What a difference 4 years makes. Back in 2010, PIO shots meant a 22 gauge needle. Ouch! This time around? 25 gauge. Also I noticed that in 2010 I used PIO in sesame oil. This time around it is in ethyl oleate. So the shot itself? No pain whatsoever. I actually didn't even feel it. Woot! No bumps either, although the actual point on injection is tender when I push on it.
Anyway, for those fearing PIO like I had, it seems that for whatever reason (different pharmacy, newer meds, better protocol), PIO is not so scary.
Now, ask me about this in 5 or 7 days once my arse becomes a pincushion.
P.S. I did keep the syringe filled up with the oil in the waistband of my underpants to "warm it up." Not sure what effect that had on the whole process, but hey, couldn't have hurt it.
P.S.S. Hubs did say it was difficult to push. We were there awhile. I'm sure that is the downside of the smaller needle for him but not for me!