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.” http://www.drugs.com/answers/is-pregnyl-made-from-urine-or-placenta-108843.html

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

 

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3 Responses to “May the urine of a thousand pregnant women bring me much success”

  1. Chantelle July 24, 2011 at 1:30 pm #

    Good luck with the pee pee baby! Sounds very inviting. Well we must have a sence of humor about all of these things (and everything in life) or we wouldn’t get through anything. Good luck with it all and keep blogging, I enjoy reading and learning everything you have put up so far, I know your opening your world up, but so many women will benefit from your knowledge. x x

  2. Sarah July 25, 2011 at 12:07 am #

    Honey, you should have just asked me for my pee, at least you would have known where it has come from, we could have found a way to purify it ourselves…cheaper too:-)
    And as for finding a fatty bit of skin on your stomach…I recommend getting a nurse to do it as you don’t have any fatty skin on your stomach which might make it a bit hard for you.
    Big hugs
    xx

  3. elissa July 28, 2011 at 10:59 pm #

    Ha ha! I love reading your blog entries – so informative, honest and bloody hilarious! Good luck with the Pregnyl. It astounds me how far medicine has advanced not only since I was a kid, but even in the last 5 years. Fingers and toes crossed that this new method will get you up the duff. 😉

    Big love, Lissy xx

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