Greetings, menopause!

Rarely in life do you get to experience a teaser for what’s to come about 20 years down the road. Sometimes, after shovelling snow off the front sidewalk, you’ll get a backache and think, “Man, I guess this is what arthritis will be like when I’m old.” Or maybe, when put on the spot, you can’t remember how old you are for a few seconds and think, “Crap, is this what memory loss is going to be like when I’m 70?” Now, I get the distinct pleasure of starting my Lupron shots and settling in for the preview of a film I like to call This is What Menopause Will Be Like, Sucker! I hear Roger Ebert gave it a very bad review. My mother also rated it poorly, giving it zero stars and declaring, “You won’t sleep at all.”

For those who have no idea what “Lulu” is all about, it’s basically a drug that suppresses the ovaries. This means they stop producing estrogen, and also don’t go right ahead pre-selecting an egg to release during ovulation—this, in turn, means the fertility doc can take better control over the whole reproductive system and help the ovaries produce MANY eggs, rather than just one, and it all happens on his (or her) schedule.

So, yes. Here we go with all that. Got my assortment of syringes and alcohol swabs and a needle disposal tub ready.

Lulu

Fortunately, the whole stabbing myself in the stomach part doesn’t bother me. The only annoying thing is, I have to do this every night at the exact same time, between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. I’m thinking it makes more sense to do it closer to 5, because if I’m ever out for dinner with friends, I don’t want to have to rush back home immediately after the main course or, worse, sneak off to the bathroom and start unpacking my mini nursing station.

Otherwise, I guess I just have to prepare myself for the symptoms of not having any estrogen: Hot flashes, night sweats, hair loss, bone loss (?!), depression, fluid retention and weight gain. No problem!

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7 thoughts on “Greetings, menopause!

  1. I really hope it isn’t that bad for you. As I mentioned before, I just had a few light night sweats (not even soaking like some people, just really hot and sweaty on the back of my neck) towards the very end of the Lupron run. I was prepared for the worst, but it was actually OK. Good luck!

  2. I hope your symptoms aren’t too bad. I am thankful I don’t have to do Lupron for my IVF cycles since I am on the antagonist protocol. I think that’s the only thing that has gone in my favor since I started on this roller coaster.

  3. I hope you don’t get many side effects! I remember getting hot flashes, and that was no fun! The time that I used it, it was winter time though – so that made it easier. :) I don’t think I had any other issues, that I can remember. Hopefully time will fly by and you’ll be done with this part before you know it! Good luck :D

  4. Oh lupron…. How I hate thee. I got “lupron fat” for my worst side effect. I do remember being sweaty while in bed, but I never drew the connection. I definitely drew the connection between lupron and gaining 7 pounds though!

    Good luck! I hope this goes quickly for you. It usually does, in my experience.

    • Omg… so there’s like a Lupron-15? Kind of like the Freshman-15 that you put on in college? Well, I guess if all goes well I’ll eventually be putting on a LOT more weight, so I’ll just consider this a dry run. :)

  5. Ahhh Lupron. I had the three month shot, not daily shots, prior to my fibroid/endo surgery and it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. I definitely had hot flashes, but didn’t have a problem with hair loss, depression (as far as i know), or other crazy hormonal behaviors. I’ll get a Lupron shot in a few weeks that will last a month before i start the rest of the IVF drugs. My doctor said that studies have shown that it helps bring better results through IVF. Crossing my fingers that Lupron doesn’t affect you too much!

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