How To Inject Progesterone in Oil | Fertility Treatment | CVS Specialty®

How To Inject Progesterone in Oil | Fertility Treatment | CVS Specialty®


[MUSIC PLAYING] Hi, I’m Sophia
and I’m going to walk you through how to
inject progesterone and oil into your muscle
or intramuscularly. This method helps the medication
absorb into the bloodstream more quickly. These instructions are broken
up into five quick steps. Let’s start by making
sure you’ve got all your supplies ready to go– a multi-dose vial of
progesterone in oil, a sterile syringe,
a mixing needle, which may or may not arrive
attached to the syringe, a needle for injection, plus
alcohol pads, sterile gauze, a sharps container,
and a clean surface. 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. Before you move on, check to
make sure the solution is clear and there are no
particles floating around. If you see anything, don’t use
it, and call your health care provider right away
for next steps. Now go ahead and wash
your hands really well with soap and water. Your next step is to
prepare the syringe. A great thing about
this medication is that it comes mixed
and ready to use, so get started by
removing the cap and wiping the top of the
vial with an alcohol swab. Just remember to do this
every time you reuse a vial. Unwrap the syringe
and mixing needle. Then twist the needle
onto the syringe and remove the needle cap. Draw air into the
syringe by pulling back the plunger to the mL or cc
marking that matches your dose. Insert the needle through
the rubber stopper and into the vial of
progesterone and oil. Gently press the
plunger all the way in, which pushes the
air into the vial and makes it easier to withdraw. You’ll notice the oil
itself is a bit thick. Then, 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. Next, remove the needle
and syringe from the vial. If your health care
provider has instructed you to attach a different
needle for the actual injection, then keep watching. Otherwise, skip to step three. Place the cap back on
the needle and twist to remove it from the syringe. Toss the used needle into
the sharps container. Then remove the wrapper
from the injection needle and twist the needle
onto the syringe and remove the needle cap. Point the needle up and
tap or flick the syringe to remove any air bubbles. Then press the plunger
slightly until a tiny droplet of medication appears at
the tip of the needle. A droplet is a good thing. It means your medication
is ready to go. Now recap the injection
needle, set it aside, and you’re all set to move onto
preparing your injection area. So there are a few places where
you can inject your medication into the muscle. For today, I’ll show you how
to inject into your butt. You might find it’s helpful to
have someone else administer the injection, but if you’re
planning to do it yourself, use a mirror so it’s easier to
see what’s going on back there. To start, select
a location that’s within the upper outer quadrant
of either side of your butt. Keep track of which
side you inject since you’ll switch
sides each day, and never inject into an area
that’s tender, red, bruised, or hard. Giving yourself a
shot in the muscle can be a bit uncomfortable,
so before you start, apply ice or a frozen bag of
veggies for a few minutes to numb the area. You might also find it
helpful to put the syringe without the needle
inserted inside your bra or under your arm to warm it up. When you’re ready,
use an alcohol wipe to clean the skin about
two inches around the injection area. Then give it a couple
of seconds to dry. Now you’re ready for your
injection, so let’s do it. Remove the needle cap and hold
the syringe with one hand. Then use the thumb and index
finger from your other hand to firmly stretch the skin
around the injection area. Using a quick, dart-like
motion, insert the entire needle straight into the skin
at a 90 degree angle. Then hold the syringe
and gently pull back on the plunger
just a little bit, and look for blood
in the syringe. This doesn’t happen
often, but if you do see blood in the syringe,
do not inject the medication. Instead, withdraw the
needle right away. Cover the area with a gauze
pad and apply pressure. Toss the syringe and needle
into the sharps container and start over. If there’s no blood in
the syringe, keep going, and slowly push the plunger to
inject all of the medication. Press down firmly on the
injection area with a gauze pad and remove the needle. And you did it. Nice job. Now your final step is cleanup. If there’s progesterone
and oil left in the vial, replace the cap and store it
in a safe place at room temp. Just be sure to use it
before the expiration date or within 28 days
after it’s been opened, whichever comes first. Then go ahead and toss the
used needle and syringe into the sharps container. And that’s it. Thanks so much for
watching today. Take care. [MUSIC PLAYING]


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