An intramuscular shot is an injection of medicine into a muscle. Some medicines—such as the hormone testosterone or fertility medicines—need to be injected into a muscle to work. This type of shot is usually given in the thigh or hip. If it's easier, you may want to have someone else give you the shot in your hip.
At first, you may be nervous about giving yourself a shot. But soon, giving the shot will become routine.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Follow your health professional's instructions for where and how often to inject your medicine. Your nurse will show you how to give yourself the shot.
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of:
May 23, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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