Big Prick!

So, a couple of my IF sista’s are moving on to Gestone shots with their next attempts and I’ve been pumped full of questions about these specific shots as they try to mentally prepare themselves. We have all heard the horror stories  from various sources how bad this injection is and most of us are therefore terrified (well as terrified as anyone who’s able to stab needles into themselves can be).

So Sista’s here’s the deal…… its NOT that bad!

What makes the Gestone more sore than the regular stimming injections like Menopur, Cetrotide, Lucrin or Gonal F and the trigger shots like Ovidrell is two things…..

The first is the mother big needle that is used and the second is that its a very thick oil based injection. The needle needs to be thick in order to be able to release the oil and the needle has to be long in order that it gets into the muscle of your buttocks.

Here is just a little comparison to give you an idea:

Ovidrell Needle = half an inch in length

Menopur Needle = half an inch in length

Gestone Needle = One and a half inches in length

I still have not managed to do this shot myself, mostly because its in a very awkward spot, high up on the top of one’s buttocks, its fine sticking the needle in, but a bit more difficult pushing the fluid through. I’ve tried to convince W to do these shots for me, but he’s too terrified by the size of the needle. He came with me for a lesson in how to administer the shot on Friday, his reaction was hilarious, I had my pants yanked down and had assumed the position, I heard the nurse explaining all the instructions to him and as she stuck the needle in, I heard him suddenly suck in his breath and her ask him if he was ok and that perhaps he should sit down. When I looked behind me, the man was as white as snow and I was convinced he was going to pass out, his eyes were even watering!!!!

I have found that the Gestone shots seem to go in easier if you warm the oil to body temperature so what I do, about 15 minutes before the shot, is I tuck the ampule into my bra, that way the oil is more liquid on administration and it seems to disperse into the muscle tissue easier and burn less.

High up on my buttocks I have some sensitivity as a result of these daily injections but its not nearly as bad as I’d been anticipating. I guess a lot of it depends how far you are along this journey, but I’m into my 5th IVF and probably about my 10th or 11th round of treatment with daily injectables for some period, so for me, its no better or no worse than what has gone before and the biggest bonus of all??? No Crinone burn and no Cyclogest mess!!!

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  • Reply Lea White

    I absolutely hate needles!

    October 5, 2009 at 5:20 am
  • Reply Kristin

    Good review!

    October 5, 2009 at 5:28 am
  • Reply Dee

    They are not bad, really. I guess its just the thought of this big needle but in actual fact, I know I dont, even feel it going in. The cyclogest mess is disgusting, next time Im def going to do the gestone again.

    October 5, 2009 at 10:19 am
  • Reply HopelesslyTTC

    Good luck with the shots! Sounds like it’s very similar to the Sustanon shots the wife has been administering for over 10 years – it’s also a very thick oily substance with a bigger needle. A few things we’ve learned over that time is definitely warm the ampule to body temperature (my DW also tucks it down the bra for 10 minutes before hand), inject slowly and evenly – the oily substance is thicker and takes more time to disperse. It also helps to warm the site of the injection as well first if you are experiencing discomfort (maybe apply a hot water bottle/warm beanbag to the site before the shot)…alternate butt cheeks. Clench and unclench the butt cheeks a good few times before getting the shot – stops me from flinching when she jabs it in (we’ve even adopted the countdown method – not because it’s sore, but because it stops me naturally jerking in surprise when she jabs me – something I couldn’t do when I didn’t know exactly when it was coming).
    Good luck and know that it will all be worth it in the end!!

    October 5, 2009 at 12:08 pm
  • Reply Yvonne

    Oi this post made me cringe (even though it was overall a positive one, lol!)

    How are you holding up Shaz? Dying to know whether you’ve given in and POAS yet!!

    Thinking of you…


    October 5, 2009 at 2:08 pm
  • Reply WiseGuy

    Read your post with my eyes closed…how tough is this! Ugh…I hope you are doing fine! Totally praying for you!

    October 5, 2009 at 2:54 pm
  • Reply Invivo

    Youch, youch, youch!

    October 5, 2009 at 3:50 pm
  • Reply monica lemoine

    OK, this post title SOOO got me hoping you were about to describe some man’s gigantic honkin’ penis. Oh well.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:36 pm
  • Reply Suzanna Catherine

    Wow! I’m not sure I could be a good sport about those shots. But, I also know you are one gutsy, committed lady. I love reading your blog because your personality shines through. 🙂

    Recently, I’ve started reading your blog almost exclusively on my cell phone and it just won’t let me comment. So, even though I’m not a regular commenter, I am a regular reader and I’m keeping you in my thoughts and prayers during this wait.

    October 5, 2009 at 11:02 pm
  • Reply Leesa

    Thanks a bunch! it was hard to read but your info has really helped. Tomorrow morning bright and early I get started on 14wks of daily shots of Gestone. Wish me luck.

    December 5, 2009 at 5:06 am
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