Thursday, March 18, 2010

Show and Tell: Needles

Show and Tell
**In you do not like the sight of needles, you may want to skip this show and tell**

It's time again for Mel's Show and Tell.

In honor of me triggering tonight, and being TOTALLY done with shots for my IVF cycle, I am showing a comparison of the various types of needles used for my shots this cycle.

On the very top is the needle used for my HCG shot.  It was an intramuscular (IM) shot, meaning it is injected into the muscles.  It's the biggest and longest of them all at 1.5 inches (3.81 cm)!

The second needle was used for my Meno.pur shots.  It's a subcutaneous (Sub-Q), shot, meaning it is injected under the skin.  It was 0.5 inches (1.27 cm).

Then comes the needle used for my Lu.pron shot.  It's an insulin needle, also a sub-Q shot.  Also 0.5 inches.

Finally, the needle used on the Follis.tim pen.  That too is a sub-Q shot, and again about 0.5 inches.

Unfortunately, well actually fortunately for me, I am not doing the progesterone in oil (PIO) shots, so I don't have that to show.

So what are YOU showing or telling?  Go check out what the rest of the class is showing at Mel's and join the fun by doing some showing and telling of your own.


  1. Thanks for sharing! I'm starting to get nervous about the needles.... though I did find out that I won't have to do PIO injections either. Never thought I'd be excited for suppositories ;)

  2. How come I'm the only one who has to do the dang PIO shots, and my Dr. keeps telling me how much they hurt. I'm scared!!!

  3. you're not the only one who has to do the PIO Basic Girl. I had to do it too. Ask for doctor of lidocaine cream. That helps a lot to numb the pain.

    So, when's your retrieval girl?

  4. Good luck tomorrow! Sending you lots of good thoughts for a great retrieval. (LFCA)

  5. Lots of positive thoughts and vibes for ER & ET!!

  6. Yikes, I'm not even afraid of needles and that first one makes me cringe.

  7. I could take an almost identical picture... without the trigger shot... hopefully I will add that to the mix this weekend. Many blessings to you!

  8. Alrighty... I'm not sure I'll EVER be able to do that! Good luck with the rest of your cycle!