The subcutaneous injection is an injection of a solution immediately beneath the skin. It is an efficient route of administering many medications, among them insulin and hcg(human chorionic gonadotropin). It is also referred to as a SC, SQ or subQ injection.
Do not inject into an area where there is pain or tenderness. Do not inject in same place with every injection.
Carefully remove the injection supplies that have been provided. Place the correct vial and injection supplies on a clean dry surface. This should include the vial of hcg that you have just mixed, alcohol prep pads, and a subcutaneous syringe (insulin syringe with the orange caps). Wash hands and the area to be injected well and dry with a clean dry cloth. Use the alcohol prep pad to clean the rubber top of the vial very well. Remove the needle cap. Pull the plunger back so there is a small amount of air in the chamber (up to the 17 mark on the syringe). Hold the vial in one hand, and carefully push needle into rubber top with the other hand. Turn vial upside down and push the air into the vial. Then, pull the plunger back until the correct amount of solution is in the syringe (to the 17 mark on the syringe). Remove the needle from the vial. Clear air from syringe by pointing needle up and pushing until air is evacuated. Be sure to keep needle surface away from any non sterile surface. Vigorously clean the area of the body to be injected. Pinch the loose skin, (1-2 inches from your belly-button) with your non dominant hand and hold the syringe in your other hand, (dominant). Carefully thrust the syringe with the sub-q needle into the pinched skin at a 45 or 90 degree angle. Holding the syringe with one hand, gently pull back on the plunger. If no blood enters the syringe, then it is safe to inject the solution. If a flash of blood is seen, then the needle may be in a small vein. Remove the needle and discard. Replace with a new sterile needle. Inject slowly and steadily until desired amount has been given. Remove needle, carefully recap the needle and discard into waste container provided.
It is extremely uncommon to experience anything more than mild tenderness at the site of injection immediately after the procedure, if the instructions were followed closely. Pressure with a sterile gauze should eliminate any oozing. If the site is more than just tender to touch, apply an ice pack to the area for 10-15 minutes.