruising.  I did some googling and found that it is possible the shot was put into a blood vessel, which can cause bruising.  I do not have any side effects from the Follistim. I was dreading the […]


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Day 1 Shots – Menopur & Follistim

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 Today I had my baseline ultrasound appointment and lab work.  I had 8 follicles on the right side of my ovary and 11 follicles on my left ovary.  The ultrasound tech said that was a good number and a good start.  The ultrasound tech is horrible at drawing blood.  I am […]


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