Fertility Medications - Considering All Involved

Fertility Medications   Both PartnersInjecting medications into yourself does not come naturally.


If you are taking medications to help you become pregnant then it may be the first time that you've ever given yourself an injection.


It doesn't come really naturally. 


The first time is the worst.


It is.




Count to ten.


Or count to ten like I did.


About a hundred times. 


In case you're wondering if you are the most neurotic, procrastinating infertility patient ever, the answer is no.


You have some competition.


I'm in the running, definitely. Chances are though, that even I have some competition.


Interestingly enough it's often our partners or spouses that have the most difficulty with the injections. Even after we are used to the stinging or burning or achiness, our partners don’t always get used to it.


My husband felt sorry for himself about having to give me the shots.


I did not feel sorry for him.


It was my thighs, stomach and butt that had bruises and hard lumps. Not his.


I’ve noticed that the women I meet these days that are in treatment, either through Fertile Yoga or Ladies Night In, are much more sympathetic. They excuse their husbands or partners. They find other people to give them shots or they inject themselves.

Fertile Yoga Lessons

Last Friday, my husband came to Fertile Yoga in Brookfield. It was his first time in almost five years of my teaching the class. I knew that one of my students was planning on bringing her husband and he was hoping not to be the only man there. So I promised that I’d bring my husband as well.


And so he came.


I considered it my thank you, long delayed, for having to give me those shots. He came and relaxed and rested and remembered what it was like to be in fertility treatment. I saw him nodding his head and realized that he had his own fear and limitations while we were in treatment.


It’s not easy on either side. Whether you are giving or receiving the shots, it’s simply not easy.


I wish I had been more aware of that while I was in treatment. Instead of thinking it was all about me.


How good to learn, even at this late date. Thanks to all my students for what I learn from you, each and every time I teach.


And thanks to my husband for giving me the shots. It's taken me almost two decades to realize how hard it was on him as well. 


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Topics: Medications, Fertility Treatment, Yoga

Lisa Rosenthal

Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.

Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.

Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.

Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.

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