Last Thursday we went for my baseline scan, which checks that my womb lining is thin and my ovaries are quiet. I was a bit worried because I could feel slight ovulation pain in the days before the scan, but all was well.
The nurse pointed out a few potential follicles on each ovary and asked if I’d ever been diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome, which was mentioned at one of my other scans. The nurse wasn’t concerned about them, which put my mind at ease. My womb lining was nice and thin and I got the go ahead to start my stimulating drugs. These are the bad boys that encourage my ovaries to make lots of lovely follicles with hopefully lots of lovely eggs inside.
I was under the impression that when I started the stimulating drugs, I would stop the down regulating drugs, however, this was not the case, so lucky me gets to inject twice a day!
The dose of the suprecur (down regulating) has been reduced from 50ml to 20ml (at least I think it’s ml!) which I inject in the morning as soon as I wake up, then I run downstairs to the fridge and inject 150iu of Gonal f, which is in a multi dose pen with daily changeable needles.
Charlotte used to do the injections for me, but I’ve taken to doing them myself now, I don’t know why, but it hurts less when I do it. It took a few attempts before I got the guts to shove it in, but it really didn’t hurt.
As far as side effects go, I don’t know if I’m actually having any! I get the occasional twinge in my general ovary area and I do feel quite bloated, but this could be a result of the oceans of water I’ve been drinking to keep ovarian hyper stimulation syndrome (OHSS) at bay. I’ve been sitting with a wheatie bag against my belly at night, which I’ve heard encourages the follicles to grow and eating lots of protein.
Tomorrow marks my first stimms scan which checks on the status of my follicles, and hopefully see that they are growing as they should be. I’m that used to taking my pants off for nurses now, it doesn’t even bother me any more!