I was fortunate to start this cycle with 2.5 bottles of PIO from our last cycle, and I am slowly making my way down to one bottle so I decided to call in a refill to a nearby-ish fertility pharmacy.
Me: “Hi, I’d like to refill my prescription of progesterone in oil.”
Pharmacy tech lady: “Name and birthdate?” (…after filling her in…) “Okay, hold on one minute.”
Random pharmacy man: “Hello, um…there has been a nationwide shortage of progesterone for several weeks now. There is a long backlist. Would you like me to add you to it?”
Me: (now panicking) “How long has this been going On? When will it be in? WHAT DO I DO?!?”
Pharmacy man: “Its been going on for several weeks now. Every week they say they are getting more in, and so far…nothing.”
I subsequently launched into full panic mode and told both the pharmacy and the clinic that I was appalled that neither thought to advice their patients who rely on the medication after having invested thousands of dollars and their hopes and dreams into one of these cycle, and my clinic launched into crisis control and called the pharmacy to find out if they could make a substitute blend of progesterone in ethyl oleate, as I then found out that just the progesterone in sesame oil was affected. (The clinic said they were told that it is manufactured in Puerto Rico – you know – the small hurricane ravaged island that is part of the USA that our president refuses to acknowledge is as devestated as it is and has denied all kind of aid to – yeah, that one. I swear I didn’t need another reason to dislike him.) My doctor said he could eventually swap me to suppositories, but he doesn’t like to do that until a few weeks later when things feel more certain and confident.
The pharmacy then called me back to let me know that the progesterone in ethyl oleate would be ready today. He also said that 99% of insurance companies Don’t cover the ethyl oleate blend….but our does. Go figure.
We will totally take what we can get, though. The only thing that makes me nervous is that I have read about a slot of women having reactions to the ethyl oleate and that it may not be fully supported across the medical community. I do trust my doctor, but have concerns as well.
Has anyone ever used the progesterone in ethyl oleate? Good? Bad? How about olive or cottonseed oil? I plan to inquire about those next if I react to the EO.
(Wife giving me my injection)
In other news, we had our second beta test yesterday and my number increased as hoped to 341! I have my 3rd beta on Monday and an ultrasound shortly after as long as all continues to go well. I have begun having more regular cramping…similar to period cramps but very infrequent. No other symptoms.
Please keep the good vibes coming…we are not in the clear, yet!
Hugs and good wishes to all.