Saturday, November 22, 2008

Does it have to be the butt?

Hey a question for you IVF vets... when you stimmed you gave yourself injections in the stomach right?

Well here, i go to pharmacy to have my butt injections (sometimes DH gives to me)

Anyway I asked doctor there about this point today.

Me: Do you ever give injections in the stomach. In the US many people do it that way...

Super Nice Doctor Gal : (in arabic first, then I clarified in English) Here in Egypt we always give them here (pointing to my behind)

Me: Okay thanks...I'll talk to my doctor ( and the mighty inferts who read my blog)

Super Nice Doctor Gal: (again in Arabic) May God Give you babies this time (she remembered me frm number 5, really sweet girl)

So what is the best way to take these intra-muscular injections...any thoughts?

Reason I ask is becuase I remember how sore my butt was last time and even 2-3 months after, which I can deal with.  But also, is there any benefit to taking in stomach rather than behind?

11 comments:

  1. Oh man I don't remember, but I think I stemmed in my tummy, but then did progesterone in the hip.

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  2. Mia did her Follistim in her inner thigh *ouch* or in the tummy.

    I'm interested in hearing the responses to this one, too.

    Wishy-wish - I hope all your wishes come true with this cycle!

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  3. I did all my stims in my butt. Doc told me it was because of the extra padding I had and because he thought my ovaries would respond better. I'm a poor responder/DOR.

    always better to have someone else do them switch sides every day use ice and turn your toes in it relaxes the muscle.

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  4. All 3 of my RE's have recommended stim injections in the stomach or upper thigh. In the latest binder I have from RE#3, it says that stims may be given intramuscular if patient is above 160lbs.

    The benefit of the stomach is that the injections are subcutaneous with a much smaller needle. I don't think it should effect how your body reacts at all though.

    Good luck with getting started!! Lots of luck coming your way.

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  5. I don't know but I totally snicked at that last sentence.

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  6. er, snickered rather.

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  7. PIO and Estrace were the ones I had to give in the hiney. Heat before and after the shot, walking and stretching, and warm baths all seemed to help me. I remember how sore they make you, but it's all for a good cause! Fingers crossed for ya!

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  9. Stomach for the Lupron and trigger shot. That's the 1/2" needle. PIO in the rear(1" needle). Ouch!

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  10. I guess it depends on how much and what kind of shots you are giving yourself. Anything under 1ml is generally a subcutaneous shot. If it's stims for the ovaries, I did them all in the abdomen. I figured I wanted them as close to my ovaries as I could get. For lupron and antagon, I did those in the upper thigh, again, subcutaneous. For Progesterone in Oil or anything more than 1ml, those are intramuscular shots and go in the lower butt. I only did those for HGH, but more because of the volume.

    I guess in the IVF dark ages, all the shots were intramuscular because the technology wasn't good enough to figure out how to do them subcutaneously.

    Hope this helps!

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  11. I've done stomach for subcutaneous (FSH, Lupron, and sometimes HCG). For intramuscular, I've done my own thigh for HCG in the past, but then I can't walk for several days. For the upcoming progesterone in oil shots for this next cycle, it's gotta be the butt. Finally DH gets to join the injection fun.

    Good luck!

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