How to Give and Receive an Injection: A Guide for Infertility Patients and Their Partners

If you are an infertility patient, you will most likely need to take a number of medications, many of which will be given via injection. The exact medication that is prescribed for you is based upon your diagnosis (such as a problem with ovulation) and your recommended treatment (such as ovulation induction, superovulation, or In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). Oftentimes, these medications are given by injection into the fat just under the skin (subcutaneous) or in the muscle (intramuscular). You may choose to do your own injections or ask a friend, partner or spouse to give them to you. Your health care provider will give you specific instructions about the medication and injections. In the course of treatment, patients may be required to receive up to 90 shots per cycle. Injections will be used to administer several types of medications that are critical to your treatment protocol, specifically if you are doing an ART cycle such as Ovulation Induction (OI) or IVF.

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