Or what we call down regulating. The Buserelin places me in a mini menopausal state. Yea…mini menopause…temporarily. All the while I’m on the birth control as well. This process, “Down Regging” turns off my ovaries for a period of time and makes sure that I’m not producing any eggs right now. After this process then I start the stimulating medication which prepares my ovaries to produce a number of eggs, but we’re not there yet, so let’s focus on Week 1 – “Down Regging”. I have to continue this process for the next 2 weeks.
My morning routine looks like this – a cotton wool, rubbing alcohol, the injection and the vial of Buserelin. Not the makeup bag.
Ok here’s a break down of my week just as I wrote it in my diary:
- Took the shot and some bumps showed up. I thought it was a rash but later I learned that this was common. It itched a little bit but because the shot is localized it was only in that one spot. Five minutes later the itching stopped and the bumps went away.
- I got a headache but my nurse warned me that this would happen.
- In the afternoon I was extremely emotional. I cried a couple times.
- I felt groggy and foggy.
- I felt dizzy.
- Day one sucked!
- Administered the shot like a boss! I used the word “administered” that means I’m feeling good.
- I’m still feeling like a boss!
- 5:18 pm – still no major side effects.
- Today is a good day!
- The shot hurt a little today but I think I’m getting the hang of this. Maybe I was a nurse in another life.
- I got the dull headache later in the day but I took 2 Panadols and I was good to go!
- No mood swings! YES!
- The shot stung. I’m tired today.
- I got a headache and I took the Panadol.
- I feel sad today. Why am I sad today?
- My boobs look quite…plump! Looking like a round B – success!
- Sooooo…this was me when R.Kelly’s “Bump and Grind” came on during a playlist. Full tears! I don’t know. I seriously am trying to control this.
- This was not the best day.
- I don’t think I did the shot right today. It bled a little but I was told that if that happened, it’s ok. It wasn’t horrible. I really don’t feel like doing these anymore, but whatever. It’s in! It stung. Meh!
- Today is also the day of my last pill. As in, today is the day I MUST stop taking the pill and now I must await a period within 2-4 days, but I have to continue the Buserelin
- Dull headache today. I took the Panadol.
- Very tired.
- Tonight I had some joint pain for a while. I then decided to Google – Buserelin and Joint Pain. Apparently sometimes muscle and joint pain can be a side effect. Anyway, I took 2 Panadols and they kicked in about 45 minutes later. Thank God! Time to sleep.
- My brain said, “No!” I just didn’t want to do the shot. I guess I’m not yet used to this. I need to work on accepting the process a little more. “Suck it up Trace!”
- I took the shot.
- I felt drained today.
- I’m feeling very miserable but I think I’m masking it well because I have meetings today.
Day 7: – TODAY!
- I did not want to wake up because it’s Saturday morning. Anyway, I’m up!
- Administered the shot this morning – LIKE AH BOSS!
- I also hummed the “Jaws” theme as I inserted the needle and somehow it stung a lot less. That’s it, maybe I need a film score in my head every time I do this.
That’s it for my first week! It was quite the roller coaster emotionally but I’m learning to manage it. I also have the most supportive boyfriend and I’m very grateful. He’s a patient soul. Hopefully with Week 2 not much changes and I’ll know what to expect.
I’ll be visiting my doctor at the Fertility Centre next week once I see a period and it will be time for the Ultrasound Scan to ensure my ovaries are ready for the stimulating drug regime. Once I’m ready I will start the new meds and also continue with the Buserelin but I will be decreasing the dosage.
I also want to say thanks to everyone who’s read this blog so far, who mentioned it when they saw me, who gave a word of encouragement or even shared your own personal story. I really appreciate you all and the support.
Something to think about…
You may wish to consider Egg Freezing if you:
- Have not yet met the father of your future children and having children in this context is important to you.
- Are in a committed relationship, but not ready for children.
- Are focusing on your career goals/education.
- Have had unexpected life changes.
- Are facing a fertility-threatening illness.
- Are simply not ready.