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problems with drawing up [Apr. 7th, 2010|08:08 pm]
Starting Testosterone


So, I gave myself my first shot on monday. The only problem I had was drawing up the T from the vial... I "drew up" .2ccs of air, put the needle into the vial, inverted it, pushed out the air, and then tried to draw up the T. No dice. I would slowly pull back on the plunger and only get little droplets of liquid. I did this at first with a 25g needle and switched to 23 after a few tries. Finally I just pulled the plunger back and waited for it to drip in slowly. Is there a trick to this, or am I just doing something really wrong?

[User Picture]From: acqueerfully
2010-04-08 03:11 am (UTC)
My best guess would be that you'd have better luck with a bigger needle. I draw up with an 18g and have never had a problem.
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[User Picture]From: xftranny
2010-04-08 04:04 am (UTC)
If you're on enanthate or cypionate in the US and you're only taking 40mg (.2cc/mLs if this is the case) of T a week or 2 weeks you might not want to go with an 18G needle because even a 5mL (mLs are equal to ccs) will last you a couple months. Punching big holes with an 18G in a vial that many times will eventually ruin the integrity of the rubber and break the seal, leaving it open for bacteria. This happened to me a few times and as such, I draw up with a 22G now.

If this is not the case, ignore all that :-P

T is really really thick and it will always take a while for it to drip down the syringe, no worries. I sit and I wait, but I always throw more air in then I need because I'm always pushing a bunch of it out after I draw up. Using a 25G (what I inject with) stinks bad, the 23 is better.

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[User Picture]From: call_me_rev
2010-04-08 07:03 am (UTC)
Is there a way to tell if the integrity of the seal has been compromised?
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[User Picture]From: xftranny
2010-04-08 01:14 pm (UTC)
2 ways I could always tell were if I pulled the needle out and T kept pouring out the hole and just looking at the rubber seal after I drew my T out one day, there was a mark the size of my 16G left there and you usually don't see a mark. This was a couple years ago so I'm not so fresh, but in general, I think you can hear the air shift.

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[User Picture]From: chaz_in_transit
2010-04-08 07:05 pm (UTC)
Cool, thanks for the advice. I guess it caught me off guard because all the instructions I found for doing IM injections hardly mentioned drawing up, now that I know I'm not doing it wrong I don't mind sitting around waiting for it to drip.
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[User Picture]From: xftranny
2010-04-09 03:06 am (UTC)

Now that I think of it, if you keep the vial in your pocket for 10 mins before you inject, the warmth will help it flow

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