Step-by-step on how to administer medication for successful IVF

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Currently, most of the medications used in fertility treatments are administered by subcutaneous injections, which allows the patient herself, her partner or a close relative to administer them easily and conveniently from home.

We spoke to Lucía Sarrión, nurse and patient assistant at Vida Fertility about how to administer medication correctly.

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Preparation of the injection site

Before administering the injection, the skin should be cleaned and disinfected with a cotton swab soaked in alcohol. Alternate injection sites to avoid irritation and discomfort at the same site.

How to administer medication: where to prick fertility treatment medication

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To administer ovarian stimulation medication for fertility treatment by subcutaneous injection, the most common and recommended site is the abdomen, specifically the area around the navel, leaving a margin of at least 5 cm away from the navel to avoid the most sensitive area.

Another area that can be used is the thigh, in its upper and outer part, where there is generally more subcutaneous fatty tissue, which can make the injection less painful.

How to administer medication: How to put the needle in correctly

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To make it easier to insert the needle, use the “pinch” technique for the skin.

The injection should be done with a quick, firm motion to efficiently insert the needle into the subcutaneous tissue.

Once the needle is inserted, the plunger is slowly depressed to inject the medication, and then the needle is gently withdrawn. It is normal to experience slight discomfort or a small bruise at the injection site, which is usually temporary.

Speed of medication administration

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Inject the medication slowly to reduce pain and discomfort. Administering too quickly can cause more pain and make it difficult for the medication to be absorbed properly.

Tips on how to administer medication correctly

Lucía Sarrión advises us before administering medication:

  • Always check the expiry date and the appearance of the medication before using it.
  • Follow the specific storage instructions for each medication.
  • If using an injection pen, check the dose before administering it.
  • Apply cold to the area after injection if you experience swelling or pain.
  • If you feel nervous about injecting, take deep breaths and try to relax before administering the medication.

What to do with the needle after the injection

After administering the injection, it is essential to dispose of used needles and syringes safely and responsibly to avoid injury.

After the injection, observe the area where the medication was administered for any signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, excessive heat, or significant adverse reaction.

Minor bruising or redness may be normal, but if you notice anything out of the ordinary or if symptoms persist or worsen, it is important to contact your fertility clinic.

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