Congratulations on beginning gender-affirming hormone therapy! Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley (PPMHV) is dedicated to ensuring you have the support and resources you need during your transition.
If you are on this webpage, you have been prescribed a medication that is administered through self-injection. Whether you're already on hormones and are switching to injectable, or you've been getting injections from a trained person and now learning to self-inject, you're in the right place! Your clinician should have spoken with you in depth about your options to select the right one for you, but be sure to contact them if you have any unanswered questions.
Types of Self-Injections
There are two types of self-injections: intramuscular (IM) injections and subcutaneous (SubQ) injections.
An intramuscular injection is a way of injecting medication deep into the muscle tissue. This allows the medication to be quickly absorbed into the bloodstream. Intramuscular shots are given at a 90° angle with the needle going straight through the skin into the muscle.
A subcutaneous injection is a way of injecting medication into the subcutaneous tissue that is directly under the skin. Medication given this way absorbs into the bloodstream more slowly than medication injected directly into the muscle. Subcutaneous injections can be given at a 45° or 90° angle.
During your visit, you were provided a written self-injection guide for either IM injections or SubQ injections. These guides are intended to serve as in-depth instructions on how to self-inject your medication. If you do not have a copy of the self-injection guide you need, you can download a copy below or watch one of the how-to videos below the guides.
PPMHV also understands that many people are visual learners and has created the instructional videos below to supplement the written guides. There is one video for IM injections and one video for SubQ injections, along with transcripts of each video. Please make sure you are watching the right video for the medication you have been prescribed!
PPMHV is committed to ensuring that these videos are accessible to people who are hearing impaired or who need the video transcripts for any other reason. You can download copies of the video transcripts below.