Try #5 – Ovidrel

We did the Ovidrel shot at home this evening (Day 14) to stimulate ovulation. This helps narrow down the window of ovulation so they can better time when the insemination is performed. I gave the injection to Molly, and it wasn’t that big of a deal. I did my own testosterone shots as part of my female-to-male transition for over seven years so I’m certainly no stranger to sticking needles through skin.

Ovidrel (choriogonadotropin alfa) is a subcutaneous injection that can be given at home, and ovulation occurs about 36 hours after the injection. Unlike Clomid that does not act as a hormone itself (it blocks the negative feedback mechanism, resulting in your body producing more of your own FSH), Ovidrel is a recombinant human Chorionic Gonadotropin (r-hCG) and it acts the same as the body’s natural hormone that causes ovulation. Insemination is usually performed about 36 hours after the subcutaneous injection is given.

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