I am injecting clexane daily for my recent FET - (FS recommended me to take clexane, high folate and baby asprin). I am finding it really painful to inject the needles into the tummy area. I do sympathise with people that need to do this on a daily basis for life. I find it even worse than the antaganist needle (cant remember the name). Any recommendations on how to make it slightly easier. I do try and ice the injection area afterwards.
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14-05-2012 08:09 #1Senior Member
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14-05-2012 08:25 #2
I'm on clexane for other reasons, but have found sometimes you get a batch of blunt needles that are quite hard to get in, then you'll get a batch that are very sharp and go in with little trouble.
One thing I've discovered is if I spend a moment lightly prodding with the needle either side of my belly button, I will find a spot less sensitive than others (less nerves?) and do it there.
I imagine most ppl already do it sitting up, but I was laying down to relax to do it, buefore discovering it's much easier to do sitting up.
14-05-2012 08:51 #3
Hiya, I'm sorry for crashing the IVF thread, but I am 32 weeks pregnant and having to inject clexane twice daily.
I do mine on the front of my upper thigh, and that's where they were given to me while I was in hospital, so that's fine
14-05-2012 09:14 #4
Totally agree, clexane is worse than any Fertilty injections. I have not had alot of trouble with mine. I have been on it a few months and will remain on it unitl I have a baby (or give up trying to have a baby). I do my injection standing, the tummy seems more natural that way. I pinch a good amount of skin about a finger length away from the belly button level or down- any further out/closer from that seems to hurt more. I introduce the needle quickly at 90 degree to the skin. I inject fairly slowly then release the skin with the needle still in- wait 10 seconds... remove needle slowly. Sometimes I bruise, but not often.
As for the thigh- I did mine in the thigh once... ended up with a lump and bruise that lasted 3 weeks! But I think I hit a bad spot, and am keen to try my thigh again as I figure I might need to if I get UTD when the tummy is taut later in the pregnancy.
Hope it improves,
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14-05-2012 09:26 #5
Thigh was the worst for me, left tennis ball size lumps and hideous bruising that lasted for months :/
14-05-2012 10:02 #6
I had to do clexane on my last FET & will have to this FET also.. I iced the area on my tummy for about 30 seconds before doing the jab & I didn't find it too bad, fairly painless & no bruises at all.. I also just stuck to one side of my tummy-I figured since it wasn't that painful I shouldn't ruin a good thing by trying to switch sides! Hehe Good luck Hun!!
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14-05-2012 11:00 #7Senior Member
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Thanks for your tips ladies. I have only tried the tummy - alternate sides. I think in my current pack of clexane I have had a couple of blunt needles - they have seemed really difficult even piercing into the skin - whereas other nights they have seemed fine. So far I have tried to keep bruising to a minimum. Had a pea shaped bruise the other night my acupunturist advised to massage it and the bruise should minimise. Hubbie gives me all my injections so cant complain. I also try and hold icepack on the area after the injection for a bit if it is painful.
Good to hear I am not the only one with bruising and lumps etc.
14-05-2012 12:26 #8
What causes bruising is small amounts of blood leaking into the soft tissue near the site. If you firmly press for 5 minutes (no 'checking') you should get no bruises.
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