I start shots today and the IM syringes are 22 gauge X 1.5".
I am shooting in to the outer quad, how deep should I go, 1"? i.e. leave 1/2" exposed?)
Also is it a better idea to keep the hCG in the fridge even BEFORE it's constituted?
What are you injecting?
I actually found another resource on the net and left it out about 1/4", aspirated, no blood, and injected.
I changed needles between drawing and injecting and I am happy to report that my first IM inject went very well.
That said, what's your take?
I prefer a 25g x 1" personally after drawing with a 22. You will get a feel real quick for the proper depth.
1" fully inserted takes out the guessing.
Gets snapped? WTF? Ever try to snap one?
CP, do you think 27's would be even better? What length? How deep do I need to go into a quad to inject 1/2 ml?
Now that I am *somewhat* comfy with an injection and how the top screws on/off, I can draw with the 22 and inject with something else.
Tough to get oil through a 27. 25's are the sweet spot IMO.
Some people inject T through a 27g, but the injection takes a long time and requires a steady hand. If you have patience and steady nerves, I think it would be an option. The smaller the pin, the less trauma. Less trauma equals less scarring.
If it were me, being an impatient sort, I would not go finer than 25g.
You may find that the 23g works well on the thigh in regard to injection trauma and is less resistant to the pressure of the plunger. This in turn provides a more stable process of injection and plunger depression.
I use a 27 gauge, inch and and quarter in the glutes. Virtually painless although you have to put firm pressure on it to get it to flow. Its a slower delivery too. I prefer it over the 22 gauge that I first started with.
I have never seen anyone snap a needle off in over 25 years of medical work. However never say never.
this isn't rocket science.
1) You buy a syringe with a large gauge needle on it such as 18g-23g.
2) You either A) draw through the large gauge needles and then inject with a 25g or B) you draw through the large gauge needles, heat up the test in hot water, and use a small 27g needle to shoot it as the warm liquid flows much easier
Needles don't snap. You could inject during an earth quake and not "snap" a needle off inside you. Not to mention it has no relevancy whether it is 1.5" or 1". Just put it deep enough to hit the muscle and inject.