Friday, March 19, 2010

For the few who don't know...

So I know that most people that follow me (all 19 of you!) know what a trigger shot is, but I figured those of you who don't might like a little more info. Let me set the scene for you:
It is 7:30 pm on a Friday night. I am at work, I have no choice but to do the injection in the work bathroom. So I stuff the box into my purse and slink through the hallways. Once in the bathroom I get a huge length of paper towels and lay it on the back of the toilet tank. I open the box to find a little plastic sleeve with a pre-filled syringe. Inside this little syringe is a pre-determined amount of Ovidrel. The best description I have found for what a trigger does is "Ovidrel PreFilled Syringe is used in fertility treatment cycles to help follicles mature and trigger the release of mature eggs from a woman's ovaries." It is a subcutaneous (just under the skin) injection. The actual injection really isn't that bad b/c it is such a small needle. Barely bigger than my pinkie finger nail. Once everything is all lined up on the back of the toilet I tuck my shirt into my bra and fold my jeans down. I will spare you the pics of my bare belly. Next I clean an area about an inch from my belly button with an alcohol swap. Then I squeeze the injection area between two fingers, inject the needle into the skin and squeeze the plunger on the syringe. Withdraw the needle and let go of the skin. TaDa! I am triggered! And I did it with out any of my fellow co-workers finding out that I just shot up in the bathroom.

Now in exactly 34.5 hours my wonderful and understanding hubby with do his thang into a cup, we will rush to the fertility clinic with the specimen tucked safely between my legs to keep it warm. Once we arrive the lab tech will wash the sample so that all that is left are my hubby's very best sperm, and exactly 36 hours after the injection they will use his washed sperm to inseminate me.

Let's hope I never have to do a post like this for intramuscular injections because this cycle will work!!! (see that is me being optimistic)


  1. Oh wow I never saw a trigger like that! I thought they were all IM! That's how mine were and also, they were not pre-mixed as I had to do that part. Actually, my first trigger was such a disaster because somehow I had 2 different instructions for mixing (the amount of saline, specifically) and I freaked out and wouldn't follow any one instruction until I talked to a doctor- who didn't return my call for an hour and a half!! Then I held up everyone else's retrievals- awful!! Ugh, anyway. I am glad your trigger went off without a hitch and that you were able to do it yourself. GL!!!!!!

  2. Looks just like my trigger shot - I'm so glad I didn't have to do a IM trigger! I'm really hoping you don't ever have to do an IM injection either! I hope this is your sticky bfp! Good luck on Sunday!!!

  3. Do you take progesterone in oil after your IUI?

  4. Nope, I do 600mg of prometrium after my IUIs. Thanks for the all the good wishes ladies! I really appreciate it.