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Where should the Depo shot be injected?

I had my Depo shot today but a nurse I was not used to made me lie on my stomach & gave me the injection closer to my hip rather than my buttock like I have been used to. Is this the correct area? I have been taking the Depo-Provera (Birth Control) Injection for more than a year now and I am just very confused and anxious as to why this older nurse gave me the injection in such a different area. I just want to make sure was the injection administered correctly?
Dr. Yan Y T
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Dear @Shameela Depo-Provera is given as an intramuscular injection.  Im inferring that the nurse gave the injection closer to your hip instead of the middle of your buttock as the upper outer quadrant of the buttock is recommended for intramuscular injection, in order to avoid the sciatic nerve which lies deep in the buttock. It is alright to lie on your side or prone position while receiving the injection. Hope this helps.
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