Let's talk PIO

I looked up this IVF calculator today.  According to this, I am 3w3d pregnant.  How weird is that?

With the retrieval and the transfer, I had every intention of discussing my PIO injections, but time got away from me.  So I have been wanting to post this for awhile.  Because anything involving a sharp needle, a booty, and an inexperienced husband deserves some recognition.

I have done 7 injections so far.  For about a week before my first one, I was frantically searching the internet for PIO tips.  Asking my infertile friends, reading blogs.  "Does it hurt?" "What if he hits my sciatic nerve?" "Can I use a smaller needle?" "Oh gawd, please don't make me do this!"

To put it bluntly, I would rather ride the wrecking ball with Miley Cyrus than let him do these shots.  The first IVF, we had to do one IM HCG shot before retrieval.  I iced that area so thoroughly, I was numb for a week.  So I didn't feel it.  With the last trigger, this happened.  So I wasn't quite ready to have him get behind me with a sharp needle again.  Especially because the area is supposed to be warm, to allow the oil to spread out.  Icing is out of the question.

I made him practice with a needle and a lemon first.  I didn't like the way he continuously stabbed the lemon with that gleam in his eye.  But time was ticking and we had to get at it.  I stuffed the progesterone vial into my bra (I lied, I wasn't wearing one; I stuffed it under my boob) and slapped a warm rice pack on my butt and lied like that for 20 minutes.

We went to the bathroom and I put my elbows on the sink, concentrated and relaxed my butt and told him to do it.

And guess what?  It actually wasn't bad.  I think I squeed a little when the needle went in but it wasn't bad.  Afterward, he massaged the area (our new version of foreplay), we put the heat pack on and then bundled up and went for a walk.  Piece of cake.  As long as he doesn't screw up.

When I was on bed rest, we just had me lay on my side and relax my butt.  Obviously I couldn't walk but he did a lot of massage.  Sexy.  So far, knock on wood, we don't have any issues. 

So I've decided to give you all the tips I know about PIO.  I would love to hear your feedback and any tips of your own.  I want to make a separate tab for it on my blog for reference.

Here's what I've learned:

Before the injection:
During the injection:
After the injection:

Any other tips?

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