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The Medication

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Elonva 150IU …………………………………………………………………….……. Dosage: one single injection. Menopur 1200 IU……………………..………………………………. Dosage: several injections of 225 IU. Orgalutran 0.25mg ……….……….………………………. Dosage: one daily injection during 5 days.
Decapeptyl 0.1mg……………………………………………. Dosage: one daily injection during 7 days. Azythromycin 500mg …………….……….…………… Dosage: one daily intake during three days.
Progynova 2mg……………………….…Dosage: three daily pills during a min period of 4 weeks.
Aspirin 75mg ………………………………………… …………………………. Dosage: one daily pill, 3 mths.
Cyclogest 400mg …………….………. Dosage: 400mg/12 hours, during a min period of 3 weeks. Folic Acid 5mg …………….……………………….…………………………… Dosage: one daily pill, 3 mths.
Prostap 3.75mg…..………………………………………………………………… Dosage: one single injection.

The above list may or may not look like a lot to you. But keep in mind, some of the above comes in several boxes. Unfortunately we didn’t take a photo of all of it together, and I wish I had, just for entertainments sake.

The medication mat differ from person to person, but this is the gist of it. And it all starts with one large Decapeptyl needle, an intra-muscluar injection, straight into the buttocks. Even thought we had to do this at home – and enlist the help of a friend because my partner didn’t have the heart to stick me with it – this was the exciting moment that it all began. We didn’t realise how many needles my partner, the one growing the eggs, had to start injecting about a week later. 2 injections in the stomach daily for what seemed like forever. Towards the egg extractions, it becomes 3 needles and her tummy was already sore and slightly bruised from the amount of pokes she had already been enduring. I guess this is where I had the easy side – folic acid and aspirin each night and an estrogen patch on my behind. No worries.

After the procedure, the pessaries and continuation of the folic acid, aspirin and patch become second nature, although having to insert the pessaries every morning and night is a little… let’s just say I can’t wait until I can stop. These are important for the progesterone, so I know I shouldn’t complain. It’s not as bad as needles every day.

If you have the fear of needles – this whole thing is going to be a nightmare for you. But there are plenty of youtube videos of people who have gone through it and show you how easy it is. Just take a deep breath. And be prepared for the amount of medication, it will look daunting at first, but you get through it.

 

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