Day 20 – Lupron Research.

October 12, 2006 at 4:13 pm 3 comments

I’ve been thinking about many things, one of which happens to be my length of time on Lupron (the freak in me is starting early 🙂 )I have been learning about protocols and what lupron does exactly etc.I found a great article here:

The Role of GnRH Agonists (Lupron, Synarel, Busrelin) in In Vitro Fertilization

Unfortunately this is a cached article and I do not know how much longer it will be available.

Basically it talked about the role the GnRH Agonists (Lupron in my case) play and the pros and cons of different suppression protocols and how physicians decide which to use.

In general long protocols are used for women who are “strong responders”, low FSH, under 35 etc, since logically they would need more meds/time to get adequetely suppressed. It is possible to get oversuppressed and then not stimulate well. Scary thought. Reason why it is scary for me is that I keep wondering if my FSH number (last taken 8-9 months ago) has shot up in this time. What if I don’t need to be on lupron as long as my current protocol dictates?? I know that my RE knows what he is doing, but can I triple check please??! One of my biggest fears is that I’m closer to menopause than I think – my FSH value was good, but not great. And I keep feeling that the reason that it has been so hard for me to get pregnant (and the reason I miscarried the time that I did) is because of aging eggs. Frankly the thought of putting my body into temporary menopause mode is freaky enough as it is. But I know it is necessary in order to get this IVF done. Does it have to be done with this much lupron then?

I have figured out I’m on the long protocol since the article stated that a long protocol is taking Lupron for 7-10 days, and I’m going to be taking it for a whopping 13 (yikes!!). Well, I just hope that it is all good in the end and the right thing to do for the best outcome. I know that rule one in beginning IVF, is just beginning to trust your physician completely. You’re literally giving up your body’s natural hormone cycle, and just let your doctor drive.  Hope I got myself one good driver!


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Day 18 – My 1st Appointment and a little Dissappointment Day 21 – Lupron Starts!

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  • 1. hopefulmother  |  October 13, 2006 at 9:16 am

    Yup, the Lupron is a weird drug – but it does its job. I too am on the long Lupron protocol (I’m 30 and a pretty decent responder) but I’m on it for 14 days at 15 units, then when we start stims I go down to 10 units until trigger.

    Learning is always a good thing! Keeps you busy while you’re waiting for the next thing to happen.

    Best of luck!

  • 2. Lut C.  |  October 13, 2006 at 5:49 pm

    That was an interesting article. I’ll be on Busrelin, starting Monday.

  • 3. Sherry  |  October 13, 2006 at 7:09 pm

    Its so hard to put your trust in some doctor when you feel like he has your whole future in his hands, isn’t it?

    I know its easier said than done, but this IVF thing really demands the “one day at a time” mental mantra. If only I could follow my own advice!

    Looks like we’re on similar ivf schedules – completely different protocol for me though…I wish you the best on this cycle!


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Expecting Number 2… :)

My TTC History

Started TTC May 2005
RE diagnosed as unexplained in Feb 06.
natural IUI #1 March 06 - BFP, m/c :(
natural IUI #2 May 06 - BFN
clomid IUI #3 July 06 - BFN
femara IUI #4 August 06 - BFN

Skipping suggested injectables,
moving to IVF
Bloodwork: Oct 12 for lupron
ER estimated 1st week of Nov

25 eggs, 15 fertilized.
1 blast transferred, 6 frozen.
Precious baby Girl born in July 07.

After 2.5 years of Bliss since that BFP...

April 2009: Start of TTC #2.
(Going back for the embies I left)
Apr 15: Start of Natural FET cycle.
May 1: Transferred single blast
May 11: BFN :(
Straight to Natural FET #2
May 29: Transferred single blast
June 4: BFP!!!!
June 8: 1st beta - 177
June 10: 2nd beta - 506

Healthy baby Boy born 2010!

Fast forward several years...

June 2013: Surprised with a completely natural and completely unplanned BFP!
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