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Why I Refuse to Take Lupron Again

Why I Refused to Take Lupron Again

As I’m gearing up for my 3rd IVF cycle, I’ve decided to go against my RE’s suggestion and not take Lupron this time.

On this crazy fertility journey and after the loss of my twins during the 2nd trimester there comes a time when you have to dig deep and find out what really works for you and what doesn’t. Even if it means going against your doctor on occasion, honoring your own instincts and needs is crucial.

And that’s exactly why I’ve decided not to take Lupron this go-round.

My doctor, as all good doctors should, respects my decision. And together, we came up with an alternate plan that satisfies the both of us.

You see, Lupron is the devil of all fertility drugs. At least in my world. I’ve taken Clomid, Pregnyl, Menopur, Estrodiol, Gonal-f, Cetrotide, Progesterone, and others that I simply can’t recall right now. Clomid has the bad reputation, but I didn’t have any problem with it at all.

For me, it was Lupron. In fact, when my RE (reproductive endocrinologist, for those who don’t know) mentioned that I’d be taking Lupron for my FET (frozen embryo transfer), I immediately broke out in a sweat.

I explained to him my bad experience with it in the past and expressed my concerns about taking it again, and he said, “Okay, let’s create another plan.”

He’s awesome like that.

Originally, he wanted to put me on Lupron because it suppresses ovulation from happening. He wants to keep my ovaries nice and quiet, so he does not want me to ovulate before the day my FET is scheduled. Putting me on Lupron, he admitted, gives them more control over my cycle. I’ve learned on this 11-month journey that so much of this is about controlling the timing of everything.

So what’s the disadvantage of not taking Lurpon? There’s a small chance that I will ovulate on my own before the FET, and if that happens, we will have to cancel the FET and wait until the following cycle.

Clearly, y’all know I want to have a baby. But I’m willing to postpone getting pregnant a cycle or two if it means I don’t have to take Lupron. That’s how bad it was for me. 

What about you? What’s the worst fertility drug you’ve taken? I’d love to hear about it!

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