I stopped by the pharmacy today to pick up the rest of my medication. Grand total for drugs so far this cycle? $625. Really, in the world of IVF, that’s nothing. The Gonal-F alone is usually $3000 but for some bizarre reason, the state of Washington gives the UW a ridiculous deal on fertility meds, so the Gonal-F only cost me $200 (plus the one I have left over from our last IUI). What does $625 worth of meds look like?
I’ve been taking the Lupron for about a week now, and it’s not so bad. Little needle so pretty much painless:
Sunday I start the stims: Gonal-F and Luveris. I’ve taken the Gonal-F before. It comes in a pen, which is so so easy. The Luveris will require mixing, so a bit more complicated.
I’m not going to lie–this one scares me: Novarel. This is the trigger, and is intramuscular, which means it goes in the butt. Normally you would get someone else to do this for you, because as you can imagine, shooting yourself in the butt is a little challenging. But my dear husband would likely pass out at the sight of the needle, much less be able to shove said needle into my butt. So unless anyone wants to come over and do it for me (I’ll make margaritas!) I’m going to have to figure it out myself.
And finally, my random assortment of pills. Which I’m happy to say insurance actually paid for so the whole bunch of them cost me around $2. Woo hoo!!
From left to right: antibiotics, Vicodin (not sure what this is for, but I’m sure I can find a use for it!), Xanax (fun!), more antibiotics, steroids (to keep my immune system from attacking the embryo) and estradiol (I don’t know why I am taking this). Whew. After this, I will have no problem teaching my patients to use insulin. Insulin is a piece of cake.