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: If you notice persistent redness, swelling, pain or any signs of infection on the injected site, consult your doctor immediately.