My metamorphosis as an infertile superhero continues. First, I discovered that my vagina had super-strength. (Incidentally, "super vagina" is one of the most commonly searched terms that brings people to my page. That, and some variation of a pet eating DHEA. I had no idea it was that common a problem!)
Anyway, about three weeks ago I received my second Lupron Depot shot. Up until then I'd been lucky and hadn't really had any of the side effects that everyone warns you about, like headaches and moodiness and joint pain. But that changed after the second shot. Like Dr. Bruce Banner getting dosed by gamma rays and turning into The Incredible Hulk, my Lupron shot has turned me into...
The Flaming Infertile!This is what my super alter-ego looks like in my imagination. What a nice rack I've got!
That's right, I've been gifted with the superpower of bursting into flame. That is, hot flashes. Although, like The Hulk, I can't really control my powers so well at the moment. I know because I tried. I was a bit chilly while I was waiting for my morning train last week, so I actually willed myself to have a hot flash. It didn't work. But when they do come, boy howdy! Roasty toasty bizness up in here!
In all honesty, I actually think I've been pretty lucky in that my hot flashes are fairly mild and they go away fast. I feel an initial flush in my face, kind of like I just got embarrassed and am blushing (although I've had M watch me when I feel one coming on and he tells me I don't actually get red, I just feel like I do). Then the heat drops from my face into my upper torso, and I feel like there's a little furnace burning inside my chest and back area. If I'm home I can pop a few buttons and fan myself, but at work I can't do much but lean forward, since sitting against the cushioned back of my office chair feels like I'm leaning against a black car on a summer day. Leaning forward at least gets the air to circulate a little. Within a minute or so, a fine sheen of sweat pops out (again, I'm lucky in that it's not really noticeable) and then...it's all over. The air cools me, I give my damp nose and upper lip a little wipe and it's done.
What my hot flashes lack in intensity, they make up for in frequency. It's nothing for me to have a few of these episodes per hour. Which is particularly annoying at night, as I tend to wake when it's coming on, throw off the blankets, then cover up again as the sweat dries and I get cold. I asked my mom what her hot flashes were like during menopause, since I really didn't feel like mine are that bad and I wondered if maybe it had something to do with the fact that mine are medically induced rather than natural. But Mom said that hers were much the same as mine, so maybe I've actually won the genetic lottery for a change and won't have a crazy menopause to deal with.
So now it's just a waiting game until my cycle starts back up. My RE estimated 6 to 8 weeks after the second shot, which gives me a period just before Christmas, but given my past history (my period didn't come back on its own for a year after I stopped the pill) I'm a little worried I might need medical intervention to bring my cycles back again. Just have to wait and see, I guess.
In the meantime, I'm continuing to work on developing my superhero costume and figuring out how to explain to my boss why I'm wearing a cape and a mask in the office...