Injection steroids have been very popular with bodybuilders. Despite the sad fact that steroids are the most commonly abused drug, we cannot deny that it also provides numerous benefits in the medical world. These are often administered to patients with hypogonadism, lack of growth in adolescents, and to reduce muscle-wasting symptoms with cancer, HIV, and AIDS patients.
Since steroids promise a lot of benefits for medical and non-medical purposes, most users self-administer steroids. Whether you are using a prescription or nonprescription type of steroid, it is still important that you understand the possible risks and side effects that come with it. Testosterone is the most common type of anabolic steroid that is self-administered.
How to Self-Administer Injection Steroids
When you know what you are doing, self-administering steroids would be easy. You must take note the type of syringe that you are using, the correct size of the needle and make sure you are using the right dosage for the benefit of comfort and safety.
Websites like Steroidio shares a wide variety of suggestions on how to give you anabolic steroids through injection. You can also check out “How-to” videos or tutorials posted by medical doctors for clearer instructions. However, it is still best to visit the doctors’ clinic for suggestions on better administration of the drug.
Most injections are intramuscular, meaning you inject into the large muscles of the buttocks or the upper thigh. Some users also use the upper portion of the arm.
What Beginners Need to Know
If you are a beginner, the most suggested injection site is through a gluteal or buttocks injection. This is considered as the easiest, safest and less painful among other injection sites. You have to note landmarks to avoid hitting a bone or the sciatic nerve.
How to do the Gluteal Injection Method:
- Disinfect the area at the injection site with an alcohol swab or with soapy water.
- Draw a vertical and horizontal imaginary line across your buttocks muscle.
- Interject in the upper outer quadrant.
- Use a 1 ½ inch long needle to achieve the right depth of the injection into the muscle
- Don’t put on weight on the leg where you’re injecting.
- Insert the needle all the way then slowly depress the plunger.
Steroid Injection Side Effects
When you are using any type of steroid, you must understand that side effects are possible. However, these side effects are usually associated with dosage, the type of steroid and the milligram strength. A temporary burning sensation at the injection site is common and typically goes away after 30 minutes. Others reported muscle soreness and slight swelling with discoloration caused by bruising.
Side effects will not be experienced by all steroid users. However, excessive doses and frequency will heighten the risk of side effects.
Always remember that before you give yourself any of the steroid injections, know what you are doing. You will be ingesting an unknown substance to your body. Do your research and learn more about the drug and the process of administration.