What Are Injectibles

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snickelfritz - January 19

And when and why are they used?

 

Tracy88 - January 20

Injectables are hormones that your body already produces, but they are injected to supplement and aid in the growth and maturation of your eggs. Foe example, I was an early ovulator, and clomid did not work for me, so the next logical step was to use injectables to help the egg maturation process along. I did 8 days of one shot per day, did a trigger shot of HCG to make ovulation occur, then had my husbands sperm injected directly into my uterus (IUI) two days in a row. I got pregnant the first month I used this protocol. For some reason, many women who do not get PG by using clomid, end up having great success with the shots. My theory on why it works so well is that the doc monitors the growth of the follicles and once they reach a certain size, they trigger ovulation. I don't think my eggs were reaching full maturation by the time I usually ovulated. An egg that isn't mature isn't going to be readily fertilized. Let me know if you have any more questions. I'm no doctor, but I try to explain things as best as I can.

 

Tracy88 - January 20

Also, you give yourself, or have someone give you the shots, you do not go to the doctor every day to get them. They teach you how to do everything before hand, and the shots do not hurt, so they are nothing to be afraid of. My cycle that month cost a total of $1600, with meds, IUI's, and monitoring (everything). Sooooooo worth the money. I'm 5 months pregnant and couldn't be happier about it.

 

chandellina - January 21

tracy88, thanks for sharing your story here and congratulations on your pregnancy. i tried clomid for three months (after previously having gotten pregnant twice on my own very quickly but then miscarrying - now it's been a year since the last pregnancy) and my dr. is now advising injectables and IUI. it's really encouraging to hear they worked for you.

 

Tracy88 - January 21

Thanks for your congrats and I'm glad I can inspire! Just make sure that if/when you do the injectables with IUI that you do back to back IUI's and that you start progesterone the day after you ovulate. Progesterone is key for you since you have experienced miscarriages, but I think it's part of the protocol and they give it to everyone anyway. I was on suppositories and then moved onto Prometrium, which is oral progesterone/pills along with the suppositories. If your doc wants you to do progesterone shots, ask if there is an alternative like the pills or suppositories because the progesterone shots HURT from what I hear. If they don't mention progesterone at all, request it because it helps to sustain the pregnancy until the placenta takes over. Good luck.

 

chandellina - January 21

thanks tracy. my dr has prescribed progesterone for if/when i get a bfp but has previously said i didn't need it during the luteal phase. i will ask him about it in conjuction with IUI and regardless it sounds like it would be a good idea to take it. i'm in the UK, where they basically don't believe in progesterone supplements (except with IVF) but fortunately my dr. supports using it.

 

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