Originally posted on my Tumblr Blog on October 19, 2010 7:32pm
First of all I apologize for the poor quality of the video. I used my iPhone4 to shoot it and I have yet to channel Spielberg with the camera. It turned out a little Blair WItch-esque, but this should suffice, at least for the first video.
On that note . . . Our IVF meds came! To celebrate this momentous event (the momentous event of me finally breathing a sigh of relief after this week of waiting!)
So I looked up some of the meds I got and here is somewhat of an explanation:
MENOPUR is a highly purified mixture of the human follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). Every month, a woman's body releases one follicle that becomes the ovum (egg). (When the egg does not get fertilized, it is discharged from our bodies as our periods.) What MENOPUR/FSH does is it tells my body to release more than one follicle in this one cycle so that when harvest/extraction time comes, our IVF doctor can get them all, and we have a larger chance, and later a larger selection of eggs to use for the intercytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), which is when they manually inject a single sperm into the egg for fertilization. I haven't opened the package yet, but evidently, the MENOPUR comes as a powder and the kit includes a sodium chloride solution to dilute it in. I do know that it will be a subcutaneous shot, so the needles should be a little smaller and should hurt less. Again, I'm not sure of this, but that is what I read on the manufacturer's site.
Just as an explanation, here is a picture from the brochures regarding what is a subcutaneous shot:
GONAL-F is another FSH that we will be using. GONAL-F comes in a "pen" form. The pen allows us to regulate the amount of the hormone to inject daily. It will also be injected subcutaneously.