Tag Archives: leuprolide acetate

Day 16 – Update

We went to the Dr. N on the day 11 of Lupride4. He scanned and said I have two small follies of 9mm on each ovary. While it is not something he expected to see, apparently, it is nothing to worry about. He said he has seen this in the past and that staying on Lupride4 longer would should help them shrink.

Now, starting stimulants has been pushed out by 5 days in order to give time for the two follicles to shrink. Also, Dr. N is out of the country and doesn’t want to miss on my scans because of what happened in the previous IVF cycle. So now, we have another visit lined up on 20-Mar (20 days on Lupride4).

In the meantime, the side effects are catching up with me and it is getting a bit tricky as there is no set pattern:

– headaches at random hours

– irritability over the smallest things

– fatigue to the extent where I’m physically present but mentally I’m switched off  (also hits me at the most random hours…)

– bruising on stomach (thanks to the injections)

To top all of that, I had a bad fall down the stairs a couple of days back and ended up with a severely wounded knee and a fractured little finger. The injuries make me slightly more irritable because I am unable to drive myself anywhere, takes forever to walk with a limping leg and the broken finger, well, it has its limitations (for example, typing right now is so slow!)

Anyway, hoping to get rejuvenated over the weekend and prepared for next week.

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Lupride4 (Lupron equivalent) shots begin

There are several side effects of leuprolide acetate. It was shocking to know that the drug is also used for cancer treatment. From what I’ve read online, gathered from other blogs and heard from others including some fertility forums, the following symptoms might dawn on me unexpectedly.

  • Hot flushes
  • Anxiety attacks / nervousness or palpitations (thought this was an interesting one)
  • Headaches
  • Nausea / vomiting
  • Dryness in the vagina
  • Tenderness in breasts
  • Weight gain
  • Acne
  • Joint pain
  • Loss of sexual desire
  • Depression
  • And goes without saying…EXTREME MOODINESS!

Let’s see what’s in store for me!