So this is where we are in the business of baby making… I probably didn’t explain this very well in my last post on Friday evening, as I was upset and my thoughts were a bit all over the place…
I emailed my doctor last Friday morning as I was concerned regarding my lack of a period. I had expected it the weekend of March 8th, so by last Friday it was a week late. And yes, I was a freak and was peeing on sticks almost daily. Of course all were negative. If anything, I’m getting really good at peeing on sticks!
Friday afternoon Dr. Van Voorhis called in a prescription for medroxyprogesterone 10 mg tablets, generic for Provera. I was given 10 tablets and told to take one each day at the same time to force a period. The nurse explained that since we stopped the Lupron mid-cycle last cycle, my body was probably confused and out of sorts, my words, not hers! She said since the purpose of Lupron is to suppress all hormones, it’s very possible I didn’t ovulate this cycle, and often patients don’t get a period until 6-8 weeks after stopping Lupron. So, being we don’t have all year here, my doctor suggested Provera to get me back into a normal cycle sooner.
When I talked to the nurse on the phone I thought she told me to start the Provera and then start the BCPs once my period starts, but I obviously wasn’t listening, as the email with instructions she sent me explained that I’ll need to take all 10 days of the Provera, and then a period will begin within one to two weeks of taking the last dose of Provera. Then I’m to begin taking the BCPs on the first day of that period. To be included in this next round of IVF, I have to start a period by April 3rd. We are really going to be cutting it close since I won’t take the last Provera until March 24th… Nothing like adding more stress to my life!
Why does this all seem like a run around?? I have to take a pill to get a period, then take birth control pills which essentially stop it, and I will stop those three weeks later to get another period, and blah blah, blah. Oh, the time involved in this is really something else!
So for the time being, nothing exciting is happening in my uterus, or ovaries. Frankly, I’m a little curious if I would have gotten a period on my own without these meds sooner than I will on them, but too late to consider that now.
Friday afternoon I took the first pill when I got home from work, and within 30 minutes I felt awful… Hot flashes, sick to my stomach, awful cramping, a little dizzy… Same thing Saturday and Sunday. And I felt awful all day at work today too, awful cramps, sick to my stomach when I ate, and bloated, I swear I look 5 months pregnant! And I was 3 lbs heavier this morning!! Can I really have that much fluid in me? And does progesterone really make you want to sleep ALL THE TIME? As that was all I thought about today, when I could go to bed.
I’m going to hold off and take my dose tonight just before bed and maybe I can sleep through the ickiest of the feelings. Fun times, but I’m trying to keep in mind it could be a lot worse and this will all be worth it in the end!