Friday, July 27th, 2012.  CD11.

So I just got back from my first monitoring ultrasound for my first Femara + Menopur cycle, and I must say that I am a bit disappointed.

Maybe I just don’t know what to expect from this new doctor, and from this meds protocol… Maybe some of you can help?

This is what I found out:

  • My doctor doesn’t see me for ultrasounds.  No biggie, I guess
  • No blood work is necessary, apparently.
  • I have no follies over 9 on the left, and the biggest on the right is an 11.
  • My lining was 9.5.
  • My nurse didn’t know if I would have a follow-up ultrasound or not.

I’m not thrilled, but I’m trying to placate myself with the knowledge that it’s really only CD11, and in my previous Clomid and Femara cycles, I never had 18s till CD13 or 14.

Still though.  This seems dire.

Anyone else out there been on the Femara + Menopur + Trigger protocol who cares to chime in with their experience?  I just want to know if I should assume this isn’t working and prepare myself to move on quickly…

9 comments on “Underwhelmed…

  1. Shelley
    July 27, 2012 at 11:55 am #

    I know nothing about this protocol but I find it odd that so little monitoring is done! Don’t lose hope yet, this cycle sounds like it’s just getting going.


  2. Tyger
    July 27, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

    Hope you don’t mind me chiming in here again since I am new here. I did femara and repronex (also injection not sure if it differs from menopur) and didn’t have great results. Then this month I was switched to just injections for 10 days. I had 3 good follicles on day 11 this time. Also my RE doesn’t routinely see me for u/s either. He looks at the results and I am called with the plan. I also don’t routinely get blood work. I also did clomid, and femara without injectibles previously. Keep faith and know that it may be time to be more aggressive.


    • Tracy
      July 27, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

      Thank you for the info! I’m happy you’re here! 🙂

      It is good to know that other doctors do things that way, too. I am just a little anxious, lol. I’ll just have to be patient and talk to the doc later, I guess.


  3. Jennifer
    July 27, 2012 at 4:29 pm #

    Hello from ICLW! I did Femara this cycle, but no injections yet. Stupid insurance is making me wait until September. Best wishes!


  4. mrsgreengrass
    July 27, 2012 at 4:34 pm #

    What injection day is it? At the beginning I would say that your progress is somewhat normal. If it’s later, then you would want more large follies. My doctor never saw me for ultrasounds either, but the NP always gave me a lot of info. I frequently had to email my nurse after appointments to ask for more info. Make sure you speak up for yourself and get the info that you need!

    Best of luck with the rest of the cycle!


    • Tracy
      July 27, 2012 at 4:35 pm #

      I’m CD11 today, injection day 5 (or will be injection day 5 as of about 7pm tonight). I maybe wouldn’t have been so concerned if the u/s nurse hadn’t made it seem like this was abnormal. Bleh.


  5. A Morning Grouch
    August 4, 2012 at 2:28 pm #

    What is the actual drug that is in the femera and menopur?


    • Tracy
      August 4, 2012 at 2:40 pm #

      Femara is letrozole, and Menopur is menotropins, basically FSH from what I understand.


      • A Morning Grouch
        August 4, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

        Then I had similar experience – nurse did the ultrasounds, and doc would look at them and they would call me later with the next plan, sometimes coming back in and sometimes giving me a date for trigger shot. No bloodwork needed – they just were basically waiting for the follicles to mature enough.


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