The most common questions I get asked by beginners is to with injecting steroids.


  • Where's the safest place to inject?
  • What do I do if I hit a vein?
  • Where do I buy syringes?
  • Do I need a prescription to buy needles online?

If it's your first time you need to know what you're doing... your life may depend on it.


Injecting steroids isn't as simple as finding a spot and jabbing the pin.

There are some steps and precautions you need to follow.

Get it wrong and you could either end up bruised for days or in the emergency ward with a septic infection.

I'm going to help you avoid this and more by teaching you how to inject anabolic steroids like a pro.

Let's get started

Use a New Needle for each Injection

That's right and here's why...

re-using old needles increases your risk of infection.

So don't be lazy and don't be cheap. Buy enough needles to cover your full cycle schedule.

If you're low on funds, buy as many as you can and sterilize before re-using the needle.

The Needle Size You'll Need

Needles come in different gauges.

The gauge relates to the size or capacity of the needle.

All you need to remember is that the smaller the gauge, the bigger the needle.

Check out the diagram below.

The needle gauge and size you need will depend on where you inject.

For example, if you're injecting into the glutes (butt cheeks), the ideal size is either a 22 or 23 gauge, 1-inch needle.

For injecting into the quads (thigh) the ideal size is a 25 gauge 1-inch needle.

For the delts/triceps/biceps the ideal size is a 25 gauge, 5/8 inch needle.

Here's a tip....

Use an 18 gauge needle to draw up the oil, then unscrew the needle tip and switch to a 23 gauge, 1 inch tip.

The oil pretty much falls into the barrel when using an 18 gauge needle, and the tips are universal so unscrewing one and screwing on another is no big deal.

The Ideal Syringe Size

The syringe is the barrel containing the liquid. 

It also houses the driver that pushes the liquid steroid into your body.

The size of a syringe is based on the volume it contains, and volume is measured in cubic centimeters (cc). And 1 cc is equal to 1 ml.

The ideal syringe barrel for steroid use is 3 cc or 3 ml.

Buying Syringes and Needles

The most convenient way is to buy from your local pharmacy.

But, this depends on the which state you live in.

State laws differ from state to state.

In some states, you'll need a prescription while in other states you don't.

State laws also limit the number of syringes you can buy.

For example, you can buy up to 30 Syringes in California. Whereas, in Illinois, the most you can buy is 20.

To learn more about the laws on buying syringes in your state click here.

Getting Ready to Inject

By now you should have the needles, syringes and liquid steroid.

But before you inject you must...

Prep the Syringe

So you've got the syringes and you’re ready to inject.

*** make sure to wash your hands with an antibacterial soap ***

Wear a pair of surgical gloves if you have them. 

Remove cap and wipe the top of the vial with an alcohol swab - do this each time you inject.

Take the 18 gauge needle and screw on to the syringe.

Insert the needle into the vial and tip it upside down just like the image below.

Pull back the plunger to draw air into the syringe equal to the required dosage - if the dose is 1 cc/ml draw it back to 1 cc/ml.

Next, you want to get any air bubbles out of the syringe so it’s just oil in the barrel.

You simply wait a second for the air bubbles to go back through the oil to the top and push the air out slowly by pushing the plunger forward a little. 

It’s also a good idea to tap the barrel a few times in order to export any air bubbles. Now it’s time to inject.

Put the protective cap back on the 18 gauge needle and replace it with the 23 gauge needle.

Find an Injection Site 

The best place for a steroid beginner is the glute (butt cheeks)

Its a big area of muscle so it will be difficult for you to mess things up!

Imagine splitting your glute into 4 quadrants, and it's the top outer quadrant that you want to aim for.

glute steroid injection spot

Aim for the top outer quadrant 

As much as possible stay away from inner portions of glute or anywhere close to your tailbone. 

There are a lot of nerve endings that you will want to avoid at all costs.

OK, clean the injection area with an alcohol swab.

Take the needle at 90-degree angle (no angles) and jab the needle into your butt cheek.

Will it hurt?


I hate needles.

I was dreading my first pin but once I did it, it felt no more than a tiny pinprick.

The fear of doing it is actually worse than the act itself.

Aspirating the Needle

When you've jabbed the pin into your butt, you want to make sure you haven't hit a vein.

And you do this by aspirating the syringe.

So, before you push the plunger in you pull it back a little to create suction.

If tiny air bubbles enter the syringe, it indicates that its safe to inject.

If blood enters the syringe. Stop.

You've hit a vein or a blood vessel and you don’t want to be injecting an anabolic compound into your bloodstream.

It won’t kill you, unless you’re injecting something stupid like synthol, but you may experience a few uncomfortable side effects.

You’ve also wasted money as anabolic steroids require intramuscular injections to work.

Pull out the needle, replace it, find a new injection spot and repeat the process.


When you’ve pinned the needle and the barrel is clear of blood push the plunger down slowly.

Too quickly and you will get post injection soreness and swelling.

Once the liquid steroid is injected leave the needle in for a few seconds.

Pull the needle out slowly and wipe the area with a cotton swab to soak up any blood.

It’s always good to massage the injection site for a minute or two as this helps to disperse the oil and reduces soreness.

You will be sore from the shot for a few days, it’s perfectly natural.

Once you get used to the shots, it gets easier.

I would try to only hit a site once/wk if you can help it, and this means often rotating injection sites or sides.

If you injected your right glute this week, go ahead and inject your left glute next week.

If you’re injecting something twice a week, then go with your right cheek on Monday, and left cheek on Thursday.

Once you get into a steroid stack or start using compounds that require more frequent injections, then you will need to use other sites.

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