Whether using prescription or nonprescription (illegal) types of steroids for whatever reason, it’s important to understand the potential risks and side effects.
Steroids can provide a huge number of benefits for individuals taking steroids for medical treatments, but let’s face it; the vast majority of steroid users self-administer steroids for nonmedical use – namely athletics and bodybuilders.
For many beginner bodybuilders looking into anabolic steroids, oral pills are a safer and more convenient option – with similar positive effects.
That being said, is there a right and wrong way to give yourself injections?
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Two categories of steroids are common in medical as well as nonmedical usage.
Corticosteroids are one common type of steroid that it is used to treat inflammatory or immune system dysfunctions.
These include arthritis, asthma, allergies, and similar conditions that are caused by some type of dysfunction of the immune or endocrine system.
Anabolic steroids are synthetic variations of the male hormone testosterone, often prescribed for the treatment of hypogonadism, lack of growth in adolescents, and to reduce muscle-wasting symptoms often seen with cancer, HIV, and AIDS patients.
Before even considering self-administering steroid injections for back pain, bodybuilding, allergies, or keloids, it’s not only important to know how to do it correctly, but what you can expect after the injection.
One of the most common types of anabolic steroids that is self-administered is testosterone.
Be aware of the potential risks and side effects associated with higher than normal levels of testosterone in the bloodstream.
You should also be aware of the potential side effects and risks of corticosteroids.
Any hormone or steroid injected into the body can cause side effects and affect numerous body systems and their functions.
Self-administering steroid injections for bodybuilding is not difficult if done correctly.
Enhanced comfort and safety is achieved using the right type of syringe, the correct size of needle, and of course, paying attention to dosage.
Self-administering any drug without the guidance and knowledge of a physician can result in misuse of any drug.
You can find a variety of suggestions on how to give yourself anabolic steroid injections on bodybuilding websites.
But it would behoove you seek out the videos or tutorials provided by medical doctors on the correct administration. This will ensure optimal safety.
Most injections are given intramuscularly, mostly into large muscles such as the buttocks or the upper thigh, though some use the upper, meaty portion of the arm.
You’ll find different instructions regarding the location of the injection.
For example, a gluteal or buttocks injection is one of the easiest, safest, and less painful injection sites.
This method does requires finding landmarks so that the injection goes into the meat of the muscle and doesn’t strike bone or the sciatic nerve, which traverses down the center of the buttocks.
It would probably take a lot to hit the sciatic nerve, but it is possible with first-time or un-educated users.
You’d be amazed at how many men (and women) go too deep or too shallow with an inappropriately sized needle when giving themselves injections.
Using the gluteal injection method:
While many athletes and bodybuilders don’t really concern themselves with sterile injection methods, it is important to, at the minimum, swab the area at the injection site with an alcohol swab or with soapy water.
You don’t have to wear gloves to prepare or inject the drug, as you’re not touching the injection site with your hands.
Side effects associated with anabolic steroid injections depend on the dosage, the type of steroid, and the milligram strength.
The most common side effect is relatively minor and involves a temporary burning sensation at the injection site that typically goes away in about 30 minutes.
For others, muscle soreness and slight swelling and skin discoloration caused by bruising may be experienced.
Not everyone will experience side effects. Injections given less than every three to four months produce minimal side effect.
Although excessive doses and frequency of dosage will increase the risk of side effects and potential adverse reactions.
Some individuals taking steroid injections for arthritis may experience transitory joint pain within 24 hours post-injection.
For some, they can contribute to infections, possible weight gain, and changes in emotional status including mood swings.
Before giving yourself any of the various types of steroid injections, know the facts. Be aware of the potential risks and ask yourself whether those risks outweigh benefits.