Appropriate sites for sub cutaneous hCG injections
There are four sites on your body that are appropriate for sub cutaneous (sub q) injections of hCG. They are the upper outer arm, the hip, the abdomen, and the thigh. Only two of these apply for the person performing self-injections of hCG; the abdomen and the thigh. Most find using the hip and upper arm too tricky to do on their own.
When using the abdomen, measure 3 finger widths on either side of your belly button and inject your hCG there. Do not inject any closer to the belly button than that measurement, but you may go a little further away if you desire.
When using the top of your thigh, measure upward from the knee about the width of your hand, and downward from the top of your leg about the width of your hand. The area between those measurements can be used for a sub q injection of hCG. Stick to the top part of the thigh because the inner thigh tends to bruise more, and the outer thigh contains more nerves.
Preparing for your shot
The best time to do your shot of hCG, is first thing in the morning right after your shower. Most people have a morning routine they go through to get ready for their day. By incorporating your injection of hCG into this routine, you are less likely to forget to do it and you will be receiving the dose of hCG at about the same time each day.
Always, wash and dry your hands before handling your supplies. Have all of your injection supplies organized so you can grab and inject without much thought to it. You will need two alcohol pads, one to clean the syringe, and the other for your vial of hCG.
Roll the hCG vial slowly between your palms to assure the solution is evenly mixed. Do not vigorously shake the vial of hCG, like with insulin, it can make the hCG less effective. The rolling action also helps gently warm the hCG to room temperature. Wipe the top of the hCG vial with an alcohol pad. Draw back the syringe aspirating air to the dosage you are using, for example 30 on the syringe. Pierce the hCG vial and inject the air into the vial. Pick up the vial and hold it upside down in one hand, while using the other hand to slowly draw back on the syringe and fill to the 30 mark with the hCG. Draw slowly, because the needle is tiny and the fluid takes time to pass into the barrel of the syringe. Once filled, there may be a tiny air bubbles in the solution. Make sure you have the correct amount in the syringe for your dose. To do this, you may need to draw more than 30 and then gently tap the syringe to make the air bubbles rise upward toward the needle, then gently push the bubble or bubbles out. Don’t worry about getting every tiny bubble out. Injecting little tiny bubbles won’t hurt you, but if the air is affecting the dose of hCG in your syringe, you may experience some hunger while on the hCG diet.
Use the second alcohol pad to wipe the skin in the area of your shot. Be sure to allow the site to air dry completely. Injecting through wet alcohol will sting or burn a lot! Also make sure there are no extra hCG droplets on your needle. Don’t touch the needle, just allow it to dry while you are allowing the injection site to dry.
OK, take a deep breath, and don’t hold your breath while doing your injection :). You can do this!!!
If you are not experienced at injecting yourself, 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. You can either insert quickly with a quick flick of your wrist, or place the needle on the skin and gently push it in. Either technique is acceptable. If you feel a sharp burning, adjust your needle location by backing out the slightest bit. Inject by depressing the plunger VERY SLOWLY. Try counting to 5 slowly while injecting. This will give you a good gauge of what a slow injection should be. When done, pull the needle straight out, dispose in a syringe disposal unit (available at any drug store) and apply gentle pressure with the alcohol pad to the site. Do not rub, or press heavily on the site. If a small amount of bleeding occurs, 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 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.