Thursday, March 31, 2011

Holy Side Effects!!!

I have been reading all of this paperwork I have been sent home regarding my upcoming injections/ about a major list of side effects--O-M-G!

I know everyones side effects are different, but I would love to hear about yours!

I remember back from my IUI with Gonal F, I was super emotional, bloating, hot flashes...all the not so fun stuff, so I can imagine thats what I am to expect with all of this!?

Please share your stories with me!! :))

Also, I don't know if you remember back when I asked you to please say a prayer for my sweet friend Rosemary's sister in law who was in an awful car accident...well she is doing much better, but still has a long road ahead of her. They are holding a local benefit for her on April 17th from 1-6pm at The Hog Creek Icehouse; please click here to head over to Rosie's blog to read all about it! Please continue to keep this sweet family in your prayers! :)


Rachel said...

The worst for me was the birth made me sick to my stomach and moody...

The lupron, luveris & follistim I didn't have side effects...

The retrieval was by for the most painful part as well as the week following...

I'm not saying this to scare you just to inform you. I thought that I would be back to work the next day after my retrieval...not so much...

Anna said...

I did an embryo adoption, which is basically IVF except uses donated embryos so there is no egg retrieval. I was on progesterone injections and estrogen patches & pills. I didn't have any mood-related side effects, but the estrogen patches (mine were called Vivelle) caused me a lot of nausea and when I was on the highest dosage, vomiting. A lot of vomiting. :(

I've heard the retrieval is the worst part. For me, the insertion of the embryos didn't hurt at all. I didn't even know they had done it!

Hoping your cycle goes smoothly!

Sumer said...

Gonal F - bloated, moody
Lupron - headaches
Estrace - moody
PIO - just a sore tush
Crinone - none
Endometrium - none

Ashley said...

I need to go back and see exactly what your meds are but HONESTLY, none of it was very bad for me. The birth control made me a little moody, but nothing crazy. The follistim wasn't bad at all, not even the shot. I had to take Ganirelix and it gave me some headaches, but I only had to deal with that for a few days. The worst for me was the PIO's and there weren't any side effects, it's just a shot that REALLY starts to get old after a couple of weeks. TIP: the closer the shot is to your hip, the more uncomfortable. Have hub (or whoever) keep it in the fleshier parts. :)
Retrieval wasn't bad at all, I wasn't even sore afterward, and I got to take a good nap during it. :)
And the transfer is just awkward if you are very modest, but it doesn't hurt. Worst part is the full bladder that you have to keep for so long!!!!
Good luck to you!!!!

Veronique said...

I`m a gestational surrogate and am now pregnant. We did IVF and I`m on progesterone injections and suppositories until my 12th week of pregnancy. I`m also taking estrogen pills twice a day.

I was blessed to not have many med related symptoms. The only one I had was sore breasts that apparently came from the estrogen.



Rosie said...

Aww Tiff! Thank you so much for posting about that. I know that the continued support and prayers really keep Alissa going & it means so much to everyone!

Your title made me laugh! I thought that Clomid side effects were bad, Ha! I can't imagine the side effects you will have to go through. Hot flashes are the worst! You're a pretty mellow person, so hopefully you won't have too many mood swings.

Charla (SHar-la) said...

I don't really remember in particular which drug caused which side effect, but overall I honestly don't remember any of them being very bad.

Here's what I do remember:

-hot flashes

-a bit of moodiness, but I honestly think sometimes the meds are just used as an excuse...ha!

-a sore booty from the injections (here's a tip that helped me TREMENDOUSLY...put ice on your tush for 15-20 minutes pre-injection and you will hardly feel a thing! I did one or two injections w/out ice and it hurt really bad...the ice was my lifesaver)

-sore boobs (but you can just get used to that, because when you get pregnant they will be 10x more sore!)

-the retrieval was a little painful afterward just because things are still contracting and cramping, but honestly I was only in "pain" for a few hours and by the next day it was just fine...I'm sure through this process you've done much worse!

-The transfer was absolutely painless! I felt nothing!

Overall, the worst part for me had little to do with pain, and more to do with the anxiety of the process. I do believe the hormones in the drugs make this worse. It was hard being on shots all the time and having to stay on a schedule with them, but looking back now, of course it was ALL WORTH IT! In a little over 2 weeks, we will meet our precious IVF miracle babies!

Mimi said...

I'm so excited for you! I am a little less than 2 weeks away from my first retrival for IVF. So far, I've just injected the Lupron and had no side effects. My worst part was the birth control pills, I was nauseated EVERY night. Don't know why....

I look forward to reading about your journey!! Good luck and may God bless you!

Rathi said...

I don't think i had too many side effects but the progesterone shots hurt, and leave little knots under the skin.. I was so glad when those were done!

The Gist Fam said...

I did follistim and it was not bad at all. Actually I had no side effects at all on it, and I had heard that was common for a lot of people who use it. Hope that can be an option for you!

onemorebaby said...

I just got done with a FET... nothing to it! With my fresh IVF cycle a couple of years ago, i think the lupron made me a bit moody, but all and all it wasn't bad at all. I also just wanted you to know... i have been reading your blog FOREVER now, but i am not sure i ever have made a comment. I, also, have suffered from infertility for years. Sometimes it just felt easier to suffer in silence, although I knew I was not alone. Well, after 3 years of nearly consecutive cycles with IUI's (medicated and not), a failed IVF three years ago, fostering (and losing) 20+ kids in the last 2 years... I am now pregnanat from a FET. God is good and the right time has come for me, as it has for you!!! (((hugs!)))

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