Well... you get the idea.
As I mentioned before, we're only making one change this cycle, switching from oral progesterone to progesterone shots. I have a little bit of a fear of needles, though I assume like my fear of blood draws, it'll diminish as I do them more regularly. I was also a little apprehensive that I would take the shot at the wrong time. Last cycle was weird, and I think I might have misidentified peak, so I was worried that would happen again. Luckily, this cycle my peak was pretty clear, so I'm not very worried about the timing.
So... the day for my first shot was yesterday. Fun stuff. The Hubs took his role as shot giver pretty seriously. He read and reread the instructions my doctor gave us, googled around for information, and watched a few videos on how to give shots. I did a little bit of research too on how to prepare and what to do after to minimize the chance of pain, soreness, and knots. The most common bits of advice I saw were to preheat the shot area (the butt), and after to heat it, massage it, and walk around a bit. I had looked into this plenty of time before, so I got a heating pad with plenty of time to spare.
When the time for the shot came I got my butt nice and toasty. DH worked on prepping the shot and the shot area, lol, to which I tried not to pay much attention. I will say, his drawing on my poor butt cheek to make sure he got the shot in the right place (which just felt like a scratch) hurt more than the actual shot did. I didn't even notice when the Hubs actually did the shot, I asked him if he had done it yet and found out he had started like a minute ago! So I guess I didn't have much reason to be scared of the shot itself. I did make sure I heated, walked around, and got several butt massages after, haha. The Hubs has been a pretty good sport with the last one :).
Today, the area is most definitely sore. not unbearably, just noticeable when I put weight on the area (though being my butt and all, that happens a lot). There doesn't appear to be a welt or knot there though, I am glad about that. It has gotten better over the day, but I have gotten the Hubs to agree to try taking longer to administer the shot. He took exactly two minutes this time, which is what the doctor suggested, but I've heard slower is better. I don't know if I've noticed a difference from the progesterone yet, though maybe a little less anxious, which is a good thing. My new normal post peak nausea had started to set in yesterday before the shot, but I haven't noticed any today. That and the breast tenderness usually set in between P+3 and P+6, so fingers crossed that they stay away, that would be awesome. I'll guess we'll see what happens!