Today is the day that I will be taking my first puregon shot. Somehow this morning when I was rushing to get ready to KKH, the lucrin shot failed me twice. Maybe they (lucrin) knew that I’ll be getting a new one (puregon).
I am quite calm today, it used to be quite nerve-wrecking whenever there’s an appointment. I hope it stays that way.
So this is what it looks like! Heeeeyuuuge right? Compared to the normal syringe.
I remember it exactly when I watched Giuliana & Bill (G&B), there’s this episode where Bill injected the puregon at her buttocks but strangely I was told by the nurse today that I have to inject it somewhere around the tummy below my navel instead. Ok so whatever, as long as it gets to where it’s suppose to be lah!
The moment I had the shot, I experienced sore in the tummy area. Sigh. I really hope the result at the end of these process will be worth all the pain. Insyaallah.
Since going into the program, everyday is a learning process for me, there’s always something new to learn and be aware of, especially how our body reacts to medicine.
Puregon Side Effects
mild abdominal discomfort
bruising and irritation at the injection site
I find this part disturbing…..
“The most severe side effect, ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS), is a potentially dangerous condition if not managed appropriately.”
So What Is Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS)?
The medications (gonadotrophins) used to stimulate your ovaries during in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) or associated procedures for fertility treatment are designed to ensure that a reasonable number of eggs are obtained to maximise your chances of pregnancy. OHSS happens when too many ovarian follicles have developed in response to the usual dosage of medication. It is a result of the hormones produced by the ovaries in response to the usual dosage of medication. It is a result of the hormones produced by the ovaries in response to the drugs given.
OHSS is usually mild and causes no more than a slight lower abdominal discomfort in most cases.
Although uncommon, it warrants medical attention as it can be potentially life threatening, if left untreated in severe cases.
When detected early and managed appropriately, the condition can be controlled.
Occurrence Of OHSS
Some 6% to 8% of patients undergoing IVF treatment will experience mild forms of OHSS. The severe form will affect less than 1% of patients.
You may be developing OHSS if you experience some or all of the following symptoms:
Persistent lower abdominal discomfort
Nausea and vomiting
Shortness of breath
Reduction of urine volume
OHSS is usually self-limiting and can then be treated at home with rest and adequate fluid intake. Immediate medical attention is required should the symptoms persist or worsen. In this instance, admission to hospital for treatment and close monitoring are required. Most of the time, the symptoms will subside in 5 to 15 days.
Prevention is the best form of treatment and we will endeavor to avoid OHSS at all stages.
Some women are more likely to develop OHSS, especially those with polycystic ovaries, those who are thin and those who had responded with many follicles or experienced OHSS in the past.
At KKIVF, we may recommend abandoning the cycle before the hCG injection if your risks of OHSS are high or unexpected rigorous response is encountered in your cycle.
If you are undergoing the IVF/ICSI programmes, your eggs may be collected but you may not have fresh embryo transfer. The resulting good quality embryos will be frozen for later use.
Disclaimer : all informations are excerpts taken from the website stated, otherwise modified informations due to some unrelated issues that is not relevant to the writer of this blog.