Published: Sept. 26, 2008
Updated: Sept. 8, 2010
Before filling fertility drug prescriptions, you should ask the pharmacist if they will supply you with the necessary needles and syringes and if they will be willing to refund your money for unused medication.
We recommend calling in advance to check price differences and to become aware of their business hours. The pharmacist can provide you with a computerized summary of your purchases to assist you in filing with your insurance company.
For intramuscular injections (IM) we recommend a 3-ml, 22-gauge, 1.5-inch syringe for mixing, then change to a 25-gauge, 1.5-inch needle.
For a subcutaneous injection (SQ) we recommend either the same syringe used above for mixing, and a 25-gauge, 5/8-inch needle for injection or a tuberculin syringe with a 22-gauge, 1.5-inch needle for mixing.
Syringes and needles can be purchased without a prescription. All pharmacies should be able to order these syringes for you.
You may wish to purchase your medications in advance to avoid any last minute surprises. Keep in mind the pharmacy hours and variable stock.
Plan ahead for the weekends to avoid being without medications.
Learn more about fertility medications below.