SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS! 5 injection tips from seasoned pros
Injectable medications are a part of nearly all fertility treatments...and they're not fun. It’s okay to be nervous. Getting shots every day, multiple times a day? It isn't exactly a walk in the park. We talked with women from the preconceive community who conquered their nerves, became injection rockstars, and wanted to share the tips and tricks they learned along the way. That's what friends are for, right?
Here's their advice for mastering injectable medications:
1. Rise and shine. Your doctor will tell you whether to take a certain shot in the morning or at night, but sometimes you can choose. Once you choose the time, you will have to stick to it throughout the duration of the cycle. One preconceive member told us, “I find getting the shot over with earlier in the day can help to minimize the anticipation build-up--so it won’t be looming over you all day.”
2. Easier to do it yourself. Who knew?! You might think that having anyone else administer the shot--doctor or nurse, family or friend, significant other or man off the street--would be easier to handle. “For me, it turned out to be more complicated and time-consuming than just doing it myself. In the end, self-administering was actually the least painful option."
3. Pinch yourself. “Find your belly fat, pinch it, and poke the needle right in there--it should hurt less.” We’ve always known our tummies would come in handy one day. Plus, it turns out the more ice cream and cheese you eat, the higher your chances of conception. DONE.
4. Rotate. Pick a different spot for each injection so you’re not sticking the same sensitive area every time. Women often bruise easily, so don’t be worried if you start to see small bruise marks around your shot areas. “Just keep rotating and picking fresh new spots.”
5. Gelous. Bad news: unlike other hormone injections, the progesterone shot goes into the muscle and is more painful than the ones that go into your belly fat. Good news: progesterone can come as either an injection or a gel. While the vaginal gel is more expensive, it may be worth it not to have to take as many shots every day. Ask your doctor about your options.
BEWARE: Read each medication’s box very carefully, as some fertility drugs need to be refrigerated and some don’t. Luckily, most come with detailed instructions that anticipate any questions you may have about storage. Always feel free to consult the nurses at your fertility clinic--they’ve likely heard every question under the sun.