4.26.16: 9 weeks 2 days
Today is HUGE!!
I am off the progesterone in oil shots!!
Anyone who has gone through IVF knows how utterly miserable the progesterone in oil shots can be. It is basically like getting a flu shot in your hip EVERY DAY for weeks. And for those of us who don’t have a lot of hip, you run out of space to put these miserable shots very quickly. I had hematomas, bruises, lumps and bumps. I had trouble walking at times and sleeping on my side because of the pain. I even once gave myself an injection too low on my hip and near my sciatic nerve. That was fun 🙂
So what are progesterone in oil shots and why are they necessary, you may ask?
Progesterone supplementation is needed during an IVF cycle because the ovary is not naturally producing it as it would during a naturally conceived pregnancy. Progesterone prepares the uterine lining to receive an embryo after during a frozen or fresh embryo transfer and helps it to implant into the uterine lining to continue to grow and develop. This is especially important during an IVF cycle and can be given through injections, orally or in a vaginal cream, but progesterone injections provide the highest blood levels of progesterone.
The progesterone in oil injections have natural progesterone dissolved in oil, which makes the liquid very think and harder to inject. In addition, the needle is longer and wider in order to reach the muscle, which is the ideal tissue for progesterone to be absorbed. The injections are taken daily until 9-10 weeks of pregnancy after an IVF cycle.
I have to say these shots were the most uncomfortable part of the whole process for me. I tried to have my husband give me the shots, but ultimately I was more comfortable giving them to myself (I’m sure he was not disappointed :)). I just reminded myself every day why I was taking them and that it would all be worth it in the end:)
So today is a big day!
Not only am I off the progesterone shots, but I am 9 weeks 2 days pregnant—two important milestones for me.
Next stop…graduating from my infertility doctor and moving on to routine prenatal care!