Well I got the call yesterday afternoon from the nurse that everything is looking good so far. My estrogen level was 503 (I guess that’s good?), my right ovary had a follicle measuring 13.9, and my left ovary had one at 12.7 and one at 12.3.
So. Now the FUN part! I have to give myself two injections of Follistim (FSH), one yesterday between 6-9pm and another today at the same time. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, but it wasn’t great either. I knew from my experience in October with my husband giving me the Ovidrel injection that it wouldn’t hurt too much. However, my husband really does not like needles and really didn’t want to do that again, so I took it upon myself to get it done. Unlike the Ovidrel (which was in a pre-filled syringe), the Follistim comes in a little cartridge that you insert into this pen type thing, and then you dial the dosage that you need, screw on a disposable needle, give yourself the injection, and then discard the needle and the pen is ready for use the next time. The “piercing of the skin” didn’t hurt too bad since the needle was so tiny, but afterwards it stung for about 10 minutes or so and then I didn’t feel it at all. I was instructed to give myself 75 units each time. The cartridge holds 300 units, so I guess I could get 4 doses from it. So, one Follistim down, one to go!
Next comes the Novarel injection (aka hCG). This one sounds a bit more scary, it’s an intramuscular injection, which means it has to go INTO the muscle at the top of my butt. Yay. The nurse warned me it would be a bigger needle too. Double Yay. I’m not sure which day I’ll be taking this since it’s the trigger shot for ovulation, but I don’t expect myself to ovulate for another 3 or 4 days (today is cd13) since I started on Clomid late this cycle. The Novarel is coming to me in the mail from a pharmacy in Lincoln Park, so I should be getting it tomorrow.
So tomorrow I’ll go in to the office for another ultrasound and blood test to see how my estrogen and my follies are progressing, and I guess we’ll take it from there! If I’m totally honest, I wish we were doing an IUI this cycle instead of just the fertility meds, but this is what the doc suggested so I’m going with it.
My Follistim paraphernalia.