Testosterone is a hormone produced in the testicles in men and in the ovaries in women. Men generally have about times more testosterone in their blood than women. As with any subcutaneous injection, care must be taken to ensure testosterone is administered safely with a minimal risk of infection.
Below are some tips to calm your fears and make self-injection a little bit easier. Getting started is often the hardest part. Reviewing the standard medication injection technique before you get started is another way to better prepare yourself.
How to give a painless injection? The basic steps are to locate a fatty site so that you can inject the insulin into a layer of fat under the skin; hold the needle like a dart; and pierce the skin rapidly — speed is key! If you have Type 2 diabetes, sooner or later you may require insulin injections, either temporarily as during infections or permanently.
If you need to give yourself injections, or shots, at home, you may have some questions or concerns. You might need to inject medicine under the skin subcutaneous. Or you might inject it into a muscle intramuscular.
A nurse or other health professional will teach you how to prepare the medicine and give the shot. The provider will watch you practice and answer your questions. You may take notes to remember the details.
In the past, doctors and nurses told patients to rotate their insulin shots to different sites on their bodies. Now we know that it's best to take insulin shots in the part of the body that matches the insulin action a person wants. See Illustration: Sites for Injecting Insulin.
Many medications used to treat multiple sclerosis come as injections, making self-injecting inevitable for some MS patients. While administering your own shots is scary for many people, MS shots are not nearly as dangerous as you might think. Learning how to inject safely can help ease the anxiety.
Fertility treatments must be taken as intramuscular IM injections so that the medicine can be absorbed into the muscle. While giving yourself injections can seem overwhelming at first, preparation and practice can make the process of injecting your hormone treatments relatively quick and painless. The best locations for an IM injection are your upper arms, thighs, hips, and buttocks.
Good injection technique can mean the difference between less pain and injury. Angela Cocoman and John Murray explain. The administration of intramuscular injections is a common nursing intervention in clinical practice.
A subcutaneous injection is a method of administering medication. Subcutaneous means under the skin. In this type of injection, a short needle is used to inject a drug into the tissue layer between the skin and the muscle. Medication given this way is usually absorbed more slowly than if injected into a vein, sometimes over a period of 24 hours.