Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Just say yes to drugs!

This IVF stuff is really happening. I've been on birth control for a few weeks, and started lupr0n tonight. So here is the obligatory photo of my giant stash of meds. And this doesn't even include the needles.





Here is a picture of the needle for pr0gesterone next to a f0llustim needle just for comparison purposes:




And here's a picture of the pr0gesterone needle next to a railroad spike, again just for comparison purposes:


hint: the railroad spike is painted gold
(edit- okay all of you gutterminds, as soon as I posted this picture I realized that the railroad spike looks like a lumpy gold dildo. Why do I have a railroad spike you ask? Elizabeth's father has occasionally found the spikes when he is out walking the dog. He thinks they are very cool. Many years ago, on the first Christmas I spent with Elizabeth, her father kept sneaking off to the basement and returning with a silly grin on his face. Every time he opened the door, we could smell paint fumes. He wouldn't say a word about what he was up to. On Christmas morning, I got a small, clumsily wrapped package from Elizabeth's father with a card that said "You're as good as gold". Inside was a railroad spike that he had found the day before and painted gold. He has only found about 8 of the railroad spikes in his life, and given only a few away. So in his quirky dad kind of way, the railroad spike was his way of letting me know that I was totally accepted into the family. It's a little silly, but very sweet if you know the guy.)

The doctor decided to put me on metf0rmin even though I tested negative for insulin resistance because it supposedly helps egg quality. I'm willing to try anything at this point. Has anyone out there used metf0rmin? Did you have any side effects? The nurse told me to do a low-carb / high protein diet to minimize the side effects of metf0rmin. The low carb thing is no fun, so I might stop doing it and see how it goes. What about lupr0n? So far, I'm feeling okay but perhaps the side effects take a little while to manifest themselves. Anyone care to share their experience in the wonderful world of IVF drugs?


13 comments:

journeytowardsourbaby said...

wow that progesterone needle looks nasty!! So glad we're not dealing with that one, it's hard enough K thinking about the itty bitty ones!

Yay for drugs - we must be setting up for around the same dates for retrieval/transfer etc, exciting stuff!

journeytowardsourbaby said...

Also - I think it's awesome that you just happened to have a railway spike lying around for comparison!

Lisa said...

My mind is so in the gutter, at first glance I thought the railroad spike was a dildo!!!Anyway, Holy cow on the meds. As far as metformin, I heard from one girl that it makes you poop alot. How true that is, I'm not sure but I've also been told it helps you lose weight and what chick isn't happy about that? Good luck this cycle. I'm rooting for you. Can you write about the timeline if you were given one.

Jackie said...

I so hope that this is it for you! I started taking metformin on the cycle that worked. How much are you on? I have such a good feeling about this! Yahoo!

Pufferfish said...

Um, I'm with Lisa, I thought it was a dildo at first glance...b/c that goes along better with a lesbian blog than a GOLD RAILROAD SPIKE?!?
Nevertheless, here you are...on your way with meds and needles out the wazoo.
Timeline is needed, indeed.
Good luck, you have a lot of company for this cycle here in IVF blogland!!

Gayby Rabies said...

Jackie- I was on 500mg a day all last week, and this week I'm up to 1,000. Next week it's 1,500!

alimis said...

I thought it was a gold dildo at first too!
I am super excited for you as you embark on the IVF train. Looks like you have just about everything you will need to get knocked up! :-)

J and D said...

Hey there... just stumbled across your blog. I was on Metformin without having insulin resistance.
I didn't have the horrible side effects people have complained about so if you're on it now and you are NOT having major gastro issues you can probably start up on some carbs. You'll know if there is an issue!!!!!!! Good luck!

Lisa said...

You are so incredibly sweet. Thank you for your post on my blog. I'm always amazed at peoples kindness. I appreciate your offer. My heart is just breaking for her. I just left her about 30 minutes ago, about 30 minutes before they were going to take her for the c-section. She's so scared to even see him. She said she just wants them to put him in the NICU.

justine said...

um, those needles are serious! but i am excited you are on this next step! and i can't wait for more news and that great BFP post!

luckylittle13 said...

I have been meaning to comment forever. You have been so sweet and supportive during our IVF. I hope the lupr0n is going well. The progester0ne is not nearly as bad as it looks. I promise. I'm so excited for you girls!

poppycat said...

NICE STASH!!!

Oh, and how cute is your FIL?

thebao said...

i just peed a little.