There are two primary types of injections given to women undergoing infertility treatment: subcutaneous and intramuscular. Subcutaneous medications are injected into the fat deposits just under the skin. Intramuscular medications are injected directly into the muscle.
When you are ready to begin your first injection, follow these helpful tips to make sure you are doing them correctly.
- Place the necessary medications for the round of injections on a clean, flat surface.
- Check the expiration dates on your medications and make sure they look normal. The liquid should be clear and free of any small particles.
- Wash your hands thoroughly and disinfect the injection site with alcohol. Let the skin dry for a few seconds and prepare the medication as directed.
- To reduce soreness, try alternating the injection site each time. Ask your partner to massage the area gently and softly after injection to speed healing and create intimacy.
- Finally, dispose of all medications properly and carefully. Do not reuse any of the needles.
Involve Your Partner
Try to incorporate the injectable medications into your routine in a positive way. You may want to involve your partner in the process. Some partners may be eager to give the injections while others may feel squeamish or nervous about performing the injections. While some women find it easy to inject themselves on a daily basis, other women prefer to have their partner help with the injections. Involving your partner may help you both maintain closeness and intimacy during this stressful time.
Seek Advice if Necessary
If needles make you nervous, ask your clinic about how to properly administer them. Above all, relax and know that your fertility team is there to guide you and instruct you in how to store and take these medications safely. Be sure to talk to your doctor about any questions you may have about fertility injections.