Have been doing “ventro” gluteal which is on your side. Umm, dunno probably 50 or more by now.
Absolutely no issues. I made a post in the pinned first thread which shows how to find the position.
Not only that, painless. There are fewer nerves and blood vessels there. More and more progressive thinking is to get away from “dorsal” gluteal which is your ass.
“ventro” gluteal is considered the safest place to do an IM injection. Actually, there are so fewer blood vessels there that aspiration is not required. I only aspirate because the nurse said that more than once she had seen blood vessels where there were not supposed to be any. In 50 or more shots have never pulled back blood.
“ventro” if viewed from the side is almost dead center between front and back. At 68, I don’t have the flexibility to reach that with both hands to aspirate. My wife won’t stick me, but she will aspirate and inject. If she is not around when I get the shot, It is easy to inject myself with one hand and I don’t bother to try to aspirate.
Bottom line - Ventrogluteal is a whole different ballgame than dorsalgluteal.
The medical community as an overall is slow to change and pick up on newer, better techniques such as ventrogluteal.
And the reason this site is so good for our questions and concerns.
PS You will need another person to help locate the position, and it takes a while to learn to find it. Well worth the effort IMO.