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Donica

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I will throw it out in my regular trash...not in the recycling bin. My regular trash goes straight to a landfill.
That's a low dose to start off with. about half of what I take.
 

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That's a low dose to start off with. about half of what I take.
You mean the 0.5 ml is low? That is pretty high. I started with 0.3, and at the highest point I was at 0.6 ml. I am currently on 0.4, and plan to go down to 0.3 ml again.

You say you take 1.0 ml of the Depot stuff per week? What do you want to achieve with it, except a solid case of DVT?

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I take Valerate so I don't have any experience with Depo, so I don't know if that's a high, medium, or low dose. I know @Linde and @Katie both take Depo though, so they'd be the ones to chime in about that.

My draw needles are 18 gauge and my injection needles are 22 gauge. Both of them are one inch long.

The very best advice I can give is the link I used to learn how to do my shots. I originally went to my nurse so she could teach me, but her method wasn't very good. I used to have all kinds of problems doing it her way. So I asked around on Reddit and someone gave me the link to the video they used to learn how to perform their shots. It was made by Planned Parenthood out of Dallas I believe.

After I started doing my shots like the video instructed I never had one single problem again. I've been on shots since July 12th of 2019, so I've done a whole bunch of them now. If my math is correct I've given about 81 or 82 of them counting today's shot. Unlike what the girl in the video does I don't just stab the needle in real quick...I give my shots in super slow motion. I know some probably don't like doing it like that, but it's what works best for me.

The very biggest piece of advice I can give about shots though it...don't forget to let go of your muscle before you take the needle out of your leg. You'll get blood if you forget that. So just poke it in, push the plunger kind of slow, let go of your muscle, then withdraw the needle and cap it. Then you're done.

Oh I thought of one other thing. My doctor told me to save a used laundry detergent bottle for my sharps containter. The plastic is very thick so no needles will end up poking through it. She said when it gets full just dispose of it in my regular trash. That way it shouldn't cause anyone to want to open it up and look to see what's in it. I am thinking about pouring something nasty over the container though when it's time to throw it out. I want to make it nasty enough no one will even think about digging into it.

Thank you for your advice Lexxi, you are looking very pretty in the picture as I have not been on here lately.

I will look at the video. Planned Parenthood said I have to have a session with them on how to give myself the shots.

My local hospital has a place to dispose of needles on the outside at the parking deck and I'll bet that is a common practice with hospitals. I only know about it because I used to work there.

I found that the VA does have injections in their formulary so I forwarded the PP Rx to my endo at the VA so he can have that information for my next visit in a few weeks after my lab test.

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You mean the 0.5 ml is low? That is pretty high. I started with 0.3, and at the highest point I was at 0.6 ml. I am currently on 0.4, and plan to go down to 0.3 ml again.

You say you take 1.0 ml of the Depot stuff per week? What do you want to achieve with it, except a solid case of DVT?

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@Linde, I take 1ml per week (5mg). 0.5ml is half the dose I take. And I need more to feel comfortable all week, instead of feeling good for just half the week! I should be taking 1.5ml to 2ml per week. But that is just me! Remember, YMMV!!!
 
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1 ml syringe, 23 gauge needle, 18 gauge needle
Where will you be taking your shot? For gluteal you'll want a 1.5 inch needle, unless you are super skinny. I'd also recommend a 25g for the shot, though 23g shouldn't be painful. 25g 1.5 inch needle was the base I used when I was giving vaccines
 

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@Linde, I take 1ml per week (5mg). 0.5ml is half the dose I take.
Are you taking the Depot stuff? That would be gigantic amounts, and should bring you well up to 400 to 500 pg/ml, or even higher. This is way higher than a mid 20 year old natal female has at the time of ovulation! Even with injections I would be concerned about possible DVT with these amounts of estrogen.

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@Donna as you can see each person is very different. Linde used to be on much higher doses but dropped how much she takes. Of course she doesn't need as much now that she's first had an orchi, then full gender confirmation surgery. It's okay for her to stay in the range of an older transitioner.

Donica's not post-op yet so certain parts of her body are still trying to produce male hormones, thus she needs a bigger dose to fight that. But she really hit the nail on the head when she said that she takes as much as she needs to feel good all week. I've never experienced having low estradiol levels in my system so I don't know how bad one feels when their levels drop....but I hear girls complain about it all the time. They say it's just awful.

Once their levels drop down into the menopause range they apparently feel REALLY bad. @Katie can testify to that. Not too long ago she was on a really low dose and I think she fixed that real fast. From what I understand Donica is still at kind of a lower dose than a lot of women, but she takes what she needs to get her through the week.

I'm a much bigger person and need a much bigger dose in order to have a successful transition. I was on higher dose shots for a full year and didn't have a whole lot of feminine changes. But once I added a bit more estradiol in the form of two swallowed pills per day for the first 10 days of the month, well my changes really started after that and I'm thrilled beyond belief. I really feel like I'm transitioning now.

I'm sure you'll end up doing the same thing that a lot of us do. In my opinion going by how you feel on a regular basis is the best thing to do. It's kind of like your body is saying "hey I don't feel good...I need a bit more." So listen to your body and I'm sure it'll let you know what it needs. Good luck getting your levels right, and good luck with your transition!!!
 

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Yes, what @Lexxi said is true. It took a few weeks when I switched from pills to injections to get my dosage straightened out. And now that I have had my orchiectomy surgery, I probably get to go through that again as my body adjusts to not producing any testosterone from testicles.
 
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