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Instructions for Injecting Low-Dose hCG | Encompass Fertility Treatment

Instructions for Injecting Low-Dose hCG | Encompass Fertility Treatment


[MUSIC PLAYING] Hey there, I’m
Sophia and I’m going to walk you through
how to inject a low dose HCG under the skin
or subcutaneously. These instructions are broken
up into five quick steps which you can jump to at any
time using the chapters below. Let’s start by making
sure you’ve got all your supplies ready to go– a multi-dose vial of low
dose HCG or compounded vial of HCG dilution at room temp
for your comfort, a syringe with needle attached for
injection, plus alcohol pads, a gauze pad or cotton
square, a sharps container, and a clean surface. In case you’re wondering,
a compounded medication means the pharmacist
prepared it in a way that’s unique for your treatment,
and your vial probably arrived in a plain box
versus a special kit. All of this is totally normal. Now is a good time
to double check to make sure you’re using the
right HCG at the right time. Low dose HCG is used
to stimulate follicles at the start of treatment. You don’t want to use the HCG
trigger shot at this stage because it has a
much higher dose and serves a different
purpose later on. If you’re unsure or
have any questions, call your health care provider. You may get
prescriptions or supplies that use “cc” or
“mL” interchangeably. Don’t worry. They’re just different names
for the same amount of volume. For example, one cc
is equal to one mL. Now go ahead and wash
your hands really well with soap and water. Then you’re on to preparing the
area where you’ll give yourself the injection. There are a few places where
you can inject your medication under the skin– in the abdomen, just below or to
the side of your belly button, or in the leg in the upper
outer area of your thigh. No matter which area you pick,
try to avoid injecting yourself in the same exact spot each time
to lower your risk of a skin reaction, and never
inject into any area that’s tender, red,
bruised, or hard. For today, I’ll show you
how to inject in the abdomen since it’s the most common spot. First, you use an
alcohol wipe to clean the skin about two inches
around the injection area. Then give it a couple of
seconds to dry while you get your medication ready. Now you’ll withdraw
the medication. If you’re using the vial for
the first time, remove the cap and wipe the top of the
vial with an alcohol swab. Just remember to do this
every time you reuse a vial. There are two things you
should check before moving on. One, the solution should
be clear with no particles floating around. And two, make sure the
low dose HCG is not more than 28 days from the first
time you used it or expired. If you see any particles
or if it’s past the date, don’t use it, and call your
health care provider right away for next steps. When you’re ready,
unwrap the syringe and remove the needle cap. Draw air into the
syringe by pulling back the plunger to the unit
mark that matches your dose. For example, if your
doctor prescribed 40 units, draw back to the
40 on the syringe. Place the vial on
a flat surface, and insert the needle
through the rubber stopper and into the vial. Gently press the
plunger all the way in, which pushes the
air into the vial and makes it easier to withdraw. Without removing the needle,
turn the vial upside down. Make sure the tip of the needle
stays submerged in the solution as you slowly pull back the
plunger to withdraw your dose. You’ll only be using a
portion of medication for every injection, so
it’s really important to double check and give
yourself the right dose, not the entire vial. With the needle and
vial still upside down, check to see if there are any
air bubbles inside the syringe. If there aren’t any, go
ahead and remove the needle and syringe from the vial. If you see bubbles,
press the plunger to push the bubbles
back into the vial. You’ll have to withdraw
your dose again, so repeat the earlier step of submerging
the tip of the needle in the solution and slowly
pull back the plunger to withdraw your dose. You’re ready to inject the
medication, so let’s do it. Hold the syringe in one hand
and with the other hand, pinch a fold of skin
around the injection area. Insert the entire needle
straight into the skin at a 45 to 90 degree angle. Slowly push the
plunger until you’ve injected all of the medication. Do a quick count of
1, 2, 3, and then let go of the skin
you’re pinching. Press down firmly on the
injection area with a gauze pad and remove the needle. Nice work. Your final step is cleanup. Go ahead and toss the
used needle and syringe into the sharps container. And if you have any
low dose HCG left over, store the vial in your
fridge in between injections. Thanks so much for
watching today. Take care. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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