I’m 10 days into my third fresh IVF cycle (I’ve also previously had 3 frozen cycles), and so far the only med I’m on is the follicle-stimulating hormone Gonal-F, also known as gonadotropin. Today marks one week that I’ve injected this hormone into my gut each night. I started on 37.5 for six nights and switched to 75 after my appointment yesterday. It’s a fairly low dose, but because I don’t have an issue producing eggs, and because my doc is trying to prevent me from getting OHSS (ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome) again, we’re taking it slow.
I consider Gonal-F one of the easier fertility meds. I say that for a few reasons. First, it comes in a self-contained “pen” that makes the injection a breeze. No mixing, no measuring, and it’s a super small needle. You simply click the pen to the number that represents the dosage you’ve been prescribed, and stab away!
Overall, I’d give the award for Best Tolerated Med to Gonal-F.
But that’s not to say there are no side effects of Gonal-F, though – admittedly – they’re not nearly as bad as some of the side effects from the other fertility meds.
And don’t miss a post!