OMG!! I just had my mom give me my first progesterone shot - and I almost died LOL I dont recall it hurting as bad - and maybe my husband was just better at stabbing me LMAO (which is possible because he has no fear, my mom hesitated) but it was bad - I bled alot for a shot and like I said I dont remember anything like that the last cycle (which was 5 years ago)... the guage on that needle is 18. Does anyone remember - or for current cyclers, what guage do you have? I swear thats bigger than I recall- YIKES!!
I can go back and look, but that would involve dragging a chair into my pantry and pulling my IVF box down from the top shelf. Did you switch needles after drawing it up?
Yes! Remember to change out the needles. It took us about 2 weeks before we realized it. It hurt something fierce before. I think that the original needle gauge for us was 22 and then we switched to 25. I also used a rolled up towel to bite and that helped some. But really, changing the needles out helped SO much. Good luck.
There should be a larger needle to draw up the PIO from the vial. After you draw it up into the syringe, you should unscrew that needle and put on a smaller needle.
Call your RE's office. They should have included two different needle sizes. If they didn't, you should be able to pick some up from them or from a pharmacy. Tell your mom to just act like she's throwing a dart at an inanimate object. It hurts a lot less when they just go for it!
OMG- what would I do without you ladies!?! I called and she was like you should have rec'd 22 guage in your package- I was like no just the 29 guage for the lupron and the 18 guage, nothing else. So she patched me into the Dr.'s asst to leave a voicemail and they are usually very good about calling back same day, really always so I hope today is no different.... That makes a huge different, at least to me... I was like wow- I know I dont remember it feeling like that before! Thanks again!!!!
I'm SO glad that you got it straightened out. And honestly, whenever you get the new needles, it will be a walk in the park (at least it was for me). When MIL did mine, she practiced on an orange (needle was filled w/ extra saline) and that seemed to help her a lot. Where are you doing them (as in what room of the house)? I found that if I could lean over the counter in the kitchen, it was the perfect height for whomever to stand behind me (or a little to the left) and like the PP said, throw it like a dart. Also, headphones helped me to go to my "happy place" and my DH or MIL or Mom would just tap me on the shoulder when they were done. And just to warn you, with the smaller gauge, it will take a tad bit longer to empty the needle - since the hole is smaller but the lesser pain is worth it IMHO. Sorry for the unsolicated advice. Hope it helped!