My Story

The chronicle of the journey from infertility, to miscarriage, to finally raising twin girls born in June 2012.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Progesterone Shots

Today I started my weekly progesterone injections.  Wheeeeeee!

I forgot that those things hurt for a bit after you get the shot.  Walked around for about an hour complaining about a bruise on my butt.  Not because it hurt all that much, but just because I like complaining  ;-)  Anyone else needing to do progesterone shots, don't be scared, it's not that big a deal.  Ice your butt for 10 or 15 minutes and you'll hardly feel the needle.  I forgot about it being a little sore shortly after my husband reached his listening to me complain threshold.

This is a completely new concept to me.  A medical service that does house calls!  They actually send out a nurse to come and take your vitals, check the heart rates of the babies, and administer the shots for you.  Have you ever heard of such a thing?  It's awesome!

Random note - she said that leftover needles and syringes can sometimes be used by vets offices.  We have a ton of leftover needles from various IVF attempts sitting in the back room so hubby is checking with some of the animal shelters his work partners with to see if they can be of use to anybody.  So all of you folks who have leftovers and hate waste, that might be a place where they can be used.

Day 22 of small amounts of dark brown bleeding.  17w2d of being pregnant.  And not a whole lot to say about much of anything.


  1. Why are you doing progesterone shots now? Have your levels been low? I'm just wondering. I got to stop the shots at 17 weeks.

    I had a visiting nurse come AFTER my twins were born, and it was very helpful and covered by insurance. It sure isn't common, though.

    1. It's not so much that I need them, but rather that they won't hurt, but might help. I have 2 danger indicators for premature labor, twins and the SCH. Extra progesterone can help one stay pregnant longer. My doctor is throwing every precaution at the wall and hoping the right ones stick.

    2. I'm so glad your doctor is being proactive :) You've got a good one there!

  2. It might actually hurt less if you don't ice your butt muscle...the progesterone is a thick oil and gets thinner as it's warmed. (My DH just slaps me around a bit to loosen the muscle, I make sure to turn my toe in toward my other leg as I'm laying on my tummy waiting for the shot, and then we rub/massage the spot vigorously to distribute the oil once it's in. You could probably even apply a little heat over your bandaid, if you wanted, but I don't.)

  3. My cousin also had to do the same shots. I wondering if I will too, that is if I turn out to be pregnant tomorrow.

    I was wondering what I should do with all those leftover, unused (I presume you mean unused) needles. Now I have a plan. Guess I won't be using them to play darts with like on M*A*S*H.


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