Steroid Injections Info
Steroid Injections Information
When people are considering doing their first cycle, proper steroid injection technique is usually the last thing they consider. Usually, people have a goal, and then research various drugs and cycles which they think will help them achieve that goal. Usually it´s not until someone has a bunch of vials sitting in front of them, and a bag of needles and syringes, that they start thinking about how they´re actually going to get the oil out of the bottle and into their body! For many people, this is where the idea of steroid injections becomes petrifying. In many cases, the individual becomes so scared of performing the necessary administration, he’ll forgo his entire plan. It is here where he’ll give up on anabolic steroids altogether or opt for oral only cycles; in either case, he is severely shortchanging himself.
Hopefully this article will make your first steroid injection and all of your subsequent ones a bit less confusing, and a lot less painful; we guarantee you have nothing to fear.
Steroid Injections – Phase 1:
First, you´ll need to draw the steroid out of the vial, with a syringe. The most common size for injecting anabolic steroids is a 23-25ga. X 1-1.5" needle. This size will work for all water based and oil based injectable steroids. The first thing you need to do is make sure you are using a clean, unused needle. Next, make sure the top of the vial is clean, and swab it with an alcohol pad.
In-order to draw the liquid out of the vial, you´ll first want to pull some air into the syringe, usually the same amount as you will be drawing in for your injection if not a little more. Next, you want to hold the vial upside down and inject the air into the vial. This will increase pressure inside the vial and allow the liquid to be drawn into the syringe more easily. Once you´ve done this, and while you´re still holding the vial upside down, you need to make sure the tip of the needle is below the level of the liquid, begin to slowly pull back on the plunger and drawl the desired amount of liquid into the syringe.
From here, you have the option of replacing the needle that breached the rubber stopper of the vial with a fresh needle. This is because even one pass through the rubber of a vial will blunt the tip of a needle; even if this is not visible to the naked eye, it´s still got the potential to cause additional discomfort when you inject. In many cases, it’s not uncommon for the individual to use a large drawl needle for all his steroid injections; drawl needles are often 20ga-22ga in size and will make the entire process a lot smoother.
Steroid Injections – Phase 2:
Once your solution is inside the syringe, choose the area you wish to inject and clean it with a new and never before used alcohol swab. As the area is now disinfected, directly into the center of the desired injected area simply force the needle in, it won’t take much and prepare to inject. With the needle all the way in, before you inject the solution, draw back the plunger of the syringe few tenths; if any blood comes into the syringe you will need to remove it immediately and find a new spot to inject. You very well may only need to move over an inch or so or you can find a new spot and start the procedure again. Once you have found a suitable area, and this will get much easier with time, simply inject the solution, but you’re not quite done yet.
Steroid Injections – Phase 3:
With all of your steroid injections, once the solution is completely administered leave the needle in for a good 15 or so seconds and allow the steroid to settle. At this point, remove the needle and immediately place a clean, never before used cotton ball on the injected site and apply pressure and hold for approximately 20-30 seconds. At this point, you’ll remove the cotton ball and you very well may find blood on it; don’t freak out; remember, you’ve just pierced your skin. Throw the cotton ball away, and then with a little pressure massage the injected area; this will help with any potential soreness; it’s not an absolutely necessity but it can help.
Where to Perform Steroid Injections:
Steroid injections are first and foremost meant for your muscle tissue; intramuscular and nowhere else. We do not perform steroid injections intravenously or subcutaneously; such practices are very dangerous, and subcutaneous is a great way to get an abscess. In any case, on the human body you have 36 specific spots in-which you can perform all your steroid injections; while there are 36, most will only need a few.
The Dorsogluteal site (ass):
Without question, the Dorsogluteal (glutes) are the easiest and most convenient to inject as depicted in the picture below. Each glute has one spot that can be injected and can hold a rather large amount of oil.
Another area that can hold the largest amount of oil is a Ventrogluteal injection as depicted below; this is often said to be one of the safest and most comfortable spots for steroid injections. However, you must be extremely precise with this practice, and this keeps many hopefuls sticking to other areas.
Beyond the glute related shots, the deltoids are a very good place to inject; steroid injections can be performed in any of the three heads, but the lateral deltoid head will be the easiest as seen depicted in the pic below.
Beyond deltoids, any head of the biceps or triceps is acceptable; the dead center of the chosen head. From there, pecs, three locations, quads, two locations, calves, two locations and even the dead center of the lats or traps; we cannot recommend traps or calves, although it is possible.
Steroid Injections – No Fear:
With so many places to perform steroid injections, it will be easy to find a spot you are comfortable with and can hold a fair amount of confidence; once you get through an injection or two you’ll quickly realize how simple the process is. Of course, there is something you need to understand that has for years escaped many on steroid related message boards; steroid injections are not supposed to hurt. Granted, the use of Testosterone Suspension and a few other steroids may leave you sore, but overall steroid injections should not hurt. If your injected area is in pain post-injection, more than likely your product is not of a high quality nature; this we can guarantee if you’ve followed all the steps from above.
Again, dispose of your needles safely, and remember to follow this same procedure for all your steroid injections, to avoid the possibility of infections and abscesses.
Visit any message board and you'll find questions centered around steroid injections. Steroid injections often provide a high amount of confusion for many people; after all, were injecting very powerful hormones into our body and no one wants to make a mistake. To begin, you want your steroid injections to be successful to ensure proper results are gained; more importantly you want to eliminate the chance of any problems that could arise from improper administration. Fortunately the process of steroid injections is not all that difficult; its rather simple and there are many points in the body where steroid injections can be applied.
Where to Administer Steroid Injections:
Anabolic steroid injections must be administered intramuscularly; in simple terms this means we inject directly into a specific muscle in the body. Generally speaking we have 9 various muscle groups to choose from and within each muscle group we possess many suitable injection points. The following groups of muscles are all adequate points of administration and each one provides the following number of injection sites in the particular muscle:
- Glutes: 1 site
- Deltoids: 3 sites
- Biceps: 2 sites
- Triceps: 3 sites
- Lats: 1 site
- Pectorals: 3 sites
- Quadriceps: 2 sites
- Traps: 1 site
- Calves: 2 sites
With the list of injectable sites provided above we are provided with 17 various sites to perform steroid injections and since we have two of every muscle group listed the number of adequate sites doubles to 34. For example, you have 3 safe injectable points in the deltoid muscle, meaning each deltoid has 3 points of injection giving you a total of 6 points to choose from regarding deltoids alone.
Specific Point of each Muscle:
With numerous injections sites to choose from, within each one there is a specific area of the muscle at hand that should be injected; do not arbitrarily inject into the muscle but have a set point in mind. The following should give you a good idea:
- Glutes: the upper and outer portion of the muscle. You should inject approximately two inches below the lower back and a few inches to the left for your left glute and a few inches to the right for your right glute. Never should you administer steroid injections into the meat of your glute muscle as is commonly seen on TV; remember TV is not real life. Injecting into the meat of the muscle and you risk hitting the sciatic nerve.
- Deltoids: anterior (front) deltoid head, lateral (side) deltoid head and posterior (rear) deltoid head. All three points are suitable; most will find the lateral deltoid muscle to be the most comfortable of the three. Simple inject into the center of the muscle.
- Biceps: inner or outer bicep heads; either point is suitable. Inject directly in the center of each point.
- Lats: One point on each lat to choose from; inject into the center of the outer edge of the muscle.Triceps: outer (horseshoe) tricep head, lower rear tricep head and middle rear tricep head. Inject into the center of each point of the muscle.
- Pectorals: the upper inside portion of the pectoral, the middle inside portion of the pectoral or the outer lower portion of the pectoral. All three provide adequate points; the latter will prove to be a little more uncomfortable for some.
- Quadriceps: the outer head (sweep) or inner head (tear-drop) are both suitable although the sweep will prove to be far more comfortable. For the tear-drop inject directly into the center, for the sweep inject approximately half-way between your hip and knee slightly on the outside of the muscle.
- Traps: one spot, simply directly into the middle of the muscle.
- Calves: the inner or outer head is fine, simple inject into the center of either head. Most will find this injection site to be very uncomfortable and should only be used if absolutely necessary.
With the numerous points we have to choose from for our steroid injections most will find the glutes and lateral (side) deltoid head to be the most comfortable and convenient points of administration. Injection sites such as calves and traps are highly warned against; although in terms of adequate injection sites they are fine, they can produce a fair amount of pain in the individual. No matter where you choose to inject always practice sanitary methods; do not reuse needles or syringes, clean the area thoroughly before injection and always sterilize with alcohol beforehand.