Day 3 of Follistim and Menopur

Well pinch me and call me a pin cushion!

Oh my goodness, is that how I'm feeling about now. The Leupron shots were nothing compared to these Follistim and Menopur shots. So here's alittle background, the Leupron shots have been suppressing my ovaries. Not allowing eggs to grow. So now we are stimulating them with the Follistim and Menopur shots to allow my body to grow eggs. Lots and lots of them! We are praying for lots so that when the eggs are taken from me we have lots of chances for embryos to form.

So back to the shots. They have to be given in the evening between 6-8pm. I've decide the reasoning behind that is because the side effects aren't much fun, so you can choose to just go to bed. I have no clue if that's the reasoning, but I think it's a good reason, don't you? So my first night (Friday) of these shots wasn't bad. I woke up about 3am with a crazy hot flash. They said that was normal. Oh but last night, things got kicked into high gear! Within 30 minutes,  I was sick (both ends; sorry if that's TMI, it's how I roll), hot flash (I feel so sorry for my menopausal mommas, I totally get you now!), and later on had some major ovarian cramping. This is to be expected, sheesh I'm growing MULTIPLE eggs in there compared to the one that most women grow to full size and then release at ovulation.

Lots more precautions have been started now that we are stimulating. I called my amazing nurse Joan (read more about her here) on Friday and she answered them all for me, laughing along the way of course.

Can I work out? Yes, but not stenuously. That is hard for me. I love my workouts, but it looks like walking on the treadmill is all I can do until this is over. And if we get pregnant, I will GLADLY walk walk walk and never run again!

Can I drink? I have asked Joan this every time I've gone in. I'm sure she thinks I'm an alcoholic by now. She laughs every time because she understands. We both love our wine. Yes, I can drink, but I can't get trashed. Which by the way, getting trashed at my age takes like 3 days to recover. I don't think I'll be getting trashed EVER again. This ain't college anymore guys.

Can we be intimate? For my friends who are reading this, just move right along. Some of the things I'm writing are for those who have found my blog and are trying to learn about IVF :) Yes, you can be intimate up to the egg transfer, but you must use protection. As happy as the doctors would be for us to get pregnant, they don't want us getting pregnant on these meds at the wrong time. Once the egg transfer is done, no intimacy until the pregnancy test.

And the last most important question I had was, "When will the retrieval and transfer be?" It is looking like the retrieval will between October 29-31. We aren't sure on the exact date yet, but they will track my body and will know better the closer we get. I got in tomorrow for my first blood work and sonogram since I started stimulating.

I can't believe it is finally here. In less than a month we may be a momma and a daddy to 1 or 2 babies.

I have been clinging to God's truth so much during this entire process. I wish I could say I'm in the word more than I am, but I'm learning. God is recalling to my memory the verses that I have memorized and uses them to comfort me in this time. Here is one that shows me that what I am feeling is normal.

Proverbs 30:15-16
There are three things that are never filled, no, four that never say, "Enough": The place of the dead, the woman who cannot have children, the earth that is always thirsty for water, and the fire that never says, "Enough."

God designed the woman to want and long for children. He instilled that want and need in me when I was very young. Ask anyone, I have wanted to be a momma for such a long time. I did the right thing. I waited till marriage. I didn't get married young and rush into being a mom. Kyle and I waited until we were ready and even then, we still are not given the desires of our heart. But I know that God is a good God and He will give us the "desires of our heart" if we delight in him. (Psalm 37:4).

So if you are reading this post as a momma who still has not been given the desires of her heart, I pray for you. I pray peace over your heart. I pray understanding in your mind. I pray for friends to surround you that understand you and if you have none, shoot me an email. God calls us to use our situations to encourage and lift others up. I do believe God has called me to just that.

My story will forever be a way for me to encourage other women who are going through this. I pray that I can live out this verse through our journey.

1 Corinthians 1:3-4
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. Hhe comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort other. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us."

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12 comments

  1. As a "want to be mama" about to enter the ivf world, I love your blog. You have given me a realistic view of what is ahead. Thank you for your honesty! Wishing you the very best! May ivf be the miracle you gave been waiting for. God bless you and your family!

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    1. Thank you Kristin! Good luck to you on your IVF journey and do not hesitate to shoot me an email! I'd love to help any way I can!

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    2. Thank u so much am going through ivf now scared but hoping the best

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  2. Ashley Ashley, your day is almost here! You have been dealing with your shots like a champ! I hope I am half as strong and positive as you are if we go the IVF route. Can't wait to read your next post! Thinking and praying for you!

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    1. You are so sweet Jenna! Thank you for your encouraging words! Can't wait till it's your day to announce you're pregnant!! :)

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  3. I just wanted to write and say I started following your blog when you first started your IVF cycle. At the time we knew that was our next step but had to wait awhile to try and get my endometriosis under control. Now here I am reading about how you are now a mama and I start my injections sunday for my first cycle. I am so excited for you and am hoping that we are blessed on our first cycle! I had to look back through your posts because I am so nervous for my first shot! but congratulations on miss Raegan, she is beautiful!

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    1. I'm just now reading this comment, but I'm so glad I found it! I hope that your cycle worked! I'd love to hear from you!

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  4. Thank you for your words of encouragement. Tonight was day one of menopur and follistim after a week long of lupron. I'm so glad I've had the guts to make it this far! God is good, and Lord knows I hate needles. Anyway, thank you for your scripture references as well. I'm grateful I found this blog. Anyway time for bed. Be blessed! Fyi, this is my first round of IUI after 10 years of my husband and I trying and 2 failed clomid rounds 2+ years apart and 3rd attempt to gain specialized treatment. Unfortunately I struggle with PCOS so its been an interesting ride. Anyway, good night!

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  5. And what happens to all those embryos you didn't use? :( Life begins at conception (surely you must believe this as a women of faith). I don't believe it is our place to "play God", pray yes, but HIS will and our wants are very different and I believe we still must have trust and obedience in His plan. With regard to invitro, the odds are equal (if not greater) by using Menopur, Clomid, etc. with a NaPro' Dr.'s guidance... and it is all according to the bible and is nowhere near the cost of invitro. I hope readers will take the time to discover Napro Technology... it'll increase your chances of conception, at a fraction of the cost and according to Christian teachings. God bless.

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    1. I do believe that life begins at conception which is why not 1 of our embryos will be thrown away. Those embryos will all be given life. I do not appreciate you coming onto my blog and accusing me of things that you do not know anything about. If you were a regular reader you would know my stance on our embryos and wouldn't be making comments that question me as a woman of faith. God gave these doctors the intelligence to allow my husband and I to be parents. He does not allow anyone to play God. He is the author of life and speaks who will and won't be born. My daughter and son were conceived with the help of science, but only God allowed them to grow in my belly. He allowed my husband and I to get pregnant. We have been medically diagnosed with infertility. We didn't jump to IVF because we were impatient and wanted to get pregnant right now. You do not know our story and obviously do not intend on getting to know me and our story. Please do not come to my blog to put down how I grew my family. Have a good day.

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    2. Ashley, your comment had so much grace and God loves your family!

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  6. To the "Anonymous" commenter: it's sad that you think God would ever give His AWESOME and MIGHTY power away to measly ole sinners (aka Doctors). You can't possibly think that the God who created heaven and earth would let anyone come close to "playing God". God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. Just because times have changed, it doesn't mean He now gives power to humans to "play God". My guess is that whoever wrote that comment is not a parent, but sure wishes that they were. God bless.

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