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How to Give an HCG Injection
on Nov 10, 2012
by Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD
HCG injections are often prescribed to women experiencing infertility issues, to assist in ovulation. Find out how to give an HCG injection yourself.
HCG stands for Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, which is a hormone naturally secreted by the placenta. This hormone is given to women with fertility issues, in order to increase their ability to conceive, as it is vital for the survival of the future infant. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
Injections with HCG are administrated two or three days before ovulation, as the hormone helps to trigger the process and increase the size and the resistance of the eggs produced by the ovaries. These shots can be administrated by anyone, following a few easy and safe steps listed below, but, for that, the following items are required: cotton balls, alcohol, pads, syringe, HCG, 25 or 27 gauge 1 inch needle, bandage and a sharp container.
Once you have all the necessary equipment, keep in mind that this is an intramuscular injection, so you need to make sure that the needle goes in deep either in the buttocks or in the thighs. Make sure you avoid any areas where you could reach the bone, check the dosage and avoid any areas where you could hit an artery or vein. Make sure everything is sterilized and sanitized (this includes your hands) and always throw away all used materials.
Here is how to give an HCG injection in six steps:
Fill the syringe with HCG by pulling the plunger back as much as you want to insert (as recommended by your doctor usually 1-2 cc), then, insert the needle in the vial, turn the vial upside-down and push all the air out into the vial, allowing the solution to fill in the syringe.
Now that you know how to give an HCG injection, keep in mind that these injections should be administrated once a day, preferably in the morning, so, it is advisable to have a doctor to supervise you on the first occasion.
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Dr. Prabha Sahgal MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Sahgal holds a B.S. degree from MIT in molecular biology and currently serves on the ConceiveEasy board of directors.