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How to Choose the Right Syringe and Needle Size for Steroids?

How to Choose the Right Syringe and Needle Size for Steroids?

There are different kinds of syringes and needles depending on what type of steroid you are using. Some are better than others for different types of injections. In this guide, we will teach you how to choose the right syringe and needle for your needs and how to select the correct muscle for IM injections including what needles to use for subcutaneous injections. 

Different kinds of steroids injections

Different kinds of injections

First off, the syringe and needle you will need depend on the steroid you will inject, your dosage, and how you will inject (into which muscle group). There are three types of injections: intramuscular (IM), subcutaneous (SC), and intravenous (IV).

Intramuscular Injections

Intramuscular injections are the most common type of injection. For IM injections, you will need a syringe with a long, thin needle. The needle should be at least 1-1.5 inches long. This type of injection is best for steroids that are dissolved in oil, such as Depo-Testosterone and Winstrol Depot. The most commonly used for beginners is Testobolin from Alpha Pharma Healthcare.

Subcutaneous Injections

Subcutaneous injections are when you inject the steroid under the skin. This is usually done with a small and short insulin needle that is no more than 6-8mm long. The dose for SC injections typically does not exceed 1ml. This type of injection is best used for peptides and GH such as the Soma-Max from Maxtreme Pharma or substances such as hCG such as Gona-Max from Maxtreme Pharma.

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Intravenous Injections

Intravenous injections are when you inject the steroid into a vein. For this type of injection, you will need a syringe with an even smaller needle, typically 0.25 inches long or less. This type of injections are usually medically based and should not be taken by users without the supervision of a doctor. No anabolic user should be administering these types of injections.

These kinds of injections are not for beginners or sport purposes. They should only be done by those who have been medically trained and know what they are doing. It is best to consult a physician before attempting any type of injection, as with these drugs that are injected using this type, are for patients needing severe and rapid medications, not for sporting or enhancement purposes.


For intramuscular injections, choose a 1 inch, 23 gauge to 26 gauge needle. These needles are relatively thick and short but still sharp enough to pierce through the skin well. They are also usually hollow-pointed to allow for the steroid solution to pass through more easily. Please note, if injecting into a smaller muscle such as the middle deltoid (shoulder) a 1” needle will be more than enough. Longer needles are used for such muscle as the glutes, as they are a bigger muscle.

For subcutaneous injections, choose a 0.5-1ml syringe with a 28-31-gauge needle. These needles are relatively short, so they won’t provide as much discomfort for the user. This area under the skin also has a high flow rate so the solution is quickly absorbed by the body.

For intravenous injections, the doctor or medical provider will provide the accurate size when administering the medications. Intravenous injections require small but thick needles that can easily pierce through veins with ease.

Steroids Syringe Sizes

Syringe Sizes

Once you know what type of injection you will be doing and what size needle you will need, it’s time to pick out a syringe in the corresponding size range. A common syringe in each size range is listed below.

1 mL syringes: 27 gauge to 23 gauge needles, 1 – 1 ¼ length

3 mL syringes: 23 gauge needles, 1 ¼ – 1 ½  inch length

10 mL syringes: 23+ gauge needles, 7/8 inch length

But this is fairly irrelevant to steroid users, as the rule of thumb is that if you are injecting into small muscle like the side delt, no more than 1ml should be injected unless the user has big shoulders, for the legs 2-3ml can be taken more easily for more users and the glutes are used for heavier doses such as 3-5ml (or 2-3ml for beginners). A blue 23g should be the average needle size for IM injections.

Injecting steroids can be really tricky which is why you should always ensure that you are using clean and sterile unused equipment. Using the wrong type of syringe and needle can lead to problems such as messy shots, wasted product, infections, etc., so always be careful when you are doing your injections.

Needles for steroids come in various gauges which refer to their thickness while syringes for steroids also have different sizes depending on how much of the solutions they can hold at once (1,2,3,5 or 10ml). Knowing all of these details is extremely important since it will help you choose the right combination that will work best for you. But for a beginner, using 1-3ml syringes with a blue 27g needle will be most suitable. Remember to use one needle to draw the solution, change the needle (as it will blunt once it pierces the rubber top), and use the fresh needle to then inject the muscle. This does not apply to sub-q injections as with insulin pins, the syringe and needle are usually fixed.

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Conclusion and summary

When buying injectable steroids, you should also keep in mind that you will also be buying syringes and needles. Different amounts of steroids (if mixed – 1ml vs 3ml), will require different gauges and sizes of needles and syringes, so it is important to be aware of what you are taking and what is the best way to inject it. Always consult with an experienced user or a steroid specialist to get the most accurate information on what you need before injecting on your own.

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