How to Ice for IVF Injections

For those of you who have yet to begin your IVF or IUI cycle- I know that you are worried about injections. From a former IVFer, I want to give you a few tips and advice.

-Ice about 10-15 minutes before injections. I purchased this ice pack on Amazon, and would recommend it to everyone. ( Plus it's got cute anchors on it- which are my favorite)
-Wipe area with an alcohol swab- let dry before you inject.
-If your spouse is doing the injections, either have them pinch the area before injecting- or you can do it. ( It's really a personal preference)
-Self injections were less painful. My husband did the first few days of injections because I was literally too scared to even look. He went out of town for a couple of days, and during that time, I realized that it hurt less when I did them on my own. Again- this is personal presence, but I've had many friends say this as well. I think it has to do with the angle from which they are coming in.
-Heating pad- I used little square rice packs that I made, and zapped them in the microwave for about 15 seconds. It soothed the injection site, and also helps move the meds around if you iced for the injection. It's also important to keep your uterus warm- so I like to warm it up after the icing.

This is all that I did. It honestly became sooo easy by the end. I am on Day 8 of injections, and don't even ice as much anymore. My doctor told me that IVF really isn't as scary as we might think- and I'm starting to believe him. In the beginning I was a nervous wreck, especially when the meds came in. But after a couple of days, the fear of injections really did start to go away for me. Now I consider myself a needle pro!

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