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    Hey there mrsmac, welcome 😀. I understand about the needles, whilst I didn't have too much of a problem at the beginning, I found that the further I went into my cycle, the more I started to fear them. It was so strange!

    My clinic had nice comfy recliners for us to sit in and have our BT's and I got to choose which arm to offer up each time (the illusion of control lol!). As for the stim shots, I found that if I iced before and after, I didn't feel them and didn't bruise. Just make a ritual out of it, like taking the time to sit in a comfy chair etc.

    At the end of the day, you could look at the needles as a necessary step in achieving a beautiful bub. Best of luck to you.

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    Hi and welcome MrsMac! I have a huge needle phobia - I went to a counsellor prior to our first cycle because I had gotten so anxious during blood tests that all the blood in my arms hid, and caused much kerfuffle. I was so scared the first time I did a stim injection on myself, which I did under supervision at the clinic - and it turned out to not hurt at all. (That’s using Gonal-f / Ovidrel in an injection pen and injecting under my navel.) It sometimes leaves a small red mark but nothing that worries me.

    For blood tests I now:
    - drink lots of water in the two hours prior to the test
    - put a warm wheat pack on my arms (I sit with it in the waiting room sometimes!)
    - do a breathing pattern that helps when I feel faint: 4 secs in, hold 4 secs, 4 secs out
    If pain is a problem you can buy a pain relief cream called Emla from some pharmacies. It’s designed for kids, however, and usually kept at hospitals - so it’s expensive and can be hard to source. You can buy it as a patch (maybe $8 each?) and attach it to your arm to numb it prior to the test. But you have to know almost exactly where they will be taking the blood from and you should also check with the clinic before using it as it can shrink the veins and make the job harder from that perspective. I’m hoping to use it again, until I feel I have the phobia under control.

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    There are YouTube clips of people jabbing themselves with Gonal-f which helped to normalise it for me. I always use ice, and try not to overthink it -- when I pause to think about what I'm doing I psych myself out.

    Blood tests, I dig my fingernails into my palm of the arm not being used to distract from the needle. I agree about drinking water beforehand -- I'm not a good bleeder and this helps!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Castle View Post
    Hi there,
    I start synarel in 12 days ( long cycle ivf-ICSI ) what symptoms are you experiencing?
    Castle
    Hi Castle, Ive used Synarel a few times this year for 2 weeks at a time. The usual symptoms i get are headaches, and a little hormonally moody. But this time I am on it for 4 weeks. Ive started having hot flushed, head aches, and really achey joints.

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    Gstef- I noticed that we have a similar history of endo (very much sucks!). May I ask if you've had different protocols between your cycles? If so, did they yield different outcomes?

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    I can't believe it, January is here! happy new year Everyone! hope 2012 brings everything You want.It's the last day of our holiday to the Gold Coast go home this morning hubby is going to go to the country to visit his brother tonight for three days which means I will have too much time to think about everything ! Had a little cry last night due to the date being closer to starting our first cycle of IVf. I am happy to be moving forward but a little scared of the unknown! I also hate needles ! I used to hate blood tests and still don't like them but am a lot better with them now after the three I had for initial testing . The nurses took all three so good it didn't hurt at all. I have fear as when I was younger I had one done and it was the most painful thing !!! I am not looking forward to doing them for two weeks though will be getting hubby to do the daily pen style ones. I have bought a ice pack already in preparation!!



    Quote Originally Posted by littlesunflowers View Post
    Hi and welcome MrsMac! I have a huge needle phobia - I went to a counsellor prior to our first cycle because I had gotten so anxious during blood tests that all the blood in my arms hid, and caused much kerfuffle. I was so scared the first time I did a stim injection on myself, which I did under supervision at the clinic - and it turned out to not hurt at all. (That’s using Gonal-f / Ovidrel in an injection pen and injecting under my navel.) It sometimes leaves a small red mark but nothing that worries me.

    For blood tests I now:
    - drink lots of water in the two hours prior to the test
    - put a warm wheat pack on my arms (I sit with it in the waiting room sometimes!)
    - do a breathing pattern that helps when I feel faint: 4 secs in, hold 4 secs, 4 secs out
    If pain is a problem you can buy a pain relief cream called Emla from some pharmacies. It’s designed for kids, however, and usually kept at hospitals - so it’s expensive and can be hard to source. You can buy it as a patch (maybe $8 each?) and attach it to your arm to numb it prior to the test. But you have to know almost exactly where they will be taking the blood from and you should also check with the clinic before using it as it can shrink the veins and make the job harder from that perspective. I’m hoping to use it again, until I feel I have the phobia under control.

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    Happy New Year Clucky14, when are you starting your cycle? I have just started mine and am on my 4th day of injecting Gonal F, this is my first time going IVF ICSI and I was freaking out about injections as well, the first 2 days I felt like fainting, but yesterday and today I was fine, so as time goes on I am getting use to it, I find that it doesn't hurt, I think its the fact that looking makes me feel ill, so I look away when inserting the needle and that has also helped. I go back to the clinic tomorrow (WED) for blood tests and Ultrasound. I will update yaz all on my progress Good luck for when you start xx

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    Kerikiwi, I'm about the same as you -- Day 5 of Gonal-f today and scan/BT Thursday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrsmac3 View Post
    Hi ladies! Ive been stalking this thread for a little while.
    My hubby and I are starting our first round of ivf in early feb. Im so darn nervous!
    Beanie, i am with you on the baby aisle, i find though when im down a nice walk through there helps pick up my mood! picking out the clothes and bouncers i like lol.
    Im a huge needle phobe and am not looking forward to that! Ive got a baseline blood test tomorrow i am not looking forward to!
    Any hints or tips would be wonderful
    Hey,
    I hear you about the needles.
    I think we all find different ways to cope, I remember my first cycle being excited to start then the night of the needle crying & screaming for an hour and a half, the next night 45 mins & 30 after that... I got it down to an average of 10. I could never inject myself so I have DH do it... I hop on my bed, take my pants off so I'm comfortable & place a towel over my face which I anxiously squeeze and then before I know it, there's a little prick and it's over. For me it's about not seeing the needle & not knowing when it's going in. I always ask the nurses not to show or tell me when. I too drink a fair bit of water before bloods. You'll do better than you think - keep your eyes on the prize!
    I'm about to start my second stim cycle & I'm feeling pretty okay about it

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    14 days till my FS appointment, P tracker (iPhone period tracker app) says I'm due approx the 15th, here's hoping it doesn't come early! Then ill be on the roller coaster again....

    Happy New Year also xxx


 

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