Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Day 6 of Stim Meds

First some random facts:

*Day 6 of the stim meds and my stomach looks like a pin cushion with some very nice yellow bruises and some very tender areas.
*My eyes and other random muscles keep twitching.
*Nausea has set in but only when the pain is bad..and the pain only gets bad when I have really bad gas.
*Gas-X has been my best friend recently.
*I'm losing weight which could be from the fact that it's consistently over 100 degrees here, and it's quite frankly too hot to eat!
My headaches continue to be a fun issue, but they're getting slightly better which is a good thing
*Oh yes..I'm ready to be done with these drugs!!

Now to continue on to the juicy appointment details from today...I have 14 follicles on my left ovary and fewer follicles on my right ovary. Of those follicles, only 4 are larger than 10 mm which means that I'm not stimming enough. My estrogen level is 216 which also means I'm not stimming enough so the doctor has doubled my dosage of medication. Prior to today, I was taking 5 units of Lupron every day, 75 units of Follistim, and 37.5 units of Menopur. Now, I will continue the 5 units of Lupron, but I will take 150 units of Follistim every morning and 75 units of Menopur at night. The goal with this medication change is to increase my estrogen level and increase the number of follicles that are above 10mm. My lining, however, looks pretty good and is 8mm thick which I guess is right on target (YAY)!

So what did I do with all this news, you may ask?

I broke down - I got really upset about the fact that more follicles haven't grown yet I feel like I have softballs in my abdomen. I looked at the "guideline" sheet when I got home, and it says that my estrogen level should be in the hundreds, and my follicles should be growing. That's all it says. So according to that, I'm right where I need to why the sadness? I guess I just really want this cycle to work, and I want enough eggs at the time of retrieval that we have enough to freeze.  I know it's asking a lot, but that's my wish. I ended up tearing up and panicking all at the same time this afternoon due to this news about the increase in medication. It seems silly because it's not a huge deal, but whether it be from the hormonal rollercoaster I'm riding or something else..I'm certainly emotional.

So for now..I will continue taking my new doses of drugs, and I will return Friday for another ultrasound and more blood work.

P.S. Sorry about the HORRIBLE quality of my writing lately..I just have been jotting down ideas without actually working at it. Hopefully once my emotions are better, I will feel more like my old self and feel like writing properly again. 


  1. Oh man, I am SO sorry. It sounds seriously miserable. :( I will be praying for you that this works fast and you don't have to do it again! I am so hearing you on the gas & bloating, though. I think the progesterone is making those problems (which I already had) worse. Half the time I look pregnant! ;) It's immensely uncomfortable.

    Also, as for the sadness, don't forget that all those hormones REALLY mess with your mood! Be gentle on yourself right now... have a hot bath (while you can, since if you get pregnant your baths can't be as hot!), eat some yummy chocolate, watch your favorite movie, read a good book. You deserve some pampering! Oh, and as far as eating goes, I highly recommend cold watermelon, LOL. Best heat-of-the-summer treat EVER! In my opinion....

  2. Ugh! I hate that the progesterone is making you bloated as can be. I hope that it eases up a bit as I can only imagine how uncomfortable you must be at this moment.

    I love your idea of pampering myself! I have decided to do just that, and I'm not worrying about cleaning much..if I need to lie down, I do. If I need to sit, I do. I'm just refusing to push myself. :) The watermelon sounds AMAZING..I think I may pick one up tomorrow! :)


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