Let me just start by saying "OUCH" - for many reasons. Basically, the injectables cost $82 a vial. We ordered 14 vials plus one vial of HCG for $60 - OUCH ($1208). But the good news is that the vials lasted for two cycles!
For our first cycle of Femara and Repronex, I did Femara for 10 days and 5 shots. I had no idea how much I would hate the shots - they left huge red spots on my stomach (about the size of a half dollar). The injection site itched and hurt like hell (OUCH). I could not even touch my stomach! My poor puppies did not like it either because they couldn't jump up on me anymore. At the end of the the five days I was polka dotted! It was terrible. But I must say that I have the best husband in the world - he did an amazing job giving me the shots each day.
The first cycle of Femara and Repronex was a success - I had one follicle that was ready. We did the IUI and my husband had a good sperm count. So again - I had to wait two weeks for the results. Disappointment, yet again. This was really hard - we both got our hopes up. We bought a baby name book and started talking about all kinds of plans. There's nothing like getting your hopes up just to have them crash. The day I took the home pregnancy test ... well let's just say I was a basket case. I was miserable and he was miserable. I know he doesn't like seeing me like that.
Since I did get one good follicle, we decided to do the same treatment plan. Again, success with two good follicles - although, we did end up using more Repronex shots this round. It seemed that the follicles did not want to grow as fast, but they finally got there! Second IUI - we didn't get our hopes up as much. We didn't even talk about it afterwards. It was like nothing had happened. But again ... no baby.
Now the specialists tells us that we must go to the straight injectable treatment plan. 14 shots in the stomach in one month. (OUCH) This was a terrible ride home. I cried the whole way. First of all, it will be about a $1600-2000 cycle. Second of all, I would have to go in every 2-3 days for blood work and ultrasounds - I only have a limited number of sick days available. I don't know how people take off work all the time for this. This is where we are ... waiting for the money and time to start the injectable cycle.
Basically what I have learned up to this point is that the infertility road is not an easy road to be on. It's a terrible roller coaster ride with many ups and downs.
*Just a side note. I work with the best group of ladies in the world. A teacher told me today with tears in her eyes, that if I ever needed a surrogate, she would do it for me. I gave her a big hug and told her that if I ever come to that stage that she's my girl. At the time I thought it was super sweet, but the more I think about it, the more tears that come to my eyes. Thank you Kelly, you have no idea how much that means to me! And lets just hope that I don't get to that stage!
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