I'm gonna give you my exact dates to hopefully help you.
July 15... day 1 of period
Aug 4... day 21.... started lupron to suppress ovaries
Aug 13.... day 1 of next period
Aug 16... start cycle appt where they tested blood and scanned ovaries.
Aug 18... started bravelle and menopur shots to produce more eggs
Aug 23... started potentially daily office visits to get scanned and blood tests.
Aug 29... egg retrieval
Sept 1... embryo transfer (I didn't work for a week after this by choice. The doc recommended rest for 3 days, but everyone is different.)
As for the shots, my husband gave me all of mine. There's no way I could do that myself either.... weak stomach here. They are subcutaneous though (just under the skin), so it's not that bad.
I will be starting my 2nd IVF cycle at the end of Jan or end of Feb. I hope for the best for you.
Take care, Leslie