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Clear Water's picture
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Meds?

I was wondering, what kind of meds should we expect to be taking for this? I know they use BCP to sync us up, but as far as other hormones or progesterone or anything else, I'm lost.

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Ummm...I wish I could remember all the specific meds and their purpose. I tried to find my old clinic paperwork but only came across some unused needles and alcohol pads (weird things to hang onto, I know). I remember taking one called Follistim (an injection in the abdomen) to help stimulate the ovary follicles. There was another injectable called Lupron which I think helps either slow down or speed up follicle maturation? There is the hCG shot, sometimes called the "trigger shot" that is the final push before egg retrieval. Then there is progesterone for the uterine lining which can either be taken as progesterone in oil (sometimes referred to as PIO) injectable or as a vaginal suppository. I know there are some others that I am forgetting that I must have taken. Oh, and I just remembered that before retrieval I had to take some oral meds, I think an antibiotic and maybe a relaxant (or maybe the relaxant was for before the transfer?).

If I come across my paperwork, I'll add some more. Though different clinics could have other preferred meds.

Christina

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I think you covered most of it! There is a couple of more in pill form but I forget the names...

Good luck!

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You covered most everything. Each RE does things differently. The lupron is used to suppress your ovaries so you don't ovulate too early. Some women take a couple different kind of stims. I took Follistim and Menopur. I think Follistim is the most commonly used med and the 2nd one depends on the RE. The Follistim is super easy...it comes in a pen. Those injections can vary day by day depending on how well you're responding. Once it comes time for ER there will be a trigger shot which will mature the eggs. I'm not sure what meds the recipient will need to take but it will probably be the same as preparing for a frozen cycle. There will be the PIO injections. One of my RE's had me take oral prednisone and estrogen patches. There will also be antibiotics for both of you. The relaxant is before the transfer to relax you and also relax your cervix.

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"meggyrn" wrote:

You covered most everything. Each RE does things differently. The lupron is used to suppress your ovaries so you don't ovulate too early. Some women take a couple different kind of stims. I took Follistim and Menopur. I think Follistim is the most commonly used med and the 2nd one depends on the RE. The Follistim is super easy...it comes in a pen. Those injections can vary day by day depending on how well you're responding. Once it comes time for ER there will be a trigger shot which will mature the eggs. I'm not sure what meds the recipient will need to take but it will probably be the same as preparing for a frozen cycle. There will be the PIO injections. One of my RE's had me take oral prednisone and estrogen patches. There will also be antibiotics for both of you. The relaxant is before the transfer to relax you and also relax your cervix.

Menopur sounds familiar too. I remember the Follistim pen...think I still have mine buried somewhere in my bathroom cabinet. I remember the Follistim needles were small but I seemed to bleed the most from them? Also I used to curse the stupid thing if I had to do two injections with the pen because I didn't have enough left over in the previous cartridge for one full dose. Interesting the things you remember from your cycle(s) and the other stuff you block out or forget.

Christina

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i did bcp, then lupron, i also did menapur, which you had to like mix with powder ....sometimes that one stung a little..... the follistim pen was super easy. I took suppositories(endometerium) and i ahd to do estrace as well (both you'll need a panty liner cuz they leak) I did baby asprin, did the trigger shot before retrevial, no PIO injections for IVF, but have to do them for FET...oh and i did estrogen patches as well.... and antibiotics and then took a valium for transfer..... for retrevial, i was put under twilight, so i don't remember it at all.... GOOD LUCK!!

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I was on the long lupron protocol. I used Luperon to supress ovaries. Then used Follistim. My trigger was HCG "Ovirdel" which was a powder mix. After ER, I started PIO injections and wore Vivelle (estrogen) patches. And like everyone said...all REs are different!

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Well if your partner is providing the eggs, and you will be a recipient, you're doing a donor egg cycle. As a recipient, I took bc pills until the donor and I were synced, estrodial at varying dosages, and Lupron to shut down my own ovulation. Once she was triggered I stopped the Lupron and started progesterone in oil injections.

Now that we're past transfer I'm on 1 mg Estradiol twice daily and Progesterone injections every evening. Once we got the hang of heating the progesterone, relaxing the muscle, injecting SLOW (abt 3 minutes) and lots and lots of massage after the injection. I also added regular sessions with my beloved heating pad. Smile

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Well, nobody can say it won't be interesting! I guess we'll see what our RE goes with once we decide on one.