I had a depo-provera needle given to me by my doctor. While I was away travelling the family clinic would not administer it as I didn't get it from their clinic. Due to keeping to my cycle I decided to inject it myself. I researched and aimed for my upper right buttock. I made sure the area was cleaned with alcohol and there was no air in the syringe. I think the needle went halfway into my buttock and when I pulled it out there was a little blood at the tip of the needle. Now I am worried if I didn't inject it correctly it may not be effective. Can anyone let me know the chance of the injection not working. Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you.
It sounds as though you did everything right. It's an intro-muscular shot, meaning that it has to be put into the muscle, rather than just under the skin, but it sounds like you went deep enough.
It creates a little well of oil based solution in the muscle, which seeps out over the 13 weeks.
It's normal to get a pin prick type bleed.
You checked there was no air in the syringe, which is good.
I found that alternating buttocks is best, each shot. This is because when I constantly got it in one buttock, the cheek started to become concave. By alternating sides, I prevented that, so it's worth making a note of what side you put it into.
As long as it's going into the big buttock muscle, & not into the small of the back, you should be fine.
I prefer the buttock to the arm, because it's more painful in the arm, with it being a smaller muscle.
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