Hi everyone, so this is the first time that I’m opening up about my IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) journey. Hubby and I have been married since May and we’ve been trying for a baby since March without any success. A friend recommended that we should get him a semen analysis since it’s only $125 (insurance doesn’t cover) and it tells you the quality of the sperm including count/volume, motility, morphology, etc. We went and got that done in July this year. While at the appointment, the reproductive doctor mentioned that she should give me an ultrasound to see how many follicles I currently have. And if anyone of you has seen the episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians which aired Khloe Kardashian at a fertility center where the doctor told her she had fewer follicles than he would expect for a woman her age. Well, that wasn’t my issue either because the doctor told me I had 19 follicles and I’m 30 which is well in the expected range. So they sent me to go get an HSG, which is short for hysterosalpingogram, never in a million years I would know how to pronounce that so we will just stick to HSG. The test is basically a type of x-ray examination of the Fallopian tubes and uterus by injecting this harmless dye that allows the radiologist to see how it progresses/moves through the reproductive system. It turns out from the “dye-test” that both of my Fallopian tubes are blocked. The right is entirely while the left is partially blocked and the only way for hubby and I to get pregnant supposedly would be going through IVF.
We heard the breaking news on Friday 10/12/18 and things couldn’t have happened any faster. According to the doctor, at the start of my next cycle, I needed to be on birth control (only active pills) for a minimum of 10 days. My cycle began the next day and I called the clinic in which they put me on the pills starting from day 3 which was Monday 10/15/18. I was told to have the last pill on 10/29/18. During the mean time, I had to order my IVF meds. I researched and called 7 different “speciality” pharmacies, both online and local (regular pharmacies do not carry IVF meds). From what I’ve seen, different pharmacies have certain products that are cheaper than the others so the smartest way to do is to order them all separately.
The two cheapest online pharmacies are both international, one is from Europe called ivfmeds.com and the other is called towndrugstore.com (a UK company that ships directly from Israel), with the latter being slightly less expensive. I decided to order with towndrugstore even when they guarantee expedited shipping within 6 – 10 business days vs. ivfmeds delivery time frame of 3 – 5 business days). I ordered my meds on Wednesday 10/24/18 and they were delivered by Friday 11/2/18 via USPS Express, within 7 business days. The medicine came in a styrofoam box with an ice pack since they need to stay refrigerated. Please note: due to European regulation, IVF meds shipped by ivfmeds.com will not include needles/syringes. Apparently mine did because they were shipped from Israel.
Baseline ultrasound was done on Wednesday 10/31/18 and I started my first injections (Follistim and Menopur) on Saturday 11/2/18 and have been doing it for the past 4 evenings. This morning 11/7/18, I went in for the first ultrasound since the injections and the nurse said I’m responding well to the medication. She told me to start my AM injections of the Cetrotide which will prevent me from ovulating too early, while continuing on Follistim and double the dosage for Menopur. Each time you go in for an ultrasound, they draw your blood; I don’t know what for but I will have 2 more ultrasound appointments to go before egg retrieval. At this moment, egg retrieval is scheduled between 11/14/18 – 11/17/18.
Side effects to all the stimulations include but not limited to severe bloating (I looked like I was 3 months pregnant), mood swings, fatigue right after the injection, itchy skin after Cetrotide injections (it gets better and the rash goes away quickly), etc.
Hubby is out of town on a business trip for the entire week this week so it’s the first time I’m doing the injections all by myself tonight. Wish me luck!