IVF injection tips?

posted 6 months ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2019

So not IVF but I had a major health issue several years ago that required me to do 2x daily injections. I was told I could stay in the hospital or do them at home. Initially i said I would stay in the hospital bc I was so scared lol.

BUT – I did end up going home and it wasnt so bad. I did them in my stomach and grab a bit of skin and fat and just quickly poked it. The trick is to move quick so you dont really feel it. I cant say I ever enjoyed it, but it wasnt as bad as I thought it would be. YOU CAN DO IT!!!

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Do you know any nurses or friends who have gone through IVF to help you through the first few times? I’ve done 4 rounds plus many injectable rounds of iui and the needles didn’t bother me at all, but i am not afraid of needles. The best advice I can give you is to just commit – its much worse if you dont get a good stick the first time, ugh. There is very little pain associated with the ivf injections until the trigger shot but it sounds like you are more anxious about the needle itself. Try to think of the end result you are looking for – years from now, this will hopefully just be a distant memory to get the baby you want! 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

goldenbrown :  I did ivf and had my husband gave me the shots at first but I ended up doing them myself mostly because I felt like I had more control! It wasnt bad but I’m not scared of needles. I will admit I was scared when I first got my ivf protocol and I was scared to do the injections because I had never had to do anything like that before, but over all it wasnt bad. My tips would be to watch the videos of how to do each shot. The specialist pharmacy you are using should have links to the videos or you could look up the Injection by name. That helped me just understand the mechanics of them because each shot was a little different. I also agree with pp to commit and not hesitate when doing them. Some tips that helped me….was taking the medicine out of the fridge a little earlier to let it go to room temperature. (I dont know which meds you are going to be on so you may want to check with your nurse to make sure that is ok) If you have a friend who is willing to help that would be great but if you are really scared it may be worth it to have a nurse come….but I honestly think you and a friend could handle it. When I was going through the injections my husband would remind me why I was doing it and told me one day we can tell our child all we went through to have her! We did end up having a daughter who is now 6 months and it was all worth it! You can so this!! When it is hard and scary just remember why you are doing this! Anyways that helped me! Good luck!!

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper

goldenbrown :  I’ll admit I used to have a needle phobia before IVF. I had such a panic attack giving myself my first shot that I made my husband do the rest of them. Even that mad eme nervous for awhile but eventually I got over it. We are going to use a frozen embryo for kid 2 this summer and I’m going to try and do the thigh shits myself this time. The PIO to the ass is still a Darling Husband though – it’s a tough angle lol. 

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

When my meds came they came with extra needles. I practiced stabbing an orange so I could get a feel for how hard to press the needle in.  I also did the first injection with my nurse, which really helped.  She walked me through it which I think made it easier. I also found that getting everything ready and then just going for it made it easier.  The first couple of times I kept stalling which just made my anxiety worse.  And honestly after awhile it got so much easier and I could barely feel it.  Good luck, and its totally worth it!

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper

goldenbrown :  progesterone in oil. After your retrieval you’ll be put on a progesterone regime if you are doing a fresh transfer. My clinic makes patients do it as shots because they find it is more accurate dosing than suppositories (which leak out and can cause dryness from what I’ve been told). It’s the same injection site as the trigger shot and I had to do them for the first 10 weeks of pregnancy. For anything you are filling up from a vial switch to a fresh needle before injection – sharper needles don’t hurt. Definitely watch videos (YouTube has a ton) and have the nurse explain it as many times as you need to feel comfortable. 

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

goldenbrown :  Darling Husband usually does my injections, but my clinic offers an injection class  – you might want to see if yours does too. The class was optional when we did our IUIs, but required for IVF (because of need to mix saline/meds).

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee

I did all my own shots. I had a few trial runs with triggers for IUI before I went full out IVF and that was helpful to get a sense of what I needed to do.

BUT, it’s really not that bad. Watch a few videos for your particular meds when you get them and practice without the actual shot to have some confidence in what you’re doing. I remember my first IVF shot and I was terrified and shaking like mad, but was so proud of myself when I actually did it.

I set up a little bin with all my non-refregirated IVF drugs and supplies and then I tucked it away when it wasn’t shot time. I bought those little round band-aids to put over injection spots to pick up any stray bleeding and wore them somewhat as a badge of honor. I had a set place where I did injections and a routine that helped it feel less scary and less of a big deal. It’s really getting past that first one that’s hard and then you’ll feel less stress.

And don’t think about butt shots yet — you may have those in your protocol but some people don’t, so I’d take it one step at a time. Right now, just focus on those belly shots and become a pro at that. 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

goldenbrown :  From what I read making it room temperature can make it more comfortable but i never tried it cold so i really dont know for sure. Also if you do have to do the progestone and oil shot what helped me was using a heating pad after the shot to help break up the oil. I can tell you one time when I was out I didnt use the heating pad afterwards and I was so sore!! So I always used the heating pad from then on and most days I was never sore after and if I was it wasnt bad.  Some people ice the spot before injections to help numb it for the needle but I never did that bc the needle never really hurt me. Like I said definatly check with your nurses though because I am not exactly sure what meds you will be on. Good luck!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

I did every shot myself, including the trigger shot. I do not have a needle phobia, but the needles were so thin and tiny with IVF, I did not feel a thing. I would have the nurse come for your first day or two to walk you through and get you comfortable. I bet you will be fine after that! You can numb the area with ice and watch youtube videos specific to your medication for guidance. Getting all the meds and the schedule is SUPER overwhelming, but I found that the more I watched the videos and the more I studied the protocol, the less scary it was. 

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

what is your protocol?  are they subq or IM shots?

i had majority subq for my fresh IVF rounds and the trigger was IM.  i did all of them myself. though i had practice with subq during the IUIs.

my FET was all IM.  I started doing them myself.  i had the nurse draw 2 circles on my butt area then i divided it into 4 quadrants.  I tried to rotate around so i wouldn’t get too sore.  after a few days, I told my husband he needed to step up and help.

For IM shots, ice it a few minutes before, after the shot, massage it, then do a heating pad.  also when injecting, stretch the skin as much as you can.

 

also, watch a lot of videos.  the subq shots didn’t both me.  but i was nervous about the IM.  i just watch videos of people doing them.  not all IVF related.  and that reassured me i really couldn’t mess anything up.

 

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

goldenbrown :  I was in the office.  The nurse that was showing me how to do it is a no nonsense kind of person so I was nervous about being dramatic in front of her. I just grabbed the syringe and jammed it in there lol.  Afterwards I realized it didn’t hurt that much.  Sometimes the meds did sting a little, especially the ones that went in to my thigh. I found that putting a heat pack on it afterwards helped.  I also found that the ivf shots were a lot easier and less painful than the shots i did for iui.  Good luck to you!

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