Ok, I have to admit it took me about 10 minutes to inject my very first Gonal F injection on August 1st. But after I mustered up the courage to do it, it was not as bad as I was expecting! The needle itself is quite small, a lot smaller than the syringes that came with my IVF meds. So after the initial shock wore off and after the moment the needle pierced my skin, I realized the hardest part was over and all I needed to do was push the liquid into my subcutaneous tissue. It took all of about 10 seconds total and voila! I was done with my first IVF injection! And boy, I could not have been more relieved!
Watch the video above to relive every second of this experience!
According to WebMD, here are the proper directions of using a Gonal F pen:
How to use Gonal-f RFF Pen:
Read the Patient Information Leaflet before starting this medication and each time you get a refill of this medication because new information may be available. You will be trained by a healthcare professional on how to properly use this medication. If any of the information is unclear, consult your healthcare professional.
Inject under the skin (subcutaneously) usually once daily or as directed by your doctor.
Dosage and duration of therapy is based on your medical condition and response to therapy.
If the pen is stored in the refrigerator, allow the medication to warm to room temperature before use. Learn how to prepare the pen before you use it for the first time. Be sure you understand how to dial and set the prescribed dose correctly. Use only the pen needle provided and a new needle for each injection. Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Wash hands with soap and water before using this medication. Before injecting each dose, clean the injection site with rubbing alcohol. It is important to change the location of the injection site daily to avoid discomfort or problem areas under the skin.
Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid.
Use this medication exactly as directed by your doctor in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same time each day. Do not change the dose unless instructed by your doctor or use this drug for a longer period than prescribed.
Always consult your pharmacist before use.