Archive | July, 2011

May the urine of a thousand pregnant women bring me much success

24 Jul

Well, perhaps not a thousand. Actually, I have no idea how much urine is needed and thus how many pregnant women it takes to make one vial of the wonder  fertility drug Pregnyl. I’m not sure I want to know. In fact, I think I know too much already. And now I feel it my duty to burden you all with the same knowledge.

HCG Pregnyl (human chorionic gonadotropin) is a hormone that is produced by the female placenta during pregnancy.  It is in abundance in the urine of pregnant women during the first four months of pregnancy.

The fertility drug – “Pregnyl (chorionic gonadotropin for injection) is a highly purified pyrogen-free preparation obtained from the urine of pregnant females. It is standardized by a biological assay procedure (whatever that means!) It is available for intramuscular injection in multiple dose vials containing 10,000 USP Units of sterile dried powder with 5 mg monobasic sodium phosphate and 4.4 mg dibasic sodium phosphate.”

In english this means that the hormone is extracted from the pee of ladies who are preggers, it is then purified and made into a fertility drug.

Somehow I seem to conjure images of beautiful women with fat bellies, wearing chiffon in an elaborate garden being worshipped for their magical pee. Perhaps that’s all about the gratitude I feel for women willing to do this for their less fertile sisters. Or perhaps I am trying to go to a happy place with all of this 🙂

Really, I can get past the fact that I will be injecting urine, but I am a little concerned about the process. I have to mix the drug myself and inject it into a muscle!? As if injecting yourself into the fatty bit of skin on your stomach wasn’t stressful enough. Oh dear!

So you have to snap off the tops of these two bottles, pour the liquid into the powder to dissolve it, put the mixture into a syringe and then inject it into the muscle (which muscle it doesn’t say). OMG OMG OMG OMG! I really think I should get a nurse to do the first one for me. I am feeling a little hot and sweaty just thinking about it.

From what I am reading about Pregnyl, it is well worth the stress though. I didn’t get many eggs the last time I did IVF – three. My fertility specialist thinks this may help me produced more this time whilst protecting the integrity of my eggs. I can’t very well argue with that now, can I? I was told that Australia and America had run out of Pregnyl in the last couple of months so I skipped the last cycle to wait for it to come in. Fortunately it did. So I have high hopes for this drug and will just have to toughen up and get with the program *shudder*

All jokes aside – I am very grateful for this technology and to the women who have helped make it possible. So grateful that I feel like I want to pass it on and donate my own pee when I am pregnant. But, you can’t do this in Australia. It looks like the Dutch have a project called Mothers for Mothers, where the pregnant woman can donate their urine from the sixth to the 16th week of their pregnancy – see here Mothers for mothers and Pregnyl | Human and health: pregnancy …

Seems like they need a lot of urine to make this drug. No wonder they ran out of it – see here CogniBrain – Dutch urine for export



I’m Baaaaack!

17 Jul

I can’t believe it’s been over 2 months since my last post! Well, I certainly did embrace living each day as it came (see previous post) – so much so, that I find myself shocked at how long it’s actually been since I turned my attention to this blog.

After the miscarriage I had to wait for two to three cycles before I could start IVF again. I made a promise to myself that during this time I would remain open to what life presented to me. Life doesn’t cease to exist when you travel the road to solo motherhood. I am delighted to say that I fulfilled that promise and life presented me with a beautiful human being whom we shall call “Mr T” (no resemblance to the A Team member).

Mr T came into to my life with a procession of dancing girls, marching bands and fireworks to boot. Yes my friends, we are talking about the ‘drop to your knees’ kind of love. I know, I know, I can hear the gagging from across the time space continuum. But what can I say – I’m in lurve!! The kind of delicious romantic, intense love that I have only felt one other time in my life.

Yep the universe threw me a curve ball and I was happy to catch it. It is complicated – but that’s okay. Mr T has two children of his own who he loves to death. He also has an open mind and an open heart. He knows about my plans to knock myself up. It is a challenging situation for him because he totally gets why I am doing it but he also acknowledges that should I fall pregnant, it will be difficult to accept I am having someone else’s child. If I don’t proceed though, I may resent him further into our relationship and we are doomed then anyway. And so we both know I need to move forward and continue on this journey.

I have my donor sperm, I have paid for my next cycle and I have my first blood test this Tuesday.

I promise I will not abandon you again, my lovely blog. Expect regular updates and articles on topics of interest.