I tried not to think about what it would be like to give myself the first injection. I knew I could do it, and I knew I would do it, but quite honestly… getting blood work done used to make me pass out, so I definitely had some trepidation about inserting a needle into my belly over and over again during the IVF process.
However, I wish I had known how little a shot in the stomach would hurt. Like, “Wait, is it even in me?” little.
So for you ladies out there who are looking for some reassurance prior to your first injection, here is a list of 10 things that hurt less than giving yourself a subcutaneous shot.
2. Popping a pimple
3. Plucking your eyebrows
4. Pulling out a single piece of hair from the top of your head
5. A papercut (these hurt sooooo much more)
6. Dealing with an annoying hangnail
7. A mosquito bite
8. Ripping off a Band-Aid
9. Sneezing (I don’t know…sometimes sneezing hurts!)
10. Picking a scab
Of course, injecting yourself in your muscle is going to hurt more. And, certain medications can really sting from what I have heard from my other IVF buddies.
I would love to hear your experience… can you think of any others? Let me know in the comments below!
After I learned that my doctor was recommending a “short protocol” my for my IVF egg retrieval, I spent a couple of hours researching what exactly that meant on the internet. My previous doctor had prescribed a long protocol for my treatment, so I was familiar the administration of suppression and stimulation medications for that type of cycle. But a short protocol? I had no clue what to expect, or how much it would differ.
As the name suggests, it is shorter
It turns out, it wouldn’t have differed much when comparing the stimulation phases of the two. However, unlike a long protocol, the short protocol has no suppression phase. Therefore, short protocol treatment starts on Cycle Day (CD) 2 or 3 of the cycle during which you will have the retrieval.
Here is my actual timeline for my short protocol stimulation phase. It is worth noting that I am doing a freeze-all cycle, so after my stimulation and trigger injections, all other hormonal treatment stopped. The timeline shows when I had my appointments and the other types of services I received from the clinic, and the type of medication I took on which days.
Obviously everyone’s cycle and treatment protocol is different. That said, I hope I can shed some light on what this process might look like for you!