Why Steroid Needle Selection is important
Posted by cpaddon on November 5, 2012
One of the scariest things when doing your first cycle (or your 10th) is actually injecting the steroids. To this day, I still remember my first injection of 1.25ml’s of Testosterone. What happened? I was super nervous, I got about ¼ way through and I pulled out because I thought I was about to faint.
Round two was much easier, I knew what needed to be done and I got it done. Hundreds of injections later it is second nature now, and that fear that paralyzed me initially was all in my head.
When I first began using steroids I had a hard time figuring out needle sizes, changing needle heads, dull needles etc. This all confused me and often led to me delaying the use (or worse, delaying my injection times throwing off the cycle’s half-life)
The goal of this article is to show you exactly what types of needles you should use when injecting different types of steroids, and how.
Gauge (Size of the needle)
The size of the needle that you need to use varies from compound to compound. The size, or thickness of the actual needle is referred to as “Gauge”.
The higher the gauge, the smaller the needle is and the longer it will take to inject something.
The length of the needle is also important, as we need to make sure we are always injecting deep enough into the muscle tissue but not too deep.
The following is an example of an actual needle
25g 1.5” – This would be a 25 gauge (very small and takes a long time to inject) 1.5 inches long.
21g 1.0” – This is a 21g with a shorter needle tip.
Where you inject
What people often misunderstand is that it’s not just the type of compound (or mix) that you are injecting that should determine what needle to use when injecting, the place on your body where you are injecting is equally important.
Drawing vs Injecting
This is definitely a debatable topic. Some people swear by using the same needle to draw and inject, some people swear by changing the needle. Personally I do both depending on what I feel comfortable with
One compound – If you are only injecting one type of steroid, not mixing – using the same needle to draw & inject is perfectly fine. Poking into the vial to draw the steroid will dull the needle a tiny bit but as long as you’re careful and only do it once, it will still be plenty sharp enough to penetrate your skin without much pain
Mixed compounds – If you are mixing compounds (drawing for more than one vial) then I highly recommend changing the needle.
Drawing – For drawing, you can definitely use a bigger needle tip in order to draw quicker into the syringe. If you are using a 25g needle to draw up the compound, it is going to take 3-5 minutes just to get a full mm in, and there’s going to be a bunch of bubbles as well. If you use a 21g, it will take a few seconds.
Recommended needle sizes
There is some leeway in what gauge needles you can use. Basically, the higher the gauge, the thinner the needle and the less it will hurt – but the longer it will take to inject.
Sizes of needles you can use for Glute-shot
- 23g 1.25″ (Injects fast but hurts more, push in all the way)
- 23g 1.5″ (Injects fast but hurts more, leaves a bit of space at the end)
- 25g 1.25″ (Painless but takes longer, needs to be put in all the way)
- 25g 1.5″ (Painless push in but takes longer, leaves a bit of space)
Ideal size for glute
The ideal size for injecting in the glute is 23 gauge 1.5 inch. Reason being, injecting into the glute is somewhat difficult when you’re first getting used to it as you have to turn around and watch carefully and not move it around to much which is tough when it’s behind you. For this reason it’s ideal to keep the time it takes to a minimum. Pushing in a 23g will be like a pinch, it doesn’t hurt much. Granted it will hurt more than 25g it won’t be bad, and it will be worth it in the end. Using 1.5” is pretty much necessary as you should always leave a little bit of room between the injection spot and the top of the needle in case it were to ever snap off and you had to pull the needle out (this has never happened and probably never will but better safe than sorry!) To get to the meat in the glute you have to be pretty far in, and thus need a 1.5 inch to get there.
Sizes you can use for quad-shot
- 23g 1 inch (push in most of the way, hurts more than 25g)
- 23g 1.25 inch (push in most of the way, hurts more than 25g)
- 23g 1.5 inch (push in 3/4 of the way, hurts more than 25g)
- 25g 1 inch (push in all the way, hurts less than 25g)
- 25g 1.25 inch (push in most of the way, hurts less than 25g)
- 25g 1.5 inch (push in ¾ of the way, hurts less than 25g)
Ideal size for quad shot
My favorite needle to inject in the quads is 25g 1.25 inch if you can get your hands on them. Next choice if that’s not available is 25g 1 inch. Since I am able to sit down and stare at it and keep generally steady when injecting in the quad I use a higher gauge since it goes in easier and is pretty much painless. The pain for the next few days is barely even there with 25g since it’s so small as well which is great.
For most steroids you can use anywhere between 21 gauge – 25 gauge with needles between 1 inch – 1.5inches
The lower the gauge the more painful it will be.
Remember to always mix up spots when you’re injecting as to not build up scar tissue, and rotate your injection spots on your body (quad, glute, shoulder, bi) this is especially important for regular steroid users.
Let me now below what your favorite needle size is.
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