How To You Make Your Fertility Injections Less Painful

Elyse Ash is the founder and CEO of Fruitful Fertility. It took her and her husband Brad three years, two rounds of IVF and one frozen embryo transfer to see their first positive pregnancy test which brought them their daughter, born in March 2018. She can certainly sympathize with women who are dealing with injections. She doesn’t like needles and did not like the shots, but she did become a pro. Here are some of her tips for how to make fertility injections less painful.

  • Reframe injections: Sure, shots are no fun…but try reframing the experience. Think about them as a tool you’re using to try and get one day closer to your future babe.

  • Practice makes perfect: Not gonna lie, the first time you inject yourself (or your partner injects you) is scary. You don’t know what to expect…will it hurt? A little. Will it be as bad as you think? Probably not. Most importantly, make sure you understand how to properly mix and administer your medication.

  • Ask a partner, buddy or nurse for help: Some people are afraid of flying. Others are scared of heights. And some are drop-dead terrified of needles. If you’re one of these people and you’re also going through infertility? I’m sorry. The universe has played a terribly cruel joke on you. But it’s going to be ok. If you don’t feel confident injecting your own meds, it’s time to turn up your charm and ask someone to help you. 

  • Ice, ice, baby: Before administering your injection, ice the injection site for about 5 minutes with an ice pack (or ya know, a bag of frozen vegetables if you’re super classy). This will adequately numb the spot and make the injection significantly less painful during the actual injection.

  • Gear up: Make sure you have alcohol swabs, bandaids and/or paper towels (in case there’s blood) and a Buzzy. It’s a cute little vibrator (don’t laugh) that you place right near the injection site and it helps distract busy minds away from the shot. 

  • For subcutaneous injections: Take turns between sides of your tummy; it hurts a lot more to keep stabbing yourself in the same spot. Try going around in a circle so you give certain areas enough time to heal before circling back to them.

  • For intramuscular injections: Elyse says that everyone has their own process and system for these painful injections but in this article she shares her personal, detailed system that made it more bearable.

Read her full article here to get more information.

Michael Hickey