After recovering from the hysteroscopy I made an appointment for my pre-IVF ultrasound. It was scheduled for the Friday before my birthday . They were hoping my levels were good and that my cyst was gone or had shrunk.
I went in for my appointment as scheduled. I had bloodwork done and the ultrasound. I was told that the cyst was still there but that it had shrunk. If my levels looked ok I would take my last pill that night and then call the RE as soon as I got my period.
I got the call around 3. My bloodwork looked good and it was time to start my IVF cycle. I took my last pill and hoped my period would start soon. As it happened, it came on Monday, the day before my birthday. I called into the RE and my nurse went over my protocol with me one more time. My medications were to start the next day…on my birthday.
The next day I woke up bright and early. I took a few deep breaths and went to get my medication. I needed to take 75iu’s of Menopur and 150iu’s of Gonal-F. The Gonal F was easy because I didn’t have to mix it up. It was ready but in a 450iu bottle so I had to make sure I didn’t spill any.
I watched my videos each one more time. Then I read over the step by step instructions. I took my ice pack into the bathroom along with 2 syringes, 2 needles, 3 bottles of medication, 2 alcohol swabs and a band-aid. I mixed the Menopur and set it on the sink while I took the ice pack off of my stomach.
I hear dthat the Menopur was the one that would burn and it lived up to that claim. I cleaned the area, let it dry 1 minute, and plunged the needle into my stomach. That part didn’t hurt. However, when I went to dispense the medication I couldn’t get it to come out. When it finally did come out it was super slow and it burned. It actually brought tears to my eyes. I put it down and looked at the Gonal-F in fear.
I swabbed the area again and pushed in the needle. It didn’t hurt at all and the medication went in easily. It didn’t hurt at all. It was a piece of cake. Twelve hours later I repeated the doses with the same results. I was struggling with the Menopur but the Gonal-F was easy. I was hoping the Menopur would get easier as time went on. Day one of stims was over.