Wednesday, September 27, 2006

PIO: Pain no more

There are not many upsides to being an IVF verteran. But one of them is learning how to handle your shots. What scared you most before your first IVF gets hardly a thought by the time you're on your third. And I'm proud (and somewhat depressed) to report that J and I have mastered the PIO shot. Yes, mastered. No pain, minimal bruising and a daily butt massage just to keep the spice in our marriage.

For those of you struggling with PIO shots or the idea of PIO shots, I thought I'd share what works for us. The patented Sube Method requires help from a friend. It won't work for you brave, brave ladies who do the shot yourself. But then, if you can manage to do the shot yourself, you clearly don't need my assvice.

Place a warm heating pad on your rump for 5-10 minutes. It's best if the heating pad has a removable foam insert that you can wet. Wet heat works better than dry heat. Meanwhile, have your hubby warm the oil by holding the syringe in his hand or under his arm.

Here's the secret: do the shot laying down. This was a huge revelation for us. All last cycle we did it standing up (er, that sounds naughty) and it was definitely hit or miss: sometimes painless other times hurting like the dickens. The key is to lie on your stomach with your feet hanging off the end of the bed. That makes it really easy to keep your butt muscles relaxed even if the rest of you isn't. Then tell your hubby to plunge away (er, again, naughty). The more confidence he has the better. Being tentative only makes it hurt more.

Get your hubby to rub your butt to distribute the oil, then apply the heating pad for another 10 minutes or so.

Voila! Pain-free (or mostly pain-free) PIO shots.


At September 27, 2006 5:24 PM, Blogger GLouise said...

These are the BEST PIO tips ever! And you made me laugh, too!


At September 28, 2006 11:25 AM, Blogger Keeping The Faith said...

I just copied this post and saved it for future reference. Thanks for sharing. I've heard horrible stories about the PIO shots and was dreading that part of IVF. I'm so glad to hear that there are things you can do to minimize the pain.

At September 28, 2006 11:29 AM, Blogger steph said...

Last round of IVF we didn't have the PIO shots, so it's good to get this info! Plus, you have to do something to keep the romance while we're closed for business (0:

Hope you're surviving your wait better then I am. Or maybe you're holding back?! I was a lot better the first time but am a bundle of nerves this go.

Can't wait to see your positive results!

At September 28, 2006 12:40 PM, Blogger Lut C. said...

I have not been issued with PIO for the first try, but I'll keep this info just in case.

At September 28, 2006 2:31 PM, Anonymous Watson said...

Hey thanks for the tips!

When we get to that point I will be so glad I have your helpful hints.

(It still sounds horrible, though.)

Good luck with the upcoming Beta :-)

At September 28, 2006 8:59 PM, Blogger TeamWinks said...

Only an infertile can make giving a shot sound like a relatively fun activity, and only a fellow infertile can find the humor in it!

At September 29, 2006 5:01 AM, Blogger r.a.w. said...

Like a few of the other girls here, I am not to the point where I am taking PIO shots. But I will certainly keep this as a reference (no, I am not brave enough to do the shots myself - that will be all hubby!).

At September 29, 2006 6:31 AM, Blogger MoMo said...

I agree with laying down...that how we did it and it wasn't that bad. We didn't do the heating pad, but we iced it for about 10 minutes before he gave me the shots!

At September 29, 2006 8:38 AM, Blogger Rebecca said...

Just popping in to let you know I'm thinking of you this weekend. I hope Sunday brings very good news.


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