IVF, or in-vitro fertilization, is a highly successful method to help couples who struggle with infertility to get pregnant. Although in vitro-fertilization can be an intense and sometimes challenging process, it can be an excellent alternative when ovulation stimulation and intrauterine insemination (IUI) are unsuccessful. Here’s what you should know about IVF injections and what to expect as you go through treatment.
Fertility Medications Require Injection
Unfortunately, many fertility medications must be injected into the skin or muscle and cannot be taken in pill form. For women who have a fear of needles, this can a significant challenge to overcome. Even most women who do not have a needle phobia don’t particularly enjoy injections, but it can be comforting to know that injection therapy is temporary and the pinch of the needle only lasts for a moment.
Where Are IVF Injections Given?
Generally, there are two types of in-vitro fertilization injections that are given — one is given into the skin, or subcutaneously, while the other is given into the muscle, or intramuscularly.
The needle for this type of injection is very small since it doesn’t have to go far into the body. Like insulin injections, they are typically given in the front of the thigh or into the belly. You won’t have to draw the medicine out of a vial and measure it yourself — you’ll receive an injection pen, which makes it easy to dial in your dose and receive the correct amount of medication.
Intramuscular injections are usually given in the upper area of the buttocks. The needle is longer than what is used for subcutaneous injections because it must be inserted deeper to actually reach the muscle. Although the needle is longer, the discomfort of the shot is not much different. A quick pinch and you’re finished. Many women have their partners help with this type of injection because it can be difficult to reach the correct area for the injection. Mentally, it may also be more difficult to use a longer needle.
Making IVF Injections More Comfortable
You may be able to make intramuscular injections more comfortable by applying heat to the area you wish to inject for about ten minutes prior to the injection. Heat relaxes the muscles, which may allow the needle to be inserted more easily. Sometimes, icing the area before injection can help to create a numbing effect, which can make the process less painful. Reward yourself after your injection to help you associate the injection with something positive.
Contact New York Reproductive Wellness Today
In-vitro fertilization injections don’t need to be traumatic. At New York Reproductive Wellness, we offer several different types of IVF treatment to help families achieve their conception goals. Contact us today for a consultation by calling (516) 605-2626.