How to inject steroids

How to inject steroids

When including injectable compounds in your stack it is important to follow safe procedures to minimise the risk of any hazards, and ensure you are effetely administering the drug.

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Intramuscular (IM) injections

Intramuscular injection


First things first. Sterility. Only use new pins and do not share, do not let the pins make contact with anything that may be hazardous by keeping the plastic covering on when not being used, use substances which you are sure are legit, reputable, and are sterile, wash hands thoroughly before any procedures, inject in a clean sterile environment, and make sure the injection site is cleaned with antibacterial agents before and after administration. It’s easy to just skip this paragraph or become lazy over time, thinking that you will be fine. If you want to reduce your risk of infections (which can be very painful and put you out of training for a while), then always think about sterility before and after administration. Be smart.

So, let’s make sure you have everything before starting. This will depend on what injection you are doing, what administration needle and barrel, and with what substance you are using.

You will need your correct sized barrel, correct needle for drawing the substance up into the barrel, and then your desired size needle for injecting. Also needed are your compound(s), sterile swabs, and some people like to have an amp breaker for opening ampoules (although many are easy to just snap off, and even using a file to wear down the neck and a simple biro lid can be used in a similar effect to add leverage to snap off the top).

Before ordering your substances, if you’re a new user, it may be best to get one or two more ampoules over what you need for your course, in case of any breaking. And as mentioned, we use two separate needles because the drawing needle can become blunt after scrapping the sides and bottom of the amp. We want a new sharp needle, which will make the injection less painful, safer, and smoother.

You can get needles and barrels from your local needle exchange. If you do not know where your local needle exchange is then have a look on here. Although not all are listed, it often does show support services in your area that may offer needle exchange.

If however you are not comfortable with getting your stuff from a needle exchange then many online shops sell the correct gear needed. A simple search should bring up results. Some may offer unlabelled packaging too, contact the company to ask before ordering.

So then, you have all the stuff you need in front of you, in a sterile environment.

Make sure you are not going to be distracted during the execution of the injection, it needs your focus to remain steady and avoid any sterility hazards.

Make sure the site you are going to inject is both relaxed, and clean. Wipe the injection spot with swabs to make sure the area is sterile before administration.

Keep the plastic casing on the needles, but open from the packaging, along with barrel. Screw the drawing pin onto the barrel.

If using vials, make sure the rubber tops are sterile by using a swab.

Many people opt to heat their oil based substances prior to drawing into the barrel. The heat thins the oil, making it easier to draw up and inject. Some people however do not opt to do this. If so, just use a small cup of warm water, and hold vial in the cup so the oil warms. Do not use very hot water, we just want to warm the oil up so it thins.

If using an amp, break off top with desired method (see above).

Remove the plastic covering off the drawing needle, and draw up the desired amount of substance from your vial, or amp. This will obviously depend on the course you are running, and what concentration the substance is. For example, 1 ml amp of Testosterone Enanthate at 250mg/1ml, if using at 500mg per week will result in 2 ml being injected over the week.

Remove the drawing pin once all substance is drawn into barrel. Connect the injection pin by twisting onto the barrel.

Make sure the injection site is relaxed, in a comfortable position for you to administer the substance, and importantly- clean.

Remove the plastic covering off the pin. Tap on the side of the barrel so that all air bubbles travel to the top. Slowly squeeze the plunger so that the air is released, and a small amount of oil trickles down the needle. Do not worry about this, helps to have a little lubrication, or so I hear. Some small air bubbles may remain, and will continue to remain no matter your best efforts; these will not likely be harmful.

Hold the barrel steadily in front of the desired injection spot. Press the pin in firmly. Many people like to leave some of the pin showing; as if it were to break they have something to hold onto. This is personal choice. However, you get a spare pin and try snapping it, it takes some doing!

Now it’s time to aspirate. We aspirate by slowly bringing the plunger back to see if the barrel fills with any blood. If it does fill with blood, you have likely entered a vein, so remove the needle, exchange needles if you feel necessary, and repeat. In most cases the plunger will just be hard to pull back because of the vacuum formed, and be ready to inject the substances.

Slowly press on the plunger to administer the substance. Do not go too quickly. Over time you will likely get used to how much your site can handle and have a 'feel' for it.

Slowly remove the pin once all the substance is injected. Hold a swab over the site for a minute or so to minimise bleeding.

Some like to have a hot bath or shower at this point to aid the oil dispersing to minimise post injection pain.

Discard of pins and barrels safely. Do not put others at risk because of your use, use a syringe bin and give the bin to the needle exchange so it can be destroyed properly and safely.   

Preparation video

Post injection soreness is common and can be worse with certain brands and compounds. Following a safe procedure we can be sure to minimise any soreness caused from the injection technique.

Glutes injection

The glutes (the buttocks) is a common site to inject into as it is a large deep muscle, with fewer nerve endings. When we inject into the glute, we want to inject into the upper outer region of the muscle, as this has the least amount of nerves and blood vessels.

Rotation of the glutes would be effective if injecting biweekly, injecting one glute on Monday and the other on the Thursday, for example.

The glute injection can be difficult as it requires you to twist around to inject, but this is usually something you can get used to, and will likely find your own ways to make it easier as you become more experienced with injecting.

Draw with a Green 1.5' (21g)
Inject with a Blue 1.25' (23g)

Thigh injections

The thigh is a site that many people like to use as it is obviously very simple to execute as you can use both hands and the site is right in front of you.

The thighs can be rotated easily, and also used as the volume of injections increase, along with the glutes. For example, right glute, left thigh, left glute, right thigh, and so on. You will find that you will have personal preference on what sites you like to include. Some people like thigh injections very much and think they are the easiest to execute, others do not particularly like them.

Draw with a Green 1.5' (21g)
Inject with a Blue 1.25' (23g)

Deltoid injections

The deltoid (shoulder) is another option for injections. Inject into the thickest and central region of the deltoid, above the level of the armpit, in the lateral head.

Draw with a Green 1.5' (21g)
Inject with a Blue 1' (23g)

Pec (chest) injections

The chest is an injection that is not commonly used by the inexperienced user, but is a likeable injection spot for many users once they bite the bullet and give it ago. The more sites we have open to use, the more rotation is possible and therefore the less scar tissue we will have to build up when we increase injection volume.

Inject into the fullest and deepest area of the chest. Making sure the arm is brought down and slightly across the body will make the chest easier to inject as there is more tissue to inject into.

Draw with a Green 1.5' (21g)
Inject with a Blue 1' (23g)

Triceps injections

Inject into the fullest area of the triceps brachii, at the upper region of the lateral head.

Draw with a Green 1.5' (21g)
Inject with a Blue 1' (23g)

Biceps injections

Inject into the fullest area of the biceps brachii, half way between the insertion and origin points.

Draw with a Green 1.5' (21g)
Inject with a Blue 1' (23g)

SubQ injections

SubQ injection

A SubQ injection, as it is commonly known, is a shortened term used to describe a subcutaneous injection. A subcutaneous injection is an injection that is given into the area between the skin and muscle, known as the subcutaneous tissue (see diagram above).

Many medicines may have to administer in this manner. The dose of the drug, how fast acting it is, and the type of drug may all be reasons why a drug has to be shot SubQ.

Drugs administrated SubQ will usually be injected using an insulin syringe (also known as a 'slin pin'). The insulin syringe holds a maximum of 1ml, and has small increments for when dealing with small volumes of medicine. The increments go up in 10's, all the way up to 100, which is one ml. So, '50' on the barrel is half a ml, and '100' on the barrel is one ml.

It is possible to give a SubQ shot 90 degrees to the skin, however this is only used if there is enough subcutaneous tissue present. Injecting at 45 degrees is just as effective and can be administered in those will less subcutaneous tissue, which we may expect when dealing with bodybuilders and athletes who are carrying less body fat levels than your average person.

It is possible to inject into the following areas; abdomen, thigh, lower back, and upper arm. However, many athletes will prefer to use the abdomen as it is easy to administer solo, plus many of the other areas will likely carry less subcutaneous tissue. It is worth noting that some medicines are preferred to be shot in certain areas within the medical world.

Rotation of sites is preferred to minimise the risk of building up scar tissue. If using the same body region then it is advised to leave a one inch gap between injection sites if possible.

For an abdomen injection we want to administer between the top of the hip to the waist, and two inches from the middle of the waist (we want to avoid the belly button, the umbilicus) to where the body rounds at the sides.

SubQ execution video

Wipe the injection site with alcohol wipes.

Let the area dry.

Hold the syringe in your preferred hand, with the end plastic covering off. Hold the syringe in-between your thumb and index fingers, similar to as if you were holding a pen.

Grasp the skin and pull back, penetrate through the skin as indicated in the diagram above. Different skin types will require different amounts of force to penetrate through.

Once needle is in, inject the medicine.

Pull needle out through the same route it went in.

Hold a sterile swab over the injection site for a minute or so.

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