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    Samantha
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    This is the first time I am using hcg shots. I have read all the hcg injection information provided by the manufacturer. But I am still confused on how to administer the shots. Any help???

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    Desiree
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    There are four sites to administer subQ HCG injections.

    1. Upper outer arm
    2. The Hip area
    3. The Abdomen &
    4. The Thigh

    The best and easiest places are the abdomen and thigh area. WHY? As many find it difficult to use HCG shots on hip and upper arm area especially when they are applying on their own.

    When you are administering on the abdomen – measure 3 finger widths on any one of the sides of your belly button & inject HCG there. Make sure not to inject it any closer to the belly button than that measurement.

    When you are administering on the thigh – measure upward from the knee. Use the width of your hand & downward from the top of your leg in a similar manner. The area between those measurements is considered best for HCG subQ injection. It is best if you stick to the top part of the thigh as inner thigh is easily susceptible to bruising & the outer thigh has many nerves that can lead to bleeding.

    Preparing for the shot

    The best time to take HCG injection is first thing in the morning, probably after your shower. This way you can make it part of your routine and thus less likely to forget about it as you will be following the routine every day.

    Always keep the hand clean before you use the HCG supplies. Make sure you have everything ready and organized for easy administering without giving too much thought to it. You will need:

    A) 2 alcohol pads
    B) 1 to clean the syringe and the other for HCG vial.

    Roll the HCG vial slowly between your palms. Make sure that the solution is mixed and HCG is dissolved properly. Do not shake it vigorously. Rolling between the palms also makes the HCG wwarm as per the room temperature. Take an alcohol pad and wipe the top of the HCG vial. Draw back the syringe aspirating air to the HCG vial. For example 30 on the syringe. Pierce the HCG vial and inject the air into it. Pick up the vial and hold it upside down in one hand. Use the other hand to slowly draw back on the syringe and draw up to the 30 mark with the HCG.

    Don’t be in a hurry. Draw slowly, because the needle is tiny and any pressure might bend the needle. The liquid takes time to pass into the barrel of the syringe. Once filled, you might notice tiny air bubbles in the solution. Make sure you have drawn the correct amount in the syringe for your dosage. For this, you may need to draw more than 30 and then gently tap the syringe. This makes the air bubbles rise upward toward the needle. Now gently push the bubble/bubbles out. Don’t worry about getting every tiny bubble out. Injecting these tiny bubbles won’t hurt you, but if the air is affecting the dose of HCG in your syringe, you might feel increase in hunger in your HCG diet.

    Use the second alcohol pad to wipe the skin in the area you are about to administer. Make sure the area is dry completely. Injecting through wet alcohol will sting or burn a lot. Also ensure there are no extra HCG drops on your needle. Don’t touch the needle. You can just allow it to dry while you allow the administered site to dry.

    How to inject

    Take a deep breath. Don’t hold your breath while you are injecting.

    If you are new to self-administration, it is best to sit down for the first few times you do this. That way if you get dizzy, you can quickly drop your head between your knees. After you’ve done 2 or 3 injections, you can probably stand, talk on the phone and do whatever you like. It really will become easy for you with practice.

    With clean fingers, gently gather the skin and fat in the area you cleaned with the alcohol pad. Don’t pinch it tight. If you pinch it tightly, there is no room in the tissue for the HCG fluid you are injecting, and your injection will sting more. You are also more likely to bruise, and the HCG will probably seep back out the needle hole.

    Insert the needle into the gathered tissue. Place the needle on the skin and gently push it in. If you feel a sharp burning, adjust the needle location by backing out a bit. Inject by depressing the plunger REAL SLOW. Try counting to 5 slowly when you are injecting. This will help you determine of how a slow injection should be. Once done, pull the needle straight out. Dispose them neatly in a syringe disposal unit. Apply gentle pressure using the alcohol pad to the site. Do not rub or press heavily on the site. If you notice a any minor bleeding, continue to apply gentle pressure until it stops.

    Bruising, tingling, redness, pain on injection…why do they occur and what to do about it

    Even following all of the steps above correctly, you will probably experience some or even all of these. They are annoying, but not life threatening. So don’t get discouraged when they occasionally happen to you too.

    Bruising

    Bruising means you got too close to a small blood vessel when you injected your HCG or even went through it with the needle. They will fade and go away just like any other bruise you’ve gotten in the past. If you notice bleeding when you pull your needle out, you will probably get a bruise. Apply pressure gently until the bleeding stops. If you don’t apply pressure, you might get a small lump in addition to the bruise…this is called a hematoma, or collection of blood under the skin. It will dissolve and go away in a few days.

    Tingling, redness, pain on injection of the HCG

    Just as with bruising, you will probably experience some of these even with perfect injection technique of your HCG.

    You can experience all of these if you get too close to a little nerve. There is no way to know where these nerves lie under your skin ahead of time. Generally, injecting in the areas outlined above in the appropriate injection sites section will keep you away from major nerves. Redness can also be due to the alcohol you used to rub the site with.

    And if you have fair skin, you are more likely to have some redness too.

    All these reactions should go away within several minutes. If they don’t, you can apply some ice to the area and see if that helps.

    If you consistently have pain on injection, or are very anxious about self-injecting, you can try numbing the area with an ice cube first. Be careful not to overly cool the skin.

    That can cause redness, and may slow down the absorption of your HCG.

    And always remember to see a doctor if there is persistent redness, swelling, pain or any signs of infection are present where you inject the HCG.

    It is best to sit down for the first few times if you are new to administering HCG shots yourself. This way even if you get dizzy, you can easily drop your head between your knees and relax for a while. It takes around 2-3 injections to easily administer while standing or talking on the phone.

    Wash your hands before using the HCG supplies. Using clean fingers, gently hold the skin and fat in the area you have just cleaned with alcohol pad. Don’t pinch it tight. If you pinch it tightly, there is no room in the skin tissue for the HCG. Besides, it will sting more while you inject. You are also more likely to bruise and the HCG might seep back out the needle hole.

    Insert the needle into the skin that you have been holding. There are two ways of administering:

    1. You can either insert quickly with a quick flick of your wrist or
    2. Place the needle on the skin and gently push it in.

    Either technique is acceptable.

    If you feel a sharp burning sensation, you can adjust your needle location by backing out a slightest bit. Inject by depressing the plunger REAL SLOW. You can try counting to 5 slowly while injecting. It really helps in giving you a good gauge of how a slow injection should work. Once done, pull the needle straight out and dispose in a syringe disposal unit (easily available at any drug store). Apply gentle pressure using the alcohol pad to the injected site. Do not rub, or press heavily on the site. If a small bleeding occurs, continue to apply gentle pressure till it stops.

    Bruising, tingling, redness, pain on injection site are common. Even after following the above steps, you might experience from time to time. Don’t fret. They are NOT life threatening. So don’t get discouraged if it happens occasionally…

    Always remember to see a doctor if there is persistent redness, swelling, pain or any signs of infection are present where you inject the HCG.

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