29 Jun Is It Possible to Reduce Pain from IVF Meds?
A fertility journey poses multiple ups and downs — and injectable medications are one of those challenges. If you have an innate fear of needles or a low pain tolerance, there are things you can do to notably ease any pain and discomfort associated with IVF medication injections.
At Fertility Specialist Medical Group (FSMG), we understand that there is no one-size-fits-all treatment plan for infertility. That’s particularly true of fertility drugs and medications, which are highly individualized.
We pride ourselves on providing flexible, attentive care — and work diligently to help our patients address any issues or concerns administering fertility medications during fertility treatment.
Some of the most common fertility medications include the following.
- Gonadotropins are injectable hormones used to increase the number of follicles (which contain eggs) prior to ovulation or egg retrieval for IVF.
- Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) antagonists and agonists are medications that prevent premature ovulation prior to egg retrieval or intrauterine insemination (IUI). GnRH agonists, like Lupron, can also be used to signal the body to release mature eggs after the follicles have developed.
- Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) drives the development and maturation of follicles (which contain eggs) in the ovaries.
- Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is an injectable fertility medication that signals the body to release mature eggs after the follicles have developed.
Whether by injection or orally, taking fertility medications exactly as prescribed is crucial for treatment success. It can appear daunting, as a patient may need numerous injections yet have no experience in self-administering medications in this manner.
How Painful are IVF Injections?
Just how painful are fertility medication injections?! Experts say most of the uneasiness and nervousness comes from anxiety with needles. IVF injections can be relatively painless depending on the size of the needles as most apprehension comes from anxiety. IVF injection needles are very tiny and are intentionally designed to provide minimal discomfort to the patient.
If you have a low pain tolerance or fear needles, FSMG recommends using patches or numbing creams like to reduce any pain-filled sensations. Applying ice to the injection site can also have the same numbing effect — as well as pinching the skin to reduce the sensation of the shot.
If you feel stress or anxiety, it is recommended that you undergo breathing techniques before you start the injection process. FSMG doctors want every patient to feel comforted and educating — and it is important for our team to understand what you’re going through and feeling. Never hesitate to ask questions or find comfort in talking to one of our team members beforehand.
Video Instructions for Fertility Drug Injections
The more familiar you are with the injections, the less anxiety you will likely experience. Check out these informational videos on injection training, preparation, and administration for commonly used medications during fertility treatment.
By combining the most advanced assisted reproductive technology with compassionate patient care, we are committed to providing the best experience for our patients – no matter the challenge or prognosis, we seek to provide unique, tailored, quality care.