January 18, 2009

American Association of Reproductive Problems?


I can live with the penis enlargement spam. Clearly, it's not personal. But just how did the AARP know my reproductive functioning rivals that of a 55 year old? You've got to admire their data mining, but do you really think they'll let me get away with the restaurant discounts for the next 20 years?

Baseline looked good this morning. Stims start tonight. The nurse said "Now try not to compare this cycle to your last one too much, because your last one was quite good. It can be hard to get your hopes up." Uh huh. Got that particular worry covered, thanks.

I think I know what I'm doing tonight. I see they have improved Gonal-F (put the diluent in a syringe, brilliant!). Very annoyed though to see I have an IM hcg shot. At the suggestion of the internets, I complained about the IM shot in '07 and my nurse switched me to subQ saying the clinic was moving toward subQ hcg anyway. My new nurse is much less available for whining about such things so I may be stuck with it. I know it's just one but dammit those PIO shots are so gawdawful one less is a big deal. Just curious, how many of you cycling now have IM versus subQ hcg?

14 comments:

bb said...

Good luck with starting your stims. I am back in the swing of things with mine after a few days.

I also have a IM gcg shot. I don't really understand why it has to be that way, I have had Ovidrell subQ which was so much better, but that was with a different doctor.

My Reality said...

I have had IM HCG and the directions actually said to do it in the thigh.

It will just get you ready for the PIO. :)

Lorraine said...

This reminded me of the time in college when my financial aid was denied because I hadn't registered for the draft (yeah, it's volunteer, but just the registration is required for federal money). Not sure what happened, but it sure would explain a lot about why I couldn't get pregnant!

Re: the hcg, I've always had ovidrel sub-q for IUIs, and the hcg powder for IVFs. I think the IM is absorbed more efficiently so they can get the timing down to the hour. Ice up and make sure you bend over a table or counter!

Tinker said...

All of my cycles have had sub-cu hCG. No PIO either (just messy pessaries).

I hope the stims go as easily as your last cycle and you can, at least from home, snub your nose at that nurse.

sacredandscarred said...

My clinic does hcg sub-q. It says "for IM injection" on the powder though.

Can you call your RE rather than the nurse? Or just do it sub-q anyway?

Also all the clinics here use either Crinone or prog pessaries (suppositories to those in the US), not PIO. Oh and I got Synarel not Lupron, so minimal stabbing here, yay!

Thalia said...

I didn't think anyone still did IM hcg, it's completely unecessary. Certainly any clinic I've been to in the Uk does sub-q. And also most don't do IM progesterone, either.

I'd definitely raise this as an issue, it's just one more painful thing you don't need.

littlebitofsomething said...

I have two IMs and one SubQ. The PIO is a daily IM, del est every third day and a subQ lovenox daily. I have to say it's annoying but not so bad. I use a heating pad and i have only a little residual aching. i think DH hates giving it more than i hate getting it.

Sarah said...

my clinic is like lorraine's...subQ for IUIs and IM for IVF, although when i asked in 2007 they let me do subQ and obviously it didn't hurt us, so i will definitely try asking again. mine also does PIO until beta and for two weeks after then switches you to crinone when they're confident you're making enough prog on your own.

dreamsandfalsealarms said...

I've only had sub q hcg--I didn't even know they had IM!
I use Ovidril.

Maredsous said...

OMG,

I didn't realize that I too will likely have an IM shot. I was always ecstatic about not having to do the IM shot. I didn't realize that they prescribe Ovidrel for IUI and Novarel for IVF (which apparently is IM?) I have to inject today, so I guess I better figure that out pretty quickly.

Don't let the nurse get you down. If you are a good responder you are a good responder.

Sticky Bun said...

So, two things: 1. I also somehow got on the AARP mailing list. And it ROYALLY pissed me off. They really need to update their lists because it's downright offensive.

2. Like many others, I did the subQ for IUIs and IM for IVF. I guess I feel like, while staring down the barrel of PIO, what's another day? Either way, I hope it's as painless as possible!

Bumble said...

Hi Sarah, Just wanted to wish you all the luck in the world for your new cycle. I hope it goes so well and ends as happily as the last. Mine was sub-Q Ovirel by the way! xxx

Tam said...

Just checking in to give you some love, I'm thinking of you all the time. Good luck with the shots, the premixed stuff rocks!!!

My first ones with all the IUI's and first IVF were IM's - they really sucked - I had it much easier this last time round...subq is definately the way to go!!!

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