Anyone Doing Injectables

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LIN - January 29

I'll be starting my first round of injectables tomorrow, and I'm just wondering if anyone else is doing the same. I'll be doing 8 days of 125 IU of Follistim and then an Ovidrel trigger followed by IUI. Anyone have any comments or stories about injectables cycles?

 

VenusdiMilo - January 29

Just wanna say I really do hope this will do it for you and DH this time...Good luck!!

 

LIN - January 29

Thanks so much, Venus!!! : )

 

turtle - January 30

Hey Lin, sorry I missed this before and the other one. I'll stay more on top of things...LOL. Tonight is the night for the big shot,right? Is your DH going to be helping you with it? I believe that my RE said she would like me to start with gonal-F which is the same thing as Follistim but one is cheaper (Follistim). I am just waiting for my insurance to tell me how much it will cover. For some reason my insurance makes the Dr. call in the drugs and then gives me the amount. I am just grateful to have them cover any of it. I am so excited and I feel like I get to start early through you:) Let me know all about it! Good Luck,Lin. This is going to be our ticket...I just know it!

 

Megs - January 30

Lin, you sound WAY too excited about giving yourself shots... :-) I really hope all this pays off for you and Turtle! (BTW I love that name! It's my little love nickname for DH) I know, not doing injectables but just HAD to wish both of you good luck!!! I too believe this is yall's, "Ticket" to pg!! :-) Both of you keep us updated, many people are reading this although they don't say anything... haha. Yep, I just told on everyone. :-)

 

jenn_ns - January 30

LIN -- You've had a long, bumpy road, and I hope this is it for you. Good Luck, girl! Let us know how everything goes for you. We're rootin' for ya!

 

LIN - January 30

Thanks, Megs! Yes, I admit I'm excited about it. It always brings a renewed sense of optimism to move forward to the next step. This journey seems to be cyclical with a series of peaks that taper off. It's easy to get excited with each new step, like Clomid, and get your hopes up high. Then after a few rounds of it, when you find out that it doesn't work for you like it's supposed to or thins your lining or only works a bit with multiple side effects, then the excitement wanes, and you get used to seeing bfns again. Then on to the next step, rinse and repeat. But each time, when you're freshly optimistic, there's that old feeling you had back when you first started - that by the end of the month you actually *could* be pregnant. I was searching through the chart gallery the other day to look at charts where people had done injectables w/ IUI, and it was so promising. I swear about half of them were pregnancy charts. I hope, I hope, I hope. Turtle - Beware of discrepancies between your pharmacy and insurance company. I've discovered through this process that my insurance company and pharmacy (the only one I'm allowed to use) use different units for the authorization procedure and aren't even aware of it. The pharmacy has been submitting authorization requests in units of cartridges, while the insurance company interprets that number as milliliters. Since they don't match up (one cartridge = 1.17 mL, NOT 1.0 mL), the authorization process goes awry. This results in the insurance company rounding up the decimal to the next highest integer and charging me for twice as much as I'm getting, and I've currently had to file an investigation with my insurance company about it. Anyway, yep, tonight's the night for my first shot. I'm not too worried about it, and while I was planning to force him to do it, I don't think I'll make dh do the shots. He's a bit squeemish about needles, and I'm definitely not. Since I just have to do them in my stomach with a small needle, like an insulin needle, I have no problem reaching the area and figure I'd be better at it anyway. I'll let you know how it goes and if I'm really that brave when the time comes!

 

LIN - January 30

Thanks, Jenn!

 

turtle - January 30

Thanks for the info on that, Lin. I would never have know about that. I have a call into my Dr.'s office to see if things have gone through yet and what I'll be taking. That way I can pick it up and have it ready to go. It's different to start this on cd 3 instead of 5 with the clomid. That doesn't leave you a lot of time to get to the baseline appointment and the drugs you need. Some stores don't even keep them on hand and they have to be ordered. I found this out with the Ovidrel tigger the hard way. I think I'll be doing the shot to my self also. I tend to be a control freak and I can see me saying that he wasn't doing right, lol. I'm not really sure how you can do it wrong :) When do you go for your next US to see how it's working? I bet you can't wait to get home today and let it all begin! Meg-thanks for your kind words!

 

tucker12 - January 30

Hey Lin, I remember you from the fert_tlity friend forum a couple of months ago. I just wanted to say good luck with the injections. I did my first round in November with gonal-f and menopur and then the ovidrel trigger shot..then prog supp. The estrogen shots really had no side effects. I actually felt really good for the entire week, unlike clomid. But the ovidrel shot made me very bloated, sore b___bs, and very irratible...I pretty much felt pregnant. The IUI did not hurt at all and takes about 30 seconds. I was very nervous because I previously had an endometrial biopsy and that was very painful. Unfortua___lty the first cycle did not work. I decided to try the ovulation watch the last two months. It is actually very accurate. I f I don't get pregnant this month I will be doing the injections one more time and then moving on to IVF. Good luck! and keep us posted!!!

 

LIN - January 30

Best of luck with your last round of injectables! May it save you from the financial black hole that is IVF! I've never done estrogen injections (is that the menopur?), but I did do estrogen supps while on Clomid as well as a trigger shot. The only s/e I had were sore nipples before af, but I don't know if that was from the estrogen or hCG. My IUIs weren't painful either. In fact, they were less uncomfortable than a pap smear.

 

LIN - January 30

I have to tell you ladies how I went nuts on a woman at the pharmacy today. I've literally made hundreds of phone calls, being pa__sed around between the pharmacy reps, their pharmacists, my health insurance, my medical group, etc. to try to sort out this unit conversion problem they've got that's resulting in my being overcharged. I've spent half my d__n work days on the phone with them for the last TWO WEEKS straight trying to sort it out, and I finally had to give up yesterday and pay their stupid incorrect price just so I could get my meds today. Well this morning a woman from the pharmacy called me and said my meds weren't shipped, because someone typed in my credit card number wrong, and I just went ballistic. I have had nothing but problems with this stupid company, and when she told me I wouldn't be getting my meds, I was ready to tear her a new one. Fortunately, she realized pretty d__n quick how important this shipment is (I could smell her fear), and she arranged for someone from their office in my area to deliver it to my door by tonight. Ugh. My stuff better show up!

 

DaBonkElsMe - January 30

Lin, I just wanted to say good luck to you! Let's hope this is the start of something great to come - like a little healthy bean!!

 

turtle - January 30

Oh Lin, that sucks! Glad that you made your point to get it done though. It'll work out...hang in there! Just got a call back from the Dr. and I too will be doing Follistim for 3 days then an US to see how I am responding. She said most people take them anywhere from 7-10 days. Every US costs me $20 co-pay so this is going to be an expensive month. I also found out that my drugs will be delivered to my door at the end of the week. They do the mail order because it is cheaper. I'll be thinking of you so please let me know that you got the drugs and your sticking yourself with them tonight LOL.

 

LIN - January 30

Thanks, dabonk! Turtle - lucky you! My u/s cost me $100 every time! Yes, this will be an expensive month. So it sounds like we'll be on the same regimen. Do you know what your daily dosage will be?

 

turtle - January 30

I feel stupid now that I complained about my US cost :( It is amazing how things are so diiferent even though they are the same, if you know what I mean. I will be doing 150 IU and then they will adjust it as needed after the first US and so on. I like the way they do the trigger and then the IUI. This way you don't have to guess if you O'd every month. You can still do your own BDing but you know for sure when and what is going on. How much longer till you at home? Are you doing the shot before bed or earlier? I am so excited for you...I can't wait to hear all about it LOL

 

VenusdiMilo - January 30

Lin, hats off to you doing the shots yourself. I don't know if I could do that one...I hate needles! Good luck with that!!

 

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