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Needed: One Ass Jabbing Assistant



A huge box of PIO shots showed up today. Assuming all goes well at my checkup on Wednesday we’ll start ass jabbing that evening. Unfortunately the Professor is not able to come to my appointments to learn how to do this and after seeing the size of the needle compared to the size of my ass is sort of freaked out. I don’t have any friends in the area who have done this before either.

Which brings me here, to ask a really odd question: this blog gets an average of 350-500 hits a day. I have my regular commenters and then I have some lurkers. None of my regular commenters live in this area. Do any of you lurkers live around here? Do any lurkers around here have experience with PIO? Further more, would any lurkers with PIO experience in this area feel comfortable coming to my house to supervise the preliminary ass stabbing?

This is so much to ask, I realize. Honestly, the idea of having a stranger present while I present my rump to a 2 inch needle is just overwhelmingly creepy, but I really don’t know what to do. I can repay you with cake. Your choice of regular, vegan or gluten-free. Shoot me an email (pun intended) at if you can help or know someone who can help.



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  1. August 27, 2012

    My husband refused to help so I did them myself. It sucked the first time but after that it got easier.

  2. meggola #
    August 27, 2012

    I don’t live nearby, but I just wanted to give a word of encouragement. The needles are incredibly intimidating, but in the end it’s not so bad. Have the nurse draw on you with a marker to mark the areas to give the shots in and make sure that whoever is giving them really jabs you with it. As awful as that sounds, the faster the needled goes in the better. I can always tell when my husband has an off morning and goes a little slower with it. Good luck finding an assistant!

    • August 28, 2012

      I have watched some videos and am HORRIFIED by how hard some people jab these needles in! It’s like darts… in your butt! πŸ™‚

      • meggola #
        August 29, 2012

        I know it looks horrifying, but it really hurts so much less if at all! When DH jabs it hard enough, I don’t even feel it, but when he goes a little slower I can feel the needle going in (ouch). I want to reiterate too having the nurse draw the area on you. It really helps take out the guess work, and if you keep it in the right area it will be less painful. And the Sharpie washes of surprisingly fast. Also, if you want you can apply a heating pad afterward to help work the oil in. I’ve never had a problem with it, but some women get almost like a buildup under the skin that becomes painful. I always just massage the area for a minute or two after.

  3. August 27, 2012

    Are you sure your not confusing the fill needle with the injection needle? πŸ˜€

    Here is a youtube of someone giving themself a PIO shot.

    • August 27, 2012

      Yes! On my first fill at the pharmacy they forgot the 22 gauge needles and only gave my the giant fill needles. Thank God I didn’t poke myself with that giant thing.

      • August 28, 2012

        I know. I was having a major panic attack on my first delivery. Our pharmacy didn’t forget, I just didn’t recognize what that packet was for. I just sat there with the syringe and big fill needle thinking “Holy shit.” Only after reading the instructions did I notice the other package of needles in the box.

        • August 28, 2012

          Honestly, I don’t see a huge difference between the 22 gauge fill needles and the 21 gauge delivery needles! They all look scary to me.

        • August 28, 2012

          My sister, a nurse, told me that the fill needles are typically the size they use for donating blood! Giant!

        • August 28, 2012

          21 gauge…yeah, that would be a bit scary. I am using 23 gauge on my wife. Remember the needles are really sharp and you will hardly feel anything. The first one is the hardest.

  4. August 27, 2012

    Dale said he can. Since he was a paramedic he can make it painless. He gives me all of mine.

    • August 28, 2012

      Take her up on this! The people with experience make it painless!

  5. novas #
    August 27, 2012

    my clinic has this link on their website:

  6. Amy #
    August 27, 2012

    If it were heparin or any thing subcutaneous I’d be there in a heartbeat (well, a heartbeat and probably a three hour drive). Sorry I can’t be of help – I hope someone can!

  7. millionbabysteps #
    August 27, 2012

    Google it, we found some really good tutorials on YouTube! With ivf #4 I finally had to do them myself when hubby was out of town….it went sooo much better than expected!

    • August 28, 2012

      You are such a tough lady!

  8. Denise #
    August 27, 2012

    Be sure to use the right needle!! It shouldn’t be really really thick or you’ll punch a hole. Icing the area for 10 minutes first helps a lot (put a thin towel over the ice pack first, or paper towel)

    • Amanda #
      August 28, 2012

      Oooh! I was told not to ice anything! It makes the oil harder to flow and spread. It’s better to keep everything warm!

  9. August 28, 2012

    I SO wished I lived near you right now. This post totally made me crack a smile and I wish I could be there to help you even though I have NO experience with this. I just adore you. That is all.

    • August 28, 2012

      I wish you lived nearby, too! Perhaps I’ll video the scene so we can all feel like one big needle jabbing family πŸ™‚

  10. August 28, 2012

    I would happily come and jab you if I was even on the same continent πŸ™‚ you will be fine doing them yourself,its just getting started that is the hard part.

  11. veetamia #
    August 28, 2012

    Good luck Belle!! I would help you out to if the Atlantic wasn’t on the way πŸ˜‰

  12. August 28, 2012

    This is very brave of you to ask. I would do it for you (and I’m scared of big needles) if I lived closeby. I needed someone to shoot me up a couple times while my hubby was out of town and my dad happened to be in town those two nights – and he gives my mom IM shots all the time. It was weird at first to have my dad to it (so embarrassing, but it is easy to cover everything but that one part of the cheek) but he was the best at it because of his years of experience – and he had no fear. If that paramedic is willing to do it, have him do it. I had a friend who did IVF give me a couple shots and she left the needle in for 6 seconds even when I told her not to. It hurt. It hurt bad! Go with the fastest shot giver you can find πŸ˜‰

  13. Amanda #
    August 28, 2012

    I am a lurker. I live close, but not close enough to come over and help. My husband always did my PIO shots, but I got a good tip from the nurse. Put your hands on your hips and where your thumb hits is where you want to stick the needle. Much lower than that HURTS! Take it from me. Alternate sides and insert it like you are throwing a dart! Rub the injection site afterwards for like 5-10 mins. It sucks and your backside will hurt for a long time. I had to do this for weeks and hurt for a week or two even after I stopped doing it. It sucks but hopefully will be worth it in the end. Look up videos on YouTube – they were helpful to me.
    I found your blog a few weeks ago after having a loss/D&C after InVitro. My baby girl had Triploidy. I have been struggling with infertility for years (I am still a closeted infertile) and this was my fourth pregnancy, third loss (1st was a medicated “natural” cycle that ended up being a Blighted Ovum/miscarriage, 2nd was medicated IUI/live birth, 3rd was a surprise natural conception that ended up being ectopic and lost a tube.) I am so thankful to have one living child – a 2 1/2 yr old son. Your blog is the reason I had the chromosome testing done, and I am glad I did. I look forward to reading your blog because I am waiting for two cycles and going back for an FET and since you get to do it first, I can read about what I get to go through next!
    Also, I have been wanting to write to you and ask…is your doctor in Cincinnati named Dr. Burwinkle? If so, he used to work at Kettering Reproductive and helped me get pregnant with my son. He is cool and likes to talk about the 70’s! πŸ˜‰

    • August 28, 2012

      Amanda, I’m so glad you de-lurked! Good tip with putting my hands on my hips. I’ll inform the Professor (who I think is ready to jab me in my soft toosh which is NOT the right spot.

      I’m so sorry you have suffered so many losses, but am glad you had the genetic testing done. Not only do answers help to bring us closure, they also help to refine our treatment. And yes! My doctor is Dr. Burwinkle! I like him quite a lot – laid back and seems genuinely interested in treating the route cause of my infertility. He even phoned me himself one afternoon to let me know that he received my paperwork from my previous doctor and to discuss my trisomy. Knowing that he has successfully impregnated a reader gives me even more faith. You say you are close to the area. Do let me know if you ever want to meet up for a coffee. Also, I attend an infertility support group in Frankfort, KY. If you would like to attend, send me an email and I’ll get you the info. This is such a lonely journey, we have to find support wherever we can – be it an internet full of bloggers, a random woman in Lexington or a room full of infertiles all staring at their shoes. xoxo

      • Amanda #
        August 29, 2012

        I did say I was close, but not that close! πŸ™‚ I live in Dayton, OH – the next city North of Cincy. It is quite a coincidence that I found your blog and you are seeing the same doc that I used to see. I miss him…I would loved to have used him again but when he moved to Cincinnati I realized that it would be too far to drive for all of the appointments and missing too much work, etc. He talked to me in the middle of the night when I went thru my first miscarriage because I was worried I was losing too much blood and was very afraid. He’s a good man. My story is a long one but started with being misdiagnosed with Asherman’s Syndrome which led me to see Dr. Burwinkle. He listened to my whole story and then pretty much threw out the Asherman’s theory, told me I probably had PCOS and then did A LOT of testing to confirm it.
        I am thinking about “coming out of the closet” on Facebook thanks to you. I don’t know what is holding me back – I think it is my Mom who doesn’t believe in one “airing their dirty laundry”. I think it might be theraputic. I have lots of stories and I love reading yours, and if you would like to talk more I would be happy to start an email relationship to support you and be supported. Keep posting your FET journey – I am very interested in what comes next. It’s strange that I started reading your blog when I first found out I was pregnant and ended up having a similar experience as you. It was nice having someone else’s experience to read so I didn’t feel so alone!

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