A Taste of IVF Over 40

The First Injection

Posted on: Friday, January 25, 2008

Well.

I sat very still with my skin pinched and an injection looming for at least ten minutes.  Maybe more.  Eventually I mustered up the guts to inject myself.  And then I did that again … and again.

Eventually, I actually injected myself.  In fact, I had worked myself up into such a state that I did not feel the needle go in

It surprised me how difficult it was to push the plunger down with my thumb – not that it hurt – it’s just that it took effort.  It didn’t slide down as easily as I expected it would.  The nurses told me to count the clicks but I didn’t remember to do that until it was over.

The worst part for me was the part where you have to leave the needle in place for five seconds before you remove it.  That’s when you start to notice the pain (what little pain there is!).

Afterwards you have to put the needle into this special little ‘sharps container’ they supply you with.  Cute.

All in all – fairly easy if I do say so myself!  Very proud I am!

The drug is follitropin and more information can be found here: http://www.drugs.com/cdi/gonal-f-rff-pen-solution.html.  Although, of course you should consult your doctor for information – not me.

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