IVF DIARY VOL I: 25 – 26 JULY 2015

IVF_Diary_Vol1e.pngMedication(s) administered and dosage(s). 2 injections: Gonal-F 300 iu and Menopur 75 iu.   So the injections are going well, I have a few puncture marks, but no bruises, just a bit of tenderness from the menopur.  The Gonal-F needle requires a bit of extra pressure to go in, so we are doing this one first to get it over and done with.  The menopur stings like hell when it is being injected (not from the needle, but the medication itself), even if Chris injects it really slowly.  It also immediately feels hard beneath my skin, I’m not sure whether giving it a rub is a good thing or not, so I have refrained from doing so.  But after I lie down with a heat pad on it for 10 minutes or so all is fine.  We didn’t realise that the Gonal-F 450iu box actually makes up 600iu reconstituted, so we made up a second vial yesterday when we didn’t need to.  Whoops! But we learn.

Medical procedures undertaken. Nil.

How do I feel today? Uncomfortably full after each meal – and no I’m not eating more!!! It’s a weird sensation I haven’t felt before.  I’m feeling positive!

What are my symptoms? Other than the odd occasional sharp pain, I haven’t had any other symptoms.  I have woken up in bed absolutely soaked from the night sweats over the past few nights.  In fact this has been happening a lot recently.  I assume it is from the medications.  I am just glad we bought a king size bed so that when I do wake up in the middle of the night I have somewhere dry to lie and get back to sleep!!! It’s gross! Poor Chris.

How does Chris feel today? Chris has put “Go Home” into his work diary so that he comes home every night at a reasonable time! But he tells me he is feeling good about where we are and what we are doing.  He feels a little worried about how I feel in my tummy (quote).  He did forget to take his doxycycline pill and I had to remind him, he says he feels a bit like a wally that he had one thing to do (but I think he is beating himself up for no reason because after all he is the one doing the injections).

Any results? Nil.

What’s next?  My next monitoring appointment is tomorrow before work.

Weight. Aghhhh!!! I put on 1.6lbs over night!  That is the biggest increase I have had since I’ve been monitoring my weight.  I shouldn’t be surprised, I have heard that this is inevitable, and the weight will be all the extra fluid…but seriously, if I keep up at this rate I will be over 10lbs heavier!

Waist.  I have been measuring my waistline just below my belly button and my waistline hasn’t changed yet….but believe me, when I look down, I’m like WOAH, where did that tummy come from??! I have a little sticky out tummy like I am pregnant.  I am only on day 3 of stim medication….what’s it going to be like by the end??!?!

Boobs. NSTR

Hours of Sunshine 🙂 Lots and lots of sunshine this weekend!  We spent 2.5hrs lazing on the beach on Saturday and we sat outside for lunch for 1hr.  Today we went on a kayaking trip in False Cape State park, so that was another 3hrs in the glorious sun.  Chris forgot to put suncream on his face today.  Doh.  He is a bit pink in the face this evening.  But this really will be the last time he gets out into the sun until he provides his sperm specimen.  He started taking a prescription of Doxycycline in order to prepare his sperm for ICSI.  The doxycycline helps make his sperm less sticky so they can easily select one for ICSI.

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*Notes.  I take First Response Reproductive Health multi vitamin gummies (pre-natal) and CoQ10 200mg gummies daily.  NSTR = Nothing Significant To Report.