Injectibles ladies - question

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Injectibles ladies - question

For those of you who have done injectibles - is it normal to not have ANY side effects? I literally thought I would feel something...but nothing. I feel totally normal!!

Is 66IU a low dose though?

Also - if I understand in my reading - I HAVE TO get a trigger shot right? I won't O on my own (I'm not sure how that works?)

I just bought 50 OPKS and 50 pg tests for $34. I didn't need that many OPKs, but it was $30 for 20 OPK and 50 pg tests.... I figure I can always give em away if I don't need em. I do need more pg tests though if I get a trigger shot.

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"raingirl28" wrote:

For those of you who have done injectibles - is it normal to not have ANY side effects? I literally thought I would feel something...but nothing. I feel totally normal!!

Is 66IU a low dose though?

Also - if I understand in my reading - I HAVE TO get a trigger shot right? I won't O on my own (I'm not sure how that works?)

:lurk:

I loved injectables for exactly this reason--NO side effects. It's pretty typical, I think.

What are you on? Otherwise I can't tell if it's a low dose or not. But I can tell you that I was initially on 75 iu of Gonal-F, then 75 iu of Menopur for the next cycle (which was eventually raised to 150). 75 seems to be a common starting point.

And yes, I think you have to get one, but thinking back on it, I'm not sure why. I know with Clomid, they made me O on my own. But they can control it better this way, I guess.

Good luck, Rachel!!!

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I'm on Puregon (same as Follistim in the US).

I'm hoping it works. All I want is one good egg on the left side!! Well, two wouldn't be bad either. After clomid failed the second time for me (no eggs) I'm a little worried this won't work either.

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These meds are pretty potent, so there's a good chance it'll work. If not this cycle, then in subsequent ones. There is also so much they can do with them--increase the dosage, mix them up (so you take two different drugs instead of one), switch them altogether... I was switched from Gonal-F (which is also Follitism, I think) to Menopur because my lining wasn't great with Gonal-F. Then I didn't respond well to Menopur, so they upped the dosage in the middle of my treatment. I had a great lining then. It was trial and error, but eventually they found the right drug and right dosage. With Clomid, all they can do is increase the amount.

And you're young, which is in your favour, egg quantity-wise. I only produced one each time, but that's because of my age.

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I guess part of my worry is $$. I only set aside enough for the IUI and a little for the meds. I didn't know what dosage I would need or that I would need a trigger, so if they up my dosage at all, I'm SOL. I don't have any extra $$ to pay for more or different meds and technically I don't even have $$ for the trigger right now. Unless we pay our rent 5 days late..... DH had some dental emergecies that weren't covered so any credit we had available for this is gone and I don't use credit cards (don't have one).

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I can understand that; we were very lucky that our insurance covered the meds 100%, except for the trigger, which we paid for entirely out of pocket (it was $80, I believe). As for the meds themselves, the most we claimed in any one cycle was $600, so not the thousands that people sometimes run into. But still, it's not pocket change!

We weren't allowed to do it every cycle; we had to take every other cycle off to "rest" my ovaries. Maybe if you did it this way, you could save in between?

As well, some independent pharmacies offer better prices than others; the one we went to specialized in fertility meds and charged less. Maybe the clinic can tell you where to go?

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Here's one:

http://www.glenshieldspharmacy.com/

I don't know what you paid, but maybe this is cheaper? It's just north of TO.

I typed in "Ontario pharmacy fertility medications" and this was just the first hit. There might be more.

But still, pricey, I know...

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Racheal I was on injectables plus clomid, but now will only use injectables. You really need to shop around. Alot of people get meds through ivfmeds dot com they are overseas. Also I always did a trigger of ovidril run me 70. The menopur was 300 for 3 vial but now Follistem is 800 for 900u. All out of pocket, plus another 500 for IUI. The only problem I had was horrible O pain, it was the worse in my life. I normally have O pain but damn.

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I was on Puregon - no side effects which was a blessing!
I triggered with HCG shot -- they told me at the clinic when I was needing to do the trigger shot as they monitor (or should be) when doing injections

G/L !

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Hmm....I didn't know I could go somewhere else to buy the meds. They have an in-house pharmacy and didn't even give me a script to take. I will ask about it though if/when I need more. The prices were similar to what clio posted though, just a little more. I wonder if those prices are still valid at that place though because the list was from 2008.

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Oh dear, good point. I didn't see that.

Sometimes clinics are cheaper as well. Which, in this case, wouldn't do you much good. Bah! Why does infertility have to be so friggin' expensive? It's like adding massive insult to injury.

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I have nothing to add about cost (ours is covered by insurance) but I DO think you can find some pretty competitive prices by shopping around. My friend who is going through IVF right now shopped around and got her meds down from $3000 to $250! :eek:

And yes, NO SIDE EFFECTS! I took 50iu Follistim last cycle (which I know is a low dose) and didn't notice anything except slight O pains, but I never feel O pains so it was different for me.

GL this cycle! I really hope it works for you so you don't have to worry about $$$ and time off work. I start injections Thursday!

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im so envious I could be starting back on my injects next week but because to psychics said I would get pregnant until november i didnt want to waste my money.

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I've had a little bit of a headache since last night but I'm not sure if it's a side effect or not. It sort of feels like the headaches I was getting on Clomid though and coffee doesn't cure it so it's not a caffiene headache.