Monday, 11 November 2013

The Flaming Infertile

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...

21 comments:

  1. Well, that sounds just awful. Boo, hot flashes.

    I hope AF isn't a total beatch and she shows up in a timely manner.

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  2. Uggg....sorry you're having hot flashes. I have only experienced them with Clomid. I feel cold 75% of my life....so I thought...."this could be a good thing". But like you...it just sucks. I even had to wear different shoes with socks because it caused my feet to sweat. Isn't that delightful? Well I hope it all pays off for you!.....You and your "super vagina".

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    1. So far I've avoided sweaty feet. That sounds awful!

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  3. You do have a flaming nice rack! Well, here's hoping that your super vagina can force AF to come on time.

    --Ellen

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  4. I can tell you (based in your good description) that that is pretty much exactly what a menopause hot flash feels like. It starts in the core and radiates outward. You start to feel it coming. Then after about a minute of heat you start the sweat that signals irbid almost over. That helps cool you down put you clothes and face may be drenched. I was fortunate that I did not get them at night. Hopefully that will be true after the babies come as well - cause I think I will kinda go back into menopause symptoms again!?

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  5. Okay, so it may not be as impressive a super power as your super-strong vag, but if the end result is what we're all hoping for, totally worth it!

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  6. A shame it doesn't work at will. That would have been useful. I hope the effects are over soon, and that your body does get back to its cycles towards the end of the year. I'm hoping mine will, too.

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  7. You are quite the hot infertile:-)
    Stay cool, my blogging friend.

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  8. Oh my goodness, those depot lupron shots sound horrible - I'm sorry :( But you only have one left, right?! Praying the next 6-8 weeks go by quickly and that AF comes when she should! xo

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    1. Nope, I'm all done. Only two shots, one month apart. Had the second one in October, so now it's just the waiting game!

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  9. The hot flashes are so weird, aren't they?! Hahaha I know what you mean about trying to will yourself to have one when you're cold ... Mine are getting worse now that I'm in the middle of a stim cycle ...

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    1. Weird. I never had them while stimming, only while suppressing on Lupron. But yeah, they could come in handy sometimes...but they never come at the right time!

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  10. That does not sound fun. I've not experienced these Lupron hot flashes--I guess one of the few things I haven't done. Maybe you could make a drinking game out it (or is than in poor taste, I just don't know)? Each hot flash gets you a refreshing girly drink--a mojito or daquiri or comsmpolitan? Could be a fun way to pass the time...

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    1. I would be hammered before breakfast. But I like the way you think!!

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  11. Oh boy I don't miss the Lupron hot flashes- especially the ones that wake you up at night!! Congrats on your great rack. :-)

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  12. We are always on the same path it seems. Glad you're done with Lupron Depot shots. Hope the waiting goes by fast.

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  13. Eeek, that sounds so uncomfortable, but love how you find the humour in it. Your blazing alter ego is awesome!

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  14. Love the Flaming Infertile! Although I am sorry you are experiencing those hot flashes. At least you'll know what to expect later in life! Ha!

    P.S. Stupid question that I should already know: How does one find out what words are used in a search that leads to your blog? I've always wanted to look this up for my blog, but can't figure out how!

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  15. The things we put ourselves through. Ugh.
    Here's hoping you get your period for Christmas. Is that something you ask Santa for?

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  16. Ugg hot flashes.... Im having issues with them lately too but Im not on anything. Guess thats the natural progression of DOR. Hopefully the lupron will make your uterus nice and cozy for the transfer.

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