How to Inject Intramuscularly | Fertility Treatment | CVS Specialty®

[MUSIC PLAYING] Hey there, I’m
Sophia, and I’m going to walk you through
how to give yourself an injection into your
muscle or intramuscularly. This method helps the medication
absorb into the bloodstream more quickly. OK, so there are
a few places where you can inject your
medication into the muscle. For today, I’ll show you how
to inject into your butt. You might find it’s helpful to
have someone else administer the injection, but if you’re
planning to do it yourself, use a mirror so it’s easier to
see what’s going on back there. Now go ahead and wash
your hands really well with soap and water. To start, select
a location that’s within the upper outer quadrant
of either side of your butt. Keep track of which
side you inject, since you’ll switch
sides each day, and never inject into an area
that’s tender, red, bruised, or hard. Giving yourself a
shot in the muscle can be a bit uncomfortable,
so before you start, apply ice or a frozen bag of
veggies for a few minutes to numb the area. When you’re ready,
use an alcohol wipe to clean the skin about
two inches around the injection area. Then give it a couple
of seconds to dry. Now you’re ready for the
injection, so let’s do it. Remove the needle cap, and
hold the syringe with one hand. Then use the thumb and index
finger from your other hand to firmly stretch the skin
around the injection area. Using a quick, dart-like
motion, insert the entire needle straight into the skin
at a 90 degree angle. Slowly push the
plunger until you’ve injected all of the medication. Do a quick count
of one, two, three, and then remove the needle
and press down firmly on the injection area
with the gauze pad. Nice job. Then go ahead and toss
to use needle and syringe into the sharps container. And that’s it. Thanks so much for
watching today. Take care. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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