Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Surprise Meds

My clinical coordinator went ahead and ordered my meds for me, so that I'd have them on hand when we were ready to go. During my last FET, Dr. Q just had me on progesterone suppositories and estrogen patches, so that's what I was expecting this time around. Super minimal and painless. Well his protocol has changed in the last year and a half. Sames hormones, but they're both intramuscular injections now- oils injected into my butt muscle daily, prior to the transfer and for the first 10 weeks of pregnancy. 

This type of injection is supposed to be the most painful of the fertility drugs, and I don't have experience with it so I'm a little nervous. But I am trying to look at the up side! I trust Dr. Q, and if he thinks this is the best form of medication to sustain a pregnancy, then so be it. Better safe than sorry! And it's just another opportunity to give of myself for these babies. Because that's what mommies do. :) These babies are worth it, these babies are worth it...

8 comments:

  1. It's not fun, but wasn't as bad as I thought. Just make sure that who ever gives you the injection sticks the needle in quick and injects the medicine slowly! - speaking as a CMA and as a patient! Lots of prayers!!!

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  2. I've been following your journey for awhile. We struggled with infertility and went through an IVF procedure before adopting our two blessings. Ifind the progesterone shots and it really helped to massage that area right after hubby injected the shot. It is thick and massaging it in helped to ease the discomfort. Praying for you as you embark on this exciting new option. :)- Danielle

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  3. Those babies ARE worth it.... but I'm sorry you'll have to be in pain. :( Hang in there!

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  4. I too have been on your side, watching your journey and am so excited to see you moving ahead! While I have no experience with the fertility drugs, I am praying you have comfort and that your labor of love brings you your beautiful baby! -Cait

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  5. My advice: hold ice or a bag of frozen veggies on the site for as long as you can stand it before the injection. Inject it slowly and then rub the area a little afterwards. Sometimes a heating pad helps. A confident hubby (or whoever will be giving them) helps a lot, too. Oh, and I always plugged my ears and hummed really loudly when he was giving it to me. Ha!

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  6. I unfortunately am a Progesterone Oil Professional. I agree with Ashley's comment above. For me what worked best is:
    1. Heating Pad first
    1B. While I'm sitting on the heating pad, I was always rolling the progesterone in my hands to warm in it up, it goes in easier when it's a little warmer (and sometimes I was lazy and just put it in my bra- body heat baby!)
    2. Ice cube it for a bit first
    3. Confident husband to just go for it.
    3B. VERY important to remember to change the gauge of the needle to the smaller one, an 18 guage one hurts very badly going in!
    4. Massage and heat after the shot to prevent knots (which are going to happen if you're on it along time)

    Another tip would be to assign your left cheek to odd days and right cheek to even days. I altered every day and could never remember which I did the day before, so the even odd worked well.

    It's a process, and it's not the easiest injection but it's not the worst thing. Good uck!

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  7. P.S. I just found your blog today, and my sister's name is Denay also! She spells hers D-a-n-a-e though.

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