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IVF Injections are Painful Tips for Fertility Shots

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INTRODUCTION:

Jaipur is home to the best IVF treatments. You can find many services in a relaxed setting. Jaipur is well-known for IVF treatment. Mishka IVF is Jaipur’s most well-known IVF center. You will find many treatments and the most recent technology in a relaxed environment.

IVF is a demanding experience. One topic that is frequently brought up is how to manage the numerous injections of fertility medicine during the ovarian stimulation stage.

Patients may feel ashamed to confess that they are concerned about this topic. Although you might think that the discomfort from injections is minor compared to the possibility of getting pregnant, it’s important to remember your own experiences. This can be especially difficult for women who have a fear of needles.

 

IVF injections: What are my expectations?

First, the injections are not painful for everyone. Although the injections can be uncomfortable for most patients, they are very quick and painless. You will likely experience two types of injections during IVF treatment.

  • Subcutaneous injections: These shots involve administering medication to yourself with a small needle that is inserted under your skin. Subcutaneous injection is a common method of obtaining fertility drugs such as Lupron, GonalF, Follistim, and Menopur. Subcutaneous shots are typically injected in the abdomen or front of the thigh. You will be able to recognize the type and size of a needle if you’ve ever seen someone with diabetes administer an insulin shot to them. This is how most medications are administered during IVF. Usually, an injection pen is used. This type of shot generally produces a fast pinching sensation. Some medications may cause a slight tingling sensation or stinging when they are injected. Subcutaneous injections are easy to perform.
  • Intramuscular injections are injections that deliver fertility medication directly to a muscle using a longer needle. Intramuscular injections are often given with progesterone oil. The hCG trigger shot can also be administered intramuscularly. These medications are usually injected at the top of the outer quadrant of your buttocks. These shots can be administered by you, but it is best to have someone else help. Although some patients may find this type of injection scary, the sensation is still mildly pinched.

Is it possible to make injectable IVF medication easier?

To make injections go quickly and easily, the most important thing is to allow yourself enough time to do it correctly. You’ll find that it’s easier to not rush and, paradoxically, it will go faster. Each woman will have a different experience. However, there are some things that patients have found useful.

  • Talk to your nurse before you start your cycle. The nurse at your clinic will walk you through how to inject yourself. Ask questions and feel comfortable. You might be shown a marker to help you locate injection sites. You might be nervous and ask the nurse for the first injection. Many patients find it easier once they are familiar with what to expect.
  • Relax: Although this is a difficult task, if you tighten your muscles in anticipation of the shot, it can make it more painful. Relaxation exercises and deep breathing can make a huge difference before the injection. You can try deep breathing right before you inject and slow your breathing as you release the plunger.
  • Heat: Heating the injection site for intramuscular injections can relax muscles and make it easier.
  • Ice: Many women suggest using ice to numb the area before you inject. To numb the injection site, you can either use an ice cube (or a coin) or freeze a coin.
  • Anbesol, an over-the-counter gel that numbs sore gums, is called “Go Null”. You can also apply a little bit to the injection site and leave it there for a few more minutes before you give the shot. Before you give the injection, make sure to clean it off with an alcohol swab. If Anbesol isn’t working for you and you have trouble with shots, your doctor may prescribe a Synera patch or EMLA cream to keep you from feeling the needle go in. You may feel some burning, depending on the type of medication.
  • Apply pressure: Try pressing down on the injection site with your thumb for approximately 60 seconds. It may feel numb after you release the pressure. The same thing can be done by repeatedly flicking the injection site with the fingernail until it stings.
  • Try different injection sites. You may find one side is more comfortable than the other for subcutaneous injections or intramuscular injections. Stick with what you like and find the right place for you. If you feel uncomfortable injecting the same area repeatedly, it is worth switching things up from one time to another.
  • You can change your position: Your body position can have an impact on how intramuscular injections feel. Some people find it more comfortable to bend over a counter or bed with your weight on the other side of the injection site. Sometimes lying down can help relax your muscles during injections if you are with a partner.
  • You can try different needles. Generally speaking, the more comfortable needles are those with a finer gauge. The needle’s gauge is the most important metric. Small needles, such as 25-27 gauge, are ideal. If you feel pain from your needles being too small, you might consider switching to a different brand. A different tip may be easier for you.
  • Quick and direct is better than slow, twisting movements.
  • Give yourself a reward: Find something you can look forward to after your injection. You can reward yourself with a slice of delicious cake or a three-part episode of your favorite TV show…whatever makes it happy. Your brain will be flooded with positive associations if you anticipate the reward as you give the injection. This is an opportunity to practice good self-care. The ultimate reward for IVF patients is the birth of a healthy baby. However, short-term rewards can be very helpful.

Although injections are part of IVF, they don’t have to be painful. Your fears can be eased by knowledge. Although phobias are not governed by our rational brains by definition, gradual exposure can help with deep-rooted phobias.

You may be less afraid of the future if you know exactly what will happen, why, and how. Although the first shot is the most difficult mentally, most patients who are well-prepared find the entire process becomes routine after the first few injections.