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My husband and I just went through IVF last month. I began with 21 days of birth control, followed by lupron shots and follistim. It really wasn't that bad. My husband would prepare the lupron and follistim shots for me and I would give them to myself in the stomach. It was much easier to give them to myself than for my husband to do it. The only drug that I had side effects from was the Lupron. I had severe headaches for two days and then after that I just felt "out of it". Once I started the Follistim I was able to decrease the Lupron dose by 1/2, which made a world of difference. After the egg retrieval, I stayed home for 48 hours. This was also when I began the progesterone shots. They aren't bad either. I ice my backside for about 15 minutes before the shot and I don't even feel when my husband gives it to me! Afterwards, I use a heating pad on the area for 5 minutes. I'm barely sore the next day.

We went through 3 IUI cycles with clomid and then 3 IUI cycles with injectibles (Follistim). All 6 were unsuccessful.

I am happy to say that we got pregnant with on our first round of IVF. We are still both shocked, yet excited. Our baby (or babies) is due on October. We will find out next Tuesday whether or not we're having twins.

My advice is to anyone going through IVF is to drink as much water as possible while you are on the drugs. It really helps lessen the side effects. Also, do whatever you have to do to stay calm... go for massages, go shopping, get your nails done... whatever makes you feel good!

Good luck - try to stay positive and know that it can happen! :)

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