***I AM NOT A DOCTOR. SPEAK TO YOUR DOCTOR/NURSE BEFORE TAKING YOUR PIO SHOT. THIS IS WHAT MY NURSE SHOWED ME***
FINALLY, the day had come. After the whole summer of cancelled FET's and having to be on Lupron for an entire month, I couldn't believe we made it to this point! We were at the Progesterone point of our second FET try! This is HUGE for us!
My new FET protocol was to use Progesterone in Oil right off the bat instead of the vaginal pills this time. It actually is not bad AT ALL! The day after I had to start PIO, my husband had to go away on a business trip! I was so scared to give myself the shot in the rear, but I had to do it. I had no choice. After talking with my nurse about how to properly administer the shot, it seemed easier.
Here are some tips I've learned along the way:
1.) DO NOT JUST GIVE YOURSELF THE SHOT IN THE MIDDLE OF YOUR BUTT!!!! It is INCORRECT!
2.) You want to give the shot in the UPPER right or left quadrant of your buttocks. Illustration above.
3.) Be prepared. Get everything you need unwrapped.
4.) I use the alcohol wipe FIRST on my butt, so it has time to dry. Next, I use the alcohol wipe on the PIO bottle. Then, I bring in the 1mL of air into the needle and insert it into the PIO bottle to push the air in. Flip the PIO bottle upside down with your syringe and draw up. (if there is an air pocket at the top of the syringe, I push the oil back in then pull back again.)
5.) Once the PIO is drawn up, I pull it back so that I can see air at the very top of the syringe. I found that if I don't do this, I lose some of the oil. I then hold the needle in my hand for a minute or so to warm it up. Then, I switch out the needle to the smaller one. I can push the air out of the needle until I see a small amount of oil at the tip of the new needle.
6.) If you need to give yourself the shot, USE A MIRROR! I spent a TON of time Googling on how to administer the shot on your own, and this never came up. I didn't feel comfortable unless I could see EXACTLY where the needle was going.
7.) Once you insert the needle into your butt, I find it very hard to pull the syringe back to make sure there is no blood. It kind of gets stuck sometimes. I just try a few times and it will work eventually. TAKE IT SLOW. DO NOT JUST STICK THE NEEDLE IN AND PUSH ALL OF THE OIL IN AT ONCE! It should take a minute or two.
8.) Don't forget your gauze/toilet paper for once you are finished with the shot. I put pressure on it right away and massage the area for a minute or so. Then, I leave the TP on there in my undies for a while. (I'm allergic to band-aids)
9.) I avoid laying on the side that I administered the PIO. Sometimes it feels pretty bruised, but I've never actually had bruising. Just feels like it.
10.) You can do it! It's no big deal! I actually prefer to do it on my own now!
If you have to give yourself the Progesterone in Oil shot yourself, good luck! You will be fine. You will get used to it. You will also start getting a lumpy butt!
LUMPY BUTTS, UNITE!