Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Quiz time!

If you're anything like me, you've spent an inordinate amount of time online researching dozens of aspects of fertility.  Hormone levels, antral follicle counts, IVF protocols, you name it, I've Googled it.  But one thing I never really spent a lot of time researching was my fertility meds.  Apart from a quick glance to see what kind of side effects I might experience from Lupron, Gonal F, Cetrotide, or whatever concoction I'm on this month, I never really paid it much heed.  Just took my RE's word for it and poked it in my belly.  

But then I came across a fascinating tidbit that I thought would be interesting to share.  In the interest of entertainment, we'll do this in quiz form!  Oh stop whining, learning is fun.

Question 1:  The follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) contained in ovarian stimulation medication can either be made synthetically or derived naturally.  Which one of the following products contains naturally derived FSH?
a) Gonal F
b) Menopur
c) Follistim

Answer:  B (scroll over to view)

Question 2:  From what is this natural product derived?
a) willow bark
b) salmon skin
c) human urine

Answer:  C

Now, I'll stop here for a second to make sure you've checked your answer to Question 2.  Because again, if you're anything like me, the next thing you will wonder if you've ever used this naturally derived product is this: exactly whose piss is it that I'm injecting into my body???  Let's move on to Question 3.

Question 3:  Exactly whose piss is that that I'm injecting into my body???
a) postmenopausal women
b) old Italian ladies
c) nuns

Answer:  All of the above

That's right, my friends.  It's all right here.  Last night I received my first injection of old nun pee.

All in all it went fine.  It did burn going in, though.  It burned with the fury of hellfire and judgment and the pent-up sexual frustration of 50 years of artificially-imposed celibacy.  Which totally makes sense now.


  1. Wow that is soooo crazy!! You are right, I have spent countless hours researching everything BUT my meds! I am kinda happy I use Gonal-F now though :)

  2. This totally cracked me up -- thanks for that! (I remember hearing early on in this journey that it was made from horse urine -- I'm not sure which I would prefer) Isn't it funny what we will just take our physician's word for and do without looking further into it? Maybe I never researched it because ignorance is bliss? Hoping the old nun pee works wonders on your ovaries and eggs!

  3. hilarious..and i only knew the answer from a fellow blogger as i had read about follistim awhile back..this is crazy shit we are doing...

  4. This totally made me laugh. My RE mentioned it in passing one day. Um, What?!? I find this especially entertaining given the catholic church's stance against IVF. I did finally do some research on the drugs after learning this fun fact.

    Try icing before you do the injection. You won't feel the burning hellfire and judgement at all.

  5. Litterly crying after laughing so hard. New reason to be happy about infertility: if I had a baby, I think I would have peed myself!

    Jen S: I also enjoyed learning that fact with regard to the Catholic Church!

  6. You crack me up! My husband said his testosterone injections (back when he was still taking them) were made from nun pee, but I had no idea I was injecting it into myself, too!

  7. LMAO. I really didn't need to know this, but it was hilarious anyway. Bring on the pee injections!!

  8. OMGoodness. This is hilarious and gross all at the same time. Can you believe we all inject this into ourselves without question? Crazy.

  9. This post cracked me up...Thanks for the laugh, I needed it today!
    ~Infertile Myrtle, RN @ http://mrsinfertilemyrtlern.blogspot.com/

  10. Awesome post. :)

    I've done the same thing and was completely grossed out. I read in one of my meds (was it Menopur? I can't remember - Ew. But now that I think of it the name of that one sounds too similar to Meno-Pee now to me). Anyways, one of the meds I read was that it was made from Hamster pee. Sick.

    The things we do... seriously! Haha

    1. Jesus! And I quote: "Gonal F and Follistim are made via recombinant DNA technology using Chinese hamster ovary cell lines that have been transfected with the DNA sequences encoding for the gonadotropin." Those poor fucking Chinese hamsters....

  11. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA... "It burned with the fury of hellfire and judgment and the pent-up sexual frustration of 50 years of artificially-imposed celibacy." SO funny... omg, the INSANE irony of how this actually helps us in our quest for fertility is almost too much to handle. Gawd, I don't think I want to start researching any of my meds.

  12. Oh the BURNING! I hated menopur for that exact reason. I felt like it burned for hours after and actually had to wear a bandaid over the spot so it didn't get irritated. Yuck!


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