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Apr 05, 2005



Bloody cake frosting? Hoo-boy, you're my kinda girl.


hehe..."douching with extra-virgin olive oil"...you're funny...

(sorry you're in this crappy club)


OMG - LMAO! How I can relate! I did a donor FET recently and had to use 4, yes 4 progesterone suppositories in the a.m. and again in the p.m. Put one in, two pop out. I related it to holding down a kickboard in the pool - let it go and look out! Thanks for the laugh.


Great post. You had me smiling as I remember my experience with those progesterone suppositories. Yuck!!


I think you should write a book! Your descriptions got me in stitches, and I can relate to "The burning and itching was like the yeast infection from hell"


Great post, I can relate to your suffering after all types of similar problems.


Did you put the suppositories in at night before bed? That would probably prevent leaking onto your clothes.


Now it's my turn, I was trying to read up on these nasty little twat poppers.
The things we put ourselves through!!
I enjoyed your blog...very funny!!

K Lyon

OMG, I was LOL at this! I am supposed to start taking the progesterone suppositories this weekend - three times/day! Let me pass along the instructions that came with these refrigerated skinny bullet-like tubes:
How to use your Suppositories:
1) Wash your hands
2) Remove any foil or plastic wrapping from the suppository
3) Either squat or lie on your side with one leg bent and the other one straight.
4) Gently but firmly insert the suppository into the vagina, pointed end first. If necessary moisten the end of the suppository with some water. Push far enough so that it doesn't slip out.
5) Close your legs and sit or lie still for a few minutes
6) Wash your hands again.
Storage: Store in a cool, dry place. Place them in the refrigerator on warm days to prevent melting. If melting occurs place in refrigerator until firm.

Yikes! I am supposed to do this three times a day!?! I was LOLing reading these instructions! I guess it's not a laughing matter, though.


Lol..Nice blog post..I'm gonna share this to my friends who are using suppositories..This gonna be a good info for them..

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OMG, I hope you'll be okay soon!



I just found this post. I'm cracking up. I'm supposed to start today. This is what I have to look forward to.


Interesting, but I think your are not right here

VT mama

OMG, this the best. I'm w days post IVF egg(s) transfer on this chalky nasty projesterone suppository as well as w tiny estrogen ones that are so hard to get up there. this made me LOL... anyways they are making me feel so itchy and sore like I'd had sex for hours (as if)... I can relate to the part about the oily ones too, I had to buy all these awful, huge old lady underpants b/c my thongs with pantyliners didn't even come CLOSE to stemming the oil leak. i too wrecked a nice pair of linen pants... arggg...


HA HA HA HA HA.. THIS IS THE TRUTH!! The progesterone is a vaginal nightmare. I just found out they gave me a yeast infection. Soooooo I am thinking of filling up my monistat applicator w/the cream and putting a progesterone bullet on top and firing it up there! Its going to be a mess. I am considering wearing a diaper to bed.


No. I mean, NO. This is NOT good news. I have a pristine bottle of progesterone vaginal suppositories sitting in my bathroom cabinet just waiting for me...the RE is supposed to let me know when to start them. I'm considering telling her to stick them where HER sun don't shine after reading this...who would have thought having a kid would be this complicated???

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Good thing those type of suppositories are a thing of the past. They will melt with body temp but just keep them in the fridge til time to use. They come with a applicator and are shape like a bullet. Only use at bedtime unless otherwise instructed. And if not a light pantylinner will hlp with the oily leakage . This was just too funny glad I found it. T


Wow.just when I thought life couldn't get worse it does and found someone to say it they way we all think it. Couldn't stop laughing. However I tried using a canes ten comfortab to stick them up there but not to sure if that's any better. After thinking it was great I pulled the stick out and had blood on it. Not sure if it was implantation or just a stupid move on my part. None the less I had horrible cramping the next day. Word to the wise use the finger.


I just started the progesterone suppositories and they are making me want to not get up out of bed and to put an ice pack down there! This damn yeast infection is killing me too... i just hope the end result is worth it! Good luck to anyone else who has to deal with this!


You are somme terrific writer! I was laughing out loud a lot! Was actually surprised that this information was even out there, so thanks for it, and thank you to others who gave more info in their comments.


This is the most I've laughed during the last 4 weeks (aka - my IVF cycle.) I don't know if you meant it that way, but what a blessed break from the worry and stress of waiting and wondering if this is finally the cycle I got pregnant. Thank you - there needs to be more of these kinds of stories shared to get us all through the dark days. Still giggling!

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Does any one use these suppositories for post menopausal progesterone deficiency due to tubal ligation syndrome symptoms? I'm looking for help, I have chronic insomnia that is ruining mu life, my hair is falling out on one side only. This tubal ligation I had 35 years ago is the curse of my life, I regret ever being tricked into getting it by my doctor who thought 3 kids were enough for me I guess. I have had horrific symptoms, hot flashes directly after the surgery, immediate and chronic insomnia for 35 years with no help, body aches,flooding,painful periods with much clotting, extreme fatigue, and PMS. I am 63 now and still suffering and not finding the correct thing to take, I'm thinking suppositoris would be best so I could sleep

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Adoption To-Do's


    Total Expenses So Far: $21,531

    Select country (Korea) (11/14/05)

    Select agency (11/17/05)

    Tell our families

    Receive preliminary application

    Preliminary App filed (12/5/05):

    • Fill in application
    • Photo of us, photo of house
    • Write medical statement, elaborating on treatment for depression
    • Line up four non-relative references
    • One copy of tax returns from past three years
    • Pay $200 fee
    • Notarized adoption services agreement $10
    • Fedex to Agency $15

    Receive Big App (12/15/05)

    Receive Korea Adoption Guidebook

    Home Study Paperwork: (1/19/06)

    • S: Complete "Personal Data" form with 67 essay questions
    • S: 1 photocopy birth certificate
    • S: Complete Authorization of Release of Information - Employer Verification
    • S: Criminal Record Statement
    • S: LiveScan fingerprint form (for State of California: criminal and child abuse index)
    • S: Schedule LiveScan fingerprinting appointments
    • S: LiveScan fingerprints done, pay $65
    • S: Medical Exam, including HIV and TB tests
    • S: Medical Report filled out by doctor
    • T: Complete 51 essay question "Personal Data" form
    • T: 1 photocopy birth certificate
    • T: Complete Authorization of Release of Information - Employer Verification
    • T: Criminal Record Statement
    • T: LiveScan fingerprint form (for State of California: criminal and child abuse index)
    • T: Schedule LiveScan fingerprinting appointments
    • T: LiveScan fingerprints done, pay $65
    • T: Medical Exam, including HIV and TB tests
    • T: Medical Report filled out by doctor
    • Complete detailed Financial Statement
    • 1 photocopy marriage license
    • Photo of baby's room
    • Map & directions to home
    • Copy all, keep for records
    • FedEx packet to agency, $15 (1/12/06)
    All 4 non-relative references return 3-page, 10-essay questionnaires directly to agency (1/28/06)

    Home Study Part 2: (4/3/2006)

    • Receive & pay invoice for home study $3066 (2/1/06)
    • Schedule social worker visits (2/10/06)
    • Childproof house (smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, outlet covers) $40
    • Social worker visit #1 (joint) (2/21/06)
    • Acceptable Medical Conditions Form (2/27/06)
    • From that details how "open" an adoption we are willing to consider  (2/27/06)
    • Social worker visit #2 (S only) (2/28/06)
    • Social worker visit #3 (T only) (2/28/06)
    • Sign up for module 1 & 2 of parenting class
    • Book travel for parenting class in Southern California
    • Modules 1 & 2 of agency parenting class (in SoCal) $500 (1/21/06)
    • Receive 2 completed, certified, notarized copies of Home Study (4/3/2006)

    Agency sends Home Study to Korea (HSTK) (4/7/2006)

    Sign up for modules 3 & 4 of agency parenting class

    Take modules 3 & 4 of agency parenting class (4/9/06)

    I-600A filed with US-CIS (Advanced Processing of Orphan Petition for Visa) (4/6/2006):

    • I-600A form
    • Copy certified Home Study
    • S: Photocopy of birth certificate
    • T: Photocopy of birth certificate
    • Photocopy of marriage license
    • Copy of most recent federal tax return
    • Proof of medical insurance
    • $545 fee + $140 for FBI fingerprints = $685
    • Cover letter
    • Copy all for records
    • Mail to US-CIS San Francisco

    FBI Fingerprinting:

    • US-CIS acknowledges receipt of I-600A (4/12/06)
    • FBI Fingerprinting appt. scheduled (different than LiveScan fingerprints)
    • FBI Fingerprinting completed, for each (4/28/06)

    Receive I-171H (Approval of I-600A) (5/11/06)

    Pick baby name

    Arrange for medical evaluation of referral

    Receive Referral (12/29/06)

    • Child's presentation letter
    • Child's information
    • Photographs
    • Medical records
    • Confidential background information

    Medical evaluation of Referral by Oakland Children's Hospital (1/10/2007)

    File Referral Acceptance Paperwork: ($140 + $12) (1/6/2007)

    • Child Information Transmittal
    • Pay invoice for $17,500
    • 3 Placement Agreements - all notarized
    • T: 4 Statements of Adoption (for child's Korean passport) - all notarized
    • 3 Travel Option forms
    • 1 Foreign Travel Release - notarized
    • T: 2 Affidavit re INS Vaccination Requirements
    • T: 2 I-864 Affidavit of Support for Immigration
    • S: 2 I-864A Contract between Sponsor and Household Member
    • Copy of entire last year tax return, with ALL attachments
    • Copy of all last year W-2 and 1099 forms
    • T: Photocopy of birth certificate (again)
    • S: Photocopy of birth certificate (again)
    • T: Copy of 2006 paystubs
    • S: Copy of 2006 paystubs
    • Photocopy of marriage license (again)
    • Photocopy everything for records
    • FedEx to agency (1/6/2007)

    Receive child's "legals" from Korea (in English & Korean): (1/22/2007)

    • Affirmation and Oath Certificate (attests these documents are true and correct)
    • Certificate of the Guardian (certifies Korean agency was guardian)
    • Statement of Guardianship (transfers guardianship from Korean agency to American agency)
    • Extract of Family Register (birth certificate equivalent)

    I-600 visa petition form filed w/ US-CIS: (1/25/2007)

    • I-600 form
    • Copy of I-171H
    • Copies of child's legals
    • Originals of child's legals, with note and SASE envelope requesting they be returned
    • Copy of child report
    • Copy of child photos
    • Copy of most recent 1040 tax form
    • Copy of I-864
    • Copy of I-864A
    • Letter with visa cable instructions
    • Fedex to US-CIS San Francisco $25

    Meanwhile, the Korean agency works away:

    • Our application is translated
    • Korean agency applies for Emigration Permit with Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare
    • Ministry approves Emigration Permit (aka "EP")
    • Agency gets I-171 (I-600 approval) cable from US Embassy in Seoul
    • Baby tested for Hepatitis B & HIV
    • Visa physical for baby
    • Submit application for baby's IR-4 Visa

    Resubmit our I-600 visa petition after US-CIS screws up (2/9/2007)

    Buy baby gear (3/17/07)

    Baby CPR & safety class (2/17/07)

    Line up a regular pediatrician (3/5/07)

    Line up a pediatric cardiologist (3/14/07)

    Investigate childcare options (3/17/07)

    Line up Daycare (5/25/07)

    Get on preschool waiting list (1/5/07)

    Setup nursery(3/19/07)

    Get life insurance for both

    Write wills with statements of guardianship wishes (both)

    Set up trust

    S: Get pre-approval family leave with HR (1/24/2007)

    Buy gifts for foster family, Korean agency staff (3/16/07)

    Make travel arrangements to Korea ($185 plus 240,000 frequent flyer miles) (3/13/07)

    Wrap-up job for a 15-week leave (3/12/07-3/16/07)

    Finalize leave plans with HR (3/15/07)

    Travel to Korea (3/19/07 - 3/25/07)

    • Meet both foster mothers (3/21/07, 3/22/07, 3/23/07)
    • In-Korea pre-flight medical exam (3/22/07)
    • Go to US Embassy in Seoul to process Class-B Waiver (acceptance of medical condition) 3/22/07
    • Get the final Visa paperwork (3/22/07)
    • Take custody of child! (3/23/07)
    • Long plane ride back to USA (3/25/07)

    USA Medical Evaluations

    • Add baby to my health insurance (3/28/07)
    • Evaluation by regular pediatrician (3/30/07)
    • US immunizations (3/30/07)
    • Evaluation by pediatric cardiologist (4/18/07)
    Receive Placement Confirmation Notice from Agency (3/28/06)

    Receive baby's Green Card in mail (4/16/07)

    Get social security number under baby's Korean Name as permanent resident (4/27/07)

    Receive post-placement packet in mail from Agency(4/15/07)

    Post-placement visits from social worker: (9/12/07)

    • Visit #1 (4/28/07)
    • Visit #2 (6/30/07)
    • Visit #3 (7/26/07)
    • Visit #4 (9/12/07)

    Create and file child "progress reports" with 8-18 photos each, for Korean agency and government, and a letter with photos for foster family (9/12/07)

    • 1-month progress report (4/28/07)
    • 3-month progress report (6/30/07)
    • 4-month progress report (7/26/07)
    • 6-month progress report (9/12/07)

    File US Physician's Examination Report with Agency (4/17/07)

    File Adoption Finalization Paperwork in our county in California (5/1/07) ($20)

    • Form ADOPT-200 (Adoption Request) (5/1/07)
    • Form ADOPT-210 (Adoption Agreement) (5/1/07)
    • Form ADOPT-215 (Adoption Order) (5/1/07)
    • Form ADOPT-230 (Adoption Expenses) (5/1/07)

    RE-File Finalization Paperwork the State changed in July '07 (ARGH!) (11/13/07)

    • Form ADOPT-210 (Adoption Agreement) (11/13/07)
    • Form ADOPT-215 (Adoption Order) (11/3/07)

    Finalize Adoption in County Court

    • Receive "Consent to Adoption" from agency (11/2/07)
    • Schedule court hearing (coming in December '07!)
    • Adoption finalization court hearing (Munchkin is now a US citizen, and his American name is now his legal name!)
    • Have a HUGE Party to celebrate!
    • Send agency/Korea copy of child's adoption decree (child is no longer considered a Korean citizen)
    • Send adoption announcements

    Secure proof of US citizenship for child:

    • Complete & file N-600 with US-CIS, pay fee
    • Receive Certificate of Citizenship
    • File passport application
    • Receive passport
    • Apply to SSA to get status changed from resident alien to citizen, SS# name changed (passport is proof)

    Start the process all over again for kid #2!