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How to Give an HCG Injection

on Nov 10, 2012

by Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

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How to Give an HCG Injection

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

When to administer HCG shot

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.

Where to administer

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.

Step-by-step instructions

Here is how to give an HCG injection in six steps:

Open the vials of HCG and diluents and clean the needle using an alcohol pad (even if it’s just opened).

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.

Use a pad with alcohol and sterilize the area you are about to inject.

Always flick the needle before injection in order to avoid injecting any air bubbles, and press the plunger just a little bit to see a few small splashes of the solution.

Grab a portion of the skin just sanitized and quickly, with a dart like motion, plunge the needle in, making sure that no blood flows back and the needle is inserted deep enough.

Push the plunger slowly to insert the solution and then swab the injected area again, letting the alcohol to dry.

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.

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  • BobbyandZiggy

    hi i have been trying for my 3rd child after coming of the depo is they
    anything that can help become pregnant faster i fell quickly with the
    first 2 but now its harder since i had the depo injection please help me
    with sum info thanks

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  • BobbyandZiggy

    hi i have been trying for my 3rd child after coming of the depo is they anything that can help become pregnant faster i fell quickly with the first 2 but now its harder since i had the depo injection please help me with sum info thanks 

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  • Monica Scott, RN

    Conceiving after getting off Depo can be tough for a lot of women. You can conceive within 4-6 months after getting off Depo but it may take a lot longer than that for some women because your body needs to adjust to its normal hormone production before you were taking Depo. You can boost your fertility by keeping yourself healthy by eating right, exercising regularly and getting enough sleep. You should also avoid alcohol, caffeine and tobacco.

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