Are you ready to know more than you ever thought you would about fertility medications?
The point of all of these medications is to cause a controlled hyper stimulation of your ovaries. Each month your ovaries mature and release one egg. With the help of these medications we will be trying grow as many eggs as possible (without causing any harm) to be retrieved by our doctor.
When we finally got our list of medications I put together a list of how I was going to organize them based off some ideas I had seen on Pinterest. But what I didn't know was most of these medications come in big boxes, some of them need to be refrigerated and they give you SO many needles. So once I got the medications I had to adjust how I was going to organize them and I had to get an extra little storage bin for a couple large boxes. I really didn't want to pull all of the medications out of the boxes and organize them because that just sounds like trouble waiting to happen.
We cleared off space in our kitchen for this little set up (usually wear my coffee corner is). I found these two storage drawers at Target and they were actually cheaper there than on Amazon! Then when I found out I needed more space I found this striped bin at Target as well. The beautiful labels were done by my sweet friend Calligraphy by Mel.
Before I get into these medications - know that every patient, doctor, fertility journey, etc. is different. Not everyone is prescribed the same mediciations, or the same dosage.
Menopur has a follicle stimulating hormone AND luteinizing hormone activity. These hormones stimulate healthy ovaries to make eggs. They were also sent with tons of needles and alcohol wipes which you will need for this injection.
Gonal-F contains purely FSH which is what will be growing the follicles (or eggs). We will be using this together with Menopur.
Cetrotide is used to prevent egg loss by blocking premature ovulation that can lead to eggs that are not suitable for fertilization.
Novarel - aka: Trigger Shot. This is the injection I will have just before our egg retrieval. Once the eggs have grown to the right size they will instruct us to inject this medication which stimulates the release of the egg during ovulation.
Progesterone - or also referred to as PIO (Progesterone In Oil). You can get your Progesterone in suppository form, however it is MUCH more expensive and if you're insurance doesn't cover it you may just want to take the injections.
Progesterone is essential for getting, and staying, pregnant after IVF. If we get a positive pregnancy test we will continue with these injections until about 10 weeks into the pregnancy!
The reason IVF patients need extra progesterone is purely chemical. After natural ovulation, the follicle that contained your egg turns into the corpus luteum. Intimidating Latin name, but a simple function: it secretes progesterone and makes your womb lining super-ready for your fertilized embryo. But IVF isn’t natural. Your medication produces multiple follicles. The brakes are then applied to stop egg release before egg retrieval. And your eggs are unceremoniously collected when your body least expects it. In short, IVF disrupts your natural progesterone function. So you need lots more of it for proper luteal support, from egg-retrieval day onwards. Progesterone facilitates implantation and can prevent a miscarriage.
Almost everything you need will be supplied. Needles, alcohol wipes, needle disposal box, etc. There are a few things that I would say are pretty necessary that you should get yourself, however I will go over that in a different post.
I just shared SO much information, and hopefully it is helpful to some and insightful to others. We start these injections on SATURDAY!