First bruise – oops!

The luteal HCG shots were intimidating for me since I had never given a shot to anyone or anything before. After our training at the clinic, I felt that I would probably depend on my hubby since I stuck myself in the thumb almost immediately. Once the day for my first shot came, I decided that I needed to give myself a chance, because if we were ever to venture into IVF, I would need to have confidence in myself to do it.

First shot was just fine! No problem. No bruising. Easy peasy, yay!

Second shot, I did too fast, I think. It hurt and I ended up with a nice little bruise right where the band on all of my pants rests. I was constantly adjusting all day. 

Lesson learned! I’ll try it a bit slower and maybe a little bit further away from the previous injection sites. One more to go tomorrow morning and then progesterone checks and in a week and a half, HPT!

Luteal HCG

Anybody heard of it? I don’t see much information out there, so here is my experience so far. 

I am scheduled to have an HCG shot every three days after my IUI. I was nervous when I received the box of syringes and needles at my door, but it wasn’t all that bad. The stick was hardly a pinch and by recommendation from a video, I pushed the plunger slowly rather than forcing all the medication in quickly. I haven’t noticed any side effects from the HCG other than breaking out everywhere, but that was happening before the injection (maybe it’s from the letrozole I took on days 3-7?). 

The IUI nurse told me that the luteal HCG will encourage the corpus luteum to make all those things that support the “pregnancy” that will hopefully be happening very soon, including progesterone. They will then do bloodwork on the last day of HCG injections and three days after as well to check the progesterone level. With these injections, I am told not to take a home pregnancy test until 12 days after my last shot. Hoping for a quick trip to 20 days past IUI and a +HPT, please : )

Update: The luteal HCG gave me lots of pregnancy symptoms, of course (hot flashes, a little nausea, light-headed, super hungry, unusually tired, tender breasts/nipples, gas, mild constipation). I was worried I wouldn’t be able to wait to 17 dpiui, but my next cycle started exactly one week after my last HCG shot, no need to test (bbt fell from 98.2 to 97.3). My progesterone was quite high, so it did serve its purpose.


Okay, I was intending to tell a story of an “oops” today with this title, but now that it is there, it also represents another wish…

First, IUI #1 Done. Our post-wash motile count was 54 million!!! They said they like to see it above 10-12. 

Upon inserting the AI tube, my cervix was being stubborn, so there was a bit of extra work for our doc today. Oh, my ultrasound yesterday showed a 29mm follicle on my left. Is there any way to direct the supreme sample that way? No, but with numbers like his, there will be plenty going both ways. AI done and egg timer set for 10 minutes with hips propped up. Trying to relax.

Here comes the first “stick.” Afterwards, we went into another room to have the luteal HCG injection instruction. We draw the fluid up and change needles. As I’m taking the cap off the new needle, I stick myself in the thumb. Great. Good thing my hubby was there to learn and practice. I was embarrassed and couldn’t believe I did that. He, however, was not surprised. 

The second “stick”? I’m praying we conceived in that office this morning and that we have a healthy baby in 9 months. Stick, baby, stick!


IUI #1

Of course, things can’t go the way that would be convenient… My ovulation tests didn’t detect a surge until I went in for an ultrasound this morning. That means a Sunday IUI it is! Excited, but I feel bad making people work on a Sunday morning.

The ultrasound this a.m. showed one follicle in my left ovary that was as big as my whole ovary! I didn’t know they did that. There was a little fluid around the follicle which evidently means that it is in the beginning stages of ovulation. We could have done the IUI today, but since we were told our best opportunity would be tomorrow morning, we’re going that way instead.

The femara/letrozole didn’t have any side effects that I could tell of other than the extremely sensitive scalp, which the DHEA caused before all on its own. I have the HCG which arrived the other day in the mail. The needles freaked me out. I’ll learn how to do that part tomorrow after the IUI and I might google for some videos just to be prepared.

I am so thankful to have met people along this journey who can share their experiences. I have also relished reading all the success stories and messages of hope. Thanking you all for sharing your journeys!

October 15, 7:00 p.m. Light a Candle

October is Infant/Pregnancy Loss and SIDS Awareness month. October 15 is a remembrance day. Wherever you are, light at a candle that day at 7:00 p.m. and we create a wave of light around the world in their memory.