Despite many claims that anabolic steroids cause more harm than good, athletes, bodybuilders, and fitness enthusiasts still use them for performance enhancement. They can help build lean muscle mass, assist in the burning of fat, protect existing muscle mass, and even boost strength, stamina, and mental focus. When used according to guidelines, they are quite safe. Learning how to inject steroids is simple, and it is not as terrifying as it may seem.
Determine Your Steroid Dose
Before you simply inject steroids into your body, it’s vital that you choose the right compound for your needs and then use the correct dose of that compound based on your goals. For example, if you wanted to maintain lean muscle mass while burning away unwanted subcutaneous body fat, then you might opt for something like Winstrol Depot. If you’re interested in gains, you might want to learn how to inject steroids like Trenbolone or even Deca Durabolin. Many of the forms of testosterone you will need to supplement your AAS cycle require injection, as well. Here are some of the common testosterone dose ranges for performance enhancement for you to use as reference.
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Determine the Frequency of Injections
Once you have all the steroids and supplements you need to complete a cycle, you will need to determine how frequently to inject. Even though doses are divided into weekly doses, you will need to divide that dose according to the half-life of the product. For example, testosterone propionate should be injected every other day while testosterone enanthate may only require you to split the dose in half and administer three or four days apart. It is up to you to research the steroids in your cycle and find out how often you should inject them for the best results.
Determine the Milligrams per Milliliter
It is also important to remember that many steroids come in different concentrations, which means that part of learning how to inject steroids requires some basic math. As an example, if you wanted to inject 250mg of testosterone enanthate twice each week for a total dose of 500mg weekly, and the testosterone enanthate comes in a 500mg/ml solution, then you will need to inject 0.5ml twice per week. Again, be sure to measure carefully, and be sure you understand the concentration of the steroids you have on hand.
Preparing for Your Injection
There is more to learning how to inject steroids than simply loading up the vial and giving yourself a shot. You should always take great care to inject in such a way that you minimize the risk of infection and give the compound a chance to enter the muscle slowly. The first thing you will need to do is expose the area you wish to inject, be it your glutes, your thighs, or even the deltoid muscles. Steroids are not injected intravenously – they are injected intramuscularly. Then, use rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball to carefully clean all around the area. This will kill any germs and bacteria that could lead to infection.
Next, carefully load a brand-new syringe by pulling back on the plunger as much as you can, inserting the syringe into the vial, and injecting the vial with air from the syringe. This creates negative pressure which will make it easier for you to fill your syringe. Next, place the tip of the needle in the solution and slowly pull back on the plunger, filling the syringe with about 0.25 to 0.5ml more than you will need for your dose. Finally, hold the syringe upright with the needle facing the sky, and push up on the plunger gently to remove all the air. Stop when one or two drops of your solution escapes the needle.
How to Inject Steroids
- Glutes – The upper outer portion of your buttocks is the best place to inject steroids; this is the largest muscle in your body, which makes absorption a breeze and limits any burning sensation you might feel. You will need a 1.5-inch 21-gauge needle for the best results. Then, hold the syringe at a 90-degree angle to the injection site, insert the needle deep into the buttock, and inject the steroid very slowly, giving it time to disperse. Then, remove the needle slowly and dispose of it in a sharps container.
- Deltoids – If you find that learning how to inject steroids into your glutes is difficult, you may find it easier to use your deltoids, instead. This calls for a 25-gauge, one-inch needle. You will need to find the head of the deltoid, which is located about three fingers from the end of your shoulder bone. Again, hold the needle at a 90-degree angle, insert it deep into the muscle, inject slowly, and remove the needle slowly afterward before disposing of it properly.
- Lateral thigh – This is the second-best location for intramuscular injections, and for many men learning how to inject steroids for the first time, it’s the simplest to reach, as well. You’ll need to inject in the front outer area of your thigh into the thickest part of the muscle. Follow the same directions as above, and be sure to dispose of the needle properly. A one inch 25-gauge needle should work well here too.
Side Effects of Steroid Injections
Part of learning how to inject steroids also involves making sure you understand the potential side effects not only of the steroids, but also the injections. By far, infection is the biggest concern, and that’s why you should always clean the area thoroughly and use a brand-new needle every time. This reduces any risk of infection and helps keep you safe with every single dose.
Aside from this, some individuals may experience injection-site reactions like itching, redness, rashes, and in some cases, a burning sensation as the compound enters the body. These are all normal as long as they are mild and go away in the hour or so after the injection. If the redness gets worse with time, if the injection site feels warm to the touch, or if it becomes painful to the touch, you may have an infection and you should see your physician.
Learning how to inject steroids is not difficult, but it is important to follow the guidelines for safety. If you have any concerns about injections, you may choose to ask a doctor for advice or use oral steroids, instead. The more research you do, the less likely you are to make a mistake.