Disclaimer! Please read! I am not a medical professional in any way, shape or form, and this is not to be misconstrued as medical advice. I am simply sharing what has worked for me and others. It is your responsibility to discuss these matters with your physician.
I wanted to show you a comparison of various needles to show you just how small and thin the actual hCG injection needle is, to allay any fears you might have.
See that huge needle on the left? Don’t get scared – that’s nothing that will ever be coming close to your flesh, so breathe! That hefty one is only used for mixing hCG and only comes into contact with the inert rubber on your hCG vial.
Doesn’t that big scary one make a nice contrast to the very tiny hCG injection needle you see on the far right?
There’s two main parts to the needle:
- The length
- The gauge: This is basically how thick or thin it is. The higher the number, the thinner the needle.
- So 29 gauge= thin
- 30 gauge= thinner
- 31 gauge= even thinner!
Most needles sent with hCG kits are 5/16″ inch long (they used to send 1/2″ a few years ago when I did hCG, but all the ones I see these days are 5/16″. But just to clarify even the 1/2″ needle was not painful for me), and between 29-31 gauge.
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The thinner needles slide in easier and thus feel the least painless, and as it gets thicker, the needle going in becomes slightly more noticeable. I found 29 to 30 gauge to be just about right.
31 gauge needles work okay but they are actually SO thin that sometimes they end up getting bent if you’re not super careful when getting your hCG dose out of your vial. So if you get 31 gauge needle just be more aware of that.
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