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    Default Costs/process for hormone injections - help please

    Hi there
    DH and I ttc for 10 months and currently on our 2nd cycle of clomid with not much luck 😞
    I'm 30 yo with PCOS
    FS has advised if not successful on 3rd clomid cycle then it's to fertility injections

    i.ve had a google but can't really find info on what this means
    is it injections everyday? By DH or FS?
    also any idea of cost of these injections

    any help would be greatly appreciated

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    It's low doses of IVF medications like gonal F. Daily injections you do yourself into your tummy. They are covered by Medicare so you get given a prescription to fill and it shouldn't cost more than $40 per prescription.
    You might have to have some blood tests & ultrasounds at the clinic to keep an eye on how the meds are working.
    Good luck!

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    Default Costs/process for hormone injections - help please

    And you just do them yourself. The FS's nurse should show you how and send you home with a sharps container.

    Have you had blood tests to confirm that you ovulate on your clomid cycles?

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    Is your FS only saying injections or are they referring to a full round of IVF ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trytryandtryagain View Post
    Hi there
    DH and I ttc for 10 months and currently on our 2nd cycle of clomid with not much luck
    I'm 30 yo with PCOS
    FS has advised if not successful on 3rd clomid cycle then it's to fertility injections

    i.ve had a google but can't really find info on what this means
    is it injections everyday? By DH or FS?
    also any idea of cost of these injections

    any help would be greatly appreciated
    Hi there I have pcos and didn't ovulate on clomid so had 3 cycles of ovulation induction with FSH (gonal F) injections. I ovulated on each cycle (and had IUI on one) but didn't get pregnant until we moved on to ivf.
    As previous posters have said it is injections every day until you hopefully have a follicle big enough to 'trigger' (with another injection) ovulation. With pcos they will usually start the injection dose quite low so you don't over-respond as they only want 1 egg to ovulate to reduce chances of multiple pregnancy.
    My response was always quite unpredictable and it took a while to ovulate (longest stretch was 25 days of injections
    You will need blood tests and ultrasounds every couple of days to track progress throughout the cycle.
    Yes the actual cost of the drugs is only about $40 per prescription (gives you 2 pens of 900 units I think so if you start on 150 units that's enough for 12 days). But you need constant monitoring and it is a fertility specialist controlled cycle so you need to pay for the 'cycle' not just the meds. My clinic charged $550 for an ovulation induction cycle with FSH injections and none of this is claimable from Medicare or private health. This covered all scans and blood tests throughout.
    The actual injections aren't too bad, I've injected myself over 100 times for fertility treatment.
    If you have ovulated on clomid then have you had a hysterosalpingogram to check your tubes are clear? And DH has had sperm checked by fertility specialist? There's no point doing ovulation induction if your tubes or blocked or have sperm issues. Hopefully all you need is a good ovulation and timed intercourse to get your bfp

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    Wow thank you all so much for responding so quickly to my plea for guidance

    dh has had sperm tests and told all is perfect - fast and mobile

    bloodtests have confirmed that I ovulated twice in the last 12 months on my own however I had a m/c for one and the other was a bfn

    fs says I'm not ovulating on clomid but there is a partial response, and because I have been feeling all the side affects from the clomid I was hoping beyond hope that it meant I was ovulating 😞

    Next steps are a 3rd clomid cycle at 100m/g but I'm so concerned it's not going to work that I wanted to find out as much as I can about injections so I can be prepared for it

    2 clomid cycles have so far cost around $500 (appts, u/s, tablets) so was a little worried that if we have to do injections that we may not be able to afford it

    got prepared for the 3rd cycle of clomid early and because of the shortage of the drug at chemists (rang 29 chemists in 1 night trying to source it) ended up paying additional as it was coming from a compounding pharmacy

    im told ivf will be an option later but fs is hopeful that clomid/injections work first

    trying to stay positive and stress free - but can't help but think it's my fault

    all your help has been sooo great

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    You can certainly try other things before injections such as a higher clomid dose or clomid and metformin together or letrozole which works similar to clomid but without the side effects.

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    You could always try IUI before IVF. You still do daily jabbing, trigger ovulation but then instead of the egg pick up and embryo transfer, you just have sex as normal. It's a lot cheaper than IVF. I'd definitely do that before progressing to IVF.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trytryandtryagain View Post
    Wow thank you all so much for responding so quickly to my plea for guidance

    dh has had sperm tests and told all is perfect - fast and mobile

    bloodtests have confirmed that I ovulated twice in the last 12 months on my own however I had a m/c for one and the other was a bfn

    fs says I'm not ovulating on clomid but there is a partial response, and because I have been feeling all the side affects from the clomid I was hoping beyond hope that it meant I was ovulating ������

    Next steps are a 3rd clomid cycle at 100m/g but I'm so concerned it's not going to work that I wanted to find out as much as I can about injections so I can be prepared for it

    2 clomid cycles have so far cost around $500 (appts, u/s, tablets) so was a little worried that if we have to do injections that we may not be able to afford it

    got prepared for the 3rd cycle of clomid early and because of the shortage of the drug at chemists (rang 29 chemists in 1 night trying to source it) ended up paying additional as it was coming from a compounding pharmacy

    im told ivf will be an option later but fs is hopeful that clomid/injections work first

    trying to stay positive and stress free - but can't help but think it's my fault

    all your help has been sooo great
    Quote Originally Posted by gingermillie View Post
    Hi there I have pcos and didn't ovulate on clomid so had 3 cycles of ovulation induction with FSH (gonal F) injections. I ovulated on each cycle (and had IUI on one) but didn't get pregnant until we moved on to ivf.
    As previous posters have said it is injections every day until you hopefully have a follicle big enough to 'trigger' (with another injection) ovulation. With pcos they will usually start the injection dose quite low so you don't over-respond as they only want 1 egg to ovulate to reduce chances of multiple pregnancy.
    My response was always quite unpredictable and it took a while to ovulate (longest stretch was 25 days of injections
    You will need blood tests and ultrasounds every couple of days to track progress throughout the cycle.
    Yes the actual cost of the drugs is only about $40 per prescription (gives you 2 pens of 900 units I think so if you start on 150 units that's enough for 12 days). But you need constant monitoring and it is a fertility specialist controlled cycle so you need to pay for the 'cycle' not just the meds. My clinic charged $550 for an ovulation induction cycle with FSH injections and none of this is claimable from Medicare or private health. This covered all scans and blood tests throughout.
    The actual injections aren't too bad, I've injected myself over 100 times for fertility treatment.
    If you have ovulated on clomid then have you had a hysterosalpingogram to check your tubes are clear? And DH has had sperm checked by fertility specialist? There's no point doing ovulation induction if your tubes or blocked or have sperm issues. Hopefully all you need is a good ovulation and timed intercourse to get your bfp


    Thanks ginger millie
    our 2nd cycle of clomid has worked but off to have trigger shot if I don't ovulate
    - does anyone know if the trigger shot is effective if you have already ovulated?
    i have OPK and all coming up as no surge - but concerned I'm not reading it right.....
    anyone knows what happens if u have ovulated and then u also get the trigger shot?


 

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