Do Wegovy injections hurt?

last updated: Aug 31, 2023

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  1. Do Wegovy injections hurt?

Giving yourself an injection seems daunting, but we spoke to Dr. Felix Gussone, MD about whether these injections hurt or not. 


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Do Wegovy injections hurt?

For most people, injecting Wegovy isn’t painful because the injection pen uses a tiny needle that goes just under the skin. These so-called subcutaneous injections typically don’t hurt at all, and they are significantly less painful than injections into muscles, like when you get a flu shot. One study showed that people injecting semaglutide (the active ingredient in Wegovy), which is administered for diabetes or weight loss in the skin of the abdomen, thigh, or upper arm, produced little to no injection‐site pain. 

Make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using the Wegvy injection pen and choose a different injection site each time you inject Wegovy. If you use the same spot for every dose, skin irritation or other skin reactions may occur, which can make the next injection more painful.

Wegovy Important Safety Information: Read more about serious warnings and safety info.


If you have any medical questions or concerns, please talk to your healthcare provider. The articles on Health Guide are underpinned by peer-reviewed research and information drawn from medical societies and governmental agencies. However, they are not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

  • Snitker, S. & Andersen, A. (2022) Comparison of the injection-site experience of semaglutide in a single-dose and a multidose pen-injector. Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism, 24(8), 1643-1646. doi:10.1111/dom.14718. Retrieved from

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August 31, 2023

Written by

Felix Gussone, MD

Fact checked by

Yael Cooperman, MD

About the medical reviewer

Yael Cooperman is a physician and works as a Senior Manager, Medical Content & Education at Ro.

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