Monday, September 24, 2007

Here we go

I started taking Estridol. This is the stuff prescribed to some menopausal women and to men and women with certain cancers. And apparently, to women getting ready for a round of invitro fertilization using frozen eggs. (Or someone else's eggs, I imagine.)

This stuff thrills me to no end. Mostly I am thrilled not to be giving myself shots this time around. The pills are tiny, which makes me love them more. They are so tiny I can take my daily dose without water. (Why are prenatal vitamins so huge? Why can't they just make them half as big and make the dosage two?)

In a few weeks I will get shots, at least for a few days. When a woman gets pregnant on her own, the body produces a good bit of progesterone in the first trimester. To tell my body it is pregnant, I'll pump progesterone into it. I took it last time, and somehow never got around to asking my doctors why taking it as an injection is superior to getting it in some other form. I have an appointment in a week or so, and I really need to remember to ask. I'll still take the injections when it is time, but it would help me to know why I am doing it this way.

The injections themselves are not so fun. The progesterone is in suspension in oil. To get the oil into the muscle (of my butt, thanks for asking) takes a good sized needle. If I'm lucky, and one of the embryos attaches to my uterus, I'll be getting shots for a while. If things do not work out with this round, I can stop the shots sooner. (Small consolation, but it is something I guess.) Since I won't start the injections for a while, right now I'll focus on the estradol (did I mention how much I love that it is in pill form?).


  1. Frig. I had no idea. I have a friend who made a couple IVF attempts but then gave up/I lost the thread.

    I had no idea.

    Still. All sort of shivery for you anyway.

  2. I had planned to leave a witty, yet sensitive and positive comment, but I could not conceive of one.

  3. Clearly my post came across as more down than I feel. I feel pretty good, even if I have limited idea about the likelihood of success. Even if this doesn't work out, I have things pretty darn good!

  4. Yay for no shots! I have a couple of friends who would have loved that option.

    It's an awkward topic to write and comment on, I think. I'm quite happy that you're starting out on a positive foot, but I also really wish that you could skip all of the pills/shots/etc at the same time.

  5. Good luck!

    And now I'm all confused about the prenatal vitamin thing too. I take two advil, why wouldn't I have taken two vitamins of regualr size?

  6. PIO is nasty. Slap a hot wet washcloth on the injection site when you're done - it helps the oil move around. The worst is having to do your own PIO injections - it's possible, but not simple!

    Anyway, good luck.

  7. Oooh. I'm excited for you. I have a good feeling about this..