Sunday, February 22, 2009

I am a hippo. Or, Why do they make Infertile Gals take birth control?

You know those inflatable water ring things- an inner tube, if you will? Well, I appear to be wearing one...under my skin. Over the last week, I have gained a good five pounds, find my wedding rings are not fitting and am seeing some un-pretty lines where my socks are cutting the circulation off in my legs. The culprit: birth control.

Don’t get me wrong, I understand the that the egg-makers have to rest before the IVF cycle starts, but with the number of times my cycle has been delayed, I have been on and off the bitch for about 9 weeks which is TORTURE. Aside from the hippo-like water retaining properties of the little suckers, I also find that my hair falls out and eating a half pound of gummy peach candies seems like a good idea.

Truly, I didn’t complain all that much about the Lupron because, c’mon! I was starting! But after the cycle was cyst-delayed, and I was placed back in of the oral contraceptive purgatory, I started to get really pissed off. I thought I’d be fat and hungry during stims, and was quite prepared with flowy shirts and loose pants, but now? Already? So basically, I am no longer just sterile (remember, no fallopian tubes) but also in a permanent state of PMS. Please send diuretics and candy, stat.

What about you? Any fun pill-related side effects?

1 comment:

  1. Hi Carrie, thanks for stopping by my blog, commenting, and following. I really appreciate it I’ve signed up for your blog too and look forwarding to reading more. BCPs suck so badly. I'm sending you a hug, diuretics, and candy, as well as a "try to go easy on yourself right now" wish. It's hard, I know, but once the cyst is taken care of, the little extra belly ring will come in handy for the remaining injections. Mine did. ;-) Cysts make you feel bloated too, so it's a totally unhappy combination of cyst, BCPs and IVF. Hang in there. I'm thinking of you.