Follistim/Puregon given SQ after much psyching up (Karla)

Hubby and I continue with our fertility treatments. Monday, 10/23, Jeff wasn't able to be home to do the Follistim shot into my tummy so I had to do it. It totally freaked me out. I haven't been able to do the shots myself since I did them the first round of treatment a year and a half ago!

Enjoy my personal torture! You chickies in the same boat as me know how tough this is! xox

Thanks Karla. And they do get easier, don't they?

PIO given IM by self-injection into the backside (Amanda)

Every morning since L my [Intended Mother's] egg retrieval, I have had to give myself the PIO intramuscular injection. This is one the mornings.

Thanks Amanda.

Mixing and drawing up from breakable glass vials (MyN1sm0)

Getting everything ready for the last injection before egg collection.

Thanks MyN1sm0.

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Clexane/Lovenox given SQ (Bea)



I'm feeling pretty smug because I have no bruises after four weeks of clexane injections. Things I've learned:
  1. Relax!
  2. Slow and steady is the secret.
  3. Draw any droplets away from the tip of the needle before injecting.
  4. Inject slowly and steadily, pinching just gently, bevel up (skinny bit first) taking care not to wiggle the needle.
  5. Draw out slowly and steadily, keeping the skin taught, again taking care not to wiggle the needle.
  6. Apply ice and pressure for a minute or two after the shot.
  7. It doesn't actually hurt!
  8. Later addition - after a couple of months, if you inject too often in the same spot you will start to bruise, so try to vary it.

(From Bea.)

Gonal-F given SQ using a pen (Marisa)

This is how I give myself Gonal-F shots for IVF. Note: This is not for training purposes and each patient has their own dosage, specific doctor's orders and techniques. This was done to show a friend how I personally do my own shots and I am not a doctor, just an IVF patient. Please direct all questions to your own RE.

Thanks Marisa.

Ganirelix/Antagon given SQ (Marisa)

This is how I give myself a Ganirelix injection for my Antagon IVF protocol. Note: This is not for training purposes and each patient has their own dosage, specific doctor's orders and techniques. This was done to show a friend how I personally do my own shots and I am not a doctor, just an IVF patient. Please direct all questions to your own RE.

Thanks Marisa.

Menopur given SQ (Marisa)

Part One: drawing up using the Q-cap


Part Two: Mixing


Part Three: Injecting

Note: This is not for training purposes and each patient has their own dosage, specific doctor's orders and techniques. This was done to show a friend how I personally do my own shots and I am not a doctor, just an IVF patient. Please direct all questions to your own RE.

Thanks Marisa.

Follistim/Puregon given SQ (prettykitty724)

I had my husband record my second Follistim injection for posterity (and as a shameless demand for sympathy). It really isn't that bad if you numb your belly with ice first. The best part (if there can really be a best part) Is my husband's narration. I love that man! FYI, stop pinching after the shot is in. If you look closely you can see that I lost some meds because I kept pinching.

Thanks prettykitty724.

Drawing up and tips for PIO (Watson)

More injectibles, specifically the progesterone in oil (or PIO) shots.

Thanks Watson.

Mixing and drawing up Menopur, Bravelle (Watson)

The first part of the injectible process: preparing the meds.

Thanks Watson.

Drawing up Lupron (Watson)

The first part of the injectible process: preparing the meds.

Thanks Watson.

Follistim/Puregon mixed with Bravelle and given IM in the thigh (MrsStephanie)

I show how to mix follistim with other meds and how to inject stims intramuscularly.

Thanks MrsStephanie.

Follistim/Puregon and Menopur given SQ (Monica Mingo)

From the CreoleInDC IVF Video Diary of Monica Mingo.

Thanks Monica Mingo.

Lupron given SQ (MrsStephanie)

I give a little tutorial about how to give yourself a lupron shot. Be sure to always follow your doctor's instructions.

Thanks MrsStephanie.

PIO given IM in the backside (Marisa)

This is how my husband gives me a PIO (progesterone in oil) injection at the end of an IVF cycle. Note: This is not for training purposes and each patient has their own dosage, specific doctor's orders and techniques. This was done to show a friend how I personally do my own shots and I am not a doctor, just an IVF patient. Please direct all questions to your own RE.

Thanks Marisa.