Yesterday was the follow-up apt with the RE after Daily Estradiol 150mcg x2 weeks. This was meant to suppress the FSH and boy did it do just that! My FSH was 2.6…. yup, 2.6! I was too surprised because last time this was checked, it was 45. I mentioned side effects: tender breasts, wt gain, bloated feeling and she decided to decrease it to 50 mcg twice a day. I am okay with it and hope that things stay in a good place. The Estradiol was <26 which according to her is good. The antra follicle count was 2 on L.(2mm, 3mm) and 1 on R.(4mm) – well, don’t know what to think of this but I am hoping for miracles. My lining was great at 8.4 (triphasic?).
I am well aware that people with POI do not tend to respond well to stim meds, but one can only hope. I mean, what else do I have? I am happy about the FSH drop because that is one hurdle down. This gives me hope that something is doable. It also hints that IVF might be possible in the future (I have heard you cannot do IVF if FSH is >10). Just not sure this is the case with estradiol replacement – my body liked that.
She decided that this would be a great time to start Follistim 225 iu injections. I picked it up from the pharmacy and talk about sticker shock! Ouch! A vial of 600 iu cost me $500 (do the math for 3 vials). That is what happens when you have dual insurance and none of them covers infertility. What a horror! I called hubs who reminded me that we again… have to hope for the best and bite the bullet! She, for some reason started me on a high dose (I now know this because I noticed that most ladies take about 50-150 IU). In a way, I am glad that she wants this done without a slow titrate given my low numbers.
I am really hoping this helps my follies grow because that will be yet another hurdle jumped. She was clear in stating that most people with my condition do not respond to these meds… yes, I heard you but hope can be one stubborn animal. I will only go in with a grain of salt, or a mustard seed.....
Day one: Hubs and I went back and forth on neither of us wanting to administer the medication. He is scared of needles and I just could not see how I would jab myself with a needle. I found a you-tube video which helped him some. Top that with him practicing on a tomato. Oh the drama coming from Mr. strong himselfJ . Finally, he garnered the guts and stated that he would take care of it; and there I was, creaming like a crazed woman that I was scared… read: too dramatic for TV! Lol. Anyways, it was not even painful plus it was over and done before I knew it. Success! Here is to my first Follistim injection. Scratch that…. My first ever subcutaneous injection on my belly!
I realized that I had not asked about exercise and BD later in the day when hubs asked me about it. Turns out I can exercise and BD as much as I want for now. Hubs was happy to hear about the latterJ