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My wife and I spent the better part of five years on the in-vitro needle trip. I did most of the injections(she just couldn't gather the nerve to stick herself) and most of the time her butt was covered with golf ball sized black and blue marks. It got so covered, in fact, that I had to call in a nurse friend of ours to show me a viable spot for the next injection. It all worked out in the long run, as we are now parents of two wonderful boys, 9 and 7.

So hang in there and keep the faith, I wish you all the luck in the world. I know it's difficult, but it's worth the sacrifice and heartache.


When I needed to start on injectible medication to support a pregnancy, I went to a hypotherapist for a session to work on the issue and it helped tremendously. I did two days worth of injections without the hypnosis, and they were hard to do and left me shaking. After the session, they were no big deal.

I told the therapist I wanted doing the injections to be no more stressful than brushing my teeth, something I did and then forgot about until the next time I had to it, that I didn't spend all my time dreading. And that's exactly how it is.

I had prior experience with hypnosis and am very susceptible to it. Others' mileage may vary. But I think it's something a lot of people don't think about, and for what it's worth, it really helped with the injections.


Thanks Gene and Su. As I wussed out again tonight and called my husband in for reinforcements, I know I'm going to have to find some way to get my head around the reality of the injections. They don't hurt when he does them--I'm just way overthinking.


I'm currently doing 3 injections daily of heparin to maintain my pregnancy (I have autoimmune issues) and had to do the same the last pregnancy, as well as with all my IVF and IUI cycles, so I've become an injection pro. The first time is the hardest. I remember sitting there with the HUGE LONG intramuscular injection needle for the HCG shot to trigger ovulation being held over my thigh for the longest time. I don't think I'll ever forget that, as that was my first shot! Even today I can't do them "fast" like a dart, I have to go in slow and push the plunger down slowly. The shots I do sting like the dickens, but believe me it IS worth it and I have the proof of that today (thank goodness).

My hubby did all my progesterone in oil shots and a few of my other shots when we were doing IVF, so he's an expert now too.

Good luck and hope you don't have to keep doing these darn shots for long!!!

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