Guess what?! Yesterday was officially day one of stims. Yep. It seemed like forever before it would get here, but once it did, things got real very quickly.
S. was caught in the torrential rain storms we have been having here lately. So, that meant I got to do my first IVF injections by myself. Not a problem. It was kind of the way things happened when we did our IUI, but I have to admit this one had me slightly intimidated.
The protocol is 225 iu of Gonadotropin (Gonal-F) and 75 iu of Menopur. The Gonal-F pen was pretty simple. For that I’m thankful as I have seen some posters have to do quite bit more than I for their injection. Make sure you allow the Gonal F to warm to room temperature.
The Menopur was a bit more complicated. I actually used the education sheet and the video to make sure I was doing everything properly. I also took the advice of several #ttcsisters and some of my personal girlfriends and iced about 10-15 minutes prior to the Menopur. That helped and I didn’t get too much of a burn factor, but I did get a bit of headache later that I’ve read is associated with the injections.
Tonight will be Stims Day 2. Hopefully, it will be just as smooth.
For those that want a quick at-a-glance, I’ve included it here.
Stims Day 1
- Gonal F- 225 iu
- Menopur- 75 iu
Stims Day 1 Side Effects/Symptoms
- Slight pain at the injection sites about 30 minutes after
- Slight headache that may or may not be related to the injectables