Many of the medications that the doctor may prescribe for fertility treatment are given as a subcutaneous injection. Therefore it is important to learn
how to properly give the injection.
Subcutaneous injections are given into the fatty
tissue just below the skin. The lower abdomen, about
an inch away from the belly button is usually the
preferred site, although they can be given into the
front, middle portion of the thigh as well. They
should not be given into the same site each time, as
that can cause irritation of the tissue, and pain upon
Time Required: 10 minutes
- Gather your supplies. You
will need an alcohol pad, bandage, and your prepared
or mixed medication.
- Wash your hands.
- Select your site and clean it using the alcohol pad.
- Take a large pinch of skin to pull the fatty tissue
away from the muscle underneath it.
- Holding the pen
or syringe like a dart, quickly insert the needle at a
90 degree angle to the skin.
- Slowly inject the
- Release the pinch of skin, then withdraw
- Apply bandage or gauze as necessary.
- Make sure to change your site each time you give the injection. Move from thigh to thigh or change locations on the abdomen.
- If you are nervous about the pain of needle insertion, numb the area with a little ice prior to cleaning it.
- You may notice a little bead of medication or a drop of blood. This is normal.
- Insert the needle quickly. If you go too slowly, the injection will be more painful.
What You Need
- Alcohol pad
- Gauze, or band-aid
- Prepared medication