Our precious boys...

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Friday, January 8, 2010

INITIATION OF STIMULATION

Today starts the stimulation phase of the protocol! Awesome! So far so good and right on schedule. What a relief! This now means I’m adding two nightly shots to my still morning shot. So, now we’re up to 3 shots a day!

Since my ovaries have “shut down,” as they are supposed to, my dose of LUPRON now goes down to 10 units daily. I start two more shots at night, GONAL F and MENOPUR. GONAL F (Follitropin Alfa – pronounced “foll-ih-troh-pin) is a follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) that makes the follicular cells in the ovary grow, which then stimulates egg development and the female hormone estrogen. This basically means it helps the ovaries to make more eggs. (The follicles are what contain the eggs.)

MENOPUR (Menotropins – pronounced “men oh troe pins”) is a human menopausal gonadotropin which is an ovulation drug. It’s an equal mixture of the follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteninizing hormone (LH). These are both important for the development of the follicles (eggs) produced by the ovaries. MENOPUR is used to stimulate the development of multiple eggs to be collected for IVF.

I take these 2 shots daily at night (with the LUPRON in the morning for a total of 3) until the week of January 18th.

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