AKA we spent $9000 on IVF and got a crap load of syringes, swabs and this bonus cooler bag. Oh and a few drugs too..
The drugs themselves don’t seem like that much, there’s 3 gonal-f pens and one bottle of buserelin (suprefact) which will last us the first 8 days. After that it depends on the blood tests and scans so we may need to buy more yet. The trigger and pessaries will all come later too.
It seems kind of random having a sharps container sitting on the dining room table (mental note to put it away when my father comes to visit later this week).
So we have our plan, which makes it all seem very real!
It is called the microdose flare protocol and normally is used as a last ditch effort or when stims have given a poor result before. Because of K’s low ovarian reserves, and the response from clomid and other blood results over the last year or so, our doc thinks that being more aggresive than usual from the outset is definitely the way to go. As we can only afford this one shot, that was more than fine by us!
18/9 – last day for bcp (everytime I type this I mistype bfp – hmm sign?)
21/9 – start twice daily buserelin injections (50ug)
23/9 – start evening gonal-f injections (300iui)
28/9 – first blood test – further tests and scans following as needed
Expected week of egg collection is 5/10!
As K said, we got the finance sorted on Friday and so we spent the weekend with the best part of $10,000 in the bank. What we could do with that chunk of cash. I said to K as we drove to work on Monday that we should just keep on driving up to Auckland and catch the next flight to the Pacific Islands – but as she pointed out, we really do want this baby!