Thursday, January 15, 2015

A Needle in my Tummy

As I mentioned in Tuesday's late night post, we are doing our first medicated cycle this month. We've been waking up at 4:00am every morning for the last five days in order to make it to Toronto for 7:00am for our monitoring appointments. I am officially exhausted, with very sore arms from all the blood work.

But happy news, we didn't have to go this morning! Nope, lucky me got to sleep in until 7:30am! I pretty much wanted to sleep all day but I have things to do, so I forced myself out of my cozy bed.

This post will be short and sweet, because I honestly have no energy to write much and because I don't have very many topics to write on. I just thought you should all know that I am very brave. So brave in fact, that I gave myself an injection in my stomach!

I know that to some of you, it may not be that big of a deal. And for those of you who have to do this regularly, I really admire you. This was my first time stabbing a needle into my tummy and I was very nervous.

This medication is called Ovidrel and it triggers ovulation. So after injecting myself, I should ovulate in the next 36 hours.

It really wasn't that big of a deal and it didn't hurt too much, I'm just a bit of a dramatic baby. So I got myself all worked up and then felt nervous and a little sick afterwards. Especially since I really hate needles and the thought of them makes me queasy.

Fortunately, I only have to take this one, so I'm now done for this cycle. Well, injections that is. We are back to the clinic for another monitoring appointment on Saturday to confirm ovulation. But then we'll get a break from the travels for a couple of weeks!

Have any of you had to give yourself a needle before? Does it get easier the more you do it?


  1. Soooo brave! (and cute tatoo!)

  2. ditto Jackie - my first thought was, cute tattoo!! Self-injections? I've never done, but tattoos? 5!

  3. Jackie - Thanks and thanks! I felt pretty brave doing it and I purposefully showed off my tattoo in the picture. :)

    Kate - I think getting the tattoo was better than the injection, because I wasn't doing it to myself! :P

  4. Yes, they get easier! But hopefully this will be it and you won't have to move on to move invasive cycles. By the time I got to IVF, I had done 5 IUIs with a total of about 20 shots so then doing IVF with 20 shots in just one week didn't seem scary at all. I always thought getting up the nerve to give myself the shot was worse than the shot itself.